Will Iran even countenance conciliation?

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do last week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around.

Scores of U.S. troops died in the rocket assault, Iranian media insisted. In reality, not a single American perished.

Launched in reaction to the U.S. slaying of Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian barrage amounted to mere saber-rattling. It did give President Donald Trump an opportunity to reiterate that the United States does not want war with Iran, however.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump said he would not order a military response to the rocket attack. He added that Iranian forces appeared to be “standing down.”

Clearly, Mr. Trump’s diplomacy provided Iranian leaders with an opportunity to avoid escalating conflict with the United States. His offer that the United States is “ready to embrace peace with all who seek it” was a conciliatory gesture.

But will Iranian leaders accept it?

It needs to be remembered that Iranian leaders do not view international relations in the same way as Americans. Revenge is a much, much bigger part of their agenda.

A showy rocket attack may be fine for public relations inside Iran, but that nation’s rulers will not be satisfied until they kill Americans, preferably in large numbers.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made that clear Wednesday. “Last night, they received a slap,” he said of the attack on U.S. military housing in Iraq. But, Khamenei added, “these military actions are not sufficient.”

Let us hope and pray hostilities between the two nations do not escalate. At the same time, we need to be aware the odds are against that. If Iran authorizes the foreign terrorist groups it controls to go on a killing spree against Americans, Mr. Trump will have no choice but to respond forcefully.

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Veteran82

I would suggest that this kind of "diplomacy" is more effective in dealing with the Iranian terrorists than was Mr. Zero's method, i.e. giving them $150 billion to placate them!

Spock Here

Ah, yes, that kind of "diplomacy"....so stabilizing. You ought to check out the facts of your 150 billion piece of fake news which is repeatedly spread around. Hannity isn't telling you the truth

Ping

Yeah, Obama's policies were so stabilizing: Libya (still at war), Syria (still at war), Russian aggression in Ukraine (still at war).....if you live in a glass house, don't throw stones. lol.

Spock Here

Diplomacy? Trump's administration is now kowtowing and groveling to the Iranian regime because the majority of Americans are pretty p' od about facing a potential war with Iran. Trump was far too eager to assassinate Iranian Qasem Soleimani based on "razor thin" intelligence, which put in motion a chain of events leading to the downing of that Ukrainian airliner killing all 176 passengers on board. How does one go from assassinating an Iranian General because he was "an imminent threat" to making excuses for an evil regime who "mistakenly" or "unintentionally" killed 176 innocent civilians?

Ping

Iran does most of its dirty work with its proxies. I'm sure they will be active.

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