link) so I'm comfortable saying we've got bigger fish to fry for the foreseeable future.
Do you have concrete steps in mind? You're 3 points (from #584) are mighty broad. I can't, for example, think of any real way to make it impossible for them to deny their terrorist operations (#1.) Even if we recorded hard evidence, and infiltrated them at all levels, many will simply believe the evidence is falsified.I want to make it clear though, that I don't feel like this particular "incident" puts us in imminent danger, but rather that is just a jumping off point for discussion about this particular issue that we do have with Iran and other ME countries.
We could kill them with kindness, perhaps. Offer publicly and loudly to provide overwhelming amounts of (non-religious) humanitarian aid, and make it clear, in public, on the ground in Iran, that we want to partner up and help. Don't hand it over for them to distribute, send our own people (under the UN flag would be ok, I guess) and hand it to the public in person.
Give them a taste of our lifestyle, and they'll demand more from their government. I can't think of anything more terrifying for their government. Likely they'd refuse outright, but then the lines would be redrawn about who stands where.
We can change the way people think of it by apologizing and making some type of restitution, rather than pretending nothing happened.And I'm not saying that the US is angels either, but what has happened in the past has happened and there's no changing that.
We've burned Iran badly in the the past, and why should we expect them believe we'll act in good faith today, if we don't acknowledge that?
Certainly they have acted badly, too, but they've never been afforded the respect one nation gives anther by the west. Incidentally, that same lack of respect helped to drive Japan into Germany's arms in WWII.