@matthew_petti @irananalysis And the absurdity of all this is that Ukraine was previously on good terms with Iran: it was a leading black knight economy facilitating sanctions busting for Iran. And yet Iran decided to murder Ukrainians: all to posture as an anti American power. The IRI is thus irrational.
@matthew_petti @irananalysis Indeed. Yes the US - in the Trump era - moved the goal posts. But Ukraine was a game changer for Europe. And Iran has moved the goal posts too by facilitating attacks on Europe (Ukraine) & stepping up terrorism within EU states (exactly what the EU said wouldn’t happen).
@MaxAbrahms The test is the counter factual: it would have been worse under Trump. Trump would have refused to assist Ukraine & at least half of Western Ukraine would now be under Russian occupation.
@BH_Friedman All manufacturing must be moved to Taiwan and Western Ukraine to ensure we do the right thing
I can understand why for reasons of self interest Ukraine wants Iran’s World Cup slot but excluding Iran from the World Cup will actively hurt pro-democracy protesters - every previous World Cup has seen pro democracy protests. https://t.co/cVTRREWz9L
@gbrew24 Russia invading Ukraine is conventionally understood imperialism but if Iran or Turkey funnelling arms and/or money to clients is imperialism then literally every state in MENA is either a victim or perpetrator of imperialism if not both simultaneously.
@dhnexon @matthew_petti Not all, lots China hawks see Russia as precedent or test run (Taiwan) or think Russia & China are connected. As for MENA most of the Dems want to pivot from MENA & the GWOT, they see it as a failure & with -ve domestic consequences; but Ukraine has +ve domestic consequences.
@matthew_petti And because of the war, the EU has committed to historic developmental funding of Ukraine that will push the economic structure & GDP per capita of western & central Ukraine definitively & irreversibly away from that of Russia, towards that of the EU, specifically the Baltics.