Supreme Iranian ruler Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said last Friday that the Muslim world would win a nuclear exchange with Israel, aggravating fears Tehran's quest for atomic weapons indeed has one purpose: the annihilation of what it calls the Zionist “cancer.”
“[The] application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel - but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world,” Hashemi-Rafsanjani was quoted as saying by the government-controlled Iran Press Service. The spiritual leader, who wields ultimate power in Iran, made the comments during a prayer service in Tehran. It was the first time an Islamic leader of such prominence openly suggested a nuclear attack against the Jewish state, media analysts told the IPS.
Iran's leaders are “saying very clearly what the Iranians will do if they have a nuclear bomb – they would like to destroy the State of Israel,” Shalom said. Hat tip Right Wing Nuthouse
Speaking to Fox News a day earlier, US President George W. Bush said his administration also views Iran as a true existential threat to the Jewish state.
“I'm concerned about a theocracy that has got little transparency, a country whose president has declared the destruction of Israel as part of their foreign policy, and a country that will not listen to the demands of the free world to get rid of its ambitions to have a nuclear weapon,” Bush told his interviewer.
“I called it part of the 'axis of evil' for a reason,” the president added.
However, the most serious punitive diplomatic measure being discussed is Iran's exclusion from the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament scheduled to take place in Germany next summer.
The Eurabians are CLOWNS. Sad pathetic clowns.
A German Intelligence Service report that says, "Given that the missiles with longer ranges will be available in the future, and in view of assumed efforts to provide them with nuclear warheads, Iran will be in a position to reach the whole of Israel and part of Central Europe." "In plain language," says Bild, "this means that the 'madmen of Tehran' could reach targets in the whole of Germany." WSJ
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Yuval Steinitz insists the solution lies in the threat of “brute force.”
me too, so why delay? the lefties cry no matter what. It's up to us to make sure they are free to whine, cry, commit treason, and undermine the country.
Steinitz told CNS News Thursday he recently conveyed to officials in Washington that Iran can be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons without the use of force, but only if the West is prepared to make it clear to Tehran that it is in fact prepared to use overwhelming military force.
“It's the only chance [to make them back down],” Steinitz said, warning that “if Iran becomes a nuclear power, it will become a global nuclear superpower.”
But Tehran has been hearing and defying Western threats for years. How the US and Europe could now convince Iran of their seriousness without actually initiating armed hostilities remains unclear.
How about nonexistent? Unclear my ass, NONEXISTENT.
Meanwhile, a report published by the US Army War College this week said neither military nor diplomatic efforts were going to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.
Entitled “Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran”, the report pointed out that “given Iran's extensive nuclear know-how and capabilities, it is unlikely that the United States or its allies can deny Iran the technical ability to covertly make nuclear weapons.”
The authors instead suggested that Israel try to set an example by first dismantling its nuclear capabilities.
I love this bullshit, Yeah, that's the ticket, disarm. Oh and while you are disarming hold up the white flag as well. These are the geniuses at US Army War college.......
They admitted, however, that Iran would likely not follow suit, leaving Israel without a deterrent in the crosshairs of a regime with both the desire and the means to annihilate the Jewish state.
IRAN'S COMMERCE MINISTER STRESSES WTO MEMBERSHIP
Asia Pulse via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance Trade / foreign investment Iran's Minister of Commerce Massoud Mir-Kazemi voiced the country's resolve here Saturday to become a fully-fledged member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Oh really? So now Iran wants WTO membership. So the world will ask how high when this lunatic starts rattling off his demands to jump. Please tell me these animals are not dictating the agenda. WTO? WTO is a coveted prize! Iran warned Britain, France and Germany Sunday not to make "exorbitant demands" during negotiations scheduled this week on the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme.
Iran tells West to be tolerant of Holocaust views Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust is a matter for academic discussion and the West should be more tolerant of his views, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said yesterday. Academic discussion? Sounds like the Columbia MEALAC department. Hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's view that Jews were never massacred during World War II is "scientific", Iran's foreign ministry has insisted. While the Israeli president accused the EU of 'weakness' towards Iran - Israeli President Moshe Katsav accused the European Union on Sunday of showing "hesitation and weakness" in the face of Iran's nuclear programme. I think Israel is not being tough enough. WTF does Iran get off telling anyone that they can or can not exist, or that their brutal history was a rumor? That despot is channeling Amon Goeth
[Amon Goeth: "Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. Six hundred years ago when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great - so called - told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.
Meanwhile, they are busy - very busy, Turkish court says Iran trained Islamist radicals
A Turkish court has said that Iran trained Turkish Islamist radicals and supported "terrorist" activities aimed at undermining Turkey's strictly secular order, media reports said Sunday. The accusations came in the reasoning that an Ankara court wrote over the convictions in July of nine Islamist militants in a long-running case over the murders of four prominent pro-secular intellectuals.
