Yesterday’s symposium posed the question, “After Hizbullah, What?” Chester has answered on his own blog. Here’s a part of what he said:
Hezbollah is militarily defeated some weeks hence, but before then, some other event occurs that serves to keep the region in a period of flux. This period of flux will continue until one of two outcomes is sustained: the US and its allies find themselves involved in an overt war with Iran, or Iran becomes a declared nuclear power. The events that contribute to the period of flux could be friendly actions, such as new initiatives in Iraq or diplomatic initiatives in the Levant; or Iranian actions, such as a new intifada-like campaign in Iraq, or the attempted closing of the Straits of Hormuz, or the testing of a ballistic missile.
Read the rest at The Adventures of Chester. You can argue with him in his comments!
The talk out of Tehran today, from Mad Jad and others, is really quite ominous. Check out the MEMRI website, as well as a link to an AP story (I posted on it on my own blog), wherein Mad Jad refers to “hurricane[s] which will strike really hard.” (Sorry, don’t know how to format a link).
What do they have to fear? A nation that pisses all over itself when a prisoner is menaced with a dog? A nation that says terrorists are to be treated according to the Geneva Conventions? A nation that lets known enemies freely come in to their land? A nation that won’t strike when enemies hide behind civilians? A nation that gives money to known enemies, i.e. the palestinians? A nation that prosecutes its warriors for rough handling of captured enemies? Why should they fear our technology when with simple IEDs and suicide bombers they can kill a couple thousand of our soliders? Should they fear our economic power when we can’t even provide enough electrical power to Californians during a heat wave and couldn’t evacuate people adequately from the path of a hurricane (Katrina)? Should they fear the resolve of a people many of whom call their elected leader Hitler and a criminal? You tell me why Iran or any terrorist group should fear us.