OPINION: A U.S. attack on Iran would be a “fatal mistake”

The fallout from an attack on Iran would be devastating

It seems almost incredible after the catastrophe of the Iraq war, but the signs are growing that the Bush administration wants to do it all over again – this time to Iran. Just as in the runup to the invasion of Iraq, the Washington air is thick with unsubstantiated claims about weapons of mass destruction; demonisation of the country’s president has reached bizarre proportions; intelligence leaks about links with al-Qaida and attacks on US and British targets are now routine; demands for war from the administration’s neoconservative outriders are becoming increasingly strident; the pronouncements of George Bush and his vice-president, Dick Cheney, are turning ever more belligerent – and administration sources claim that the British government is privately ready to play ball. [complete article]

Editor’s Comment — In an NPR interview today, Iraq’s National Security Adviser Dr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie echoes the US claim that Iran is “muddling” in Iraq but he warns that a US attack on Iran would be “a fatal mistake.”

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