By INU Staff
INU - The Iranian Regime is back in the headlines for several reasons; none of them good. Iran is becoming more entrenched in Syria, where it props up the failing Assad dictatorship, the UN General Assembly have begun discussions on the proliferation of nuclear weapons (focusing on both Iran and North Korea), and the UN Human Rights Council has received an open letter calling for an investigation into the 1988 massacre by the Regime.
All of this, while the US decides what its policy towards Iran will be.
Many in the US and around the world are calling for a tougher approach, as opposed to the failed appeasement strategy that has reigned for nearly 40 years. They want to see the Iranian Regime punished for their nuclear transgressions (which violate the 2015 agreement), their human rights abuses, their destabilisation of the Middle East, and their support for terrorism.
Indeed, in the past nine months, the US has already launched more sanctions against Iran and are considering labelling Iran as noncompliant with the nuclear come October.
While the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has no proof that Iran has violated the nuclear deal, one could argue that they have also not been allowed full access to Iranian sites. If a full inspection is not complete, how can Iran be declared compliant?
Honestly, Iran’s compliance with the flawed deal isn’t even that important because it doesn’t do much to address the other problems that Iran poses. In fact, the US could even break the deal themselves in order to force a better deal.
However, this would need to be followed up with a robust policy that tackled the Iranian Regime’s belligerence and kept them away from nuclear weapons. In itself, this poses many questions, like what the policies should be, what the costs would be, and what the chances for long-term success would be.
Tackling both of these threats from Iran at the same time will be difficult but it is doable; the US is certainly strong enough to achieve this, they just need to really commit,
The US might face opposition from the Russians, who are allied with Iran in Syria, and would almost certainly become the target of Iran and its terrorist proxies in the Middle East but the US military is unmatched across the world.
Donald Trump wanted peace in the Middle East and the only way he will get it is by tackling the Iranian Regime.