Will the Middle East Soon Be a Radioactive Wasteland?


The Middle East hangs precariously on the precipice of a terminal confrontation. The tension ratcheted up when Iran almost launched an attack on Israel, a move halted at the last minute, likely due to a sharp nudge from the US. Still, the threat remains. America has thrown its weight behind Israel, promising steadfast support. This is a clear signal to Iran and the world. If Iran makes a move, the response will be swift and severe, potentially dragging us into a conflict of unimaginable scale. This can escalate into a confrontation that will likely redraw geographical boundaries and ignite global turmoil. And in this game of brinkmanship, everybody loses. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail.

Most people have absolutely no idea how close we are to a nightmare scenario in the Middle East.  Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that Bloomberg was reporting that an Iranian attack on Israel was “imminent”.  At that time we were waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Middle East, and we are still waiting.  Ynet News is claiming that Iran was “ready to launch its attack on Israel” but had a change of heart before it pulled the trigger…

Iran was ready to launch its attack on Israel but decided to change or postpone it by a few days, likely after warnings from the Biden administration.

Overnight, the official Iranian news agency Mehr posted on X that that Iran temporarily grounded all air activity over Tehran’s airspace starting from midnight due to “military maneuvers.” Mehr also shared a video showing missiles with the caption “Maybe tonight… Stay tuned.” The agency quickly deleted both items.

I think that the Iranians realize that if they strike Israeli territory there will be an overwhelming response from the IDF.

And Joe Biden is promising “ironclad” support for Israel if the Iranians attack…

US president Joe Biden on Wednesday vowed that American support for Israel is ‘ironclad’, amid fears the Middle Eastern nation will soon be attacked by Iran.

‘As I told Prime Minister Netanyahu, our commitment to Israel security against these threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad. Let me say it again: ironclad. We’re going to do all we can to protect Israel security,’ Biden said at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Biden’s top diplomat, Anthony Blinken, affirmed his words and told Israel’s defence minister Yoav Gallant on a phone call that the US would stand behind Israel if Iran decides to attack.

Does this mean that we will be at war with Iran the moment that Iranian missiles start hitting targets inside Israel?

Because that is what it sounds like.

I can understand how the possibility of war with the United States would make the Iranians think twice.

But even though they may have hesitated, they are clearly not backing down yet.

On Thursday, Iranian leaders did confirm that they fully intend to “punish” Israel in the days ahead…

Tehran must retaliate for the deadly attack on its consular compound in Damascus last week because the U.N. Security Council failed to condemn the strike or take any action against Israel, Iran’s U.N. mission said in a statement posted Thursday on the X platform.

“Had the U.N. Security Council condemned the Zionist regime’s reprehensible act of aggression on our diplomatic premises in Damascus and subsequently brought to justice its perpetrators, the imperative for Iran to punish this rogue regime might have been obviated,” the statement said.

So some sort of an attack is definitely coming.

If Iran hits targets that are outside the land of Israel, that may not spark an all-out war in the region.

But if Iran hits targets inside the land of Israel, that will literally push us to the brink of the unthinkable.

Earlier today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio posted the following message on social media

Iran wants to launch a large scale attack from their own territory against #Israel

Israel will respond instantly with an even more severe counterattack inside of Iran

What happens next is the most dangerous Middle East moment since 1973

I agree with his assessment except for one thing.

I believe that what we are facing is far more dangerous than anything that we witnessed in 1973.

One British news source is reporting that a war simulation that was “crafted by military and security experts” indicates that all-out war is likely if Iran starts hitting targets inside Israeli territory…

Iran and it’s terror proxies including Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis all have powerful long-range, high-precision rockets which they use to hit key Israeli targets.

Israel hits back and is fighting off Iranian proxies on a frontline in Syria and Lebanon near its border while striking Iran by air.

Tel Aviv appeals to the US several times for intervention but with no luck becomes isolated in its fight against Iran.

According to the simulation, nuclear weapons are likely to be used as the conflict progresses…

Eventually it resorts to a non-lethal nuclear detonation in an attempt to make Iran surrender, which it does not.

A desperate Israel eventually launches 50 nuclear weapons towards Iran, who unleashes its own nuke ambush against an air base with US troops.

The war game simulation ends here with a conflict that would involve Syria, Lebanon, even Yemen and could reduce large parts of the Middle East to a pile of smoking, radioactive rubble.

In the entire recorded history of the world, we have never seen a war like this.

Can you imagine the chaos that would erupt all over the globe if major cities in the Middle East were reduced to piles of “smoking, radioactive rubble”?

Let us hope that the war simulation described above is not accurate.

But without a doubt, we have entered a danger zone.

Once Iran and Israel start lobbing missiles at one another, there will be no turning back.

For a long time, I have been warning my readers that an apocalyptic war in the Middle East would be coming.

Now we are almost there.

My hope is that the Iranians will back down and that their response to Israel will turn out to be very weak.

If that turns out to be the case, that could buy us a little bit more time.

But one way or another, I believe that this is the year when the Middle East descends into chaos.

So buckle up and hold on tight, because it appears that things are about to get really crazy.

This article originally appeared on the Economic Collapse

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