To attempt to deter America from attacking Iran, in a roundabout, Rube Goldberg sort of way. But the NATO agreement about mutual aid in the event of attacks would throw a bit of a wrench in the works. “Iranian official calls for attack on UK,” by Jonny Paul for the Jerusalem Post, October 25:
Fearing a US strike on Iran during President George W. Bush’s last months in office, a senior Iranian official has suggested the Islamic regime should target London to deter such an attack.
In an article on the Iranian Web site Aftab last week – translated by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute – the head of the Europe and US Department in the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Wahid Karimi, said that an attack on London would deter the US from attacking Teheran.
“The most appropriate means of deterrence that Iran has, in addition to a retaliatory operation in the [Gulf] region, is to take action against London,” Karimi said.
In the article, the Iranian official said that an attack might also stem from the fact that presidents in their second terms are “usually adventuresome.”
Citing some examples he said: “US presidents are usually adventuresome in their second terms… [Richard] Nixon, disgraced by the Watergate scandal; [Ronald] Reagan, with the ‘Irangate’ adventure; [and Bill] Clinton, with Monica Lewinsky – and perhaps George Bush, the sitting president, will create a scandal connected to Iran’s legitimate nuclear activity so as not to be left behind.”
He speculated that a US attack on Iran could come between next month’s presidential election and when the new president enters office in January 2009.
“In the worst-case scenario, George Bush may perhaps persuade the president-elect to carry out an ill-conceived operation against Iran, prior to January 20, 2009 – that is, before the regime is handed over and he ends his presence in the White House. The next president of the US will have to deal with the consequences,” he warned.
Bush may persuade the president-elect to carry out an operation against Iran before the president-elect is inaugurated? Or… Bush will ask permission of the president-elect? Alright, then.
Admitting that previous Iranian warnings to paralyze “the Jerusalem-occupying regime” to deter “American adventurism” has not worked, Karimi said that “the most appropriate means of deterrence” for Iran would be to attack London.