Russia is a bigger threat than Iran

A post on Undiplomatic suggests that the USA shouldn’t act too harshly against Russia, because then  Russia will refuse to help the USA in their efforts to isolate Iran:

[The big winner on Russia-Georgia is] Iran.

1.  The neocons are so distracted by the new meme of Russia as Nazi Germany, they’ve forgotten all about their old meme of Iran as Nazi Germany.

2.  The Bush Administration, attempting to save face as a result of its failed promises to Georgia, appears determined to shame and isolate the Russians.  If they keep it up, it’s unlikely they’ll get Russia’s continued cooperation on Iran.

3.  The Russians have every incentive now to cultivate the Iranians rather than sanction them.

If I were the Ahmadinejad, I’d be laughing my missile-photoshopping jihadist butt off right about now.

The problem with this reasoning is that Russia is a far greater threat to the West than Iran is, for the following reasons:

1. Russia has more people and a larger economy than Iran, therefore the foundations of its power are stronger. (For the same reason, China is a far greater long-term threat than either Russia or Iran).

2. Russia has more of all categories of weapon (tanks, aircraft, warships, missiles, nukes, etc) than Iran does.

3. Russia invades European countries. Iran doesn’t; indeed the Islamic Republic of Iran hasn’t invaded any of its neighbours.

4. Russia is an internally repressive regime to a larger extent than Iran is, e.g. Russia’s behaviour in Chechnya is far worse than anything Iran has done to its minorities.

5. Russia holds to the principle that European countries shouldn’t be allowed to have independent foreign policies — for example, it it opposed to Ukraine joining NATO, regardless of whether the Ukrainian governmentt or people think it’s a good idea. Iran, as far as I’m aware, doesn’t have a position on Ukraine joining NATO.

6. Russia assassinates British citizens in London; Iran doesn’t.

For these reasons, to the extent that the West has to choose between opposing Iran and opposing Russia, it should oppose Russia.

(Via Obsidian Wings)

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3 Responses to Russia is a bigger threat than Iran

  1. Joseph says:

    Russia is a blood sucking country, it has been for centuries. It kills and it steels. Its their gene, DNA fiber.

  2. George Carty says:

    What do you think of this argument that the reason why Alexander Litvinenko was assassinated using polonium was the hope that it would incite a new round of anti-nuclear hysteria in the West (which would hopefully enhance Gazprom’s power over Europe)?

  3. cabalamat says:

    George Carty: What do you think of this argument that the reason why Alexander Litvinenko was assassinated using polonium was the hope that it would incite a new round of anti-nuclear hysteria in the West

    It’s not one I’ve heard before but it does seem vaguely plausible. Though I still think it’s more likely that Polonium was used to signal that the Russian government did it.

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