The French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said today that the tensions with Iran are “extreme” but insisted that there was still room for diplomacy (AFP). On Sunday the French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had said that the world should prepare for war over Iran’s nuclear program if diplomacy fails. "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war," Bernard Kouchner told the French TV.
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei today warned against increasing hype to start a war with Iran. He said he saw no clear and present danger, and the talk of war was counter-productive.
The warnings by the French came amid the insistence by the Iranian leadership that the US can not launch another war in the region. In the meantime, Iran continues its uranium enrichment program and supplying arms to the militias in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is not clear how the Iranian leadership knows for certain that the country will not be attacked militarily. I am starting to suspect that such certainty in the face of all developments pointing to the growing danger of a military conflict must be based on supernatural knowledge stemming from Estekhareh (asking questions of God and finding the answer in Quran) and Khabnama (the answer revealed in a dream).