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Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran

Have you read this article? I just read it: it sounds like the Israeli's are very serious. (They have denied this, but then they would of course, if they still officially deny that they have nukes?) And the Sunday Times is not some nut blogging on his own, just making things up.

Robert Gates, the new US defence secretary, has described military action against Iran as a "last resort", leading Israeli officials to conclude that it will be left to them to strike...

Sources close to the Pentagon said the United States was highly unlikely to give approval for tactical nuclear weapons to be used. One source said Israel would have to seek approval "after the event", as it did when it crippled Iraq's nuclear reactor at Osirak with airstrikes in 1981.

Sounds like a green light to me. Since when has Bush ever put any pressure on Israel to stop it from doing anything?

The Israelis have made it very plain that they will not tolerate Iran's becoming a nuclear power, and once Bush leaves office, they will never get a chance like this again. I can't believe all this is just to intimidate Iran. Iran is riding pretty high right now, and has made it clear that it will not allow itself to be intimidated. And look where cooperating with weapons inspectors got Saddam...

A bomb, H bomb, Minuteman / The names get more attractive / The decisions are made by NATO / The press call it British opinion -- The Three Johns

by Alexander on Fri Jan 12th, 2007 at 06:05:20 PM EST
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Sounds like a media campaign to me. File under "will never happen."
by Trond Ove on Sat Jan 13th, 2007 at 04:56:08 AM EST
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This one would be rather different though, this time once they cross Jordanian  or Syrian Airspace, then they are effectively in airspace that we control. Either Iraqi airspace, Saudi airspace, or Turkish airspace. it would be rather difficult to claim it was being done without our permission. especially as it would be necessary to stage refueling aircraft at some distance over  teritory we control.

Perhaps there is some sanity in the Bush camp, and the extra carrier group is there to deter the Israelis from any rash action.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Jan 14th, 2007 at 07:11:39 AM EST
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the only way the Israeli could do it is from their submarines. But it is ubknown if they can.

if they did it with conventional charges, the damage would probably be rather minimal.

If they use nukes, hell will break lose in the middle -east and it's far from sure that even such a strike would have the intentional effect, besides killing a lot of people.

At the same time the Israeli would expose themselves of being nuked in the future. The problem with Israel is it's size. Only 5-10 nukes even with a relative low yield and the country virtually ceases to exist, since 75% of the population is concentrated in 3 cities. The same amount of nukes on Iran would not have the same effect, even if the country would be badly hurt.

by oldfrog on Sun Jan 14th, 2007 at 08:01:46 AM EST
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