Is War With Iran Inevitable?

Is War With Iran Inevitable?

The title speaks by itself. Given the latest events in world affairs, the likelihood of an Israeli-Iranian conflict is higher than ever. There is speculation that by the end of the year or early 2013 there will be a triggering moment which will provoke the Israeli state backed by the U.S. military to launch a strike against Iran. If this were to ever occur, the consequences of the resulting war would be unprecedented in recent history and would lead both the U.S. and most European countries into an even deeper Economic Recession.

The current Iranian President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly provoked international outrage by continuing Iran's uranium enrichment program for the development of nuclear sites as well as nukes and most importantly by predicting Israel is doomed to disappear.

In a recent conference at the UN General Assembly he stated that the Muslim would uproot "satanic powers" and repeated his controversial belief that Israel will soon disappear from the face of the Earth:

"I must announce that the Zionist regime i.e. Israel, with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder invasion and betrayal is about to die and will soon be erased form the geographical scene. Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United State has come and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started."

Is an Israeli-Iranian conflict around the corner?

US President Obama and the Pentagon have repeatedly stated that the US will not engage in a direct war with Iran. After having spent over $3 trillion in the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, the US Government cannot afford to carry out another attack in the Middle East without facing another recession at home. During the last couple of months, we have witnessed a series of developments which should give the reader an idea of why an Israeli attack on Iran seems to be inevitable and may be carried out in the very near future, possibly before the deadline of what Ben Bernanke describes as the Fiscal Cliff.

Netanyahu's Bomb Diagram at the UN Speech in September 2012

Israeli PM Netanyahu gave a clear signal to the UN delegates in September when he showed a cartoonish diagram of a bomb at the General Assembly. His aim was to illustrate at which point Iran's uranium enrichment program has to be stopped before it becomes to late, This is one of the latest signals given by Israel to point out the gravity and urgency of the situation.

Iran threatens to close Strait of Hormuz

In early 2012, Iran threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil trade route where almost 40% of the world's oil traded by sea passes through which amounts to 25% of the daily global oil trade. The US and the UK recently responded by increasing their military presence in the region. On top of it all, warships from over 25 countries including NATO member states participated in a joint naval exercise near the Strait of Hormuz in what is described as an unprecedented show of force.

Escalating tensions between Turkey and Syria

Iran is not the only country that is facing the pressure from NATO member states. Syria, Iran's only ally in the Middle East, which has been suffering a civilian unrest and a large number of casualties during the last year has angered Turkey after Damascus accused its neighboring country along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar of backing a deadly insurgency that claimed the lives of many Syrians.Turkey has beefed up its military defense on the Syrian border by deploying an additional 250 tanks and has stated that though it is not seeking war, it is indeed not far from one.

US & Israel to hold major military exercise on October 21st 2012

Due to concerns which are rising about a possible conflict between Israel and Iran by the end of the year, the U.S. joined forces with Israel to conduct a major joint air defense drill on October 21st 2012, the largest ever of its kind. The 3-week exercise, named Austere Challenge 12, simulated missile defense scenarios and ended with the interception of incoming Patriot missiles.

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Israel holds 'huge earthquake drill' on October 21st 2012

Coincidentally, on the same day of the US-Israeli military drill, Israel planned a huge emergency drill amid speculation that Israeli PM Netanyahu will carry out a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. The drill tested the country's ability to face a hypothetical scenario whereby a powerful earthquake would leave a total of 7,000 dead, 70,000 wounded and 170,000 left homeless.

US Military Bases in the Middle East

The picture speaks by itself. The actual reason for such a massive presence of US and UK troops in the Middle East isn't because of the so-called Al-Qaeda terrorists. On the other hand, the true motive behind the daily attacks and bombings in the Islamic countries is the very presence of these troops. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why the armies are being positioned along the Iranian bordering nations in order to surround it completely for the upcoming war.

Pentagon to support Israel if attacked

Last year, a Pentagon official stated that though the US disapproved of any direct military intervention in Iran, it would protect Israel if the country were to come under attack from Iranian missile strikes. This statement gives ample assurance to the Israeli military if it were to lead an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities as it knows it would be protected by the US if Iran were to strike back.

