For me, these days I get a feeling that I had the winter of 2002-spring of 2003, before the invasion of Iraq started. There are too many signs in both media and in major western powers, that our elected and unelected leaders are actively interested in provoking a war with Iran.
I guess this could be motivated by 2-3 major groups, which might overlap:
1. The military industrial complex of the USA and western Europe, who see their cash-flow drying out as we leave Iraq and start removing our forces from Afghanistan. Both directly through weapon sales, and indirectly through mercenary companies, who lose jobs the western businesses they protect bail out.
2. The western power-people with ties to rich Saudis, who are none too pleased about the massive influx of power we indirectly gave Iran as we neutralized Iraq.
3. neo-conservative American politicians with no scruples, who would love nothing more than to force a democratic peace-oriented president, into a war that could ruin his re-election chances.
"Starting a new war to make money on military sales which siphons cash from the taxpayers to our pockets? Check... Make Saudi friends happy and more willing to throw stolen oil and money after you? Check... Force President into war that will annihilate his re-election chances and get us a president we control 100%? CHECK".
I think that pretty much sums up my opinion on the topic. I was planning to write something more, but I think I've hit all the points that needs hitting... and my soul died a little as I wrote this, and its lunch.
Edited by duke_Qa, 03 February 2012 - 02:02 PM.