- A recent strike by nuclear-armed Israeli Air Force fighter-bombers
bound for targets in Iran was turned back after being intercepted by
U.S. fighters over Iraq, this reporter has learned.
- Two sources have independently confirmed the encounter,
which took place on January 7, 2007. Though the first informant offered
few details beyond an initial tip, a second source long-known by this
reporter to have well-placed U.S. and "non-U.S." military and
government contacts provided specific information regarding the raid,
which was aimed at the radical religious ayatollahs holding ultimate power
- Israeli nuclear strikes are not unprecedented. Soon after
Desert Storm, U.S. Navy pilots told this reporter in Kuwait how in late
1990 Israel made good on its pledge to respond in kind to WMD attacks
by launching nuclear-armed aircraft against Baghdad following a lethal
assault on Tel Aviv by Scud missiles tipped with chemical warheads. That
air strike was called off when the Americans refused to provide the vital
IFF codes needed to fly through U.S.-controlled airspace.
- When questioned concerning the "Identification Friend
or Foe" transponder codes needed to overfly Iraq today, this source
said that allied Israeli aircraft are routinely provided "squawk
codes" when flying missions aimed at acquiring the characteristics
of air defence radars triggered by their approach to Syrian, Jordanian,
Iranian and U.S.-controlled Iraqi airspace.
- This source added that visiting IAF warplanes are routinely
"topped off" by American aerial refueling tankers, but only
on condition that the Israeli jets fly a "racetrack" holding
pattern-and do not continue "downtown" toward Iran.
- The designated turn back point is the "160 station"-a
clearly charted tapline road located 160 kilometers from Baghdad. Any
aircraft proceeding beyond this point must declare its intentions. Otherwise,
a USAF F-15 will take position off its wingtip. After waggling its own
wings to attract attention, if the interloper fails to turn back, the
American Eagle "drops behind and gets tone" by locking a Sidewinder
anti-aircraft missile onto the offending plane.
- According to this very reliable source, on two previous
occasions Israeli fighter-bombers armed with nuclear bombs have headed
"downtown" before being turned back over Iraq.
- The January 7th mission, which trespassed beyond 160
station before being recalled by Israeli authorities, comprised three
IAF F-16s. Each carried conventional munitions-as well as a single 20-kiloton
- The atomic detonation that razed the city of Hiroshima
and killed 140,000 people outright was a 13-kiloton blast. [Agence France-
Presse Aug 6/05]
- DEADLY DEFENCES
- This report of an attempted nuclear strike contradicts
military analysts who have long maintained that Israel would deploy as
many as 25 I-model F-15 fighter-bombers from the 69th Squadron based
at Hatzerim Air Base in the northern Negev, about 50 miles south of Tel
Aviv. Any Israeli Air Force attack, it is believed, must first suppress
Iranian air defenses, while ensuring that enough conventionally-armed
F-15s get through to set back that country's widely dispersed nuclear
program for many years.
- The latest model F-15 can carry as much ordnance as a
neighborhood- flattening World War II B-17 heavy bomber. As the independent
think tank Strategic Forecasting points out, the IAF "has repeatedly
demonstrated the ability to conduct long-range strikes"- including
the 1976 raid on Entebbe, 2,600 miles from Israel, and a 1985 attack on
the PLO headquarters in Tunis, 1,500 miles away. [www.stratfor.com]
- But Iran's air defenses are far more formidable than
any the Israeli Air Force has yet faced. Manufactured at the KBM factory
near Moscow, Russian-supplied SA-18 Igla-S mobile missile batteries are
said to be highly effective against low-flying jets. According to Russian
intelligence sources known as DEBKA, the Igla's mobility "makes them
difficult to target and limits the maneuverability of Israeli planes."
- DEBKA has also revealed that Russian advisers from the
Raduga OKB engineering group based in Dubna near Moscow have completed
installing two advanced radar systems around the Bushehr nuclear reactor
on the Persian Gulf. Codenamed "Tin Shield", the mobile 36D6
systems are modified to protect Iran's Russian-supplied nuclear facilities
from American or Israeli aircraft, stand-off missiles, and cruise missile
attacks. On January 12, 2006, Tin Shields also went operational around
the uranium enrichment plants at Isfahan in central Iran.
