Israel and Iran going to war
From a commentary by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy:
If one is to believe the threats that are ramping up at warp speed, Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear facilities before spring. If the assessments are accurate, hundreds or even thousands of Israelis will die in the retaliatory missile attacks that are sure to come.
One can of course dismiss the threats as mere pressure tactics, but one could also take them seriously. One could recognize that threats of this scale take on a life of their own that could eventually lead to a strike even if that wasn’t the original intent. One could also suspect that such threats could lead to a desperate preemptive strike on Iran’s part. On the other hand, one could also believe that the Israeli attack will be spectacularly successful. Then again, one could reasonably assume that this scenario will not happen.
The decision is left up to a handful of people who have decided that the public, as usual, trusts them blindly, obediently. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak will decide, and we will trust them implicitly. … Life and death, mainly the latter, on a mass scale? Sure, we’ll trust them. That’s how it was with all of Israel’s wars.
All Israeli wars since 1973 were flawed wars of choice. Israel initiated all of them. None of them was inevitable, none resulted in any benefit that could not have been achieved using different means. In fact all of them were disastrous for us, even if the disaster was even greater for the other side.
In both the Second Lebanon War and the war in the Gaza Strip Israel lost more than it gained. But these were only the trailers for what is liable to happen in the First Iran War.