It is hard to believe that for once we may have missed the opportunity for some needless violence and death from a tragic mistake. A replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier spotted near the coast of Iran is nothing more sinister than a movie set, Iranian media said on Sunday.

The New York Times, quoting U.S. intelligence, said last week that the Iranians were building a mock-up of a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, possibly so they could then blow it up for propaganda purposes.

If they didn’t blow it up, you know every American would-be war lord from John McCain to John Bolton would be for bombing it.

But whenever they lack the opportunity, there is only one possible response.

“I wish that there were. … I do not see a military option and it’s tragic.”