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Petraeus says strike on Iran could spark nationalism

Posted By admin On February 3, 2010 @ 12:44 pm In World News | Comments Disabled

Phil Stewart
Reuters [1]
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) – A military strike on Iran could have the unintended consequence of stirring nationalist sentiment to the benefit of Tehran’s hard-line government, U.S. General David Petraeus told Reuters.

Iran’s June election gave President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term but sparked the worst internal crisis in the Islamic Republic’s history, putting internal pressure on a government already facing the threat of more sanctions over its nuclear program.

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“It’s possible (a strike) could be used to play to nationalist tendencies,” Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command region, which includes Iran, said in an interview this week.

“There is certainly a history, in other countries, of fairly autocratic regimes almost creating incidents that inflame nationalist sentiment. So that could be among the many different, second, third, or even fourth order effects (of a strike).”

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[5] Australia feared Israeli strike on Iran could spark nuclear war, WikiLeaks cables reveal: http://www.prisonplanet.com/australia-feared-israeli-strike-on-iran-could-spark-nuclear-war-wikileaks-cables-reveal.html

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