Should U.S./Israel bomb Iran?
In an Atlantic cover story Jeffrey Goldberg says that Israel is likely to bomb Iran within the next year or so and will not ask for America’s permission. There is much controversy surrounding Goldberg’s article because some think he is war-mongering while others believe he is simply reporting. And yet others believe he might have tried to state a case for bombing Iran, but actually – knowingly or unknowingly – did the reverse.
… the Israelis will tell their American counterparts that they are taking this drastic step because a nuclear Iran poses the gravest threat since Hitler to the physical survival of the Jewish people. The Israelis will also state that they believe they have a reasonable chance of delaying the Iranian nuclear program for at least three to five years. They will tell their American colleagues that Israel was left with no choice.
Robert Wright of the New York Times reports in his article entitled “Why Not to Bomb Iran” that after reading Goldberg’s piece former C.I.A. official Paul Pillar said that Israel’s inclination to attack Iran is “more a matter of the amygdala and emotion than of the cortex and thought.” Wright also says that Goldberg’s article ironically makes a case for not bombing Iran:
His article, read closely, suggests that even from Israel’s point of view, there’s no sound rationale for bombing Iran, especially when you consider the long-term downside: an attack would radically dim what prospects there are for lasting peace in the Middle East; Israel’s downward spiral — in which regional hostility toward it leads to conflicts that only deepen the hostility — would be sustained big time. If appealing to America’s interests isn’t enough to keep Israel from attacking Iran, maybe appealing to Israel’s interests will help.
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Pakistan floods: Food riots erupt in Sindh (Video / Photos)
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