To no surprise, another conflict has arisen in the Middle East. However, it may be interesting to note that the current situation has the possibility of quickly escalating into a full scale war. Israel, according to a U.S. senior military official, could strike Iran’s nuclear program, fearful that Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons rather than nuclear energy. The U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command have been watching recent activities of both the Israeli army and the Iranian army.
Most likely, if any strikes were to occur, it would be through the air. The problem is, however, that Israel would have to send manned fighter jets and Israeli Jericho ballistic missiles over other nations and into Iranian airspace. By sending manned aircraft into this third-country airspace, mid-air fuelling would have to occur, which may be detected by Iranian radar. Furthermore, a U.S. official recently quoted has called the Iranian air defenses “top notch.” The official has also stated that the U.S. has no plans of striking Iran.
But what if Israel did strike Iran? Would the U.S. then be obligated to help Israel attack Iran due to their alliance? If not, then Israel may find itself under attack from neighboring countries that support Iran. If that were to ensue, World War III could break out.
Lastly, I believe that this would be an example of the dirty hands theory. Israel would be doing something generally wrong (attacking another nation) in order to do something that is right (potentially disabling Iran’s nuclear program). The attack would be necessary in order for the nuclear program in Iran to be disabled, or seriously setback. Do you think that this is an example of dirty hands?