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    • Roy
    • 02.11.11 | 08:22 (IST)

    I recommend that anyone considering an attack on Iran should read the chapter on the Iraq-Iran war in the book, “The Great War for Civilisation” by Robert Fisk.  Even if an attack were successful, and given the fact that there is no element of surprise how can it be?, what will be left of the IAF for the day after?  We would be at war on several fronts and with Iran for years to come (hence the reference to what Iran was willing to sacrifice in its brutal decade war with Iraq). There is a wind of change in the Middle East and it can be blown to weaken Iran and ultimately defeat the theocracy. We also have no wish to be at war with the great Iranian people. The world is also teetering towards a deep recession, will the Western world thank Israel and Netanyahu for saving it or be furious for disrupting oil supplies and sending economies over the edge? Bibi may have a reputed photo of Churchill in his office, but he has shown an extreme lack of strategic thinking and few results in nearly 3 years of stable government. He likes the spectacular, the showmanship (speeches to the UN, Congress) rather than the daily grind of many tiny decisions that benefit the country over time. Yes we face an uncertain future. But is Israel, famed for decisiveness, failing in the art of the long view? Bibi is no Churchill and we are staring into the abyss.

    from the article: IAF chief must save Israel from futile attack on Iran
    First published 02:59 02.11.11 | Last updated 02:59 02.11.11
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