Saturday, July 19, 2008

Banging The War Drum For An Israeli Attack

The New York Times published an article by Israeli academic Benny Morris, Using Bombs to Stave Off War. But Morris ignores two important facts.

First he writes, 'Every intelligence agency in the world believes the Iranian program is geared toward making weapons, not to the peaceful applications of nuclear power.' Yet only last December Washington's own intelligence community reported that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

He then paints a terrifying portrait of how Iran might respond, ignoring their actual threat: they will close the Strait of Hormuz. The price of oil would then rocket past the worst of the worst case scenarios now being considered, and the Western economies would grind to a halt. Hardly the sort of irrationality that Morris, and others pushing for war between Israel and Iran, expect of Tehran.

Unlike Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iraq, Iran has never been at war with Israel. The two countries have yet to fire a shot at one another. When Israel attacked nuclear facilities in Syria and Iraq, it was taking military action against countries it was still in a state of war against. If Israel attacks Iran it will be the aggressor. Politicians here and in the US may choose to ignore that, but I doubt the wider international community will.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So what???????
Israel put two fingers up to the international community often enough and got away with it each and every time.
It knows it can use nuclear weapons any time it wishes with nobody in the region being able to counterattack.
Get used to it.