|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 76):|
Cutting off the gasoline to Iran is a brilliant idea. It's not going to work if we just go over to India and say "you have to throttle back your economy" in order to do it. We have to give India an incentive to do it. Like understanding what more nukes in their backyard will do. Now if they do cut back deliveries, is someone else going to fill in the gap?
What makes you think India supports the Iranian nuclear program, or that of anyone else's, for that matter ? India twice
voted on the US side to take the Iran sanction issue to the UNSC
, when Russia and China abstained. However we aren't interested in going to war with them.
The US also needs to be cognizant of India's geopolitical and internal interests.
Iran happens to be on the west of Pakistan, who have been a nuisance to us for decades. It is in our interests to maintain cordial ties with Iran and Afghanistan, nations that border the Pakis on the other other side, as we do now.
The Iranians also happen to find our refined petroleum output an economically attractive proposition. In turn, we have a significant interest in their oil and gas fields, particularly ONGC's stake in the Yadavaran FIeld in Khuzestan.
Further, India has a significant Shi'a population among its Muslims. We have no interest in getting involved in anything that'll piss them off. Why should we risk internal strife ?
This is a far more complex issue than what it's been made out to be on this thread. Cessasion of eocnomic and geopolitical ties with Iran will require significant trading & investment privileges for India with the US, together with cessation of military and political backing of the Pakistani regime on the US' part. Due to the Afghanistan ops, the latter at least, is a nonstarter, and therefore India cannot be expected to give up its ties with Iran.
I would not be surprised if the US already attempted to get us to squeeze Iran, but refused to offer any concessions in return, thereby ensuring a stalemate as is the case now.