Donnerstag, Februar 09, 2006

In their own words...

As if this isn't clear already, let's clarify this some more.

The leaders of Iran have massive superiority complexes.

They are making decisions that are dangerous at the very least and could well lead to war, with all its untold misery and destruction. They are actively seeking to defeat the West, smirking and smiling as they do so, unaware of what great dangers they are on the verge of inflicting upon their own peoples, let alone foreigners. We've seen this behavior before, of strutting dictators, lording their "power" over others, only to go down in ignominous defeat, but at what costs, what costs.

What am I talking about?

This. (Hattip: Regime Change In Iran)

Let's take a more detailed look at what is said:

The statements of certain western officials show that contrary to their absurd claims, westerners are disqualified, and impetuous, lacking any cultural background.

But this is just the start, and is based on the following:

Human beings, apart from Muslims, are animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption.

Has the clue coin dropped yet?

Classic superiority complexes are based an massive feelings of inferiority. That sounds contrary, but that is the problem with those who have superiority complexes: they are based on a feeling of inferiority which is then compensated by proclamations of superiority.

But Merkel et al. are only partially correct in comparing the Iranian government to pre-war Germany. It's appropriate in the context of the use of anti-semitism as a reactionary tool, but what people are missing is that Iran is more comparable to pre-WW2 Japan and not Germany.

Why? Because pre-WW2 Japan was still filled with its mythology of bushido and the superior nature of Japanese society: the Japanese, after all, were descended from gods and their emperor was, literally, god-like. It took his speaking of the capitulation to bring home to the Japanese that they had lost the war. Even today the Japanese believe in the superiority of their production methods and societal constructs.

Their philosophy leading up to WW2 has some fascinating parallels to Islam today: hakko ichiu , or "all 8 corners of the world under 1 roof", i.e. under Japanese domination for their own good.

They also believed that the West, personified by the US, was a mongrel mix that could not respond with any sort of singular resolve. In other words, based on their superiority complex, their belief that Japan was unique and better, they discounted the ability of the US to counter them. They felt that the Japanese were truly superior and that the US was a massive contradtiction in terms, lacking any sort of clear purpose and resolve.

In other words, they misunderstood the US.  Misunderstanding your opponent in times of crisis is a clear way to have the crisis escalate out of control despite the best efforts to defuse the conflict. The US tried to put a brake on Japanese expansion in China by placing an embargo on oil and steel scrap, to be lifted when Japan withdrew from China.

Sound familiar? Economic sanctions?

Doesn't work worth a damn when you're dealing with people who have a massive superiorty complex: instead of dissuading them from war to peaceful resolution, instead you are goading them into, in their eyes, slapping you to knock some sense into you. How dare you try and change our divine nature!

Sound familiar?

These are not some wild-assed mullahs that are speaking here: these are the Iranians who run the country. These are the people that Iran sent to the West when they were young for technical training and who came back more radicalized than when they went there.

Who are demonizing the West.

Who are denying even the fundamental humanity of those who oppose them

Who hide their engagement and support of terrorism throughout the world, aimed not only at the West, but at any Muslim that dares to deny their authority.

It's time to take them seriously at their own words.

It's time to cease doing business with them. All business including oil. It's going to be expensive in terms of jobs lost and growth delayed, but is there really an alternative?

Is there?

Besides surrendering?

We've reached the point where there are three paths to follow: surrender and dhimmitude; war and conflagration, and "other".

But no one has any idea of what that other might be.

I'll reiterate what I've said here before: it only takes one side to make war. Slowly but surely the options, the alternative paths, are fading away. The Iranians don't want war: they want us to surrender. We don't want war, we want to keep the status quo.

These two positions are not compatible. It's not a matter of what we want: it's a matter of what the Iranian government is willing to do. They are seeking the conflagration, for their own religious reasons, not us. We can try and stop them now, before the conflagration begins.

But that's almost impossible when they have so fundamentally misunderstood the West.

To paraphrase: By their own words ye shall know them...

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