Consequences of a US Attack on Iran


by sadegh
Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Professor of International Relations and Politics at Durham University (UK), published an article last year on openDemocracy entitled Iran and the United States: Back from the Brink. The final few paragraphs are worthy of extensive quotation since the consequences of an American attack on Iran and the geopolitics of the region he enumerates, still very much hold - and we should bear in mind that these are only the consequences that are deemed, fairly 'predictable'. Who actually knows what demons will be unleashed once Pandora's Box has been opened?

Very few, if any analysts and so-called 'experts' foresaw the extent of the insurgency against the occupation forces that would develop in Iraq, the number of civilian deaths and casualties, the instability and weakness of the central government, sectarian bloodletting, empowerment of Iran and all the many other devastating repercussions which have enveloped Iraq and Iraqi civilians since the US-led invasion of 2003. Ehteshami here, provides a basic outline of what to expect in the advent of an American strike against Iranian targets. Those who prefer military solutions in lieu of diplomatic ones should above all take note, and try and imbibe this vital information.

"Among the more predictable results of war are that it will:

· free Iran from the requirement to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
· set back the prospects of democracy in Iran by a generation or more

· strengthen the grip of the neo-conservatives on the levers of power

· deepen Iran's engagement with radical Islamist forces in the region

· force Tehran to increase its military expenditure and security commitments (currently no more than $5 billion a year, a fraction of its neighbours')

· accelerate Iran's nuclear and other military-related WMD programmes.

The outcomes will go beyond the confines of the region itself. The spike in hydrocarbon prices that will follow an attack, coupled with possible disruptions in the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf, could destabilise the international economy and spell disaster for the energy-hungry powerhouses of Asia, which today collectively act as a manufacturing facility for the entire planet.

In short, no good can come of igniting yet another fire in the strategically important Persian Gulf sub-region. It must, rather, be acknowledged that Iran's nuclear programme is more a symptom than a cause of the many deep-rooted problems of the middle-east region (and of its tense relations with the United States). The resolution of the crisis must be part of a wider initiative to cap the other burning fires of the area, and part of direct talks between Tehran and Washington. Iranian belligerence is being sustained by these other crises and not the other way around."
There is more than enough potential for unmitigated disaster and Bush administration officials and their neoconservative allies and associates seem to care little, in fact they welcome it... "We kill a few people, that always happens..." - Presenter of MSNBC's Hardball



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Good article

by BK (not verified) on

Thank you Sadegh.

I think anyone (Iranian or otherwise) with any common sense will deduce that a war Iran will lead a to a disaster of incalculable proportions and inflict great suffering on many many innocent Iranians.

It would also give the regime in Tehran the perfect pretext to portray itself as the defender of Iran's territorial integrity and use that to intensify its repression inside the country.

There is also a serious possibility that if a full-scale war breaks out Iran, as a unified country, might disintegrate and be partitioned.

Therefore, despite the distaste for the regime in Tehran, an invasion of Iran must be avoided at all costs, simply because it will make things much worse, for Iran AND the wider world.


No To War

by Khar on

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Not another War! I’m tired of walking the mine fields! Love & Peace  

PS. Spread the news Khar is now officially one of the registered members of, what can I say JJ won. Man It feels kinda erotic to be registered.


Bush Resigned to leave the

by don'tbescared (not verified) on

Bush Resigned to leave the standoff to successor:



There will be no war on

by kl (not verified) on

There will be no war on Iran.It's all posturing to bring the mullahs to the negotiation table with Obama-rama!


BABA tarsidim

by Anonymous21 (not verified) on

Chera ina ro vase ma migi? forward kon kakhe sefid. Bush bebine hatman az tars sekte mikone. Faghat hamin analysise aghaye anooshiravan khan ro kam dashtim ke oonam az tanoor oomad birun. Rasti hezbollaho hamaso yadesh rafte bood zekr kone. begoo tooye maghaleye baadish oona ro ham hatman benevise. Bishtar mitarsim.