Thursday, August 19, 2004

Pre-emptive Strikes...Against Us??

The Iranian defense minister is threatening a pre-emptive strike against U.S. forces in the ME. My question is, is he out of his ever-loving mind?

DOHA (AFP) - Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani warned that Iran might launch a preemptive strike against US forces in the region to prevent an attack on its nuclear facilities.

Again, I ask: Is he out of his ever-loving mind?

"We will not sit (with arms folded) to wait for what others will do to us. Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly," Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV when asked if Iran would respond to an American attack on its nuclear facilities.

As Glenn Reynolds would say.."Indeed". I cordially invite you with open arms to bring your terrorist supporting arses right to us. Saves us the trouble of coming to you. And while we're kicking your bumms all over the place in Iraq, the thousands upon thousands of unhappy Iranian citizens will begin kicking around what's left of your forces back home. Indeed. Please, bring it.

"America is not the only one present in the region. We are also present, from Khost to Kandahar in Afghanistan; we are present in the Gulf and we can be present in Iraq (news - web sites)," said Shamkhani, speaking in Farsi to the Arabic-language news channel through an interpreter.

Again, by all means. Please, shut up and bring it.

"The US military presence (in Iraq) will not become an element of strength (for Washington) at our expense. The opposite is true, because their forces would turn into a hostage" in Iranian hands in the event of an attack, he said.

You know all about taking hostages, don't you jack-a$$.

Shamkhani, who was asked about the possibility of an American or Israeli strike against Iran's atomic power plant in Bushehr, added: "We will consider any strike against our nuclear installations as an attack on Iran as a whole, and we will retaliate with all our strength.

"Where Israel is concerned, we have no doubt that it is an evil entity, and it will not be able to launch any military operation without an American green light. You cannot separate the two."

Hmm, I would argue that the U.S. has done nothing but tie Israel's hands behind their backs. That aside though, I dare you to take on Israel, they have a long history of kicking the snott out of Arab nations.

A commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted in the Iranian press earlier Wednesday as saying that Tehran would strike the Israeli reactor at Dimona if Israel attacks the Islamic republic's own burgeoning nuclear facilities.

"If Israel fires one missile at Bushehr atomic power plant, it should permanently forget about Dimona nuclear center, where it produces and keeps its nuclear weapons, and Israel would be responsible for the terrifying consequence of this move," General Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr warned.

Me thinks the only thing Israel would be responsible for should they strike is helping to keep the world a little more secure and a terrorist sponsoring nation on their knees.

Iran's controversial bid to generate nuclear power at its plant being built at Bushehr is seen by arch-enemies Israel and the United States as a cover for nuclear weapons development.

The latest comments mark an escalation in an exchange of threats between Israel and Iran in recent weeks, leading to speculation that there may be a repeat of Israel's strike against Iraqi nuclear facilities at Osirak in 1981.

Yes, one can only hope.

Iran insists that its nuclear intentions are peaceful,

But of course they are.
while pointing at its enemy's alleged nuclear arsenal, which Israel neither confirms nor denies possessing.

Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera it was not possible "from a practical standpoint" to destroy Iran's nuclear programs because they are the product of national skills "which cannot be eliminated by military means."

Hmm, tell that to Iraq's former dictator. Oh wait, you can't. Hehe.

He also warned that Iran would consider itself no longer bound by its commitments to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the event of an attack.

Something tells me they already don't consider themselves bound by the IAEA.

"The execution of such threats (to attack Iran's nuclear installations) would mean that our cooperation with the IAEA led to feeding information about our nuclear facilities to the attacking side, which (in turn) means that we would no longer be bound by any of our obligations" to the nuclear watchdog, he said.

Diplomats said in Vienna Tuesday that the IAEA would not say in a report next month whether Iran's nuclear activities are of a military nature, nor will it recommend bringing the case before the UN Security Council.

Of course they wouldn't. Not that it would do any good anyway. The ultimate uselessness of the UN, IAEA, and other "international organizations" is the reason pre-emptive strikes must be taken in the first place.

The IAEA board is due to deliver the report on Iran's nuclear activities during a meeting at the organization's headquarters in Vienna from September 13 after the last of a group of IAEA inspectors returned from Iran last week.

The UN's nuclear agency is conducting a major probe into Iran's bid to generate electricity through nuclear power.

The Islamic republic has agreed to temporarily suspend uranium enrichment pending the completion of the IAEA probe, but is working on other parts of the fuel cycle and has recently resumed making centrifuges used for enrichment.

Is it just me, or does this entire story reek of U.N. corruption? It never ceases to amaze me how here in the U.S., the left cries and whines because someone wants to use nuclear power to generate electricity, but when some terrorist sponsoring nation wants to develop nuclear power for what are obviously less than honorable intentions, it's A-OK. My God the hypocrisy of the left seems to know no bounds.

I would also like to add that in this bloggers not so humble opinion, it's a tad late for a pre-emptive strike. Iran's nuclear program is most likely in full swing right now. Me thinks that pretty soon we (U.S. and Israel) may be going from considering a pre-emptive strike to organizing a reactionary strike. That scares the crap out of me. It should scare you too.