SOURCE: U.S. STRIKE
ON IRAN NEARING
Monday, April 14, 2008 9:37 PM
Contrary to some claims that the Bush administration will allow
diplomacy to handle Iran’s nuclear weapons program, a leading member
of America’s Jewish community tells
Newsmax that a military strike is not only on the table – but likely.
is preparing for heavy casualties,” the source said, suggesting that although Israel will not take part in the strike, it is expecting to be the target of Iranian
“Look at Dick Cheney’s recent trip through the Middle
East as preparation for the U.S. attack,”
the source said.
Cheney’s hastily arranged 9-day visit to the region, which
began on March 16, included stops in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman, Turkey, and the Palestinian territories.
Tensions in the region have been rising.
was conducting the largest homefront military exercises in its history last week, Israel’s
National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer warned Tehran
about expected attacks on the Jewish state.
“An Iranian attack will prompt a severe reaction from Israel, which will destroy the Iranian nation,” he said.
He predicted that in a future war, “hundreds of missiles
will rain on Israel,” but added that Iran “is definitely aware of our strength.”
In addition to long-range missiles Iran
has been developing to strike Israel, Israel’s
military strategists see the Iranians using terror groups they back like Hamas operating from Palestine
and Hezbollah from Lebanon to launch attacks.
Iran has supplied Hezbollah with an arsenal that now contains “tens of thousands of missiles,”
according to the Washington Post.
Israel’s recent war exercises, including preparations for chemical and biological weapons attacks, drew
a sharp response from Syria which held
its own military drills. The Syrian government accused Israel of preparing for a war which Damascus predicted would be begin
anytime between May 1 and the end of June.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently told
foreign journalists that Israel needs to confront the threat posed by Iran. Privately he has been telling associates his number
one priority is have the Israeli military strike Iran if the U.S. is unwilling.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz disclosed that Israel is concerned that North Korea has
transferred technology and nuclear materials to Iran to aid Tehran’s secret nuclear weapons program.
Iran remains intransigent to international pressure that it offer full transparency relating to its nuclear
program. On Sunday the head of Iran’s nuclear program “abruptly canceled a meeting with the head of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, dealing a blow to the U.N. monitor's efforts to investigate allegations that Iran tried to make nuclear
arms, an agency official said,” according to an AP report.
“But a senior diplomat had told the AP that IAEA [International
Atomic Energy Agency] head Mohamed ElBaradei likely planned to use the meeting with Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran's nuclear program, to renew a request for more information on allegations Tehran had tried to make atomic arms.”
A number of signs indicate that, contrary to the belief President
Bush is a lame duck who will not act before he leaves office, the U.S.
is poised to strike before Iran can acquire nuclear weapons and carry out
the threat of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to “wipe Israel
off the map”:
to intelligence sources, the administration now rejects the National Intelligence Estimate report issued in December that
asserted Iran had halted its nuclear weapons
program in late 2003.
The French daily Le Monde reported in March that newly surfaced
documents show that Iran has continued
developing nuclear weapons. In late 2006, U.S. intelligence reportedly
intercepted a phone conversation in Iran’s
Defense Ministry in which the nuclear weapons program was discussed.
commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, Admiral William Fallon, resigned
in March amid media reports that he broke with President Bush’s strategy on Iran and did not want to be in the chain of command when the order comes down from
the President to launch a strike on the Islamic Republic.
Democrats suggested he had been forced out because of his candor
in opposing Bush’s Iran plans, and Esquire magazine contended that
Fallon’s departure signaled that the U.S. is preparing to attack
to a Tehran-based Iranian news network, Press TV, Saudi Arabia is taking
emergency steps in preparing to counter any “radioactive hazards” that may result from an American attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The Saudi newspaper Okaz disclosed that the Saudi government has
approved nuclear fallout preparations, and the Iranian network reported that the approval came a day after Cheney met with
the kingdom’s high-ranking officials, further stating that the U.S.
“is now informing its Arab allies of a potential war.”
American commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, has stepped up criticism
of Iran, telling Congress last week that Iranian support for Shiite militias
posed the most serious threat to Iraq’s
stability. He told senators : “Iran
has fueled the violence in a particularly damaging way.” Last week, the U.S.
said Iran was providing insurgents with missiles that were killing Americans
and hitting targets within the U.S. occupied Green Zone in Baghdad.
MSNBC Commentator Pat Buchanan said Petraeus’ remarks to
Congress lay the groundwork for a U.S. attack on Iran.
Bush said in a speech at the White House on April 10 that Iran, along with
al-Qaida, are “two of the greatest threats to America.”
He said Iran
“can live in peace with its neighbors,” or “continue to arm and train and fund illegal militant groups which
are terrorizing the Iraqi people … If Iran makes the wrong choice, America
will act to protect our interests and our troops and our Iraqi partners.”
He later told ABC News that if Iran
continues to help militants in Iraq, “then
we’ll deal with them.”
Members of Congress are said to have been briefed by the administration
about the rising Iran threat.
Iran did little to cool tensions when it announced that it had begun installing 6,000 new centrifuges at
its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz.
Centrifuges can enrich uranium to a low level to produce nuclear
fuel or a high level for use in weapons.
The announcement of the new centrifuges by President Ahmadinejad
came on April 8, Iran’s National Day of Nuclear Technology, which
marked the second anniversary of Iran’s
first enrichment of uranium.
Iran already has about 3,000 centrifuges
operating in Natanz, and the new announcement was widely seen as a show of defiance to international demands to halt a nuclear
that the U.S. and its allies insist is aimed at building nuclear weapons.