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January 4, 2006

On Iran's Nuclear Program - Shopping For Parts And Building Bombs

Topics: Iran

The Guardian has acquired a top secret, "55-page intelligence assessment, dated July 1 2005," on the Iranian drive for nukes, which "draws upon material gathered by British, French, German and Belgian agencies, and has been used to brief European government ministers and to warn leading industrialists of the need for vigilance when exporting equipment or expertise to so-called rogue states."

The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes.

Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily"

Hugh Hewitt writes that "Nukes plus missiles, plus radical leadership committed to the destruction of Israel: Is the world really going to do nothing and hope that Israel takes care of the crisis?". The short answer may be yes.

But it may not be too late, with common international will, to force Iran to back down without firing a shot. However, if it is too late for peaceful means, that shot should be fired by the international community, together, not Israel alone, and done so in the name of international peace and security.

Yet, unfortunately, after all is said and done it's likely to be Israel, or Israel and the U.S. that carries the heavy load for the rest of the world. There's little, if any, chance that the international community could come to a collective decision about anything - not even on a decision to stop a radical Islamic regime from setting off the begining of the destruction of civilization in the name of Allah.

Posted by Richard at January 4, 2006 10:39 AM

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