Sunday, January 23, 2005
Iran very big chunk to bite off militarilyBy Gwynne Dyer
Seymour Hersh's 'New Yorker' article about American forces carrying out reconnaissance missions in Iran to locate hidden Iranian nuclear facilities, presumably in order to be able to destroy them all in a surprise attack, may be 'riddled with errors,' as the White House promptly alleged. It may be entirely true. And either way, it may have been deliberately leaked by the Bush Administration to frighten Iran. But what was really revealing was the U.S. media response to it.
70 million Iranians in a country three times the size of Iraq is a very big chunk to bite off militarily, especially since the U.S. already has Iraq on its plate.
Iran is not a 'crazy state.' In the 25 years Iran has not attacked any neighboring state. When Iraq invaded Iran in the 1980s (with American encouragement and support), they fought a bitter eight-year war to repel the invasion but accepted a negotiated peace that simply restored the status quo."
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