- Other air defenses supplied by Moscow to Syria-and most
likely Iran- include advanced mobile SS-26 Iskander-E surface to surface
missiles carrying a 1,000-pound multiple warhead capable of dodging air
defense radars and electronic jamming, as well as surface-to- air SA-10
"Grumble" missiles capable of engaging several targets simultaneously
at various altitudes, and SA-18 "Grouse" shoulder- launched anti-aircraft
missiles fitted with a 4.5-pound high- explosive warhead. The SA-18 has
a maximum range of 5.2 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 3.5 kilometers.
- Another major worry for Israeli pilots is Iran's first
satellite. Carried into orbit by a Russian booster in October 2005, the
Sinah-1 can provide a "look down" capability to spot low-flying
aircraft long before they intrude Iranian airspace.
- "The Iranians' space programme is a matter of deep
concern to us," said an Israeli defence source at the time. "If
and when we launch an attack on several Iranian targets, the last thing
we need is Iranian early warning received by satellite."
- Moscow has also supplied an estimated $1 billion worth
of advanced Tor-M1 anti-missile systems capable of destroying guided missiles
and laser-guided bombs dropped from high-flying aircraft. "Once the
Iranians get the Tor-M1, it will make our life much more difficult,"
worried an Israeli air force source. "We can't waste time on this
one." [www.envirosagainstwar.org; Sunday Times Dec 11/05; WorldNetDaily.com
- OSIRIK - THE SEQUEL
- According to DEBKA, Moscow intends to secure its investment
at Bushehr "against the fate of the Saddam Hussein's French-built
Tamuz nuclear center, which the Israeli air force bombed out existence
24 years ago."
- Fitted with modified drop tanks to extend their range,
a trio of smaller, more agile F-16s presents a much more difficult challenge
to Iran's defenders than a larger force of twin-engine F-15s. Renowned
for their ability to "tweak" American-supplied weapons, the
Israelis have, according to my inside source, managed to reduce the F-16's
radar profile "to the size of a kid's tricycle."
- As he described it, "We fuel 'em up and they go
off the reservation, hit afterburners, hit the deck, and vanish..."
- Demonstrating his insider knowledge, he further noted
that the Israelis have modified the original drop tanks supplied by the
Americans to simultaneously feed the F-16's single engine, thereby avoiding
the fuel management distractions required to keep the fighter in balance
using the one-tank-at-a-time U.S. system.
- Also unlike their USAF counterparts, Israeli F-16s can
simultaneously jettison their spent underwing fuel tanks without the
risk of a tumbling drop tank striking live ordnance suspended under the
- ONE-WAY MISSION
- But even fitted with drop-tanks, unless assisted by USAF
tankers or allowed to land in Iraq, low-flying F-16's will burn too much
fuel to return. Unless they receive a message in flight to turn back,
this source said, Israeli pilots "have already been told before
they get into the plane they are not coming back." He added that
volunteer pilots are prepared to fly their nuclear bombs "into their
targets" if necessary.
- On January 7, after crossing into Iranian airspace, the
three ground-hugging nuclear-armed Israeli F-16s would have turned north.
Using conventional munitions, the jets would have attacked the 3rd Tactical
Air Base at Hamadan to preclude pursuit by the obsolete Iranian air force
F-4s stationed there.
- Because the small Israeli strike force was expected to
be flying a one-way mission, more modern Iranian F-5s and MiG-29s based
at the 2nd Tactical Air Base at Tabriz would not have presented a problem
on egress. [www.stratfor.com]
- This source further stated that the crowded Iranian capitol
and the "huge" Revolutionary Guard training facility at Hamadan
are "defined targets." He added that Hamadan is also the Revolutionary
Guard's "central depository for WMD."
- IRAN'S WMD
- Late in 1990, as a Desert Storm gathered on Iraq's western
border, a convoy of six blacked out transport trucks departed a heavily
guarded al-Jesira factory loading dock just outside Mosul. The vehicles
included a 1983 red and white Scania transport van, a 1985 Scania with
white cab and red box, an orange 1975 MAC truck, an orange 1986 Scania,
a brown and white Volvo truck of unknown vintage, and another Scania transport
sporting an orange cab and red box.
