Americans Wonder About War with Iran

By Yalda Sadiq

As America enters another year of war, media coverage has
shifted focus from the war in Iraq to a possible war with
neighboring country Iran.

Iran has been in the news lately because of its involvement with
Iraq and its nuclear weapons.

“Nobody in the U.S. administration has insinuated that the U.S.
will go into war with Iran,” said Sunday Obazuaye, political
science professor.

Obazuaye believes the media is making bold assumptions about the
situation.

“Those speculations [made by the media] can be dangerous in
times of war,” said Obazuaye.

He believes that a different angle should be taken when
discussing such sensitive issues.

While Iran maintains its innocence and insists the nuclear power
is only used for energy purposes, the US is seeking the help of the
“international community” such as the United Nations to pressure
Iran into stopping its nuclear development.

If Iran only needed its nuclear capabilities for energy, then
other nations would help with its energy development on the
condition that it would discontinue its nuclear use, according to
Obazuaye.

Many students on campus believe that the U.S. should not get
involved with Iran because it needs to finish what it started with
Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We can’t even get out of Iraq,” said Jorge Avila, a fourth-year
psychology student. “We should get more support from other
countries instead of doing it ourselves.”

Other students believe the U.S. government has the ability
financially to go, but it shouldn’t.

“We have the supplies and financial capacity to go and we have
the ability to hold ground,” said Nick Fairchild, a fourth-year
marketing student. “Although I don’t agree with going.”

Obazuaye believes Iran has two choices.

It could either continue with what it is doing and isolate
itself from the rest of the nations like North Korea, or it could
give in to the pressure of the other nations, disarm and receive
help with its energy development.

“Iran’s behavior is dangerous and can carry trouble with
politics,” said Obazuaye. “Iran should listen to the international
community.”

One of the reasons why Iran should stop is because it is not
trusted with nuclear weapons in its disposal.

After the Cold War, when both U.S. and Russia had accumulated
their nuclear weapons, there was an effort to reduce the number of
countries equipped with nuclear weapons and to pressure the
countries like U.S. and Russia to reduce their nuclear weapons that
were used as a deterrent to a nuclear war.

“If there’s that effort to reduce, why should other countries
have it?” said Obazuaye.

As long as Iran helping Iraq goes, Obazuaye believes that it’s
an unforeseen consequence of the war with Iraq.

He believes the sectarian violence between the Shiite and the
Sunni in the region has lead to Iran’s involvement.

Obazuaye believes that religion and brotherhood are the
motivation for Iran helping out the Iraqi’s because it is about
Shiites of Iran reaching out to help the Shiites of Iraq.

He believes that from the international politics perspective,
Iran should not be getting involved with Iraq.

Both Iran and the U.S. are going through “public diplomacy”
where they are both talking to the media and not each other.

There’s too much politics involved in just sitting together and
discussing the issues.

This is where Obazuaye blames the media for oversimplifying the
issues and not presenting them in their complex form.

Yalda Sadiq can be reached by e-mail at news@thepolypost.com or
by phone at (909) 869-3747.

Americans Wonder About War with Iran

Americans Wonder About War with Iran

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