As the Middle East marches closer to war, all sides must consider the long-term fallout from their actions, writes Joschka Fischer for Project Syndicate.
Everywhere there is talk of a “military option,” which means air strikes. But, while advocates speak of a limited “surgical operation,” what they are really talking about is the start of two wars: an aerial war, led by the US and Israel, and an asymmetric war, led by Iran and its allies. And what if this “military option” fails? What if Iran becomes a nuclear power, the region’s democratic movements are swept away by a wave of anti-Western Islamic solidarity, and the Iranian regime emerges even stronger?
Officials, institutions and nations must decide if they are on the side of Iran’s demagoguery, or the the freedoms of the Western world, writes Lilac Sigan in the Huffington Post.
For years Iran has been playing a game of smoke and mirrors with its nuclear ambitions, supposedly “for peace purposes.” Now that the free world has understood the danger and is united against it with sanctions, Iran’s goal is to form a crack in the wall. But if you want the sanctions against Iran to work, you have to decide which side you’re on. So which will it be: the side of darkness, stoning, torture, terror, and lies covering up the horror regime? Or the side of personal freedom, free trade and aspirations for peace and prosperity?
Times of Israel: Morsi makes first visit to Iran by an Egyptian leader in decades
Jerusalem Post: Syria walks out during Egypt president’s speech in Tehran
Ynet: Khamenei: Time for new world order
New York Times: Assad Admits Difficulties, but Projects Confidence
Washington Post: Ex-SEAL’s book says Osama bin Laden made no attempt to defend himself in raid
Wall Street Journal: Iran’s Nuclear-Arms Guru Resurfaces
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