Here is the reality. Iran has an economy the size of Finland's and an annual defense budget of around $4.8 billion. It has not invaded a country since the late 18th century. The United States has a GDP that is 68 times larger and defense expenditures that are 110 times greater. Israel and every Arab country (except Syria and Iraq) are quietly or actively allied against Iran. And yet we are to believe that Tehran is about to overturn the international system and replace it with an Islamo-fascist order? What planet are we on?Zakaria could have gone further here and added the opposition of the European Union as well. Yet Republicans continue to cynically exploit this issue for political purposes:
In a speech last week, Rudy Giuliani said that while the Soviet Union and China could be deterred during the cold war, Iran can't be. The Soviet and Chinese regimes had a "residual rationality," he explained. Hmm. Stalin and Mao—who casually ordered the deaths of millions of their own people, fomented insurgencies and revolutions, and starved whole regions that opposed them—were rational folk. But not Ahmadinejad, who has done what that compares? One of the bizarre twists of the current Iran hysteria is that conservatives have become surprisingly charitable about two of history's greatest mass murderers.In short, the Republican position--when placed in historical perspective--is ridiculous.
Americans need to open their eyes and look for the truth. We can't afford to let the Republican Party to cynically lie us into another unnecessary war.
Read "Stalin, Mao And … Ahmadinejad?" by Fareed Zakaria at Newsweek.com.