Considering a war with Iran:
A discussion paper on WMD in the Middle East
by Dr Dan Plesch and Martin Butcher
(Dr Plesch is Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies’ Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (London). Martin Butcher is an international consultant on security politics.)
There seems to be little concern in our Main Stream Media (MSM) about this horror. While historical precedent is overwhelming in its judgement that superpowers court disaster in their hubris (e.g. Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August, and The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam), almost every politician of note, including the current frontrunner Democratic presidential candidates, has been rattling their swords along with the most obnoxious neocons. Who can forget McCain's refrain: "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb; Bomb Bomb Iran" to the tune of the Beach Boys "Barbara Ann." (I don't know about you, but in my pantheon, this is a sacrilige.)
Very simply, an attack on Iran would result in the deaths of thousands, if not millions, of innocent men, women and children.
Be very sure about it, such an attack on Iran would alter the life of everyone on this planet.
The worst scenario of all is that the Air Force, given the mission to destroy Iran's hardened nuclear facilities, would have to resort to tactical nuclear weapons. And, if our Air Force didn't do so, Israel would do so. In the Mid East chaos that would follow the first attack, there is no doubt in my mind that Israel, with its two hundred nuclear weapons, would feel "threatened." There is also no doubt in my mind what would then happen to israel's neighbors, nuclear or not.
Is Iran a credible nuclear threat? Let me just suggest that you review the history of the runup to the invasion of Iraq if you doubt that what is going on now is not exactly the same thing.
And then there's:
IAEA: Iranian cooperation significant
By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer
VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday that Iran was producing less nuclear fuel than expected and praised Tehran for "a significant step forward" in explaining past atomic actions that have raised suspicions.
The assessment is expected to make it more difficult for the United States to rally support for a new round of sanctions against Tehran.