- Already targeted by allied war planners, the al-Jesira
Factory produced the uranium hexaflouride used in the difficult technical
task of turning low-grade uranium into highly enriched uranium for weapons
- License plates obscured with mud, and traveling only
at night, the trucks drove south to a second loading stop in Baghdad,
before turning east into Iran. According to a declassified U.S. military
intelligence report, the containers sent to Shiite Teheran by Saddam's
dissident Shiite generals were clearly labeled: "Tularemia,"
"Anthrax," "Botulinum" and "Plague".
- Their gift package also included an advanced Hewlett
Packard computer, and a Linatron X-ray machine marked "pbg".
Both were shipped from Iraq's nuclear weapons facility at Mosul, along
with sealed containers of uranium hexafluoride. Details of these WMD
transfers were contained in a September 30, 2004 U.S. Department of Defence
intelligence report widely distributed among U.S. government and military
leaders: Filename:22010744.91r, PATHFINDER RECORD NUMBER: 11224; SUBJ:
TRANSFER OF NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL (NBC) MATERIEL DURING DESERT
STORM [original text: www.gulfwarvets.com/gulflink/95071920.txt]
- Also contradicting military aviation experts and IAF
cover stories, this source revealed that the intended targets on July
7th were not aimed at turning Iran's five heavily defended nuclear reactors
into as many Chernobyls. Nor could the Israeli attackers expect to hit
Iran's hundreds of widely dispersed nuclear research facilities. Instead,
the January 7 mission objective was to pre-empt Teheran's ability to attack
Israel by eliminating Iran's "Command and Control"-the religious
leadership holding the "go codes" required to launch an Iranian
attack on Israel.
- "This cuts off the head of the snake and makes response
impossible," my source said. "Decapitating" the country's
top leaders is possible, he went on, because they tend to feel safer by
congregating. "Iranians are so untrusting of the communications
networks and methodologies most other people use, they don't use the Internet,"
he asserted. "They use the 'sneaker net' to walk the message over."
- According to a London newspaper, a "massive"
Israeli intelligence operation has been underway in Iran since that country
was designated the "top priority for 2005." [Sunday Times Dec
- But my source described "years" of insertions
of Israeli agents into Iran. Besides locating that country's underground
nuclear installations, Israeli "moles" are principally charged
with "pinpointing individuals that would have to be taken out,"
he said. "To assure that the government is nonfunctional, you have
to go at least 10 people back" from Iran's top religious and political
- "It's like a fatwa," he continued. Acting as
"target designators," Israeli agents equipped with miniaturized
homing beacons "stay glued" to Iranian leaders." Because
Iran's religious and civil leadership often holds meetings on trains,
a single well-timed Israeli strike "can take them all out,"
he affirmed. "Going downtown, goin' for the black robes, they have
on the ground confirmation."
- Unlike a conventional high-explosive bomb, detonation
of a hydrogen bomb ensures "success" in aborting a perceived
Iranian attack by frying that all of that country's computers, phones,
radio and other electronic equipment in a massive Electromagnetic Pulse.
Because Iranian military electronics are not "hardened" against
EMP, and because Iranian war-fighting doctrine stipulates that commanders
"use everything they have and hold nothing in reserve," this
source pointed out that if an Israeli air raid is suspected, "all
their stuff will be lit up." As a consequence, after an EMP from
an atomic air burst, "Everything on will now be permanently off."
- So will everyone caught in the initial blast wave and
firestorm extending more than a dozen miles from the mushrooming blast's
epicenter, as well as all those caught in the radioactive fallout that
follows. Ensuring regional radiation sickness, the sharkay day wind blows
from NW to SE over Iran and surrounding countries, before shifting 180
degrees during the nighttime shamal.
- CROSSING THE RED LINE
- With Iranian missiles able to hit Tel Aviv and the Israeli
nuclear plant and atom bomb dump at Dimona, and major powers pledged to
Teheran's defense, how Israel and the world expects to escape the moral,
military and political consequences of another Hiroshima was not explained.
