It won't be the end of the world if Israel strikes Iran

Whatever view we take of a nuclear-armed Iran and Israel’s right to self-defence, the alarmist argument constantly invoked – fear of a wider conflagration – simply isn’t credible

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Two men with decisions to make

Also, any attempt by Iran to close the Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world’s oil passes, would quickly be prevented – as it was during the Iran-Iraq War in the 80s – by the arrival of U.S. warships. No doubt the Pentagon has plans in place for such an eventuality.

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has long boasted of the pursuit of uranium enrichment and the goal of “wiping Israel off the map” in the same speeches. It’s a threat that is plainly national policy. In February this year, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, in a speech in which he insisted Iran was determined to persist in its quest for nuclear capability, went on to say: “The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed”.

Shamefully, much of the Western media reported the nuclear reference but chose to omit the repeated threat to Israel. As recently as August, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (N.B.‘Non-aligned’ is a thorough misnomer. Anyone familiar with the NAM’s agenda will soon realise it is wholly ‘aligned by one key dual policy: hatred of the United States and Israel.) in Tehran, “Our enrichment activities will never stop.” 

As we have consistently said over four year now, sanctions were doomed to fail given the fanatical ideological nature of the world’s chief sponsors of state-terrorism.  Yet the response of western leaders, once again, has been to ramp up sanctions.  

The IAEA’s evidence is clear enough: Iran is approaching its weapons-grade uranium enrichment goal. Israel clearly has the right to self-defence. In the case of a potential nuclear attack that clears the way for pre-emptive action. As Israel’s PM Netanyahu asked rhetorically on the historic remembrance of September 11th, “The World asks us to wait. Wait for what? Wait till when?” 

Anyone who still believes that a country sitting on top of the world’s second largest reserves of oil and gas is fast-tracking nuclear capacity for domestic power purposes is clearly living in cloud cuckoo land.

The Israelis share no such fantasy. And for them, unlike for armchair Western commentators, sitting back and waiting for Iran to achieve the nuclear means to carry out its stated goal is not an option.

Whatever view we may take of a nuclear-armed Islamist Iran and Israel’s right to self-defence through pre-emptive action, the alarmist argument constantly invoked by Western political commentators – fear of a wider conflagration – simply isn’t credible.

We point out once again that the current crisis amounts merely to a theoretic armchair discussion for most Western commentators. For Israel, however, the bellicose threats (and words must have consequences) of extinction by an ideologically-driven totalitarian regime bent on a final solution to what they openly view as the ‘Jewish problem’ has very clear precedence.  

And the fomenting of alarm over false consequences by naive hand-wringing Western commentators simply plays into the hands of Mullah-ocracy and its status as the leading sponsors of global terror.  

Peter C Glover is a British writer & author and International Associate Editor for Energy Tribune. For more go to www.petercglover.comMichael J. Economides is professor of chemical engineering, University of Houston, Editor-in-Chief, Energy Tribune and author of 15 books, including the bestselling The Color of Oil.

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