Peres' Comments

Israeli President Shimon Peres said that Israel will not consider unilateral action to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb. In the past though officials have consistently said that they were prepared to act alone to ensure Iran does not cross a nuclear weapons threshold. Was Peres speaking for himself, or has President Obama given the Israelis an assurance that they won't have to act alone?

With Iran continuing its nuclear development program of enriching uranium and Israel eager to stage a strategic attack on the nuclear facilities before the end of the year, it is just a matter of time before the war will start.

Furthermore in my previous Hub, I discuss the financial effects on the US Dollar of waging a war with Iran and the upcoming Global Economic Crisis.

The likelihood of another major war in the Middle East is a very delicate subject driven by both religious ideals and geopolitical affairs. The effects of such a scenario would be devastating not only to the Arab nations involved but also to Western countries as their economy relies heavily on Middle Eastern oil and gas. Furthermore, wars of this scale often bring about unintended consequences such as a resurgence of the Arab spring which may turn itself on Israel. The war with Iran is inevitable and it will affect the the West as much as it will affect Middle East countries from a financial perspective.

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Saad Shaukat 6 years ago

It's really unfortunate to see that how th nuclear tcnology is being misused. I beleive the only way out is that very country destroys its nuclear arsenals. Only the end of nuclear weapons would bring some peace. AS long as USA has its arsenals, Russia and Cina would have them too. Beacuse of China, India has built nuclear weapons and because of India, Pakistan has entered the race. It's more or less a chain which i fear might continue growing. Global zero is one such initiative trying to eliminate nuclear weapons and make the world free of them in future. To read a short, concise description of Global Zero, please visit,

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perrya 7 years ago

In 2010, either one will occur: Israel will attack iran's nuke sites and Iran will retaliate OR Iran will reach the nuclear threshold level and have their first small atomic bomb.

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Lupo 8 years ago from Boston Area

Definitely not good. I can't imagine the implications of anther war front for the U.S. So much damage would be caused, for so many people, on so many fronts. Yet another war is a real possibility because a few people in positions of power think such solutions are the best moves. It rarely is true that going to war is a good thing or turns out as well or better than expected. Yet it is human nature, especially when you can lose a lot of humility by being in a strong power position, to think that your plans and ideas are better than everyone else. How many times have we all said to ourselves "that won't happen to me" about so many trivial things in our lives.

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Hill Country 8 years ago from San Antonio

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thegecko 8 years ago from San Diego, CA

I don't know... Americans don't want another war, our economy can't handle the costs, and it could be political suicide for either party to try and attempt it. It could also mean more global isolation, which we cannot afford either.

There's way more to risk here than gain... I'm not convinced. We haven't gone into North Korea...

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

my husband said "do what any respectable person would do: Bend over and kiss your a...s s good bye." but then, he's a comedian. isn't he??

Be as prepared as we can be, pgrundy and do good -- lots and lots of good. plant more vegetables.

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Hill Country 8 years ago from San Antonio

Unfortunately, I agree

pgrundy 8 years ago

Hmm. Well, a lot more people than you might expect do think that this administration will find a way to make sure the next Presidential election never happens. War with Iran somewhere around October-ish would certainly do it. Personally I don't understand why Bush & Cheney have not been impeached. They've both committed so many impeachable offenses at this point that to my mind execution is warranted--impeachment is way too good for them. Yet we all go along our daily lives just patiently waiting for Armageddon. It's surreal, I hate it. I don't know what to do about it. I planted vegetables. Wow, what a revolutionary I am! But seriously, aside from leaving, I don't know what an average person is supposed to do in the face of this kind of mess.

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knolyourself 8 years ago from Bay Area, Ca

Think the price of oil is high now. How much after an attack on Iran? Course their crazy, but never the less. Seems to me that the real criminal states, the US and Israel need a distraction and scapegoat for all their own daily litany of crimes. Not that hard to research if one truly wants to know.

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Estess 8 years ago from London Author

^Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have stated several times that they will eliminate the Iranian threat if the situation gets out of control, not to speak about McCain who's pro-war like most other Republicans.

I'm going to make another thread in the next few days on the presidential election in November and the "Iranian threat", so you will have a better idea of what's really happening behind this puppet show which the media is publicising.

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GoogleCashMoney 8 years ago from Mumbai, India

I don't think so. American new president will learn from Bush's Mistakes. War is not solution for Middle East problem.

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