Friday, July 21, 2006

Is a strike on Iran imminent?

Kash Kheirkhah

Unfortunately, it looks that way. Take a look at the following headlines:

  • William Kristol, Weekly Standard-It's Our War: The right response is renewed strength--in supporting the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, in standing with Israel, and in pursuing regime change in Syria and Iran. For that matter, we might consider countering this act of Iranian aggression with a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Why wait?
  • Scripps Howard Foundation-Panel Urges Iranian Regime Change: "Iran poses a grave threat to the world," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., the subcommittee chairman, said. "Unfortunately, sanctions are not a promising option."
  • Bloomberg-Blair to Visit White House to Discuss Middle East, Iran: President George W. Bush and his closest ally, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, will meet in Washington next week to discuss the crisis in the Middle East, the Iraq war and Iran's nuclear ambitions, the White House announced
  • Jerusalem Post-Ahmadinejad promises Muslims will 'rejoice' soon: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday promised a "rejoicing" for Muslims in the Middle East "soon," the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
  • Reuters-Rafsanjani Rejects West Precondition: Accepting west's precondition for suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment activities is equal to Tehran's submission to the west, said Tehran's substitute Friday prayers leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Friday.

Also, the London-based Dr Alireza Noutrizadeh, one of Iran's most prominent journalists, reports that 22 US and Israeli fighter jets entered the Iranian air space two nights ago although on a direct ordinance from the Spiritual Leader Ali Khamenei, the Iranian officials were barred from reporting the incident (Mr Nourizadeh's report hasn't been confirmed by other sources yet.)

Mr Nourizadeh, who is just back a week-long trip to Washington, says there are now "Iran operation" rooms in Pentagon, NAC and the State Department with NeoCon talks, eerily reminding him of the US military preparation in the run-up to the Iraq war.

According to Dr. Nourizadeh, the countdown on striking Iran which had already started, has now picked up speed, due to Iran's role in the curreny Mid-East conflict.

And the headlines suggest he could very well be right. Iran, under its current leadership, is indeed heading toward a disaster and the Iranian opposition figures, chief among them Reza Pahlavi and Akbar Ganji, might want to hurry up before it's too late.