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July 11, 2008
Iran and Israel build up their bluffing game
The warlike posturing would be more frightening if there were much likelihood of an Israeli attack - but there isn't.
When governments undertake grand gestures in the full glare of public attention, the only thing you can be sure of is that they do not mean what they appear to mean. That's a useful rule of thumb to apply to any exercise in public diplomacy but it's especially helpful when trying to fathom the volatile politics of the Middle East.
It's clear what we are supposed to think. Israel is sufficiently agitated now by the Iranian nuclear threat that it is in the military-strike-planning stage, flying sorties that match in range precisely the distance between Israeli air bases and Tehran. Iran in response makes clear it has the missile capability to take out Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
But appearances can be deceptive. In Iran's case at least part of the deception has already been exposed - to mildly comical effect. It turns out that the picture of the launch of four Iranian missiles that appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world yesterday was itself a fake.
Originally posted by johnsky
I'm still wondering who this "Arab Country" is, and why their name should be kept hidden. I mean, if an entire country feels that way, why can't we know who they are?
The reality is that Iran is going to continue to talk tough and prop themselves up until at least the US election. The US will not be doing anything because if Bush starts something it endangers McCain's campaign for office, and the Reeps aren't going to allow that. Israel is going to continue to with making a show of their abilities in response to Iran's actions.
Originally posted by US Monitor
reply to post by Dan Tanna
I realize that for the non-military types around here who never served, and don't understand what would constitute a victory in a war with Iran, that the US doesn't need to conquer and invade Iran to win a shooting war with them. The goal would be simple. Destroy there ability to build nukes, destroy there ability to launch attacks by sea or missile and remove there only ace by taking control of the straits. But for those who think that war means a full invasion of iran, then keep on with that fantasy.