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Has Trump painted himself into Israel’s corner over war with Iran?

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Is America preparing to go to war with Iran? This is the question dominating discussions around dinner tables as well as boardrooms. Confined not only to the Middle East, where heightened concerns about the fall-out for the volatile region’s future forms part of the focus of debates, this is also a major issue around the world. Europe, Central Asia, the Far East and Africa will not be immune from repercussions of such a war if the Trump administration — which is filled with neocon hawks – starts to bomb and then invade Iran.

Here in South Africa, our country is bedevilled by looting and corruption which has devastated the treasury, compounding massive inequalities and monumental job losses, crippling health care while creating a myriad of socio-economic problems. We can ill afford further fuel hikes if America pulls the trigger on Iran.

While there is still uncertainty about whether or not US President Donald Trump will pull back from the brink, or if the rabid ideologues like National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will push him to the edge, the current tension has sparked a combination of fear and outrage. Both sentiments are to be expected. We all have every right to fear the devastating consequences of any and all wars; sadly, the evidence for this is evident in too many war-torn countries. We should also be outraged that America doesn’t possess any moral or legal ground to lay waste to yet another Muslim-majority country.

Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria – countries which appear to be allied closely in one way or another with........

© Middle East Monitor