Both sides in the increasingly tense US-Iran standoff racheted up the rhetoric Sunday. On the Iranian side, a Hizbullah spiritual leader said that the U.S. Senate has "declared war on Iran". On the U.S. side, former UN ambassador John Bolton said that time is about up on all but the military option.
From YnetNews:Of course, Fadlallah made the usual charge that anyone with an anti-Iranian view is getting a regular check from the Zionist Entity.
"The declaration of the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group is a declaration of war," Sheik Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Hizbullah's spiritual leader, said Sunday in response to a Senate resolution on Wednesday calling on the State Department to include the dominant branch in Iran's army on its list of terrorist organization.
"The American Senate's decision to include the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which are an integral part of the Iranian army, as a terrorist organization, amounts to a declaration of war and so does the Senate's daring decision to vote in favor of a resolution to divide Iraq," Fadlallah said.
"The American Congress is pretending to be trying to change the attitude of this administration but in fact they are working together and are towing the line of the Zionist lobby to widen the scope of American aggression in the region."Meanwhile, speaking in front of Conservatives in England, Bolton lamented the lack of choices on the thorny Iran-US problem, but stated that the military option could be the only one left.
From AP via YnetNews
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton drew cheers from British Conservatives on Sunday, saying that diplomacy had failed to halt Iran's nuclear program and urging Washington to consider military action.
Bolton, who has long advocated a tougher line on dealing with Tehran, told a fringe meeting at Britain's main opposition Conservative Party's annual conference that time was running out to halt Iran's alleged weapons ambitions.
"Life is about choices, and we are very close to the point where we have to make that choice on military force," Bolton told delegates in the northern coastal holiday town of Blackpool.
Unlike the American Left, Bolton realizes that when you take the military options off the table, the other options become a lot less serious to the other side. When the anti-war media attacks military options, they actually become much more likely to happen. As Iran discounts the seriousness of America to go to war to protect it's interests, it also discounts other the choices it may make.
As another from UN ambassador, Jeane Kirkpatrick (author of Making War to Keep the Peace) once said,"We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
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