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Thursday, August 24, 2006

"Israel May 'Go It Alone' Against Iran"

That is the report from the Jerusalem Post today, and all I have to say is if that is the case I hope either the leadership is changed, or that the current leadership changes it's tune. They cannot go halfway on Iran like they did against Hezbollah:

Israel is carefully watching the world's reaction to Iran's continued refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, with some high-level officials arguing it is now clear that when it comes to stopping Iran, Israel "may have to go it alone," The Jerusalem Post has learned.

One senior source said on Tuesday that Iran "flipped the world the bird" by not responding positively to the Western incentive plan to stop uranium enrichment. He expressed frustration that the Russians and Chinese were already saying that Iran's offer of a "new formula" and willingness to enter "serious negotiations" was an opening to keep on talking.

"The Iranians know the world will do nothing," he said. "This is similar to the world's attempts to appease Hitler in the 1930s - they are trying to feed the beast."

He said there was a need to understand that "when push comes to shove," Israel would have to be prepared to "slow down" the Iranian nuclear threat by itself.

Having said this, he did not rule out the possibility of US military action, but said that if this were to take place, it would probably not occur until the spring or summer of 2008, a few months before President George W. Bush leaves the international stage. The US presidential elections, which Bush cannot contest because of term limits, are in November 2008.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, in a meeting in Paris with French Foreign Minister Phillippe Douste-Blazy Wednesday, said Iran "poses a global threat" and needed to be dealt with by the whole international community.

"The first thing they need to do is stop the enrichment of uranium," Livni said. "Everyday that passes brings the Iranians closer to building a nuclear bomb. The world can't afford a nuclear Iran." She said the Iranian reply to the Western incentives was just an attempt to "gain time."

Government officials said Israel's role at this time is to warn the world of the dangers of an Iranian nuclear potential. Some government officials are sending the message to their counterparts abroad that the firm implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 on Lebanon will send a strong message to Iran - which is testing the world's resolve - that it is serious about implementing Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported Wednesday that the Iranian news service Al-Borz, which it said is known to have access to sources in the Iranian government, predicted that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would announce what the news service called Iran's "nuclear birth" on the first anniversary of his government later this month.

As we can see, Israel is indeed warning the world of what is happening, and the path that they are trekking down, yet again. We watched this happen in the 1930s with Hitler, and we have seen it time and again since. Iraq, under Saddam Hussein, did the same thing. "All right we will negotiate; no we will not." It is the same old, same old.

And every day we ignore the truth of the Iranian nuclear program, it gives Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the time he needs to take the next step, and the next, and the next. Lord only knows what this new "nuclear" surprise is from Iran. If it is as anti-climactic as the 22nd was, then President Ahmadinejad has shown himself to be just as crazy and unhinged as the attention-starved Kim Jong-Il. To me, that is what these sort of stunts are doing. Eventually, people will simply ignore Iran, as we did to Kim Jong-Il. Unfortunately for the world, the next time we pay attention to him it could be too late, and the revelation that Iran has nuclear missiles will hit the world harder than North Korea's admission of having them did.

But if Israel chooses to act unilaterally on Iran--such as a bombing raid on their nuclear facilities--then the United States needs to support them as much as it can during such an endeavor. However I maintain that if Israel chooses to go this route they had better go all the way. Iran must be dealt with on a decisive level, and that means ending their nuclear program for the time being. The removal of a scarce and important level of the program may slow them down enough for the time being. And if it does erupt in all-out war, every nation in the coalition must come to Israel's aid. Whether through logistics, or through direct action, Iran will have to be stopped right there; in addition to direct hostilities that may be undertaken, we need to enable and assist the youth in Iran wishing to unseat the mullahocracy there.



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