Prof. Norman Bailey in Globes: War can wait

by Norman A. Bailey  |  May 9, 2013  |  ARTICLES

The article below by Prof. Norman Bailey appeared in Globes: Israel's Business Arena.

War can wait
It is increasingly apparent that there is no appetite in either the United States or Israel at this time to go to war with Iran.

It is increasingly apparent that there is no appetite in either the United States or Israel at this time to go to war with Iran by attacking the Iranian nuclear facilities.

For the time being, the June elections in Iran are used as a reason not to attack, on the grounds that the intentions of the new government should be ascertained first, even though the struggle will be between clerical extremists and non-clerical extremists. Both sides have proclaimed that developing a nuclear capacity is Iran's right. The most fanatical elements would actively welcome a nuclear Armageddon as hastening the advent of the Mahdi.

The United States has developed an updated bunker-buster bomb, capable supposedly of penetrating even the Fordow and Natanz facilities. Secretary of Defense Hagel was careful to emphasize this capability to Defense Minister Ayalon during the latter's visit to Washington. The purpose, obviously, was to convince the Israelis that those facilities can be destroyed any time, and therefore there is no need for pre-emptive action in the foreseeable future.

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