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Israel and Iran: one spark could ignite a Middle East inferno

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The war of words continues unabated with regard to Iran's nuclear intentions. The rhetoric emanating from the leaders of Iran, Israel and the United States is filled with suspicion, distrust and dangerous saber rattling. The tensions are rapidly escalating to the point that just one small spark could ignite a Middle East inferno that could escalate into the next world war.

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Words are cheap, actions speak much louder. Listening to these three parties' never-ending rhetoric is a monumental waste of time and will solve nothing. Actions are the things that count when analyzing just what is happening in the Middle East and where this situation may be heading.

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Let's begin with words. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a master of obtuse rhetoric. He craves the spotlight even though that exposure is generally damaging to his image. He uses every opportunity presented to insult and make threats against the government of Israel. But this worn out act is meaningless and merely serves to increase the hatred and distrust that his enemies feel for him.

The rhetoric flowing from the government of Israel is deadly serious with a constant menacing threat of potential attack upon the nuclear facilities of Iran. I can't ever recall hearing a message coming from Israel that has ever attempted to promote any form of diplomacy or to try to reach a middle ground with Iran or other neighbor states.

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