Persia is dead, long live the Islamic Republic of Iran. Whatever. Give me a break. I'm sorry, this article is already taking the exact route that I wanted it too. After decades of U.S. placating the Shiites in Tehran, once again, our failed foreign policy comes home to roost. Barack Obama decided, single-handedly, to hand over 4.7 Billion dollars in CASH to the very people who have been killing U.S. soldiers since April of 1983. If you ever wondered why Ronald Reagan supported Saddam Hussein against Iran, wonder no more. The battle against the so-called Islamic Republic of Iran has been going on ever since. The recent "nuclear deal" by the last U.S. administration was a futile effort to contain a government hell bent on starting another war. If the Iranian government was not interested in another war they would not be backing Houthis, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the current Syrian regime of Assad. Iran has managed to place itself in the middle between the Sunnis and the West, siding with the national interests of Russia in order to expand its dominance in the Middle East. Their continued outright hatred of the United States and Israel will prove to be their downfall. This spring, the U.S. will open its embassy in Jerusalem, Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary, and for fun, the Giro de Italia bike race will begin in the Holy Land. Mark my words though, Iran, unfortunately, might have a spring agenda of its own. The Israeli Defense Forces has already identified all the rocket bases in Southern Lebanon and Syria and is considering a preemptive strike against all Iranian supported satellites in order prevent an attack by Hamas, Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. I for one am not optimistic. Iran has been playing cat and mouse with Israel and the U.S. for almost 40 years, however, this time, they may have overplayed their hand. The Lebanese war in 2006 only lasted 30 days. This time, Lebanon will be no more. At least not what it is today. No democracy can sit idly by and watch its adversary build offensive weapons and "keep calm." It is unfortunate that the the Shiite Iranian regime is so zealous in their religious interpretation of Islam. The downfall of this violent, close minded, bigoted monstrosity will mark a change in history. The people of Iran deserve better. If Israel is forced to attack all the Iranian supported groups in order to protect itself, Iran will not be left on the sidelines. It will be, just as in the 1980's, another major miss-step by a religious order that feels it should dominate all things Muslim. Just like the Wahhabi sect of Saudi Arabia, it will die a slow death and disappear from the annals of history. For over thirteen-hundred years Islam has remained in conflict. Conflict with itself. It has killed hundreds of millions of people. It has not been, nor has it ever been, a religion of peace. The swords on the Iranian and Saudi flags are a testament to war, not peace. Eventually, the West will awake and act accordingly. However, the Iranian threat should never be discounted. They are very patient and have long term goals and foreign policy efforts designed to defeat the West. The rumors that the game of Chess was invented there, in Persia, are probably true. And, as in all games, there will be winners and losers. That's the way I see it, today, March 10th, 2018.
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Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.