Nuclear Iran

The question of war with Iran over her nuclear program has been around for a decade.  In October 2005 Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at the World Without Zionism conference in Asia, in which he allegedly said, “Israel must be wiped off the map.”  The propaganda war, with mutual demonization, was initiated.  In 2006, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered, in a speech to the United Jewish Communities General Assembly in Los Angeles: “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany.”

Last year, the spread of the Stuxnet virus, a “cyber weapon,” affected the performance of centrifuges at central Iran’s Natanz uranium-enrichment facility and could be characterized as an act of sabotage.  Assassinations of Iranian scientists, including Mostafa Ahmadi-Rishan, deputy head of the Natanz plant, are an indication that a covert war is already under way.  Israel has claimed that Iran was behind attacks on diplomats in India and Thailand.

Iran has never been more isolated since 1979.  As Israel rattles her sabers, and Iran beats her breast, both parties appear to be sleepwalking their way into war.  The United States and the European Union, in imposing crippling sanctions, are also doing their part.  Iran, for her part, has conducted war games in the narrow Straits of Hormuz, through which...

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