Israeli Strike on Iran Looking More Likely as Iran Counters With Their Own Threats, Seeks Russian Support

Editor of End the Lie
November 11, 2011

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran (Photo Credit: Sajed.ir)

In an article published by the British Daily Mail this morning, it was revealed by a senior official in the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office that Israel will attempt a strike against suspected Iranian nuclear sites “sooner rather than later”.

This would be carried out with logistical support from the United States, according to the senior Foreign Office figure, although Israel has stated that they would not necessarily seek approval from the United States before carrying out an attack.

The individual in the UK’s Foreign Office added, “We’re expecting something as early as Christmas, or very early in the new year.”

Taking a more vocal stance than Obama, Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said that he would“prepare for war” with Iran.

He added that he would back up American diplomatic efforts (negligible though they may be) by adding “a very real and very credible military option,” including the deployment of military vessels to the Persian Gulf and boosting military aid to Israel.

Of course Romney fails to point out that we have no money to give Israel – especially given the ludicrous amounts of cash we pour into the apartheid state – and the last thing our broke nation needs is another war.

Recently sources within the British Ministry of Defense have confirmed that contingency plans have been developed in preparation for possible UK support for a strike on Iran.

However, the same source ruled out direct support from Britain, saying “Of course we are not in favour of Iran developing bomb – but do we think they’d use it: no.”

This is the major shortfall of most commentators in the mainstream media when it comes to the Iran issue.

They fail to point out that, even if Iran was developing a nuclear weapons program, they would likely have no interest in striking out preemptively.

The British seem to be emphasizing a possible concern that if Iran was able to develop a nuclear weapons program it would send the region into an arms race including nations like Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague claims that the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) report issued Tuesday “completely discredits” the Iranian claim that their program is purely peaceful.

Hague also said that when the IAEA committee meets later this month Britain will be pushing for additional sanctions against Iran.

The IAEA report alleges that Iran is covertly obtaining equipment and designs required to make nuclear arms.

It also alleges that high explosives testing and detonator development is underway along with computer modeling of a nuclear warhead, and preparatory work for nuclear weapons testing has begun as well.

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Furthermore, the report alleged that Iran is developing and affixing a nuclear payload to the Shabab 3 intermediate range missile which could deliver a strike to Israel.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad countered the Western threats by saying that his nation wouldn’t back down “one iota” from its nuclear program.

Of course, Iran repeatedly insists that their program is a purely peaceful one so this statement is not a threat but simply a statement of fact.

The pursuit of a peaceful nuclear energy program is not illegal and is far from justification for a preemptive strike.

China is staying silent for the moment along with the United States, although France said that they will be pushing for sanctions on “an unprecedented scale” if Iran refused to answer the new questions raised by the IAEA report.

Meanwhile, Iran is not shying away from heated rhetoric in the slightest.

The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is above the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the political hierarchy, said that Iran wouldn’t hesitate to strike back against the Western aggressors.

Khamenei said that “Anybody who takes up the idea of an attack on Iran, should get ready to receive a strong slap and an Iron fist” by the Iranian military.

This type of rhetoric coming from Khamenei is, according to the Associated Press, “an indication that Iran is seriously viewing comments by the West in the aftermath of the IAEA report and in particular, by Israel on a possible military strike against its nuclear facilities.”

He emphasized that Iran does not seek to invade or attack other nations, something which cannot be said for the United States, European nations and Israel.

“The enemies, particularly the United States and its pawns and the Zionist regime, should know that the Iranian nation does not seek to invade any country or nation,” Khamenei told a meeting of military officers at an academy in Tehran.

“The Iranian nation is not a nation that only sits and watches threats coming from straw powers,” Khamenei added.

According to Iranian state radio, he also said, “Iran will strongly respond to any invasion or attack with such power and in a way that the aggressors and invaders will be smashed from the inside”.

Ali Baqeri, the deputy secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, also said, “If the Zionist regime allows itself such an oversight, a question of its existence will arise, not a question of its legitimacy but a question of its existence,” through an interpreter during a Moscow visit according to Israeli news agency YNet News.

The warning was a stern one and much more explicit than that issued by Russia’s Lavrov just days ago.

Iran is also reportedly lobbying for Russian support for their nuclear ambitions.

RIA-Novosti reported that Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko told Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a meeting of the Cabinet that Russia was asked by Iran to build more reactors for their Bushehr nuclear facility.

Kiriyenko said that they were considering the proposal seeing that “construction of nuclear reactors raises no doubts with the global community,” according to RIA-Novosti.

Previously Iran said that Russia had delayed completing the Bushehr nuclear facility under Western pressure, though it went operational this September.

While both Iran and Russia have said that more reactors might be constructed, no iron-clad commitment has been made on either side.

Russian support for Iran’s nuclear program would likely draw scorn from the United States, Israel, the UK, and other European nations.

With the rhetoric getting increasingly incendiary by the day, one can only hope that it will be resolved without any loss of life on either side.

That being said, it is looking increasingly unlikely that a diplomatic solution will be sought and statements made by Israeli officials emphasize quite unfortunate reality.

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