Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Iran. Atomic. Bomb.

Eiland: Iran's nuclear no-return point by November
National Security Adviser Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland was quoted Monday by the Maariv daily as saying Iran will reach the "point of no return" in its nuclear weapons program by November, rather than next year as Israeli military officials said earlier.

Concern about Tehran's nuclear development intensified last week when Iran's Vice President Reza Aghazadeh said Iran has started converting raw uranium into the gas needed for enrichment, an important step in making a nuclear bomb.
The declaration came in defiance of a resolution passed three <blah blah blah>...The group's 35-nation board of governors warned that Iran risked being taken before the UN Security Council, which could impose sanctions. <blah>

Iran denies <blah blah blah>...Israel and other countries, including the United States, doubt that.
Israeli leaders have implied they might use force against Iran if international diplomatic efforts or the threat of sanctions fail to stop Iran from producing nuclear weapons.
Might? Is there any choice? Or alternative?

There's some good news too though.
Speculation has also been fueled by recent Israeli weapons acquisitions, including bunker-buster bombs and long-range fighter-bombers.

Recent Israeli weapons purchases could be crucial in a possible strike.

In February, Israel received the first of 102 American-built F-16I warplanes, the largest weapons deal in its history. Military sources say the planes were specially designed with extra fuel tanks to allow them to reach Iran.

In June, it signed a $319 million deal to acquire nearly 5,000 US-made smart bombs, including 500 "bunker busters" that can destroy six-foot concrete walls, such as those that might be found in Iranian nuclear facilities.
But of course, the entire planet, under the aegis of the UN would then be up in arms. Not against Iran of course, oh no. Against the agressor. Against Israel. As it was in 1981, when Israel destroyed Saddam's hope for the A-bomb.
After Israel attacked the Osirak reactor in Iraq, it came in for worldwide criticism. Arab opposition to an Israeli strike against Iran - particularly if it appeared to be unprovoked - would likely be widespread and intense. It could lead to attacks against Israeli and Jewish institutions abroad and condemnations from the United Nations.
Arab opposition? Should this stop the Jews? Of course not. Which would you prefer? An Iran with nukes, using them the same way they now use every other weapon at their disposal, of the chagrin and embarrassment of the impotent UN directed at you?

I thought as much.


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