As the discussion of a possible Israeli attack on Iran swirls around Washington, I have to wonder whether either the Israeli government or the government of the United States has considered that an attack on Iran would be considered an Act of War under International Law.
While I believe it is clearly part of the calculus for the United States Government, I have to wonder if the Israeli government is so arrogant that they believe they will get a “hall pass” from the civilized world.
We Americans tend to be fairly isolated from the opinions of foreign governments, and we have come to accept the actions of Israel as being right and proper because our government and many of our institutions have said that it is the way it should be. There was a time when European governments felt the same way; however over the last twenty years or so, European governments of all stripes have come to question the legitimacy of many of Israel’s actions vis a vie the Palestinians.
While Israel can rightly expect a United States veto of any draconian resolution in the United Nations Security Council; the United States cannot protect Israel from the actions of individual countries or more importantly the World Court. I have no doubt that the leaders of Israel, to include Shimon Peres, the last true Israeli statesman, will be indicted by the World Court if they launch an unprovoked attack against Iran. They will also find that Israel is isolated and shunned by the civilized nations of the world, except of course the United States.
Unfortunately I doubt that Bibi and the leaders of the radical right in Israel have given any serious thought to the second and third order effects of an attack on Iran.
This is the first post published here by Colonel (Ret.) Henry Foresman. We look forward to many more. pl