By Pepe Escobar
Asia Times Online.com
Nov. 17, 2012

So many wars to launch, so little time. When you’re the political leader of the most militarized nation on the planet – as is the case with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu – you gotta find ways to play with your toys.

Even if you’re itching to, you can’t bomb Iran because you don’t have the right bunker buster bombs and enough fighter jet refueling capability. And on top of it, re-elected US President Barack Obama has made it absolutely clear; the way forward is diplomacy, not bombs.

This may be an indication that Obama is at least considering a deal: “There should be a way in which they [Iran] can enjoy peaceful nuclear power while still meeting their international obligations and providing clear assurances to the international community that they’re not pursuing a nuclear weapon.” This had led to the president’s commitment to “make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue” cutting through the US/Iran Wall of Mistrust.

So what is Bibi to do? Simple. Launch Operation Pillar of Cloud (then Pillar of Defense; see this priceless piece on the “divine” ramifications) against the only place on Earth the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) can raise hell and wreak havoc with total impunity and negligible “collateral damage”; the under-siege, illegally blockaded, collectively punished-to-death inhabitants of the open-air prison known as Gaza.

Of course you won’t find this explanation by reading the Murdoch press or watching CNN. Nor will you get any detailed explanation on the real timeline leading to what could be another war.

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