- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 4, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Arnaud de Borchgrave’s assertion that “the decline of the American empire may be hastened by another war in the Gulf … triggered by Israeli and/or U.S. bombs on Iran’s nuclear installations” is eye-opening to say the least (“Managing decline,” Commentary, Monday).

That could explain why Iranian leaders are threatening a second holocaust on Israel. They want an attack. A U.S. or Israeli attack might prove tactically devastating to Iran and it citizenry, but its strategic effects could fulfill Osama bin Laden’s original goals of breaking us economically and dividing us politically.

Any attack on Iran would spark an asymmetric Gulf war resulting almost immediately in a massive reduction (if not a complete halt) of affordable petroleum vital to our already-faltering economic engine. And that would be just an opening move in their game of destruction. What if Iran uses biological or chemical weapons?

Even a limited asymmetric Gulf war could speed up the end of America. War just isn’t what it used to be. Perhaps we should find another way of resolving our differences. Make world law, not world war.

CHUCK WOOLERY

Rockville, Md.

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