We have dozens of atomic bombs, tanks and planes. We confront people possessing none of these arms. And yet, in our minds, we remain victims. This inability to perceive ourselves in relation to others is our principal weakness.
Does that sound familiar? Our endless war in Afghanistan? The entire War on Terror? And although I don’t like Iran either, as pointed out by Juan Cole,
Iran’s military budget is a little over $6 billion annually. Sweden, Singapore and Greece all have larger military budgets. Moreover, Iran is a country of 70 million, so that its per capita spending on defense is tiny compared to these others, since they are much smaller countries with regard to population. Iran spends less per capita on its military than any other country in the Persian Gulf region with the exception of the United Arab Emirates.
Yet we continue to threaten them with bombing and obliteration, and a media that is salivating for more war – oh so reminiscent of Iraq.