One step away from the great clash

A US attack on Iran is almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many of us fear that military action is becoming more likely by the day, despite the UN recently voting to delay any further action on sanctions. An attack against the Islamic Republic would be madness on an unprecedented scale, illegal, immoral, counter-productive and devastating on the Iranian people themselves.

Recent reports suggest it is in fact the US military that is preventing the bombing of Iran. Is the army and air-force revolting? Or are there enough senior generals and officers brave enough to resist the war calls by Vice President Dick Cheney?

Now the Iranians have done this:

Iran’s parliament voted Saturday to designate the CIA and the U.S. Army as “terrorist organizations,” a largely symbolic response to a U.S. Senate resolution seeking a similar designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

The parliament said the Army and the CIA were terrorists because of the atomic bombing of Japan; the use of depleted uranium munitions in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq; support of the killings of Palestinians by Israel; the bombing and killing Iraqi civilians and the torture of imprisoned terror suspects.

Every allegation they cite against the CIA is true, of course, but it’s probably a needless provocation. What, in the end, can stop a military strike against Iran?