After the election fiasco of 2009, Iran fell into a vortex of revolution with thousands of citizens taking their frustration to the streets. Riot police attempted to break through ranks of protesting citizens. Civilians were beaten, jailed, and killed. One young woman, Neda, became the face of the nation when a sniper bullet grazed her neck, killing her.
The elections in Iran were clearly rigged. The fact that Iranians took their frustration to a second revolution shows the sheer illegitimacy of “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran.
The United States already views the Iranian government as a rogue regime and despite the revolution and internal discord, the U.S. State Department continuously legitimizes Ahmadinejad’s government by placing more sanctions on Iran because of their recognition of his “reelection.” The better policy would have probably been to recognize revolutionary Mir Hossein Mousavi as the elected leader of Iran and completely disregard Ahmadinejad’s regime.
Many neoconservatives within the United States are incredibly quick to hop on the war-bound bandwagon of nuking, destroying, or simply engaging in military combat with Iran. Little do they know that the Iranian people already stand with the tenets of U.S. democracy; they just don’t want to be the ones succumbed to democracy under the barrel of an American gun. Iran is a fragile nation that cannot be dealt with under Cold War strategies.
The United States, along with the U.K., have meddled with Iran’s past enough to the point where Ahmadinejad, you can say, is a product of U.S. intervention. Intervening via the CIA or MI-6 once again will only give the revolutionaries in Iran a reason to lose touch with the West. This is evidently not in the U.S.’s best interests. The more friends we have abroad, the more business opportunities we open for the future.
A rogue Iranian government can produce no good outcome for the Middle East. Should Iran obtain nuclear weapon capabilities, a trigger-happy Israel may set off something similar to a Balkan Powder Keg in the Middle East. This would inevitably toss other nations into a conflict that would see no end. For the United States to watch idly by is a strategy, however, given the circumstances of our current diplomatic position, it is highly unlikely that the United States would somehow not take a side in a full-scale war in the Middle East. Thus, the best alternative the U.S. has right now would be to avoid a rogue Iran at all costs.
The United States could, at the very most, verbally support the Second Iranian Revolution. In doing this, the U.S., in the face of the international arena, legitimizes the rule of law of which our republic so vehemently (supposedly) stands for. A coalition of willing nations who verbally speak out in defense of the revolutionaries in Iran can at the very least legitimize the revolution’s strength and begin a process to oust Ahmadinejad. Legitimizing the cultural elites of revolutionary Iran into world diplomacy immediately removes the rogue government from the system since Ahmadinejad’s regime was the only venue the West has been recognizing to representing the people of Iran.
While China, Russia, and Brazil reap the benefits of international trade with Iran, the United States continues to play dice with Ahmadinejad and Ahmadinejad only. The U.S. could most certainly be engaging in more international diplomacy to promote democracy abroad in less violent and aggressive ways that have high potentials of actually working. We shouldn’t isolate ourselves from a real revolution which, if successful, can pose a pro-West agenda of free trade and reciprocative diplomacy.Published in