- According to my informant, the three "warning"
nuclear strikes launched against Iran and aborted by Israel came in response
to threatening military moves that accompanied belligerent public statements
by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- "When they start to deploy, you decapitate so they
can't issue a go order," he said. "What would you do if your
country was as small and vulnerable as Florida? If someone keeps saying
they are going to punch you in the face, and then they start to get up
out of their chair, what are you going to do? When it's the survival of
your family, the survival of your [race], there are no rules."
- Though this source would not confirm the other two dates,
one Israeli nuclear strike might have been launched shortly after December
14, 2005, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust
a "myth" and suggested that Israel's Jews be relocated to Europe
- Dubbing Ahmadinejad, "Admin-job", this source
dismissingly described the Iranian President's role as "tech support"
for the radical ayatollahs, whose national constitution calls for unremitting
terror attacks against Israel and the United States- despite near unanimous
opposition by Iran's predominantly younger demographic.
- Because Ahmadinejad "does what the black robes tell
him," the Iranian president's pre-approved public utterances are
taken seriously by Israelis, who reportedly became alarmed just prior
to January 7 when the Iranian political leader made a short radio statement
to his nation saying that a "consolidated" response was required
to Bush "and the Zionists". That the Iranian president issued
his address over more publicly accessible shortwave radio, instead of
making his usual televised announcement was apparently considered especially
menacing by Israeli intelligence.
- Likening Israel to a tiny white desert scorpion that
is "utterly fearless" in its own defense, this source emphasized
that its leaders are "more than deadly serious" in defending
their UN- imposed homeland. Determining the point where Iran becomes "a
mortal threat" to Israel's security by crossing the so-called red
line "is a minute by minute decision," he said.
- That red line was said to be breached in March 2006,
when an Israeli army assessment warned that Iran was capable of enriching
enough uranium to start producing nuclear weapons within three years.
The previous December, Israeli President Ariel Sharon had declared, "Israel-and
not only Israel-cannot accept a nuclear Iran. We have the ability to deal
with this, and we're making all the necessary preparations to be ready
for such a situation." [www.stratfor.com]
- Israel's military intelligence chief Aharon Zeevi Farkash
also warned the Knesset, "If by the end of March the international
community is unable to refer the Iranian issue to the United Nations
Security Council, then we can say the international effort has run its
course." [www.envirosagainstwar.org; Sunday Times Dec 11/05; WorldNetDaily.com
- DESPERATION IN THREE ALLIED CAPITOLS
- Writing for Newsweek and the Associated Press, Mideast
journalist Robert Parry observes, "Bush is looking for ways to 'double-down'
his gamble in Iraq by joining with Olmert-and possibly outgoing British
Prime Minister Tony Blair-" in a desperate roll of violent dice.
- Despite Israeli President Ehud Olmert's misadventure
in Lebanon, which has inflamed public sentiments against Israel and vastly
strengthened Hammas-as well as Tony Blair's deepening disgrace, and the
resounding defeat of Bush's war policies in the November 7, 2006 congressional
elections-the three leaders have recently conducted private discussions:
Olmert meeting with Bush on November 13, Blair visiting the White House
on December 7, and Blair conferring with Olmert in Israel on December
- Sources close to Parry say "the three leaders are
frantically seeking options for turning around their political fortunes
as they face harsh judgments from history for their bloody and risky
adventures in the Middle East."
- But the veteran correspondent adds, "There is a
clock ticking. If the Bush-Blair-Olmert triumvirate has any hope of accomplishing
the neoconservative remaking of the Middle East, time is running out.
Something dramatic must happen soon."
- Parry refers to that "something" as "Armageddon."
- "I would expect an attack in the next six months,"
concurred Larry Johnson, a former deputy director in the State Department's
counter- terrorism office, earlier this month. "This is not just planning
for possible military contingencies. There is real planning underway
for carrying out a military strike against Iran"-a strike the Israeli
military has reportedly already attempted three times. [Consortium News
- SAY WHAT?
