Friday, 2 November 2012

MIxed Messages Over Iran

Last week the UK Government rebuffed a request from Washington to use British bases near the Middle East for a possible attack on Iran citing 'a breach of international law if it facilitated what amounted to a pre-emptive strike on Iran'.
This week the Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak downgraded the nuclear threat from Iran as it had actually moved vast amounts of the 20%-enriched uranium that Israel often mentioned as a threat towards civil needs, acknowledging what Tehran has repeated over and over, namely that it enriches uranium to a 20% level for purely medical purposes.
Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron says he is considering a deployment of a fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon jets to the United Arab Emirates to demonstrate Britain’s 'military commitment to UAE' although they didn't say who they were committing our fighters to protect UAE militarily from but it isn't that much of a leap to think it's Iran. 
Mixed signals perhaps because if Israel, who are itching to bomb Iran, say Iran is not as much as a danger as they first thought, why are we poking a stick at the Iranians by deploying our military to the region in a move that is only going to antagonise the Iranians?
Is it so wrong to think that the West is preparing for another war with another oil rich Middle Eastern country and we are going to prod and pull Iran until we get it?

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