Friday, March 22, 2013
Nuclear-Seeking Iran Running Out of Time: Report
Regarding ending Iran's atomic advance, DEBKAfile is reporting that during his visit to Israel President Obama persuaded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give diplomacy a chance--for another three months. After June 24, barring a last-minute breakthrough, the countdown to conflict will accelerate, according to DEBKAfile's sources.
The timeline makes sense. However, the real question is: What kind of conflict? The United States is reportedly readying one or more surgical strikes on key Iranian nuclear facilities. Israel is presumably making similar preparations. But Iran has threatened to level Israeli cities in retaliation for any attack on the Islamist nation, regardless of whether or not Israel actually participates in the assault, and to also attack U.S. bases in the Middle East, as well as U.S. targets outside the region, perhaps, even, in--or from--the Gulf of Mexico.
Iran has an arsenal of long-range ballistic missiles and legions of terrorists at its disposal; and Iran's proxy, Hitlerian Hezbollah, is also bristling with missiles--tens of thousands of projectiles--capable of striking all over Israel.
Surgical strikes could be the equivalent of merely wounding, instead of killing, a threatening rattlesnake without the ability to get out of its range.
The potential for an aerial war unlike that which the Middle East has ever experienced is clearly present. Tragically, attempts to appease and engage (collaborate with) Iran have made war inevitable; and the conflict could well be fought, initially, at least, on Iranian terms.