- Faced with rising clamor for his own ouster among the
American populace, and outright refusal by his top generals to carry out
a previously ordered ground attack against Iran using B61-11 nuclear
bombs, George Bush continues to defy nearly everyone, while claiming to
receive his apocalyptic instructions directly from God. [New Yorker, Apr
- According to DEBKA, after stating in April 2006 that
U.S. intelligence does not believe Iran could produce a nuclear weapon
within a decade, then Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte
"infuriated neoconservative hardliners who wanted a worst-case scenario
on Iran's nuclear capabilities, much as they pressed for an alarmist view
on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invasion in 2003."
- As DEBKA sees it, "Bush's neocon advisers fear that
if Bush doesn't act decisively in his remaining two years in office, his
successor may lack the political will to launch a preemptive strike against
- "Attacks on Iran and Syria also would fit with Bush's
desire to counter the growing Shiite influence across the Middle East,
which was given a boost by Bush's ouster of the Sunni-dominated government
of Saddam Hussein in Iraq." [www.debkafile.com Jan 24/05]
- The Washington Post agrees, reporting how "Bush
began pondering how best to throttle Shiite expansionism" after the
neocon fantasy "of a U.S.-orchestrated transformation of the Middle
East had turned into a nightmare of rising Shiite radicalism." [Washington
Post, July 16/06]
- Bush's closest advisers also blame Syria and Iran for
supporting Iraq's defenders. "Lacking the military and political
capacity to expand the conflict beyond Iraq, the Bush administration turned
to Israel and its new Prime Minister Ehud Olmert," DEBKA says.
- By summer 2006, Israeli sources were describing Bush's
obsessive interest in finding a pretext to take down Syria and Iran. Toward
this end, he removed the American Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad
when that moderate Muslim objected to Bush's decision to hang Saddam Hussein.
(While governor of Texas, Bush set an all-time record for hangings there.)
- Parry also notes that on November 8, two days after Donald
Rumsfeld's memo urging a "minimalist" U.S. presence in Iraq,
and the day after American voters threw the Republican majority out of
the House and Senate, Bush fired his Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
"for going wobbly on the war." [Consortium News Jan 8/07]
- On January 4, 2007 Bush replaced his two top Middle East
commanders after Generals John Abizaid and George Casey opposed his military
escalation in Iraq. Alluding to upcoming attacks on Iran and Syria, Bush
stated, "I'm not predicting any particular theater, but I am predicting
that it's going to take a while for the ideology of liberty to finally
triumph." [Consortium News Jan 8/07]
- By then, he had already dispatched U.S. marines and two
carrier task forces to the coast of Iran.
- STRIKING POWER
- Working for the Canadian think tank, Global Research,
Ottawa-based Middle East analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya has pieced together
Bush's personal war fleet.
- Now on station in the Persian Gulf, "Expeditionary
Strike Group 5" includes more than 2,000 marines from the 15th Marine
Expeditionary Unit. Equipped with landing craft and 38 helicopters, the
marines are not going to bolster U.S. forces inside Iraq. Instead, they
are prepared to "rapidly deploy" on orders received from either
of two- men comprising the National Command Authority-the President, or
the Secretary of Defense.
- The Expeditionary Strike Group's flagship, the marine
assault vessel USS Boxer is accompanied by the massive dock landing vessel,
USS Dubuque, the troop ship USS Comstock, battle cruiser USS Bunker Hill,
guided-missile destroyers USS Benford and USS Howard, and HMCS Ottawa.
Though ostensibly joining its American ally to prosecute the "War
on Terror," prior to steaming for Iran the Canadian frigate took
part in Strike Group 5's anti-submarine drills off Hawaii aimed at countering
Iran's diesel-electric submarines.
- Leading this attack armada is the nuclear carrier USS
Enterprise escorted by the destroyer USS McFaul, the frigate USS Nicholas,
the battle cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, the attack submarine USS Alexandria,
and the fast combat support ship USNS Supply.
- A second powerful Strike Group comprises the similarly
escorted nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower. One of these naval strike
groups is steaming in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea; the second
is bottled up in the Persian Gulf.
- As Nazemroaya narrates, "The Persian Gulf could
be closed off and turned into a shooting gallery" by Iranian forces
deploying advanced Chinese and Russian anti-ship missiles, as well as
225 miles-per-hour torpedoes.
