Russian Ultranationalist Leader Expects U.S. to Attack Iran in
News" -- -- A senior Russian parliamentary
official and leader of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic
Vladimir Zhirinovsky believes that a US attack on Iran is
inevitable, he has told Ekho Moskvy radio station.
“The war is inevitable because the Americans want this war,” he
said. “Any country claiming a leading position in the world will
need to wage wars. Otherwise it will simply not be able to
retain its leading position. The date for the strike is already
known — it is the election day in Israel (March 28). It is also
known how much that war will cost,” Zhirinovsky said.
He went on to add that the publication of Prophet Muhammad
cartoons in the European press was a planned action by the U.S.
whose aim is “to provoke a row between Europe and the Islamic
world”. “It will all end with European countries thanking the
United States and paying, and giving soldiers,” he said. Russia
should “choose a position of non-interference and express
minimal solidarity with the Islamic world”, Zhirinovsky added.
For his part, the head of the Centre for Strategic Studies of
Religions and Modern World Politics, Maxim Shevchenko, also
believes that a U.S. attack on Iran is very likely although he
sees no preconditions for this war. “Iran does not threaten
anyone, is not pointing its missiles at anyone. No Iranian
leader has ever threatened to carry out a strike against the
U.S. Therefore preparations for a war against Iran appear to be
a global act of provocation,” he said.
In Shevchenko’s opinion, the reason behind “this barefaced
promotion of a world war lies not in a conflict between the West
and the Islamic World but in a fight for power in the world
between US and European elites”. “The fate of humanity will be
decided between a saber-rattling America and an allegedly
democratic Europe,” Shevchenko concluded.
Whereas a senior research associate of the World Economy and
International Relations Institute, Georgy Mirsky, is confident
that “there will be no war”.
“The Americans got so very much stuck in Afghanistan and Iraq
that they will not start a new war without definite proof of the
fact that Iran poses a threat to the world. Besides, the U.S.
has mid-term elections this year and the Republicans, who have
suffered a severe blow to their trust, will not be able to win
these elections if they drag the country into a new hazardous
”As for Israel, it can carry out a strike against Iran but only
when it knows for certain that only one step remains before an
Iranian atomic bomb is created. But that time has not come yet,“
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