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Unhelpful rhetoric

This has got to stop:
If the U.N. Security Council is incapable of taking action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself, Israel's defense minister said on Wednesday.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was asked whether Israel was ready to use military action if the Security Council proved unable to act against what Israel and the West believe is a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program.

"My answer to this question is that the state of Israel has the right give all the security that is needed to the people in Israel. We have to defend ourselves," Mofaz told Reuters after a meeting with his German counterpart Franz Josef Jung.

Iran denies wanting nuclear weapons and says it is only interested in the peaceful generation of electricity. It has also threatened to retaliate if Israel or the United States were to bomb any of its nuclear facilities.
Since when did defending yourself involve an unprovoked attack on another nation? I suppose the U.S. is just "defending" itself in Iraq, right?

Look, it's possible that Israel is just making noise in order to discourage Iran from going nuclear. If so, the calculus changes, but it's still hard to imagine that such rhetoric is helpful on the whole.

Is there anybody in their right mind who thinks that a war between Israel and Iran would be a good thing? Aren't we supposed to try to avoid World War III?

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