Peace is typical in any language

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— “We wouldn’t find ourselves seriously contemplating such high-seas drama and tragedy today if the White House had spent the last three years working to put an aggressive Iran back in its box,” wrote James Jay Carafano of the Boston Herald.

Does Iran or any sovereign nation belong in a box?

Didn’t America have a hand in westernizing the Iranians many years ago when it was in our best interest?

The corruption and eventual overthrow of the Shah has led to instability in the region. Will missiles solve the problem or is war being used for political manipulation?

“Iranian hostility toward the United States was no secret when President Barack Obama took office,” Carafano said. “Playing nice with Tehran, coupled with the premature withdrawal of stabilizing U.S. troops from Iraq, have brought us to where we are today. If the United States has to draw swords to protect our interests in that part of the world, it will be because this White House failed us.”

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was first elected in 2005 on a vow to better redistribute the country’s revenues, recently submitted a budget that will cut spending and reduce the country’s reliance on oil as it faces potentially stifling sanctions.

“Special attention will be given to small towns in rural development and the funding of construction,” Ahmadinejad said.

Maybe, just maybe, Iranians are people like Cazenovians, struggling to get out of their driveway.

In 1979, when the Iranian revolution overthrew the American allied Shah, Zbigniew Brzezinski was National Security advisor to President Jimmy Carter. “

“Stalin and the Soviet Union was more of a threat than Iran ever will be, and yet we deterred it. Mao Zedong talked of a nuclear war which might kill 300 million people, and we didn’t have a war with the Chinese,” said Brzezinski. “Why should we act like crazies in dealing with Iran? It would make our task in Afghanistan absolutely impossible. It would probably reignite the conflict in Iraq, would set the Persian Gulf ablaze, would increase the price of oil twofold, threefold, fourfold, and Americans will be paying five, six dollars a gallon at the gas stations. Europe will become even more dependent on the Soviet Union for energy. So what is the benefit to us?”

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