The US is responsible. There were two big mistakes made by US policy makers which created the problem: 1. The more recent and obvious, but not the main mistake, was President Bush branding Iran publicly part of the "axis of evil". Bush merely wanted to add nations to the "evil" list in order to disguise his concentration on Iraq (I assume, his Oedipal obsession). There was no thought given as to how to deal with Iranian "evil". Iran, seeing another country on the list, Iraq, being invaded, could logically conclude that its choices were either total surrender to US wishes or the acquisition of a weapon that would scare away the American imperialists. 2. This is the main American mistake. The world functions under the principle of "local" power balance. Neighboring countries balance each other. When there was no balance, the stronger country swallowed up the weak one until it grew enough to meet another roughly comparable local power, and was balanced by it. Physical systems in equilibrium also work under the local balance principle. By weakening Iraq under a policy of sanctions, Iran grew relatively stronger and unchecked. That was Bill Clinton's mistake. Clinton had little understanding of world affairs. What should have been done was to force Saddam (under bigger threat) to give up his WMD's, than use Saddam as our dog in that neighborhood. Saddam attacked Iran in 1980 because he feared the Islamic fundamentalism Iran was spreading. Had Iran tried to develop WMD's with Saddam around, Saddam would have attacked - and the US would have helped, as it did in the Iran-Iraq war. Weakening Saddam over many years, and finally destroying him under Bush for no good reason, opened the door for the Iran threat. Now that the US has destroyed the local balance, it has the problem of imposing balance from a distance. Congratulations, Dubbya, you have 3 more years to clean up the mess.
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from the article: Ahmadinejad can continue to smile while the world argues