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The Catalyst for a Middle East Conflagration Rests with Israel's Obsession with Iran even with Syria in the Headlines

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But needless to say, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn't waiting for any investigation. On Wednesday, the day of the attack he immediately accused Iran of being responsible and then yesterday continued his bombast saying, "The time has come for all countries that know the truth to speak it. Iran is the one behind the wave of terror. Iran is the No.1 exporter of terror in the world. A terrorist state must not have a nuclear weapon," (it would be appropriate to counter Netanyahu about his idea of what constitutes the "truth", Israeli terrorism against the occupied Palestinian's in Gaza and the West Bank and Israel's having its own not so secret nuclear arsenal while not being a signee to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty [which of course Iran is a member in good standing] but such a discussion is a whole other issue for another time and not the intention of this short piece.

As for Iran's reply to terrorist the attack in Bulgaria, an Iranian spokesman Ramin Mehmanparest said, "Terrorism endangers the lives of innocents." Meanwhile, Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iran's Parliament, criticized the U.S. saying," By not condemning the assassination in Syria, the Americans show they believe in good assassinations and bad assassinations."

But getting back to Netanyahu and Israel's obsession with Iran, the potential for a disastrous and unnecessary attack by the Israeli's on Iran's nuclear facilities remains the most imminent danger facing the world.

Lest we forget, it was Israel along with the U.S. that conducted the cyber warfare attack with the "Stuxnet" computer worm disabling Iranian nuclear centrifuges refining uranium last year as well as initiating the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists within Iran these past few years. Then there's the two U.S. aircraft carrier groups operating in the Persian Gulf which of late has added mine detecting mini subs in its arsenal to combat any Iranian intention of mining the Strait of Hormuz and disabling the oil traffic that must pass through the Strait before entering the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. Then add in the latest severe U.S. sponsored sanctions restricting Iranian oil shipments just put into full effect on July 1 and Iran remains the flashpoint for a war with immense, unpredictable consequences for the world.

American "diplomacy", (if one can call it that) has Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lately "flitting" about, turning up in Egypt and talking with new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, then meeting with Egyptian General Tantawi, but accomplishing nothing as suspicions abound about American motives. Then she's off to Israel glad handing with Netanyahu.

But with the American presidential election just 3 - months away, Obama's hands are tied hoping Israel won't act with obstinacy and attack Iran, thus forcing his hand and siding with Israel in their misadventure even if he didn't want to and complicating his chances for re-election.


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