POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL
This is frightening. We are entering unknown, dangerous territory in the Mid East.
I am afraid it is highly likely America's great "ally" Israel played a role in this.
Only hours ago, Israel formally accused the distinguished head of the UN nuclear inspection agency of hiding Iran's nuclear work.
Fallon was well known for being opposed to Bush's highly aggressive tone of a few months ago towards Iran.
That tone has only somewhat quieted down since the leak of the official National Intelligence Estimate by some sensible member of the American intelligence community trying to avert disaster.
Israel since then almost daily has called the National Intelligence Estimate wrong.
There really is every reason to believe that Bush would like to go out of office in a blaze of glory, a kind of a Fundamentalist Gotterdammerung in Iran.
America's Christian Taleban, loyalists to Bush, have visions of the End of the World and the Second Coming and Armageddon all blurred in their brains. The notion of conflict there actually appeals to them.
Israel's leaders appear all too happy to keep it so and have the American military do what ever dirty work Israel sees fit.
Don't forget that Israel knowingly destroyed four UN observers doing their duty in Lebanon. To this day it has not in the least cooperated in investigating that war crime.