Destroy the Octopus

by | Feb 6, 2024 | Middle East & Israel

Dealing with Iran’s Proxy War Against the U.S.

It has been known for decades that Iran is at the center of Middle East Terrorism. It supports Islamic terrorist groups in many areas and countries including Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and others.

The support consists of money, weapons (including bombs and missiles), intelligence (based on spying), training, and moral support with Islam at its center.

Think of Iran as a giant Octopus with tentacles spread in every direction. This demonic strategy allows it to get away with spreading dictatorship and death by giving support behind the scenes while others do the dirty work including giving up their own lives in martyrdom.

Western countries have expended all their defensive efforts on fighting the tentacles. When Western allies are attacked, Iran simply supplies more weapons to the terrorists. It is like a whack-a-mole game. This has worked for Iran but not for the West.

Why not? Because Western countries are fearful of upsetting Iran and causing a “wider war.” But the joke is on them. Iran’s tentacle strategy increases the scope of terrorism. A solution requires the destruction of the Octopuses’ head.

People fear this would require a full-scale invasion. It does not. Iran’s GDP is based fundamentally on oil. The simplest solution is to destroy Iran’s oil industry: wells, pumps, storage and refining facilities, and transportation (ships). This could all be done with missiles.

There would be no occupation with troops and no declaration of war It would be no different than bombing Yemen except for the scale. It would have to be planned in total secrecy before the press or the U.N. learned of it and became hysterical. The consequence ideally would be for the tentacles, now even more impoverished, to give up considering that Iran would not be able to send them food or weapons.

Edwin A. Locke is Dean's Professor of Leadership and Motivation Emeritus at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial & Organizational Behavior, and the Academy of Management. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (Society for I/O Psychology), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Management (OB Division), the J. M. Cattell Award (APS) and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Academy of Management. He, with Gary Latham, has spent over 50 years developing Goal Setting Theory, ranked No. 1 in importance among 73 management theories. He has published over 320 chapters, articles, reviews and notes, and has authored or edited 13 books including (w. Kenner) The Selfish Path to Romance, (w. Latham) New Directions in Goal Setting and Task Performance, and The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators. He is internationally known for his research on motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, and other topics. His website is:

The views expressed above represent those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors and publishers of Capitalism Magazine. Capitalism Magazine sometimes publishes articles we disagree with because we think the article provides information, or a contrasting point of view, that may be of value to our readers.

Related articles

Biden Ends the US-Israel Alliance at a Fortuitous Moment

Biden Ends the US-Israel Alliance at a Fortuitous Moment

The Biden administration’s decision to abandon Jerusalem and side with its enemies is a terrible development. But the fortuitous timing allows Israel and the American people to minimize the damage in the coming months, and, if Biden is denied a second term, over the next four years.

No spam. Unsubscribe anytime.

Pin It on Pinterest