Israeli strike more dangerous than Iran with nukes? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mladen Andrijasevic
    • 14.01.12 | 13:09 (IST)

    It is surprising that the Obama administration is more concerned with the consequences of an Israeli preemptive strike to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities than it is with the consequences of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons and then using them undeterred. Why is it that the administration tends to dismiss voices who are the most qualified to asses the Iranian mindset – scholars of Islam like Bernard Lewis and Raphael Israel and ex CIA operative Reza Kahlili, all of whom are convinced that Iran cannot be deterred and that the Twelvers would start a nuclear war to trigger the return of the Mahdi. Should not the danger of the doctrine of mutual assured destruction becoming obsolete be front page news instead of being a taboo no mainstream paper ever mentions? Why do we have to go to sites like “MAD is Dead”. In Deterrence is irrelevant Israel Kasnett wrote: Iran is led by a group of irrational men who believe they can hurry the arrival of the Mahdi – the 12th Imam who, according to Shi’ite Islamic tradition, went missing in 874 CE and will return under conditions of global chaos. The Iranian leadership appears willing to sacrifice the population of its own country to achieve this goal. In his book The Rise of Nuclear Iran, former Israeli ambassador to the UN Dore Gold writes, “Mahdi Khaliji, an Iranian Shi’ite scholar... has noted that there are apocalyptic hadiths [received Shi’ite traditions] that the Mahdi will not return unless one-third of the world population is killed and another third die. But Ahmadinejad and his followers believe man can actively create the conditions for the Mahdi’s arrival in the here and now.

    from the article: Report: U.S. preparing for an Israeli strike on Iran
    First published 09:43 14.01.12 | Last updated 09:43 14.01.12
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