A new Cold War with Iran?

Boston Globe
by John Tirman

08/14/07

We often hear that the US-Iran confrontation is a new Cold War — a highly charged ideological rivalry with nuclear capabilities on each side and ‘proxy’ wars pursued for geostrategic advantage. While there are resemblances, the standoff is not like the US-Soviet conflict. In fact, it could be dangerous to think that it is. The differences between the two rivalries are significant. Iran does not have much military capability, unlike the USSR, which may be one reason for Tehran’s nuclear development program. They may see it as parity and respect on the cheap. In terms of conventional military firepower, Iran has plenty of bodies but little technology...

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