In part two of a four-part series, AuthorHouse author Charles L. Levy, neurosurgeon and former military advisor, returns to Author’s Digest to discuss the United States and its policies toward Iran. Charles is the self-published author of the award-winning novel El Volcan.
You can find part one on the Author Blogs page here.
THE AGE OF THE EMPIRE OF INFLUENCE, Part Two
Since World War I, the United States has been the world’s economic powerhouse. Since World War II, the United States has been the world’s economic and military powerhouse. And yet, I’d be interested to hear someone argue that, overall, we have achieved substantial policy success through armed conflict since World War II. I’d be interested to hear the Russians argue this point on their own behalf. Could the Chinese make such an argument? What about India and Pakistan?
Have we learned nothing from human history at this point? Is it not at least possible that the time for the end of the Age of the Empire of Influence has finally arrived?
Which brings us to the Iranians. The majority of people in Iran are ethnic Persians. Irrespective of Hollywood’s take on the Battle of Thermopylae, for the most part, the Persian culture is one of acceptance of different cultures. Cyrus the Great (576-530 BC) is honored in the Jewish bible no less than 23 times. His reign and his policies were marked by respect for human rights, respect for the cultures of various peoples under his rule, and advanced theories of governance. This is the true cultural birthright of Iran and one that has essentially been usurped by leadership that is, in many respects, unwelcome among the ranks of its own citizens.
Still, the Iranian government is the entity with which we must interact in terms of diplomacy, which is obviously preferable to outright warfare. Despite the hold on power of the current Iranian theocracy via the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, reality is that this hold on power is much more tenuous than most would believe. Why should we continue to provoke and attempt to weaken leadership whose ultimate move, if backed into a corner, could only be to lash out? Continued economic sanctions, in my opinion, will serve to achieve nothing more than to eventually back the Iranian regime into that corner.
Check back at Author’s Digest in one week for the continuation of our guest blog post from Dr. Charles Levy.