Interestingly, Huffington Post recently ran an article perpetuating the myth that Iran is a threat. But while the author, John A. Tures, obviously drank the Kool-Aid, the commenters to the article disagreed with his analysis. That very disagreement by the public gives me hope that our nation might not be duped again by WMDs.
If you Google “Iran Deal,” there are a plethora of articles for and against the deal. Many are against the deal due to the argument that Iran benefits from lifted trade sanctions and the US gets to rein in their nuclear development. Yet, many articles also posit that Iran is far from having a viable nuke program – that, in fact, it was never their intention to do so. Some authors say that Israel is the true threat, and that Israel and the US have propagandized the fantasy of a nuclear-armed Iran. Essentially, the articles that dominate the first few search pages of the web have more to do with which Republican supports the deal and how Israel is crying alligator tears about it.
What you will also notice in a preliminary search is that no one really gives a shit about Iran’s role in global terrorism right now, or its history of human rights violations, or its relationship to Russia and the Ukraine, or the fact that North Korea and Israel have far more nuclear capacity. So, I keep asking myself, what is this deal really about? A smart man once said: when in doubt, follow the money. Who benefits from this deal? Banks and corporations. Now, I ask you, who really runs this country? Is it a puppet president? Nope. Is it bobble-headed congressmen? Negative. Banks and corporations, folks.
To answer the question posed in my title, then, I would have to say that Iran IS a threat, but not because of nukes. It is a threat because it plays an important role in the gambit. It is a threat because it’s about to join the Big Boys club of International Finance. And once it’s part of the club, it can do whatever the hell it wants.