Can you smell the whiff of smoke? You surely can. But the gunfire? Not yet. But it must start soon if the battle has any chance of success.
President Donald Trump has to be faced down. Not only because of his sabotage of the Iran nuclear deal but also because of his attack on Europe’s export of steel and aluminum which breaks all the rules on tariffs set by the World Trade Organisation.
This man should not be allowed to get away with his gross disturbance of the world political and economic order.
Donald Tusk, the President of the Council of the European Union, said boldly last week, “Who needs enemies when you have friends like this?”
Who indeed? Trump is, as David Goodhart wrote in Foreign Affairs, “a living fossil, the sort of ‘ugly American’ common enough in earlier eras”.
Trump is leading America into a dark tunnel where there is no sunlight and no daylight at the end.
His unilateral ending of the Iran nuclear agreement could easily lead to war between Israel and Iran, between Iran and Saudi Arabia and even between the US and Iran. The Middle East, already devastated by wars that the US and the UK started, will become a moonscape of destruction.
Iran, instead of being just an antagonist of the US will become an enemy, strong enough to give the US a large and regular dose of political and military pain.
Does America, even many of those who voted for Trump, want to confront Iran? The polls say “no” by a good…