Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Is Israel preparing to strike Iran?

Last month on December 11, Times of London reported that according to military sources, Israel’s armed forces had been ordered by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran. the paper said that the order came after Israeli intelligence warned the government that Iran was operating enrichment facilities, believed to be small and concealed in civilian locations. Now that Iran--by removing UN seals from equipment at Natanz facility--has set the stage for this possible, long-threatened confrontation, will Israelis play into Ahmadinejad's hands and fall into the trap he has set for them?

Take a look at Jerusalem Post's editorial today and also make sure to read the readers' comments on page 2 also:

Jerusalem Post - ...It would seem superfluous to recall that the last time the world's democracies dismissed similar threats as mad ravings, the result was a world war that left tens of millions dead - and Hitler was not equipped with nuclear weapons. The world cannot build its security on the baseless hope that the mullahs are bluffing.

The unspoken European notion is that the Iranian regime would not use nuclear weapons, but like other nuclear powers, simply possess them as a form of deterrence. This prospect, even if it could be relied upon, should not reassure anyone. Iranian nuclear weapons, even if never detonated or passed on to terrorist groups, would allow the regime to increase its support for terrorism with impunity.

But if the E-3 - the UK, France and Germany - continue to appease Iran it will not avoid such attacks, but invite them once the Iranian regime has managed to protect itself with a nuclear umbrella. As envisioned in the UN Charter, the full economic, diplomatic and - if necessary - military power of the West must be brought to bear on Iran in a classic case of collective self-defense.