The Peacock Throne was once one of the most revered
in the East. Even though it no longer exists in name, the mullahs of Tehran appear, by most measures, to have the same ambitions,
namely, to rule their part of the world and all of the lesser civilizations therein.
Today the responsible Europeans and their occasional American ally do not wish
to see the mullahs get their hands on nuclear weapons. That is certainly a worthy aim. Persians are wonderful, charming people
but they have never done very well wielding great power. It is hard to say why, exactly, besides a sense of lost grandeur
they seem to have suffered from the beginning of time. They will get their weapons, and may threaten to use them if doing
so enhances their sense of power.
or humiliation will not work to deter these people. Fortunately they have a volatile politics, and some healthy manipulation
of it has already worked a bit, but not enough. The only thing to do is to find a way, somehow, to give them all the prestige
they seek without the concomitant power. It is too bad our old friend General de Gaulle is no longer around. He might have
been able to help.