- In addition, Iran's huge hovercraft fleet is augmented
by missile- firing drones and helicopter squadrons, silent submarines,
and new "Joshan" PT boats capable of speeds in excess of 45
knots. Equipped with a variety of missiles striking beyond 62 miles, the
Joshans' rapid-firing 76-mm shells can shred sea and air targets within
19 kilometers at altitudes up to 23,000 feet.
- While such a pornographic catalogue of costly killing
machines reads like a Tom Clancy thriller, the results of war in the Persian
Gulf will be widespread death and chaos ashore, major casualties for
the U.S. and Canadian navies, and worldwide economic and political spasm
following the closing of major oil tanker routes through the Strait of
- Anticipating heavy losses, overall command and control
of both Carrier Air Groups has for the first time been transferred onshore.
The U.S. Coast Guard vessel USS Midgett has also been dispatched to assist
U.S. and Canadian naval vessels wrecked by the Iranian armed forces.
- Retired Colonel Gardiner, who once taught military strategy
at the U.S. National War College, declares that the U.S. carrier deployments
are "very important evidence" of Bush's intentions to wage war
against Iran. "It's a very significant order, and it's not done as
a training exercise," Gardiner noted. "You cannot issue a PTDO
and then stay ready for very long,"
- A PTDO requires all crews to be onboard, and all ships
and aircraft ready to deploy by a certain date-in this case, October 1,
2006. "I think the plan's been picked: bomb the nuclear sites in
Iran," says Gardiner. "It's a terrible idea. It's against U.S.
law and it's against international law, but I think they've decided to
- ZIONIST ADMIRAL
- Toward this end, Bush has appointed Admiral William Fallon
as the new head of Central Command (CENTCOM) for the entire Middle East
Theater of Operations. The former Navy pilot will oversee two ground
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as any American involvement following
Israel's proxy attacks on Iran.
- According to DEBKA, "Though not considered a Middle
East expert, Fallon has moved in neoconservative circles. attending a
2001 awards ceremony at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs."
JINSA lobbyists dominate U.S. Middle East policy by encouraging the White
House to directly link "American defense policy and the security
of Israel." [DEBKAfile Jan 24/05]
- Award-winning Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk also
links "Vice-President Dick Cheney, the arch-hawk in the U.S. administration"
to the powerful JINSA. "Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's
Defence Policy Board, is still an adviser on the institute, as is the
former CIA director James Woolsey," Fisk adds. "Perle advises
the Defence Secretary."
- As Jeff Halper, an Israeli professor of anthropology
and Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions points
out, "Israel is a center of neocon ideology and mobilization. Many
of the founders of neo-conservatism in the 1970s and most of its prominent
advocates today are [Zionists]. This is not an irrelevant fact, nor is
it 'anti-Semitic' to say so."
- Though opposed by many Jewish people, Zionists believe
"every inch of the Holy Land should belong to Israel, and that there
should never be a Palestinian state," explains The Guardian's Matthew
Engel. [Days of Deception by William Thomas]
- GO NAVY
- Robert Parry worriedly observes that U.S. naval strike
forces currently steaming off Iran offers "perhaps a last chance
at achieving the regional transformation that has been at the heart of
Bush's strategy of 'democratizing' the Middle East through [more] violence
- Another source familiar with high-level thinking in Washington
and Tel Aviv believes that an unstated reason for Bush's troop surge is
to bolster Baghdad's Green Zone in anticipation of a mass uprising among
Iraqi Shiites following attacks on Iran by Israeli and American forces.
In addition to appointing a known "technocrat" to head CENTCOM,
Bush has also replaced America's top spy chief, John Negroponte with retired
Vice Admiral John McConnell.
- "Navy, Navy, Navy," my source noted. "Do
you see a pattern? The Gulf of Tonkin was started by the Navy. Admiral
Crowe covered-up the shootdown of the Iranian Airbus" (by USS Vincennes),
and the electromagnetic-beaming "poppers" used to interfere
with the minds and moods of Iraq's populace and national leadership were
"a U.S. Navy invention put in place by the Office of Naval Intelligence."
