The Great Satan, the wounded snake?
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As usual, the idea for this essay was borne, when several aspects came together. The first was when I heard on the Sky News channel that the Americans were complaining about the fact that several Iraqi road side bombs were either designed in or actually being constructed in
The view that there is a nexus between Iran and Iraq has been endorsed by Condoleezza Rice, who said a few months ago that Iran "does need to understand that it is not going to improve its own situation by stirring instability in Iraq," and by George W. Bush, who said, in August, that "Iran is backing armed groups in the hope of stopping democracy from taking hold" in Iraq. Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker, of Abou Ghareeb fame, wrote recently: "More and more people see the weakening of
The second aspect emerged when I was trying to write about the future of
The final aspect came up when I was reading Robert Fisk's magnum opus, "The Great War for Civilisation Ė the Conquest of the
Slowly and surely, as of middle of February 2007, the noises around attacking
There is not much point going on about the respective strengths of the militaries, the local geo-political situation or the possibility of non-conventional war, as they have been discussed before, but what I do want to concentrate on is what Kautilya has talked about. Kautilya defined the most important aspect of one's enemy as being the enemy's mental strength. In this particular case, I am afraid,
While debating this, we can look at what potential angle to take if the grand panjandrums do want to do something about
The Iranians kept their pride in their long history. The fact that despite conquering
Look at their military strategy, civil administration and judicial systems down the ages. For a long period of human time, Persian/Farsi was known across the world, ranging from
But besides this,
One of the downsides (well, when you were a kid, all you wanted was to get to the food) of all this was that you had to sit and hear the stories of Ali Ashgar Ibn Husayn, Ali Akbar Ibn Husayn, Hussayn Ibn Ali, Qasim, etc. And if I, living thousands of miles away from
How does this matter? It matters indeed, because of a very small equation. Other things being equal, soldiers seeking religiously mandated martyrdom will always win over soldiers motivated by patriotism or money. This is so obvious that I simply cannot see why the
We have already discussed two aspects of a potential Iran U.S.A. conflict and concluded that it's simply "nuts," to use a layman's term. While I am not one to indulge in conspiracy theories, I am getting a feeling that there is something which could be happening just under the surface. You see, this has happened before. At the end of the Iran-Iraq war,
Ayatollah Khomeini said that he had drunk from the poisoned chalice. This ceasefire, from all accounts, was one of the seminal moments of the Iranian Revolution. The Americans with their allies, managed to clip the wings of the Iranian revolution. Is that what is happening now? Look at the evidence! The Eastern Sunni provinces have seen unexplained bombings. The southern Arab areas have seen riots, shootings, bombings and protests. The Kurds in the north east are restive and are making loud noises about their independent brethren across the border in northern
All this has put immense pressure on
Take a look at the short lived story around the claims by the
So, there is definitely something else going on but here's hoping that
All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!
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