An uncomfortable parallel

In the past few weeks, I’ve been noticing more and more news about Iran, and once again I’m seeing parallels with the War on Terror and World War II — and I don’t think I care for this one.

First, ABC News reported that US forces have captured brand-new, fresh-from-the-factory Iranian weapons from terrorists in Iraq. This is case-closed, irrefutable evidence that they are, indeed, supporting and fomenting the fighting in Iraq — a clear-cut casus belli against both Iraq and us.

Secondly, a judge has ruled that the Iranian government was behind the 1996 Khobar Towers attack in Saudi Arabia, an attack that was carried out by Hezbollah’s Saudi wing that killed 19 American airmen.

Finally, the latest news: that US forces have captured four Iranians, two of them reportedly high-ranking military officers.

In short, what we’re seeing are more and more acts of war, moving from the sub rosa to the flagrant and into the world of the indisputable and unavoidable. It reminds me of the relationship between the United States and Nazi Germany in the years leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack.

And what I don’t like about it is that in this case, Iran is the United States — and we are Nazi Germany.

Like 1940, one nation is fighting a war while the other nation is remaining — officially — neutral. The neutral nation is quietly and unofficially aiding and abetting the other nation’s enemy. There are even actual acts of war being committed, but neither side is interested in acknowledging them and engaging in the war that would result.

The US/Nazi Germany situation resolved itself after Japan attacked the United States, and Germany finally conceded the inevitable and declared war on the US. That move is usually ranked as one of the three greatest strategic blunders of Adolf Hitler, alongside the invasion of the Soviet Union and the failure to invade Great Britain, that cost him the war.

When Hitler declared war on the United States, he was already fighting two momentous foes. The last thing he needed was another powerful foe, yet he still chose to exceed his obligations to Japan and followed them into waging war against the United States.

Currently, the United States is engaged in two fronts against terrorism, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Neither effort is anywhere near the magnitude of Germany’s Eastern and Western Fronts, but I am starting to feel concerned over the similarities.

Currently, it is not in either the best interests of the United States or Iran to acknowledge Iran’s hostile actions — because once they are out in the open, they need to be addressed. But I would not be in the least surprised if Iran were to suffer some rather expensive and unpleasant “industrial accidents,” “unfortunate events,” “freak mishaps,” and “military training exercises gone awry” in the near future.

Perhaps those little signs of fate’s disapproval will discourage the Iranians from their present course. Perhaps the Iranian people themselves will discourage their rulers from continuing to export their particular strain of militant Islam. Perhaps the mullahs themselves will come to their senses.

Because if not, I see the “undeclared war” between the US and Iran (well, undeclared by us; I don’t think they’ve ever taken back their 1979 declaration) moving closer to being formally acknowledged.

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