Unfortunately, it would appear to be. At least according to measures passed in the House of Representatives and various foreign intelligence agencies.
Last week, the House overwhelmingly approved a measure to put in place further sanctions on Iran. Should this bill pass the Senate, the U.S. will no longer do business with any country engaged in either selling refined petroleum products to Iran or helping them with their ability to refine oil. While this motion was passed as a means of AVOIDING war, the most likely outcome will be to TRIGGER a war.
Sanctions are already a form of war, although non-violent. They unfortunately reveal a certain level of hypocrisy by a country that preaches the virtues of free trade: The U.S.
Let's say all of this happened to us. Wouldn't we take such actions as a virtual declaration of war?
We would not tolerate covert operations designed to foment regime change. The U.S. has been doing this in Iran for years.
Most alarming is the probability that should war occur, it would be nuclear.
According to a top Pentagon official, an upcoming U.S. missile defense system drill would simulate an Iranian attack - a departure from similar drills aimed at thwarting an attack from North Korea.
According to Lt. General Patrick O'Reilly, an Iranian attack would be more problematic than one from North Korea because a missile fired from Iran COULD reach the U.S., whereas a Korean missile would likely land on themselves!
The test is scheduled for January and will cost $150 million. During the maneuver, the U.S. will fire an interceptor missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at a mock Iranian missile fired from the Marshall Islands.
Iran has been testing a "neutron initiator", a key element in producing nuclear weapons. A neutron initiator has absolutely no civilian purpose. Last Sunday, The British Times claimed it had obtained confidential documents from "Asian intelligence agencies" that the nuclear device had been recently enabled. The intelligence reveals that the initiator has been undergoing development since 2007.
Thus, it would seem that all sides have given up on a diplomatic solution. I pray neither country acts.
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