Ya gotta show ’em who’s the boss.
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All this demonstrates is that the U.S. leadership has not learned from history. In the 1970s, North Vietnam refused to bow to such a policy, and by all indications Iran will not kowtow now. The real result of such a policy — particularly given global weariness with U.S. and Israeli saber-rattling and fabricated reports of Iranian intransigence — is likely to be a reduced degree of cooperation between Iran and Western negotiators.
Meanwhile, the attempt by the U.S. to interpret the cables as suggesting that Iran is a pariah state in the Middle East — based on Saudi government advocation of military action against it — is disingenuous and doomed. Too many of us have already read both the cables and the context: that it is only the U.S.’ puppet autocracies that abhor Iran, while polls show that a majority of ordinary Arabs actually admire Iran for standing up to the U.S.’ power. “This trick,” as Albert Einstein once said, “won’t work.”
The more the U.S. hegemony tries and fails to quash opposition to it around the world, the more it reveals itself as a falling empire, lashing out with a desperation in direct proportion to its growing weakness.