Wednesday, Lieutenant Commander General Hossein Salami of Iran made some comments that should give pause to anyone who thinks we can trust this rogue nation. “We welcome war with the U.S.,” said Salami. “As we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power.”
Salami, a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was speaking to Tehran’s state media in response to John Kerry’s comments that made it clear that military action was not off the table. “War against Iran will mobilize the Muslim world against the US, an issue which is very well known by the enemy,” Salami said.
Yeah, we wouldn’t want to do anything that might anger the Muslim world. Muslims have been so peaceful and accepting of the United States up until now. Don’t want to upset the apple cart.
Reaching Across Time
How is it that this administration thinks that Iran is ready for the world stage? How is it that European countries believe this Islamic Republic is to be trusted? Not a week goes by without one of their officials promising death to America, death to Israel, and death to anyone who crosses Islam. This nuclear deal isn’t quite like sitting down with ISIS, but it’s not that far from it either. The only difference may be that Iran established their caliphate long enough ago that we’ve gotten used to them.
Certainly, the rest of the Middle East sees Iran with a wary eye. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have both expressed alarm about any deal that might give Iran a path to nuclear viability. Israel’s concerns are even deeper, understandable given the hateful rhetoric that commonly spills from Iranian leaders. It wasn’t that long ago that we had a president willing to see Iran for what they were. But Obama doesn’t have any patience for an “axis of evil.” He thinks he can fix all that with some deft diplomacy.
Unfortunately, not everything can be solved through diplomacy. That’s not to imply that everything can be solved through war, either; the current state of Iraq is a clear enough example of that. But there comes a time when you have to put down the liberal blinders and face reality. These people are not like us. At all. They are living in different times. It’s like there is this little patch of land in the Middle East where civilization began…and then didn’t get all that far. We are fools to think we can somehow rush that process along.
At the same time, we can’t exactly sit around and wait for it to happen either. Social progress doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and Iranians – much like North Koreans – are kept in a fairly strict bubble. Blatant antisemitism is not just on the streets – it’s taught in their textbooks. If we are to have any hope of dragging Iran into the 21st century, we are going to have to pop that bubble first.
Instead, we’re giving guns to cavemen and hoping it will all work out somehow.