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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 21, 2012 at 11:33

The scenarios you have presented have some validity if for no other reason than all of them have been discussed at some level at the various government agencies as the crisis continues to grip the world on the potential of a theater war with nuclear implications. The attempt of analogy being regressively applied to the use of RPGs has long since been replaced with the more sophisticated Katyushkas and other arms definitively identified as coming from 'outside sources.' Thus the validity of your reasoning: were it only RPGs, the IDF has been more than capable of demonstrating a managing force over the Iranian proxies in spite of the issues it presents to the world body. It inexorably leads to the escalation ranted about by the Iranian leadership.

So, are we to expect that Israel is going to react as the world presupposes?

1.With the exception of the nuclear threat not yet released, at minimum the United States has proffered the idea of Israel actually going through with a pre-emptive strike against all odds. Retaliation is guaranteed – expected, on choice 1.

2. With the expectation of a confirmed nuclear threat that would likely be released in retaliation, the timing of choice 2 will be most exquisite indeed; but the results are not going to be as expected.

3. With the only category of this scenario being out of control if it is nuclear, Israel has been attacked before and has demonstrated an uncanny ability to weather the attack and bring the enemy to a conclusion of that 'jihad;' a 'hudna' is employed in order to prepare for the next time.

4. With only the Iranians seemingly in charge of the nuclear ambitions and the constant rhetoric of employing their use in peaceful terms when they still threaten Israel with annihilation, the contradiction should be the basis for not trusting the Iranians- once they are confident they have the capability, they will use it – they are compelled to do so for their own self esteem. Pride of this sort has no limits.

Israel, in having its own preference would like to be at peace. The world has other ideas: the proof being the deceived mentality that the 'Palestinian' cause is sufficient to be given audience in the U. N where it is as plain as the ideology decrying the existence of Israel as a blight upon the Muslim landscape.

Israel has only one hope. In its Holy Scriptures the faith of Abraham towards her Almighty Sovereign is extolled for the people to read and understand. A world that does not understand it has no hope; thus it remains for Israel to return to its path of destiny. And while it is not alone in its endeavors, Iran is indeed part of the catalyst, either in pre-emption or in retaliation.

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