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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Israel Beefs Up for Inevitable(?) Battle With Iran

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made no bones about his desire to have Israel “wiped off the map." Iran is also continuing its plans to enrich uranium which they claim is for peaceful purposes.

[My inner monologue] Let me see. Iran is sitting on top of huge sea of oil. Yet they claim to need uranium for energy production.

OK. Sure. If you guys say so.

In reality, Iran has no intention of enriching uranium for energy production. Everyone knows it is for building atomic weapons. They are asking for all sorts of concessions – just like Kim Jong-il did – before they agree to stop. But they are just stalling for time. They have no plans to halt their uranium production until they have the nuclear weapons they need to make them a legit player in Middle East politics.

Not to mention that they would love to drop a few nukes on Israel.

So what should Israel do?

Israel should not – and will not – sit idly to wait and see what happens. They must make preparations to defend themselves against a dangerous and unpredictable enemy who is hell-bent on destroying them. And that defensive strategy may very well include a preemptive first strike. I mean, who in their right mind is going to keep their hands at their side when they know a 2-by-4 to the head is coming their way? The best strategy is not to wait, but rather to strike first!

As such, Israel is preparing for what appears to be an inevitable clash with Iran. Sure, diplomacy is still on the table, but to be honest, it doesn't appear to be very promising. The U.N. Security Council has set August 31 as the deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment. If Iran refuses, which they most likely will, then economic sanctions may be leveled against her. But at this point, it appears that the threat of sanctions will not materialize, as Russia has stated she will not support such a resolution. I don’t suppose that fact that Russia currently sells weapons and defense systems to Iran has anything to do with their position.

The next few days may very well determine how the Iran situation plays out. But because of the unpredictability of Iran's radical leadership, Israel must remain on the defensive. To that end, Israel is in the process of creating a new command to deal exclusively with Iran. In addition, Israel recently purchased a number of so-called “bunker buster” bombs from the United States, and two nuclear-capable submarines from Germany. This is in addition to the three (or more) nuclear subs that are presently in Israel’s fleet. Let’s not forget that Israel already has the sixth-largest stockpile nuclear arms.

If diplomacy and/or sanctions do not prove successful, expect a war with Iran. Israel will be involved. And so will the United States. Perhaps others.

Unfortunately, the Iranian people stand to be the most severly affected if a war breaks out. Iran's radical leadership doesn't seem to realize what it is up against. If Israel is attacked, she will respond like a wild dog unleashed. She will be a force to be reckoned with. And Israel will undoubtedly have the support of the United States - either directly or as a military advisor and weapons supplier. It's a battle that Iran can not afford to fight. But that may not factor into the decision of the Iranian "leadership", as President Ahmadinejad has stated that he is willing to sacrifice "half of Iran" to accomplish his goal of wiping out Israel.


At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

These certainly are crazy times. I cannot wait for the 08 election to see who is charge when this all plays out. I know most conservatives don't like McCain but I want him to be the next Pres.

On to Israel. I don't believe that Iran is bold enough to attack them out right because they realize that they and by default Shias would lose. I am starting to believe that Israel is the dictators favorite government and that erasing them is the last thing they want to do. I'll explain, as long as Israel exists the leaders of the Middle East have an external bad guy to project their peoples troubles on. But once Israel or peace is made, then the people begin to look at their own leadership. However, this does not mean that Israel should relax and not take these real threats seriously. (If only Sharon were in power) I believe the Israelis will be on their own if the pre-emptively strike Iran. At least until the war spreads throughout the region which is most likely will.


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