BARNIDGE: Israel versus Iran

Would a first strike be lawful?

With CIA Director Leon Panetta‘s June 27 conclusion that sanctions will “probably not” dent Iran‘s drive for a “nuclear option” and former CIA Director Michael Hayden‘s recent statement on CNN that a strike on Iran
now “seems inexorable,” the storm clouds of war seem to be circling in
the Middle East once again. An Israeli strike may or may not be in the
cards, with the acquiescence, if only privately, of some Arab states and
others, but the question nevertheless arises: Would an Israeli strike
on Iran necessarily be unlawful?

According to international law, armed force can be used only in two exceptional sit… >>>

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