Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Time for Osirak Assault II

The Daily Telegraph reports that Iran "has broken the seals on nuclear equipment monitored by United Nations inspectors and is once again building and testing machines that could make fissile material for nuclear weapons." This violates the EU's unenforceable/unverifiable/unrealistic "deal" with Iran that Iran would play nice with the Euroweenies.

More info from the Telegraph:

. . . diplomats said senior officials from the "EU-3" - Britain, France and Germany - would try to coax Teheran back to the path of co-operation at a secret meeting in Paris on Thursday.

Their chances of success seem slim, however, because Teheran now appears to have calculated that America is paralysed by the presidential election campaign and that Europe is too divided to exert real pressure.

And here's the real upshot of this situation: the Europeans want to box in the Iranians, the Iranians want to string along the Europeans until Iran can announce it has gone nuclear. Once that happens, all bets are off and Iran would have the ability to threaten Israel, Europe and potentially the US. Thus, neither the US nor Israel can sit still while Europe plays footsie with the mullahs. If either the US or Israel fails to STOP the Iranians, then the US and Israel would have committed criminal negligence against the world community. Israel needs to plan for an attack on Iran and carry it out by the end of the year. Period.

More from the Telegraph:

British officials say they have no illusions about Iran's intentions, but have hitherto advocated patient diplomacy. They want to allow inspectors to keep working to "box in" the Iranians to the point where they either give up nuclear weapons ambitions or commit such a blatant violation that the West can win international support for sanctions.

"Iran has resumed research and testing, and every day that passes means it gets closer to mastering the technology," said one western source.

"If the Europeans think they can outfox the Iranians in the carpet bazaar, they are deeply mistaken."

The British strategy is a pile of multinational manure -- nothing will stop the Iranians other than actual force. It was the only way to stop Saddam and Iran is stronger than Iraq was.

The US and/or Israel must act now or the world will be so dangerous that the 1970s will seem placid.

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