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Unformatted text preview: e said it was a CIA con-trick. So history repeated itself. As in the 1930s, an
anti-Semitic demagogue broke his country's treaty obligations and armed for war. Having first tried appeasement, offering
the Iranians economic incentives to desist, the West appealed to international agencies - the International Atomic Energy
Agency and the United Nations Security Council. Thanks to China's veto, however, the UN produced nothing but empty
resolutions and ineffectual sanctions, like the exclusion of Iran from the 2006 World Cup finals. Only one man might have
stiffened President Bush's resolve in the crisis: not Tony Blair, he had wrecked his domestic credibility over Iraq and was in
any case on the point of retirement - Ariel Sharon. Yet he had been struck down by a stroke as the Iranian crisis came to a
head. With Israel leaderless, Ahmadinejad had a free hand. As in the 1930s, too, the West fell back on wishful thinking.
Perhaps, some said, Ahmadinejad was only sabre-rattling because his domestic position was so weak. Perhaps his political 168 Oil DDW 2012 1
rivals in the Iranian clergy were on the point of getting rid of him. In that case, the last thing the West should do was to take
a tough line; that would only bolster Ahmadinejad by inflaming Iranian popular feeling. So in Washington and in London
people crossed their fingers, hoping for the deus ex machina of a home-grown regime change in Teheran. This gave the
Iranians all the time they needed to produce weapons-grade enriched uranium at Natanz. The dream of nuclear nonproliferation, already interrupted by Israel, Pakistan and India, was definitively shattered. Now Teheran had a nuclear
missile pointed at Tel-Aviv. And the new Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu had a missile pointed right back at
Teheran. The optimists argued that the Cuban Missile Crisis would replay itself in the Middle East. Both sides would
threaten war - and then both sides would blink. That was Secretary Rice's hope - indeed, her prayer - as she shuttled
between the capitals. But it was not to be. The devastating nuclear exchange of August 2007 represented not only the failure
of diplomacy, it marked the end of the oil age. Some even said it marked the twilight of the West. Certainly, that was one
way of interpreting the subsequent spread of the conflict as Iraq's Shi'ite population overran the remaining American bases
in their country and the Chinese threatened to intervene on the side of Teheran. 169
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