Blindspot #013 - Rise of Iran, and, is Aukus as Braindead as Biden & NATO?

Published October 12, 2021 40 Views

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As noted in Blindspot #012, Chinese pressure on Taiwan continues relentlessly. This at a time when the trans-Atlantic, post-WWII, strategic bromances between NATO members have not just been tested, but in actual fact totally destroyed by President Biden blind-siding the French out of a strategically significant nuclear submarine project due to be delivered to Australia.

The deck of Geopolitical cards is being shuffled, hands dealt in this high-stakes poker game reveal that island Western Europe is left all on its own.

The UK, USA, and Australia decided to gang up on China, on the other side of the planet. The announcement and unveiling of AUKUS - a strategic alliance between the USA, UK, and Australia, of course has the august purpose of consolidating their collective strategic posture in the Pacific region - facing China.

It is clear that the power relations that kept the post-WWII trans-Atlantic detente going, in the form of NATO (among others) have frayed, and snapped.

Europe will likely forge ahead with the further development of the concept of an integrated pan-European defence force having lost faith in the trustworthiness of the USA, as evidenced in its behaviour in Afghanistan, and in the case of side-lining the French.

Blindspot asks whether President Macron’s statement some time ago about NATO being “Braindead”, also applies to AUKUS? But, all jokes aside, AUKUS is likely a major nail in the coffin of NATO, while regional strategic balances of power continues shifting.

Blindspot #013 explores, in this context, the rise of Iran, through its formal ascension to full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

The country has been patiently waiting in the wings, as observer, for ten years. Behind the AI policed headlines of mainstream media, Iran has stretched its influence into Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and other known-unknown hot sites of 21st century proxy wars such as Lebanon (of course), and Yemen.

If anything will be shown by history, it is that the fall of NATO in Afghanistan ushers in the emergence of Iran, as accepted, and strategic partner in the region. Major powers such as China, and Russia understand the significance of the Islamic Republic of Iran - and that, its reach- and influence, has significant sway in the region.

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