Monday, February 12, 2007

Are We Going To War With Iran?

Many top-ranking military officials are opposed to attacking Iran. Our troops are already over-stretched and working harder than anyone should have to. I don't see how we could possibly go to war with Iran without reinstituting the draft.

Conscription would force our nation to pay attention to what is going on and encourage people to get involved at the "grass-roots" level. The draft would intensify opposition to the current military strategy in Iraq. If a universal draft were to be put in place, that would decrease the current system’s inequitable distribution of combat duty toward low-income and minority communities.

Newsweek reports that we may be closer to war with Iran than we think.

Some view the spiraling attacks as a strand in a worrisome pattern. At least one former White House official contends that some Bush advisers secretly want an excuse to attack Iran. "They intend to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something [America] would be forced to retaliate for," says Hillary Mann, the administration's former National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs. U.S. officials insist they have no intention of provoking or otherwise starting a war with Iran, and they were also quick to deny any link to Sharafi's kidnapping. But the fact remains that the longstanding war of words between Washington and Tehran is edging toward something more dangerous. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow. Iran shot off a few missiles in those same tense waters last week, in a highly publicized test. With Americans and Iranians jousting on the chaotic battleground of Iraq, the chances of a small incident's spiraling into a crisis are higher than they've been in years.


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