Once Syria is occupied, IRAN will no longer have any way/where to go (in their minds), they will become a Country full of people backed into a inescapable corner by an Empire (and their own sick government) they've been preparing to defend against for over 60 years. The Empire that has imposed economic sanctions (and much worse) upon them since 1979, after what "IRANIANS view as "their" Revolution. Think about that for just one minute...please.
They will no longer posses a single friendly neighbor and will be surrounded by a foe who has tried to jerk them around every which way since the end of WWll.
Haven't you heard the drumbeat to war w/ IRAN being preached to us for years?
Of course 'we the people' don't 'want' a ground war in IRAN, it'll make IRAQ seem like a Cake-Walk. Personally, I believe we are up to something much more sinister. Just as Truman dropped the BOMB (s) on JAPAN to scare the crap out of the 'rest' of the World, I feel another similar scenerio upon us. We'll just have to wait and see now won't we?
To deny IRANs significant and economic potentail in "EVERYTHING" that we do and have done in the Middle East for the last 60 years is naive, missing the mark and/or the BIG picture to say the least.
IRAQ was/is a stepping stone to IRAN, and we still have lots of Americans there occupying at least 14 American (taxpayer) Built Bases, despite what we all told. Just as we will have forces in Afghanistan for years to come, way beyond 2014.
One of my favorite hero's, Brig. Gen. Smedly Butler (USMC Most decorated) put it best when he finally recognized what our American Forces were really up to around the World when he said;
"I have been nothing other than a "thug" enforcing the demands of corporations."
Keith13; I assure you, Vietnam was considerably more than a "stretch" with 6 million S/E Asians killed (85% civilian), 60, 209 Americans killed (at last count, they're still adding it all up,still adding names :roll:), and 305,000 wounded (I'm one of those).
Civilian Deaths as a percentage of total deaths (in our BIG wars); This list doesn't include the other 40 or so Countries we have occupied and reaped havac since the end of WWll.
Notice any patterns?
Is it the amount of American Blood that is all important? W/out the shedding of blood from over 20 million RUSSIANS we in America would not be proclaiming a victory in WWll.