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Israel to attack Iran before the 2012 U.S. presidential elections?

There are plenty of options other than going to war

Raymond Cheng

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Tens of thousands of people joined the online cause "Israel Loves Iran" and portraited themselves in the "Not-ready-to-die-in-your-war photo campaign", spreading the message of peace across the Internet. Photo © Ronny Edry

Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani once quoted the late Ayatollah Khomeini's words and described Israel as a "one-bomb country," meaning that it would only take one nuclear bomb to completely wipe Israel off the world map (note: this was actually an incorrect translation done by some anonymous wire service translators, see "The rumor of the century" by Iran specialists Arash Norouzi of the Mossadegh Project). Yet, to some extent, I agree with the logic that Israel is a compact state and going to war would definitely not be in the interest of the country. But when Israel is such a tiny "one-bomb country" and no one is ready to die in an Israel-Iran war (see the quickly blooming social media group "Israel Loves Iran"), why risk annihilation and be the first to strike? At least I, for one, have never heard of Taiwan attempting to take back mainland China or South Korea to invade Japan. There are, always, cleverer, more civilized, and much longer lasting weapons to use that would do good to both sides than to go to full-scale war – business and trade, foreign direct investment, etc. for instance. Maybe it's time for Mr. Netanyahu to revise his investment portfolio to include some Iranian assets and check out the examples between India and Pakistan, or Taiwan and China (below). Even though many would argue that the situation there are different than that between Israel and Iran, I still hold the belief that there are plenty of options other than war and there is always a light of hope for peace – it is just a matter of choice.


Raymond Cheng


    SEPTEMBER 2012

    OCTOBER 2012




  • Another try at nuclear negotiations - and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has threatened military strikes if these activities are not halted by next spring or early summer - New York Times (2012/12/24)
Does that mean Iran is safe for now? Let's hope so while our prayers go to the people in both Gaza and Israel. Meanwhile, those who are interested might want to review as well some recent histories of other nations' peaceful attempts in preventing regional military conflicts.

Pakistan and India: Historical grudge to set aside in less than 10 years – friendship, strategies and FDI more efficient than killing

  1. Don't fire or we'll strike back, India tells Pak - following up its diplomatic offensive, Indian troops now ready to conduct retaliatory fire assaults - India Times (2002/05/20)
  2. Mumbai attack 2008: Two days of terror - for two days from November 26 to 28, 2008, more than 150 people were killed in co-ordinated shootings and blasts at 10 different locations, taking hostages at two hotels and a Jewish center - New York Times (2008/11/29)
  3. India aid critical for success of Afghan operations: US - India provides for Afghanistan a substantial development assistance of $1.3 bn - DNA India (2009/11/06)
  4. Don't leave Afghanistan, India told U.S. - Indian officials, worried that this would be to the detriment of India's security; PM Manmohan Singh also pledged $500 million more to India's $1.3 billion development assistance package to Afghanistan - The Hindu (2011/05/24)
  5. 'India willing to invest at least $20b to $50b in Pakistan' - exploring peaceful opportunities in Pakistan, including mining, petroleum, energy, power and infrastructure etc. - The Tribune (2012/05/02)
  6. First Pakistan-India management summit planned in Lahore - the Pakistani and Indian governments have taken a number of steps in recent months to enhance trade and economic relations starting with Islamabad decided to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India by year-end - The News, Pakistan (2012/08/28)
  7. Death penalty for lone surviving guman of India's Mumbai massacre - judges said they were left with no option but to award death penalty - Perth Now (2012/08/29)
  8. India Inc may soon get to invest in Pakistan - to boost economic relations between the neighbours - India Times (2012/08/30)
  9. Pakistan, India likely to sign new visa regime - suspended because of the 2008 Mumbai attacks; green lights now lit for group tourist visa, visa on arrival for senior citizens and children and year-long multiple entry visa for businessmen - Dawn Pakistan (2012/09/01)
  10. Pakistan-India ties improving: Malik - relations were improving according to the wishes of peoples of the two countries; Pakistan would be strongly resisting any movement of terrorists between the two neighbours - The Tirbune, Pakistan (2012/09/03)
  11. Pakistan and India finalize visa agreement - new and liberalized visa agreement finalized despite no major breakthroughs on the major conflicts between the two neighbors, including the disputed territory of Kashmir - NY Daily (2012/09/08)
    1. 'India remains committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue' - goodwill and friendship from the government and the people of India for the government and the people of Pakistan - The News (Pakistan) (2012/09/07)
    2. 'India remains committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue' – Part II - India's recent decisions to allow FDI and investment in shares and convertible debentures from Pakistan - The News (Pakistan) (2012/09/08)
  12. India, Pak identify 8 areas of mutual cooperation - including agriculture, education, environment, health, information, tourism and IT & Telecom for mutually beneficial cooperation - India Times (2012/09/08)
  13. Peace is indeed difficult to mainatain: Pakistan-India ties: Delay in new visa regime irks parliamentary panel - a parliamentary panel has voiced its reservations over delay in implementation of a new visa regime recently signed - Express Tribune (2012/10/06)
  14. Yet through building trust this can be worked out: "Optimists see an opening for better India-Pakistan ties" - increased trust can lead to resolution of long-simmering conflicts - LA Times (2012/10/18)

In fact, numerous analysis and papers have also established the fact that business and trade interdependence leads to peace and that economic interdependence is associated with a reduction of international tensions between nations.

Nationalist Taiwan and Communist China: Maintaining status quo through both incentives and deterrence

  1. Taiwan opens sensitive high-tech investment with rival China - deeper trust and gains, more jobs and higher chance for President Ma Ying-jeou to win a second term - Christian Science Monitor (2011/03/07)
  2. Taiwan welcomes Chinese investment with some reservations - Taiwanese invested approx. 1,000 times more in mainland China (as of February 2011, US$12.2b) than the Chinese (approximately US$140m) in Taiwan - Taiwan Insights (2011/05/13)
  3. Taiwan must have 'strike back' capability: US report - the US and Japanese conventional forces are always prepared, making the PLA think twice about striking - Taipei Times (2011/09/01)
  4. President of Taiwan is re-elected, a result that is likely to please China - welcomed by Taiwanese business leaders, who feared his defeat could irritate China and set back the détente that has served them well during the past three and a half years - New York Times (2012/01/15)
  5. Taiwan to seek fewer new US fighter jets - legislator says possibly leave the door open to buying more advanced F-35s - Khaleej Times (2012/08/13)
  6. Taiwan signs yuan clearing deal with China, creates new rate - Singapore, Japan, and Thailand have signed similar deals with China - Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2012/08/31)
  7. Taiwan-China economic ties to deepen with yuan pact - new clearing system marks the start of the final stage of an economic integration that has drawn Taiwan closer to its one-time political foe and lifted trade to over $160 billion annually - Reuters (2012/09/07)



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