Crazy Talk on Iran
Let's compare Iraq and Iran.
In the wake of Doug’s post on Ralph Peters’s column on the costs of attacking Iran I thought I’d put a little perspective on the question by doing a side-by-side comparison of Iraq and Iran.
|Size||438,317 sq km||1,648,195 sq km|
|Terrain||mostly broad plains; reedy marshes along Iranian border in south with large flooded areas; mountains along borders with Iran and Turkey||rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts|
|GDP (PPP)||$113.4 billion||$818.7 billion|
|Per capita GDP||$3,800||$10,600|
In Iraq we see a mostly flat, relatively small, lower middle class or poor country with a fractious population. In Iran we see some of the most rugged country in the world in a territory more than twice the size of Afghanistan and four times the size of Iraq, more than twice the population of Iraq and three times the population of Afghanistan, with a substantial middle class economy. I would also claim that Iran has a lot more social cohesion than Iraq but I guess that would be contentious.
There is no such thing as a limited war with Iran. That’s crazy talk.