The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America and the Rumors of War

The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America and the Rumors of War

The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America and the Rumors of War

The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America and the Rumors of War

Synopsis

Authored by two international security experts, this vitally important volume begins with an incisive overview of the technical and political aspects of Iran's nuclear program, and then explains how Israel's panic about Iran's nuclear threat--combined with its policy toward the Palestinians--is complicating its alliance with America.

Excerpt

The inauguration of President Barack Obama, witnessed under a cold, clear sky by the largest crowd ever to converge on Washington, was an event of profound historical fulfillment. Yet the new president marked the occasion with a speech that was sober, prosaic, and grim. His peroration featured words that the most stolid of American heroes, George Washington, ordered to be read out in 1776 on the brink of defeat: “Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive … that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].” Obama made his comparison to “this winter of our hardship,” 232 years later, explicit.

The “gathering clouds” of which the president also spoke included financial and economic meltdown, endless war in Afghanistan, and potentially catastrophic climate . . .

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