Dec. 5, 2019
The United States and the Iranian Policy of Escalation – Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser
Iran’s interest is to avoid any escalation into a full-scale war, in which the U.S. would enjoy a clear advantage, but to push the brinksmanship to the point where it appeared that Iran retained the option of full-scale war.
Iran’s readiness to confront America stems from its self-perception as the Islamic Republic, a country fulfilling a Divine mission to spread the message of Islam to humankind. This means that Iran is destined to be victorious, as it is inconceivable that Allah will abandon his nation of followers, especially when Iran is facing decaying societies of disbelievers.
What the U.S. demands from Iran is interpreted in Tehran as a fundamental change of its identity by relinquishing its mission to spread Islam. This means that the option of real change in Iranian policy under this regime is almost impossible.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser served as Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)