[August 9, 2018] In 2002 during his State of the Union address, U.S. President George W. Bush claimed that the country of Iran is part of an “axis of evil” because it sponsors terrorism and seeks to obtain and proliferate weapons of mass destruction. Seen as a threat to peace in the world, Iran is a pariah among civilized nations. But, as of late, something is going on that more closely deserves our attention.
What’s happening in Iran? What leadership issues should we be looking for? Those questions are not difficult to answer but what the end result cannot yet be seen. Due to the reintroduction of tough economic sanctions on the country and U.S. President Trumps’ treat to countries doing business with Iran, a destabilizing element has begun that is causing widespread internal political dissatisfaction.
Like most socialist-based economic systems, the Iranian economy is dependent upon cash from a variety of unethical and illegal activities. It is also heavily reliant on oil exports that provide about 82 percent of its export revenues. Although China, Russia, and Turkey will not honor the sanctions, there will still be a significant sting that has already been felt.
This is where leadership makes a difference. Senior leaders in Iran have taken to the media to show their dissatisfaction with this new development. They have also threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz where most of Middle East oil flows through. In addition, Iran has ordered an increase in terrorism in Western nations (the most recent in Germany1).
The Iranian government could change its ways and cooperate rather than resist a worldwide effort to stop terrorism and WMD proliferation. I believe, from reading open-source accounts, they use these methods because the U.S. is perceived as an existential threat to their form of government. Experts on Middle East affairs have said this has been their modus operandi since the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the takeover over of the U.S Embassy in Tehran.
Those of us here at www.theLeaderMaker.com should be following the developments of these developments and what has been called a new style of warfare. How this ends may pave the way for more if it succeeds.