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barfle wrote:Well, when we developed the atomic bomb, we used it.
And I'm pretty sure Iran won't use it agaisnt Syria, unless the missile malfunctions.
”The Iranian news service Al-Borz, which is known to have access to sources in the Iranian government, predicted that on the first anniversary of Iranian President Ahmadinejad's government, in late August 2006, Ahmadinejad is expected to announce what the news service called Iran's "nuclear birth."
In addition, an August 23, 2006 article about Iran's reply to the incentives proposal, that was posted on the Iranian Foreign Ministry-affiliated website Tehran Times.com , implied that Iran's nuclear technology had already reached the point of no return: "... If the West is seeking to impede Iran's nuclear industry, it should realize that Iran has passed this stage."
The following are excerpts from the Al-Borz report: 
"It is expected that the first anniversary of the forming of the ninth government will be the date of the Ahmadinejad government's 'nuclear birth.'
"... Together with [the celebration of] the anniversary of the forming of the ninth cabinet, the president of the country [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] will hold his third press conference... where he will answer questions from journalists from Iran and from abroad.
"In addition to detailing the activities of the government at the end of [its first] year, the head of the government [i.e. Ahmadinejad] will officially present Iran's positions on: economic and cultural matters, the nuclear dossier, the activities of nuclear research centers, and developments in the region."
” He said there was a need to understand that "when push comes to shove," Israel would have to be prepared to "slow down" the Iranian nuclear threat by itself. “
” In the face of Iran's race to obtain nuclear power, Israel signed a contract with Germany last month to buy two Dolphin-class submarines that will, according to foreign reports, provide superior second-strike nuclear capabilities, The Jerusalem Post has learned.”
Israel may "go it alone" against Iran.
"...American intelligence agencies do not know nearly enough about Iran's nuclear weapons program" to help policymakers at a critical time, the report's authors say.
The report relies exclusively on publicly available documents. Its authors did not interview intelligence officials.
The report suggests seven areas in which the intelligence community can improve its analysis and collection of information, and it specifically criticizes the office of the director of national intelligence, John D. Negroponte. The report says Negroponte needs to "clearly identify his goals for improving Iran-related collection and analysis so members of the Community know what they are supposed to achieve."
Haggis@wk wrote:Israel may “go it alone” against Iran” He said there was a need to understand that "when push comes to shove," Israel would have to be prepared to "slow down" the Iranian nuclear threat by itself. “
Israel buys 2 German Subs” In the face of Iran's race to obtain nuclear power, Israel signed a contract with Germany last month to buy two Dolphin-class submarines that will, according to foreign reports, provide superior second-strike nuclear capabilities, The Jerusalem Post has learned.”
RE:Israel may "go it alone" against Iran.
I rather expected that. They did against Iraq years ago. I'm surprised they've taken this long, but I'm sure they have their reasons. I believe that, compared to Iraq, the response will be considerably more severe. Let us hope they have all their ducks in a row before they move...
BTW, I can't get your links to work.
barfle wrote:The US developed the atomic bomb in order to use it. I'm not apologizing for its use.
Iran's president has stated clearly that his goal is the eliminatin of Israel, and I believe he is telling the truth about that. If he gets a couple of nukes, Israel will end up with borders that are tighter than the Soviet Union's borders were. And they may still end up with several square miles of glass landscape.
The retaliation agains Iran will be complete, though. I've known a few Iranians who fear exactly such a scenario. It's not doomsday for the world, but I'm glad I'm on the other side of the world from that mess.
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