VINCE ON QUORA: WHY DOES IRAN KEEP THREATENING ISRAEL WITH ANNIHILATION?
The kind of “threat” by Iran is actually only a warning. Exactly the kind of warning Trump has made.
“Iran is ready to destroy any country that launches an attack on its territory, a senior military official has said, after the US announced it was sending troops to support Saudi Arabia.”
Now, Iran has been making these warnings (or threats) for 40 years and has never launched an attack on Israel proper even though Israel has been busy firing missiles at Iranians and their installations in Syria, claiming as justification that Iran was about to fire missiles at Israel. But if Iran had really wanted to launch a missile attack on Israel, it had plenty of chances to do this from its own territory. It has over 100,000 missiles in Lebanon alone and many more in Iran that can reach Israel.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/iran-reveals-huge-underground-missile-base-with-broadcast-on-state-tv. So why did it not use them? Partly because of the Iran Deal which Trump pulled out of. Iran knew back when the deal was intact that it had to be on its best behaviour to keep the deal alive. Trump spoiled that, making Israel and the entire Middle East infinitely less safe and secure (Trump is totally focused on politics and winning re-election in 2020, not on solving problems or easing tensions). And partly because it hopes to reinstate this deal. Iran is not stupid. It knows that destroying Israel would end its trade with most countries and even spoil its relationship with Russia. Iran cannot and therefore will not attack Israel unless Israel (or possibly the US) attacks Iran first. The leaders in Israel and the US must know this. Thus, their anti-Iran rhetoric is politically motivated and is irresponsible because it could easily lead to war and massive loss of human life. So regardless of what the supreme religious leaders may have said in the past, Iran is not a serious threat in itself. But US and Israeli politicians are a very dangerous threat to peace.
But is Iran the only powerful country that makes wild threats or warnings? Here are some of Trump’s threats (or warnings if you will):
EXAMPLES of Trump’s threats. Also just warnings:
Trump: Could kill 10 million Afghans
“I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth, it would be gone, it would be over in literally 10 days.”
When he addressed the U.N. General Assembly in September, Trump said that if the U.S. was forced to defend itself or its allies, it would have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
So if the US-aligned countries also make wild threats, no US-aligned country is justified in claiming that Iran’s statements are serious threats.
Neither US threats nor Iranian threats are therefore justification for war.