Iran’s new Minister of Interior is implicated in grave human rights violations over the past two decades, possibly including crimes against humanity in connection with the massacre of thousands of political prisoners,Ministers of Murder: Iran’s New Security Cabinet said in a briefing paper released today.
We have only one option with these destroyers, REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN. The Imperative to Use Force Against Iranian Nuclearization
The good news? Homeland Security Here hat tip JEvn
Goss warns Ankara to be ready for a possible U.S. aerial operation against Iran and Syria. As people in the U.S. readied themselves for Christmas, few were aware that CIA Director Porter Goss was in Ankara, Turkey on Monday, engaged in a meeting that lasted over four hours with Turkish Intelligence officials. Goss, accompanied by a large delegation, brought secret data about Iran as he met with officials of the Milli Istihbarat Teskilati, or MIT. Goss allegedly asked for Turkish support for the Bush administration's policies on Iran's nuclear activities, telling Turkish officials that Iran has nuclear weapons, a situation that created a huge threat to Turkey and other countries in the region.Goss said that Iran sees Turkey as an enemy and will "export its regime," warning Ankara to be ready for a possible U.S. aerial operation against Iran and Syria. On Tuesday Goss was driven in his armored BMW to a meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Additional dialogue reportedly focused on the intelligence data, with Goss warning Ankara to be ready for a possible U.S. aerial operation against Iran and Syria.
ALREADY NUCLEAR ARMED
Anti-Israel Propaganda at Global Security? So many Arabists, so little time.
From the Officer's Club
OK, all in all, I am aware that Iran doesn’t recognize Israel, and that there is a lot of anti-Israeli sentiment in the Arab world. But can an objective source like Global Security really reference an article discussing Israel and Iran- and not refer to one of the two main players as somehow “not” a country but an “entity”?
Further, the animus between Iran and Israel is obviously at a breaking point, especially when Iranian “President” Mahmud Ahmadinejad calls the Holocaust a "myth" says that Israel (whoops, Zionist Entity- the Global Security Edit) should be relocated out of the Middle East. And if things couldn’t get any worse, we get this from Der Spiegel with Iran expert Ali Ansari. Stand by for the insanity:
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Internationally, the only times we hear from Ahmadinejad
are when he talks about Israel. What do people in Iran think about him otherwise?
Ansari: I think where he really crossed the line where the domestic audience is concerned is when he said a green aura was coming out of his head during his speech to the United Nations. This conversation got filmed, and people can watch it on DVD. Ahmadinejad came home from his speech and told an ayatollah that everyone at the General Assembly -- all these world leaders -- didn't even blink for thirty minutes (out of awe). Lots of people have seen this in Iran, and it makes him seem a bit too superstitious.
I’m sorry- WHAT??!?!
.. he said a green aura was coming out of his head during his speech to the United Nations…
Here’s my final word on this. If we’re going to take ONE side here to be legitimate, serious, and worthy of a title above “entity,” it should be the side that’s leader isn’t talking about green auras emerging from his cranium during UN speeches.
Fix this, Global Security.
UPDATE: Iran's President Has His Eye on
Lest you get carried away with the good news from Iraq, consider what's happening in Iran.
By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Negotiations to deny this certifiable lunatic genocidal weapons have been going nowhere. Everyone knows they will go nowhere. And no one will do anything about it.
and don't miss this;
Last month, Ahmadinejad said publicly that the main mission of the Islamic Revolution is to pave the way for the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam. As in some versions of fundamentalist Christianity, the second coming will be accompanied by the usual trials and tribulations, death and destruction. Iranian journalist Hossein Bastani reported Ahmadinejad saying in official meetings that the hidden imam will reappear in two years.
So a Holocaust-denying, virulently anti-Semitic, aspiring genocidist, on the verge of acquiring weapons of the apocalypse, believes that the end is not only near, but nearer than the next American presidential election. This kind of man would have, to put it gently, less inhibition about starting Armageddon than a normal person.
It gets worse. After his speech to the U.N. in September, Ahmadinejad was caught on videotape telling a cleric that during the speech an aura, a halo, appeared around his head right on the podium of the General Assembly. "I felt the atmosphere suddenly change. And for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink… It seemed as if a hand was holding them there, and it opened their eyes to receive the message from the Islamic Republic."
Check out what the dhimmi leftists would have us do here hat tip Ron
UPDATE: And what do Iran's Arab neighbors in the Gulf say? SHOCKA!
Gulf summit raps Israel, not Iran, on nuclear issue ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders called on Monday for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, but singled out only Israel, not Iran, despite having voiced alarm at Tehran's nuclear ambitions during their two-day meeting.