October 21, 2009

SOMETIMES THE BLOWBACK HITS THE ENEMY:

Iran trapped in a ring of unrest (Mahan Abedin, 10/20/09, Asia Times)

At a broader strategic level, this attack exposes the Iranian government's lack of strategic vision and action. While the United States may not have directed this terrorist attack, the fact is that the emergence of suicide bombings in Sistan and Balochistan is a recent phenomenon that is entirely connected to the prevailing regional strategic environment, which has been shaped for the most part by the Americans.

To counter this threat successfully, the Iranian government needs to articulate an alternative strategic vision for the region and develop and implement more complex policies on the outstanding issues in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


The strategic environment in which suicide bombings are used is one of ethnically based sovereignty. It is a response to the West's attempts to create artificial colonies and states. Distasteful as the idea is to Christian democrats, it would be better if we were to adopt that vision there and devolve Israel, the Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc into their "natural" constituent parts.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2009 5:43 AM
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