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Why bother: Iran, Syria, etc.?

America, allies, and UN negotiators are all trying to ratchet down tensions between Iran and the free world. Iran has become an increasingly threatening menace. As a sovereign nation, it has a right to develop nuclear power and technology for peaceful purposes. However, that must happen under international monitoring because Iran cannot be trusted to keep its program peaceful. They have been and are developing nuclear weapons.

Iran, Syria and all the rest
Iran, Syria and all the rest
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The free world doesn’t want Iran to develop nuclear weapons and will not permit it. That bridges the line of sovereignty. The Iranian government operates in ways that are unacceptable to the free world. Who else operates in a similar fashion?

  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • China
  • Russia
  • Pakistan

There are more. You see there is a line between black and white that includes many shades of gray. That is, some operate with more acceptability than others. Some have more power than others. It is about keeping the most dangerous from becoming more powerful.

Syria has become a menace, and has deteriorated into a revolutionary state of civil war. What other nations are in such a state.

  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Lebanon
  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq

There are many more, including African nations.

Syria and Iran are allies. That makes that combination more dangerous. Instability across the Middle East warrants US and allied collaboration.

What if the US was energy independent and did not have to have petroleum from the Middle East? Our strategic interest would lessen, but because we have allies that remain dependent, our involvement would be necessary.

What happens when the world becomes free from oil? What will Middle East countries do where oil is the principal source of revenue? Those nations economic paradigms are unviable and unsustainable.