Is Israel preparing to strike Iran?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. Israel seeks all clear for Iran air strike

    By Con Coughlin in Tel Aviv
    Last Updated: 3:33pm GMT 24/02/2007

    Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

    To conduct surgical air strikes against Iran's nuclear programme, Israeli war planes would need to fly across Iraq. But to do so the Israeli military authorities in Tel Aviv need permission from the Pentagon.

    (Notice how the story claims that Israel doesn't need Iraq's permission, only the permission of the US occupation forces in Iraq)

    A senior Israeli defence official said negotiations were now underway between the two countries for the US-led coalition in Iraq to provide an "air corridor" in the event of the Israeli government deciding on unilateral military action to prevent Teheran developing nuclear weapons.

    "We are planning for every eventuality, and sorting out issues such as these are crucially important," said the official, who asked not to be named.

    "The only way to do this is to fly through US-controlled air space. If we don't sort these issues out now we could have a situation where American and Israeli war planes start shooting at each other."

    As Iran continues to defy UN demands to stop producing material which could be used to build a nuclear bomb, Israel's military establishment is moving on to a war footing, with preparations now well under way for the Jewish state to launch air strikes against Teheran if diplomatic efforts fail to resolve the crisis.

    The pace of military planning in Israel has accelerated markedly since the start of this year after Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, provided a stark intelligence assessment that Iran, given the current rate of progress being made on its uranium enrichment programme, could have enough fissile material for a nuclear warhead by 2009.

    Last week Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, announced that he had persuaded Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad for the past six years and one of Israel's leading experts on Iran's nuclear programme, to defer his retirement until at least the end of next year.

    Mr Olmert has also given overall control of the military aspects of the Iran issue to Eliezer Shkedi, the head of the Israeli Air Force and a former F-16 fighter pilot.

    The international community will increase the pressure on Iran when senior officials from the five permanent of the United Nations Security Council and Germany meet at an emergency summit to be held in London on Monday.

    Iran ignored a UN deadline of last Wednesday to halt uranium enrichment. Officials will discuss arms controls and whether to cut back on the $25 billion-worth of export credits which are used by European companies to trade with Iran.

    A high-ranking British source said: "There is a debate within the six countries on sanctions and economic measures."

    British officials insist that this "incremental" approach of tightening the pressure on Iran is starting to turn opinion within Iran. One source said: "We are on the right track. There is time for diplomacy to take effect."
  2. Dont know what Iran is thinking. They have to know there is no way their lack of compliance is goingt to be tolerated.

    Bottom line, if Israel "takes out" Iran's nuclear capabilities, I believe many will feel that the world just got a little safer.
  3. maxpi


    Saddam was out of compliance with UN rules for many years. When the US finally went in and took him out lots of people were waiting in the wings to make sure the political price was very high. Maybe Israel will work it out some other way? The regime there has a whole 8% popular support, Israel could just wait for it to go away probably.
  4. Of course Israel is preparing to strike Iran.

    Unlike moonbats in this country, the Israelis know their survival is in jeopardy should the mullahs acquire nuclear weapons.
  5. I can only imagine how pissed off you're going to be when Israel eventually does what it has to do and wipes out Iranian nuclear facilities. God forbid the only true liberal democracy in the Middle East defeats their enemies, protects their citizens and preserves their free and democratic way of life - what a fucking nightmare!!!
  6. I don't' think America is going be too happy to see what an illegal Israeli air strike will do to our economy as a result of the resultant spike in oil prices...

    You post sounds like a raving fanatic lunatic...

    Must be a middle east thing...

    Tragic what all or nothing thinking will do to an otherwise normally functioning human brain...

  7. Hey, we only spread freedom and democracy. Why do they hate us???


    Another U.S. Military Assault on Media
    Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily

    BAGHDAD, Feb 23 (IPS) - Iraqi journalists are outraged over yet another U.S. military raid on the media.

    U.S. soldiers raided and ransacked the offices of the Iraq Syndicate of Journalists (ISJ) in central Baghdad Tuesday this week. Ten armed guards were arrested, and 10 computers and 15 small electricity generators kept for donation to families of killed journalists were seized.

