- Sep 18, 2009
It's not just that Iran doesn't border us, but that we have our strategic interests in Iran. Israel has no substitute for the cheaper (since logistic costs are reduced) natural gas Iran will supply us with the pipeline project in place, nor does it have a substitute for projects such as Chabbhar port. Israel is much smaller as those trade figures show, they're confined to supply of exotic defense equipment, and maybe counter-terrorist training.You are forgetting Iran's blatant political, financial and military support to the Hamas and Hezbollah, the most organized terror outfits in the ME. Since Iran doesn't border India, its not a threat to us, heh?
The irony of course is that we will be dealing with a regime many including us perceive as terrorist or fascist as far as Iran goes, but that regime isn't against us. We can't afford to be 'self-righteous' on this one, for the same reason. It's the same as countries in East Asia simply do business with the "evil" Junta that runs Myanmar (buying natural gas and oil from it), while keeping quiet about it (the Junta), as long as that regime doesn't affect them. It's unfortunate that while India is capable to make a difference to the world, it behaves too self-righetously in situations that can even affect it.
Along with the regime itself, we automatically gain immunity from Hezbollah and Hamas. With the Iranians being an 'alleged' political and financial patron of those groups, our being in good terms with the Iranians at least ensures our immunity from those groups, of course that doesn't make us their patrons in the process.