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December 12, 2005

Is Israel Getting Ready For Attack On Iran? (Updated)

Topics: Iran

... using it's F-15I strategic 69 Squadron?


Sources are saying that Israel is ready to attack Iran if Russia supplies Iran with rods for enriching uranium, and that any strike on Iran's reactors would probably be carried out by long-range F-15I jets, flying over Turkey, with simultaneous operations by commandos on the ground.


So, why is little Israel being left to fight the world's war, as Saul Singer asks in his Opinion Journal piece, even though by now, many countries should be exhausting their supply of adjectives to condemn the statements of Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

The answer is not just that life's unfair. The real answer is that the enlightened post-modern European refusal to lift a finger -- let alone a gun -- to defend itself is consigning us all to a dark age of terrorism and war.

Is there a state that is a greater threat to international peace than Iran? How much terrorism does a state have to sponsor, how many member states does it have to threaten with destruction, and how far does it have to get in obtaining the ultimate means to carry out such threats before the collective obligations of free nations under the Charter are remembered?

As Singer writes in his piece, it may not be too late, with common will, to force Iran to back down without firing a shot.

But if it is too late to get Iran to abandon it's nuclear pursuits by peaceful means, than surely, the attack should be fired by the world together, legally- as Singer points out, and in the name of international peace and security.

However, that is most unlikely, given the history of the UN and the dhimmitude and self emasculation of European culture. Sadly, Europe, by refusing to impose draconian sanctions on Iran, is guaranteeing either a huge victory for the terror network or military action by the US or Israel. In other words, under the cloak of international law, Europe is bringing either the aggression of its enemies or unilateralist defensive actions of exactly the sort it claims to most want to prevent.

Update: Israel denies plans to attack Iran:

Referring to current diplomatic efforts, aimed at ensuring that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapons capacity, Gilad told Israel Radio that "it would not be correct for a country that faces such a threat to deny that it would ever consider another option [...] One cannot say a priori that any option for the future is being ruled out".

"But presented with the specific planning, as laid out so artfully in this article - this, I can say, is not correct," Gilad said.

Responding to the Times article, adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Ra'anan Gissin, told ISN Security Watch that "The Sunday Times over the years has published numerous reports concerning Israel's capabilities" most of which have proved to be "lame duck stories".

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Posted by Richard at December 12, 2005 11:26 AM

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