November 7, 2007
Will Ahmadinejad's Claim Of 3,000 Centrifuges Trigger Israeli Strike ? (Updated)Topics: Iran
Iran's announcement that it now has 3,000 centrifuges signals an ability to produce the nuclear material needed for a warhead. With Israel having destroyed Saddam Hussein's Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981, and having recently struck a suspected nuclear plant in Syria, there should be little doubt that "as the sole -- if undeclared -- nuclear power in the region," it will not tolerate a nuclear Iran that has said Israel should be "wiped off the map." So no wonder Washington is concerned about a possible (if not likely) strike on Iran by Israel:
A claim by President Ahmadinejad that Iran has 3,000 working uranium-enriching centrifuges sent a tremor across the world yesterday amid fears that Israel would respond by bombing the country's nuclear facilities.My question is why the Pentagon is reluctant to take military action against a country that has been killing American troops for over a year, with impunity, and who clearly plans to make a nuclear bomb to use in the pursuit of a worldwide Islamic caliphate, by nuclear holocaust, if necessary.
Military sources in Washington said that the existence of such a large number could be a "tipping point", triggering an Israeli air strike. The Pentagon is reluctant to take military action against Iran, but officials say that Israel is a "different matter". Amid the international uproar, British MPs who were to have toured the nuclear facility were backing out of their Iran trip.
Even before President Ahmadinejad's announcement, a US defence official told The Times yesterday: "Israel could do something when they get to around 3,000 working centrifuges. The Pentagon is minded to wait a little longer." US experts say 3,000 machines running for long periods could make enough enriched uranium for an atomic bomb within a year.
Israel responded by serving notice that it would not tolerate a nuclear Iran. "Talks never did, and never will, stop rockets," said Ehud Barak, the Defence Minister, after talks with the security cabinet.
Better to bomb a non-nuclear Iran now than wait for a nuclear Iran to hand out atomic bombs to fanatical Islamic nutjobs around the globe. After all, what's our downside from oblivion, which will surely occur if we wait ?
Posted by Richard at November 7, 2007 11:16 PM
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