Saturday, December 31, 2005

Military strike against Iran nuclear facilities imminent?

The International site of Der Speigel has a report that the US may be preparing for a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

It's hardly news that US President George Bush refuses to rule out possible military action against Iran if Tehran continues to pursue its controversial nuclear ambitions. But in Germany, speculation is mounting that Washington is preparing to carry out air strikes against suspected Iranian nuclear sites perhaps even as soon as early 2006.

German diplomats began speaking of the prospect two years ago -- long before the Bush administration decided to give the European Union more time to convince Iran to abandon its ambitions, or at the very least put its civilian nuclear program under international controls. But the growing likelihood of the military option is back in the headlines in Germany thanks to a slew of stories that have run in the national media here over the holidays.

According to journalist and "intelligence expert" Udo Ulfkotte
"western security sources" claim that during CIA Director Porter Goss' Dec. 12 visit to Ankara, he asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide support for a possibile 2006 air strike against Iranian nuclear and military facilities. More specifically, Goss is said to have asked Turkey to provide unfettered exchange of intelligence that could help with a mission.

DDP also reported that the governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Pakistan have been informed in recent weeks of Washington's military plans. The countries, apparently, were told that air strikes were a "possible option," but they were given no specific timeframe for the operations.

Speculation that the US will take action in the future has been fuelled by the anti-Israel outbursts of the hardline Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. According to Seymour Hersh, US special forces are already in Iran marking targets. (I know, he's a raving anti-American, but the Administration didn't deny the report).

Go for it, I say. Like all totalitarianists, the Iranian regime cannot be negotiated with in good faith. To them, negotiation is merely a way of buying time to achieve their unacceptable ambitions i.e. nuclear armament and control of the Middle East, with disastrous consequences for the rest of the world. Such regimes will only respect force, and rightly view diplomatic dithering and appeasement as signs of weakness in those they regard as their enemies, that is, everyone except themselves.

Via Captain's Quarters.

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