Act of War? UPDATE

Iran put on display Thursday the U.S. spy drone that Iran claims to have shot down over its territory on Sunday. The U.S. claims that the drone's CIA operators lost control and that it crashed. Since the drone is described in this story as intact, how could either claim be true. In any case, will the event be taken by Iran for an act of war, and by others as the occasion to raise the war hoop decibels.No doubt, the Republican presidential scrum will be all over it, followed closely by the Democratic war hawks. I'll leave the other interested party aside for the moment. Story here. UPDATE on the Drone: Iran now says that it took over control of the drone, which is why it landed apparently undamaged. Is that feat more significant than the nuclear weapons predicted by the war party? Juan Cole has the story.UPDATE: Here is a sober, and intricate assessment of the question about war with Iran, by Richard Sale, journalist, "What Israel's War Against Iran Would Look Like." HT: Pat Lang

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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