Why war with Iran would spell disaster - Opinion - Al Jazeera EnglishQuicklink submitted by Rob Kall Permalink
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|US politicians are ratcheting up calls for war without being honest with the public about what it would really mean.
Not a war of weeks or months, but a "generations-long war" is how former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy describes the consequences of open conflict with Iran. In comparison with Iraq and Afghanistan, both countries with relatively small populations which were already in a state of relative powerlessness before they were invaded, Iran commands the eighth largest active duty military in the world, as well as highly trained special forces and guerilla organisations which operate in countries throughout the region and beyond.
Any attack on Iran would assuredly lead to the activation of these proxies in neighbouring countries to attack American interests and would create a situation of borderless war unprecedented in any past US conflicts in the Middle East
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