Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:47PM
James Petras says any attack on Iran would ignite a very big conflagration in the entire Islamic world.
James Petras says any attack on Iran would ignite a very big conflagration in the entire Islamic world.
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American professor James Petras says a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would ignite a very big conflagration in the Middle East that will affect the entire world.

“Any military attack on Iran would ignite a very big conflagration in the Middle East far beyond a simple military excursion. It would ignite war, I think, in the entire Islamic world,” the sociology professor said in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.

“There is no question that the oil fields in [Saudi] Arabia would be involved. I think the economies of the region would collapse,” he added.

“I think the US would confront a prolonged war. Israel would be a target as a consequence of any US invasion. I think this is a dangerous chatter that has captured the crazed imagination of certain important sectors of Congress that are deeply influenced by the warmongers in Israel, in particular [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” Petras explained.  

He made the comments when he was asked to give his take on recent remarks by Republican US Senator US and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham warned against any war with Iran and said a military attack “opens up pandora’s box.”

“Even raising the question of war indicates the extremism which has engulfed the US legislator and threatens world peace, and I would say beyond peace, the danger of a generalized war that could lead to a nuclear conflagration and would eventually affect Europe and the United States,” Professor Petras emphasized.

He added that a war with Iran should never be spoken, let alone taken serious.

“I’m deeply preoccupied by the whole idea that a policy of war toward Iran would have something positive. I think this is an absolute insanity,” Petras concluded.

War rhetoric by US presidential candidates comes while the self-imposed June 30 deadline by Iran and world powers to come up with a final agreement over the country’s nuclear energy program draws closer.

A landmark framework agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – in Switzerland on April 2.

The two sides will work together to draw up a final accord by the end of June.

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