- As for George Bush Senior-the man who gave the world
the first Gulf War, more than 740,000 Iraqi deaths, and a thousand burning
oil wells-"Navy," he added. Regarding his son, this source pointed
out, "He gets rid of everyone who's telling him 'no'. That to me
is dangerous because there's no fail-safe."
- ISREAL VS THE UNITED STATES?
- Providing a "fail safe" for pressing home the
January 7 nuclear strike were three IAF F-16s. "Only one needs to
reach the target," this source explained. "Of the other two,
one is to take out resistance or hold hostage, the third is backup."
- He meant American "resistance".
- In order to defend its national interest, if ordered
to prosecute their attack on Iran, Israeli warplanes are prepared to take
on their American sponsors, my source stated. But instead of dog- fighting
over Baghdad, he described how altimeter-armed nuclear bombs set to go
off at a specific altitude would prevent American fighters from shooting
down the Israeli jets.
- "Which way will the surge surge?" I asked.
- My source laughed grimly. "We need a surge protector,"
he declared. On January 7, the Israeli nuclear strike was turned back
over al- Samawah, "a hair away from an-Nasiriyah. That was not the
first time. It's not going to be the last time. But every time it happens,
it goes further and gets closer. There is no way to turn this off. This
is not an 'if' - it's a 'when'".
- PUTIN REPSONDS
- In a move that must have sent chills through wintertime
Europe, a pugnacious Putin has reportedly informed EU leaders that he
will "pull the plug" on Russian oil and natural gas shipments
if Israel attacks Iran.
- Heightening tensions, military exercises involving Russia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan forces were held in late August
2006. At the same time, China and Kazakhstan held joint "anti-terrorism"
drills. That same month, war games coordinating Russian, Chinese, CSTO
and Iranian forces took place throughout Iran.
- In September 2006, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan
also held joint "anti-terrorism drills" aimed at blocking U.S.
and NATO "interference". During this time, China and Tajikistan
also conducted their first joint military exercise.
- "Roughly 12,000 mostly American troops in Afghanistan
will begin to integrate with NATO in October 2006," Nazemroaya further
notes. Following attacks on Iran and Syria, NATO and the U.S. anticipate
intervening in Pakistan, where the collapse of General Musharraf's government
could place Pakistan's nuclear arsenal in the hands of that country's
al-Qaeda and Taliban opposition-and perhaps Osama bin Laden. [Global Research
Oct 1/06; Navy Times Sept 12/06; Time; CNN Sept 17/06 Nation Sept 28/06]
- RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
- Seeking further provocation with Teheran, on January
11, 2007, U.S. forces stormed the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi
town of Irbil, seizing six staff members, computers and classified papers.
Bush presaged the embassy raid by pledging to take a hard line towards
Iran and Syria, whom he accused of "destabilizing" a country
plunged into anarchy by the American occupation.
- The U.S. also accuses Iran of seeking nuclear arms to
counter the American and Israeli nuclear arsenals. Denying both charges,
Tehran recently warned the U.N. General Assembly that escalating U.S.
military involvement in the Middle East "threatens to drag the world
into war." [BBC Jan 11/07]
- WHAT CAN WE DO?
- "These war plans must be taken very seriously,"
warns Global Research director Michel Chossudovsky. "The world is
at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The U.S.
has embarked on a military adventure, a long war, which threatens the
future of humanity. In the weeks ahead, it is essential that citizens'
movements around the world act consistently to confront their respective
governments and reverse and dismantle this military agenda."
- This Canadian analyst further urges, "What is needed
is to break the conspiracy of silence, expose the media lies and distortions,
and confront the criminal nature of the U.S. Administration and of those
governments which support it."
- As a Democratic Congress moves to block Bush's latest
military escalation, spontaneous street protests calling for his immediate
impeachment have broken out in Santa Cruz, California and other U.S.
cities. These demonstrations are expected to grow. Calling by cell phone
from the raucous streets of Santa Cruz, resident Rich Valles said, "I'm
getting the strong feeling that the American people are soon going to
be taking this to Washington-where they will be joined by the army."
- In the end, it may be even more important to impeach
Washington's militaristic mindset than the man it personifies.
- William Thomas