Lately I’ve been having alarming episodes of déjà vu. As the drums of war beat louder for Iran, public utterances regarding the evil doings of Iran become increasingly common. One of the stranger ones is the idea that Iran is arming the Taliban in Afghanistan.
There has been little evidence that Iran is supplying arms to the Taliban. It is possible that Iranian arms are ending up in Taliban hands similar to the way US weapons find their way to insurgent groups. It is a self-evident truths with little critical examination arising from the maxim that the enemy of my enemy if my friend. This thinking ignores the religious and political divides of the region. Which wouldn’t be the first time for US Middle Eastern policy.
With the sad death of an Australian solider in Afghanistan, Brendan Nelson decided he too should get in on drumming up support for a strike on Iran. The evidence is, well bugger all as Nelson admits. Given reports that Australia has “expressed interest” in an attack on Iran, Nelson’s comments aren’t that surprising and simply are an echo of current Bush Administration talking points.
The threat of a nuclear Iran is not an immediate threat. There is still plenty of time through diplomacy, inspections and judicious use of sanctions to counter a nuclear Iran. An strike on Iran would strengthen the position of Ahmadinejad and the ruling Mullahs and set back (or destroy) the democracy movement that does exist in Iran. Nevermind the implications for the war on terror.
The fact that the drums of war are sounding for Iran reflect another failure of Middle East policy by the US, of which their current strategy is not exactly receiving rave reviews.