Did he say it or didn’t he? Peter Bart, in Variety, paraphrases a statement allegedly made by John Edwards at a Hollywood fundraiser:
John Edwards was cruising along, detailing his litany of liberal causes last week until, during question time, he invoked the “I” word — Israel. Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. As a chill descended on the gathering, the Edwards event was brought to a polite close.
Edwards is backpedaling as fast as his feet will carry him:
“The January 19th Variety article is erroneous,” said Edwards spokesman Jonathan Prince. “Senator Edwards did not say nor does he believe that the greatest short-term threat to world peace is the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. Senator Edwards said, as he has in the past, that Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon is one of the greatest short-term threats to world peace.”
Though Bart is standing behind his report, he didn’t quote Edwards which weakens his claim.
But let’s examine the content of what Edwards allegedly said. If Israel does bomb Iran it WILL be a threat to world peace. I don’t know if it will be the greatest threat to world peace. But it will one huge helluva mess. So nothing Edwards said is objectively wrong. Not that this will help him much. The Republican Jewish Coalition has jumped all over this one as proof that Dems hate Israel (one of their hopeless tropes). AIPAC will sit Edwards down and give him a good verbal thrashing. He’ll probably be on his way to Israel within weeks for a proper reeducation session on one of their infamous legislative tours.
All this being said, I’m not saying that Iran’s nuclear program isn’t a threat to world peace. It certainly is. But the question is: is a military response warranted? And the answer is an unqualified ‘No.’ And would such an attack, whether launched by Israel or the U.S. be a disaster of possibly monumental proportions? Yes.
I note that Israel’s defense ministry floated a story yesterday in the Daily Telegraph that it was consulting with the U.S. for transit rights to fly over Iraq on its way to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. Can you imagine how that would go over among Iraqis and the Arab states in general? Not only do you attack a Muslim state, but you bargain with the U.S. to use Iraqi airspace to do it. Ephraim Sneh denies the report today. But since his own defense ministry is the source for the original story, his denial must be treated with a big grain of salt. This is all part of the PsyOps campaign against Iran. Keep ’em on edge. Keep ’em guessing about your intent. It’s all a hopeless enterprise. But it does seem like what they’re doing.