Before I begin, I would like to make it clear that I know Iran is very over-discussed in our political arenas. That being said, it is a topic that I feel must be discussed but in a more useful manner, not simply just saying we need to do something about Iran and slapping some sanctions on them.
I was reading CNN.com this morning and I came across an article concerning a new event occurring in Iran. This morning, Iranian students stormed and trashed the British embassy in Tehran, Iran. From what I have gathered, a nations embassy, for example England’s, on foreign soil is considered to be British soil and any malicious incursions onto that soil is an act of war. This brazen attacking of the embassy is, for all intents and purposes, an act of war on behalf of Iran. The British government immediately condemned these acts, along with the US and UN, and stated that further punishments would follow, but is that really enough? Normally, when an act of war occurs, it is followed by a full-scale war.
Many nations of the world, including the US and Britain, have been enacting embargoes and sanctions on Iran for their nuclear program and other threats they have issued to the world, namely Israel, to no avail. The nuclear program has gone on as planned, for the most part, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has continued to threaten Israel and call for its destruction. Clearly these sanctions have no effect on the government’s actions and they have said nothing about the students’ storming of the embassy, neither positive nor negative. The government’s seemingly complacent attitude and tacit support of these actions should seem worrisome to world leaders in that there seems to be no limits to what the government will allow to occur in their boarders if they agree with said occurrences.
Is it time to do something more concerning the actions of the Iranian state? John Stuart Mill’s theory on the greatest good for the most people would come into play in this situation because our would might be safer if we take more direct action against Iran and its seemingly out of control actions. Do you think Mill’s theory applies to this context? Do you think Iran is enough of a problem to take serious action against it? Is a war with Iran a necessary step?