    This is not the first time U.S. troops have attacked the media in Iraq, but this time the raid was against the very symbol of it. Many Iraqis believe the U.S. soldiers did all they could to deliver the message of their leadership to Iraqi journalists to keep their mouth shut about anything going wrong with the U.S.-led occupation.

    "The Americans have delivered so many messages to us, but we simply refused all of them," Youssif al-Tamimi of the ISJ in Baghdad told IPS. "They killed our colleagues, closed so many newspapers, arrested hundreds of us and now they are shooting at our hearts by raiding our headquarters. This is the freedom of speech we received."

    Some Iraqi journalists blame the Iraqi government.

    "Four years of occupation, and those Americans still commit such foolish mistakes by following the advice of their Iraqi collaborators," Ahmad Hassan, a freelance journalist from Basra visiting Baghdad told IPS. "They (the U.S. military) have not learned yet that Iraqi journalists will raise their voice against such acts and will keep their promise to their people to search for the truth and deliver it to them at any cost."

    There is a growing belief in Iraq that U.S. allies in the current Iraqi government are leading the U.S. military to raid places and people who do not follow Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's directions.

    "It is our Iraqi colleagues who pushed the Americans to that hole," Fadhil Abbas, an Iraqi television producer told IPS. "Some journalists who failed to fake the truth here are trying hard to silence truth seekers by providing false information to the U.S. military in order to take advantage of their stupidity in handling the whole Iraqi issue."

    The incident occurred just two days after the Iraqi Union covering journalists received formal recognition from the government. The new status allowed the Syndicate access to its previously blocked bank account, and it had just purchased new computers and satellite equipment.

    "Just at the point when the Syndicate achieves formal recognition for its work as an independent body of professionals, the American military carries out a brutal and unprovoked assault," International Federation of Journalists General Secretary Aidan White said in a statement. "Anyone working for media that does not endorse U.S. policy and actions could now be at risk."

    The raid was a "shocking violation of journalists' rights," White said. "In the past three years more than 120 Iraqi journalists, many of them Syndicate members, have been killed, and now their union has been turned over in an unprovoked act of intimidation."

    "The Americans and their Iraqi government followers are destroying social activities and civil unions so that no group can oppose their crimes and plans," 55-year-old lawyer Hashim Jawad of the Iraqi Lawyers Union in Baghdad told IPS. "The press is our remaining lung to breathe democracy in this country and now it is being targeted."

    The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), an independent humanitarian association based in Geneva which seeks to strengthen legal protection and safety of journalists around the world also strongly condemned the U.S. military raid.

    The media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders lists at least 148 journalists and media workers killed in Iraq since the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

    The group also compiles an annual Press Freedom Index for countries around the world. In 2002, under Saddam Hussein's rule, Iraq ranked 130. In the 2006 index, Iraq fell to position 154.

    The same index listed the U.S. at 17 in 2002, a rank that fell to 56 by 2006.

    The Brussels Tribunal, a group of "intellectuals, artists and activists who denounce the...war," lists the names, dates and circumstances in which 191 media professionals of Iraqi nationality have been killed.

    The PEC and the other watchdogs have requested the Iraqi government to launch an immediate inquiry into the attack.

    "I only wish the U.S. administration and our government would stop lying about freedom in Iraq," Mansoor Salim, a retired journalist, told IPS. "How stupid we were to have believed their statements about freedom. I admit that I was one of the fools."

    (Ali al-Fadhily is our Baghdad correspondent. Dahr Jamail is our specialist writer who has spent eight months reporting from inside Iraq and has been covering the Middle East for several years.) (END/2007
  8. Can you provide links to these cut and paste hack jobs please?


    Now imagine if the Arabs where ruling the world or even the Russians. Think about that one moonbats!
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    February 25, 2007

    SouthAmerica: Question for Tradernik

    Where do you live in the United States?

    Are you located in the New York Metropolitan area?

    I have a reason to ask you that question.

    #10     Feb 25, 2007