Quote of the Day: On US “Bellicosity,” Iran And Israel

The US engages Iran only when it desperately needs to; otherwise, it resorts to coercion. Washington’s unilateral sanctions last week have the immediate implication of clogging up opportunities for any meaningful US-Iran security dialogue. For example, Tehran had recently shown signs of willingness to reach an “incidence at sea” agreement with the US, to prevent accidental war in the Persian Gulf. But the new US measures against Iran make such breakthroughs impossible.

Allegations of Iranian nuclear proliferation are disputed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has certified the absence of any evidence of military diversion after extensive inspections, and by leading Israeli pundits, such as Martin van Creveld. In a June 2007 interview with Playboy magazine, he stated: “We are in no danger at all of having an Iranian nuclear weapon dropped on us. We cannot say so too openly, however, because we have a history of using any threat in order to get weapons … thanks to the Iranian threat, we are getting weapons from the US and Germany.”

Iran, which has not invaded any country since the 18th century, is demonized today as an “Islamofascist” state bent on Israel’s destruction. Rhetoric aside, in reality, Iran regards Israel as an “out of area” threat and not germane to Iran’s national security calculus except in the context of Israel’s meddling in Iran’s ethnic politics and the like. [all emph mine]

– Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, The cost of American bellicosity toward Iran
Last week’s sanctions pave the way toward war.

Related: More on the not-so-black and white diplomatic relationship between Iran and Israel from Trita Parsi; Der Speigel: US War on Iran: ‘Closer to Reality’; Juan Cole: The Iran hawks

One Response to “Quote of the Day: On US “Bellicosity,” Iran And Israel”

  1. john says:

    great article, I learnt so much about Iran by reading this article

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