U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and his fellow hawks in the Trump administration are trying to further escalate the situation with Iran and to encourage Trump to launch an attack on them, which he actually almost did, only to pull back at the last minute because “150 would have died.” I don’t imagine there have ever been many missile strikes where nobody has been injured or killed, so it seems a very odd reason. Perhaps it illustrates the “contradictory impulses” suggested in the article “Reversal on Iran strike shows Trump confusion” in the June 23 edition.

If we are to believe what we are told, Iran is certainly contributing to instability in several areas of the Middle East, but whether this justifies going to war with them is problematic.

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