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“They’re certainly issuing threats very publicly and openly. Not only the words but even the actions. So, for example, the last couple of years, the United States has provided to Israel over a hundred advanced jet bombers openly advertised as capable of bombing Iran and returning. I don’t think a word about that has been published in the United States but it’s public information. You can read it in the Israeli press, you can read it in military journals. Certainly Iranian intelligence knows it.
Furthermore, deploying major naval forces in the Gulf, right off shore from Iran, is an obvious threat. I mean, if Iran was deploying major naval forces in the English Channel or the Caribbean, you can bet that the United States and London would be pretty upset about it. In fact, they’d go to war.
Capturing Iranian officials in northern Iraq, that’s provocation. The United States is almost certainly – we, you know, can’t prove it but the evidence is pretty strong – is supporting secessionist groups – terrorist groups in fact, in Iran. Recently, there was an attack from Baluchi based, Pakistani based terrorists, other groups are being supported. You know, all that is very provocative. That’s all over and above the overt threat. The overt threats to Iran are a crime. They’re a major violation of the United Nations Charter which outlaws the threat or use of force in international affairs. Threat of force is a violation of the Charter, it’s a violation of law. In outlaw states, like the United States and Britain where law doesn’t matter much, there’s very little comment on that. But definitely the threats are there and all of this could lead to just an accidental war.” – Noam Chomsky