1) Does that give the opponent the moral right to kill the leaders who made the threats?
2) Does that give the opponent the moral right to commit genocide by, e.g., launching a nuclear attack?
And finally, if human society were civilized, would the mere verbal declaration of policy of preventive war in the absence of a direct and immediate threat be considered a war crime?
Statements by Politicians:
McCain: "it depends"
Retired Israeli General Oded Tira: "As an American air strike in Iran is essential for our existence....The Americans must act. If they don't, we'll do it ourselves..."
Netanyahu: "There is still time. All ways must be considered. We can't let this thing happen,"