Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Justification for War?
Cox and Forkum once again hit the nail on the head.
To be pendantic for some readers out there who do not know the history of the Iranian Islamic Republic I will start at the beginning. From its creation after the Shah fled, the United States has had cause to go to war with Iran because it was Iranians who invaded the US Embassy in Tehran, in violation of numerous quaint European notions enshrined as law. That was grounds for war. But President Carter screwed up his one chance to save the hostages and for almost a year sat there impotent. Then when President Ronald Wilson Reagan was sworn in, the mad Iranian mullahs quickly hustled the embassy staff on a plane out of the country just in case Reagan would attack Iran to rescue the hostages. Then Iran got busy supporting various terrorist groups like Hizbollah in Lebanon which kidnapped American citizens or blowing up 241 American Marines. Reagan sensing he did not really undestand what was going on in the Syrian controlled satrapy called Lebanon pulled US forces out which sent the wrong message to the mad mullahs. So Reagan focused on defeating the Evil Empire as Iran got embroiled in eight years of hell with Iraq. Then once the Evil Empire collapsed, Hussein of Iraq invade that tiny country called Kuwait; so the US with allies had to evict the murdering tyrant while Iran simmered in the background with occasional blips of notoriety like USS Vincennes shooting down that Iranian jetliner or terrorists in speed boats operating from Iranian oil facilities attacking oil tankers during the Iran-Iraq War.
The laundry list of causes is long and I covered only some of them, it just has been Iran's depraved luck that other things have distracted the world from paying very much attention to them.