Will an Iran war break out soon? Who will fight them? Israel? America? Britain? Iran is clearly preparing to defend herself—or to attack.
Signs of an imminent Iran war
The signs are all around us, though many don’t agree on what to make of them. The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail both report that the Iran Revolutionary Guard is now on full war alert. The National Post reminds its readers of several things that the Iranians have done to isolate themselves. They include the storming of the British Embassy and an alleged attempt to assassinate some Saudi diplomats in Washington. The Daily Mirror quoted American officials as calling Iran a “pariah state.” Newsmax.com speculates that the Iran war has already begun, and that the United States is already fighting it with sabotage.
Tony Karon at Time seems to think that all this activity is still “business as usual.” But that doesn’t explain at least one, possibly two, explosions at Iranian military camps and bases. One caused the deaths of a ranking IRG general and seventeen others. Another took out a base from which the Iranians could launch solid-fueled rockets. Mike Evans points out that solid-fueled rockets can launch without warning, a thing that liquid-fueled rockets cannot.
An Iran war with whom?
The next question is what the other party in an Iran war would be. Most seems to think that America, Britain, or both would be the other parties. The ostensible catalyst: Iran’s nuclear-fuel development program, or nuclear weapons-development program. The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran is the more frightening because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, has said many inflammatory things in the last year or so. Chief among them:
- Wishing to wipe the Republic of Israel off the map.
- Believing that he is the forerunner for the Return of the Twelfth Imam.
That second thing probably has Iran’s neighbors preparing for war with Iran themselves. The Twelfth Imam is a Shi’ite story. Iran’s neighbors are Sunni, not Shi’ite. Beyond that, Iranians are not Arabs. They are an Aryan people, while their neighbors are Arabs. The two sides have never gotten along, and have been at odds for centuries.
Beyond this, Iranian and Israeli officials each seem to fear an attack by the other. (Also, Khaled Diab, an Egyptian, published this piece in Ha’aretz, in which he accused Ahmadinejad and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu each of provoking war with the other for domestic political reasons.)
Outcome of an Iran war
At least some observers think that Iran can have no plans to attack Israel. The reason: they would surely lose. History backs this up: the Arabs fought four major wars with Israel, and lost them all. If the Iranians think they will far any better, say some, then they are berserkers.
The things that Ahmadinejad has said in the last few years are the sort of thing a berserker would say. Then, too, the Bible (Ezekiel chh. 38-9) predicts that Iran will go to war with Israel, as part of a larger Russia-led coalition. That coalition will include Libya and Ethiopia (but probably not any Arab countries, except perhaps for Syria). The Bible also says that Iran will still lose.
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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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