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Drums of war beating again in Middle East

(Global Times)

09:27, February 08, 2012

Illustration: Liu Rui

Editor's Note:

Speculations about war against Iran are growing, particularly in the wake of the announcement made by US President Barack Obama Monday that the US will freeze all assets owned by the Iranian government and its financial institutions under its jurisdiction. But Obama also stated the day before that the US still sought negotiation. What is driving the tensions? Can peace be preserved? Global Times reporters Yu Jincui and Chen Chenchen talked to two experts over the possibility of war against Iran.

Israel could drag US into war

Clifford Kiracofe, professor of political science at Washington and Lee University and a former Senior Professional Staff Member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

War is possible but, of course, not desirable. The most likely war scenario would be an Israeli attack on Iran. This would then draw the US in, resulting in a wider war in the region and possibly beyond.

A variation of this scenario could be that Israel would arrange an attack against US assets in the area but attempt to blame the attack on Iran, which would thus spark military confrontation between the US and Iran.

In the US, there is opposition to such a war in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in our diplomatic service, and in our intelligence community.

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Martha at 2012-02-11140.247.225.*
China should sell unclear technology and advanced weapon systems to Iran. This is very important: China should not be push around by Americans.
Martha at 2012-02-11140.247.225.*
China should sell unclear technology and advanced weapon systems to Iran. This is very important: China should not be push around by Americans.
John at 2012-02-08113.231.245.*
helen-Hilary Clinton may be a witch but you are a psychotic pinko bitch
huoqiao at 2012-02-0875.72.239.*
Not Iran but Syria is next. Once Syria is conquored, Iran case is a piece of cake.
JACK at 2012-02-0859.101.97.*
Excellent article and very timely
  

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