The perilous decision

Are the hawks, mad Zionists and Bush-groupies listening?

Military action against Iran would backfire against Israel, which in turn would face “dire and far-reaching” consequences, a leading British foreign policy think-tank believes.

Chatham House says in a report that it is “widely assumed” that preparations are “well under way” in both America and Israel for military action against targets related to Iran’s nuclear programme. The report by Yossi Mekelberg examines the possible responses by Iran, which may retaliate with massive ballistic missile attacks on Israeli cities such as Tel Aviv or Haifa, resulting in “substantial loss of life”.

Israel’s relations with moderate Arab states would also be harmed, as any military attack would be seen as an offensive against the Muslim world and would fuel Islamic extremism.

“An Israeli military operation against Iran would hurt Israel’s long-term interests. It would be detrimental to Israel’s overall security and the political and economic consequences would be dire and far-reaching,” the report warns.

Unless, of course, the desired state is regional chaos.

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