Monday, February 25, 2008

Is Iran laying a trap for Israel?

Everyday the rhetoric in the not so cold war between Iran and Israel grows. Why does Iran almost seem to be egging for a fight? Is Iran building nuclear weapons? I think the more important question is, why is Iran trying to start a war? Iran may or may not be building it's nuclear arsenal but I think it's a distinct possibility that Iran is laying a trap for Israel. Here is the scenario that I think is coming.

Iran keeps saying and doing things that will make Israel feel as if it must strike first. This is what Iran wants, believe it or not. Then Iran will prove that they have no nuclear weapons (or try really hard to prove this) and build a force to hit back against Israel. They will lead with the argument that Israel attacked them with no valid reason. They will say surely Israel knew it didn't have these weapons and attacked anyway. This may convince other Arab nations in the region that they need to work to eliminate Israel in all out war. This would fulfill what they are saying now that "Israel will be destroyed in the next war." I think they could be trying to create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

This may not be the exact scenario or it may not be the case at all, but you have to wonder why Iran keeps making outrageous statements about Israel. I think Hitler made the same type of statements and no one believed he would do anything to support his views. We need to be careful we don't allow Ahmadinejad to do the same thing. But we also need to be careful not to rush in because Iran today is not Germany in the 1930's. Iran's president does not run the country but Ayatollah Khomeini has final say on everything. I really hope the United States and Israel has the intelligence to discern what Iran is really planning. Either way this is a very dangerous game that Iran is engaged in and I don’t think that it will just go away.

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