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Strike on Iran possible

Israel official: Strike on Iran possible By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 17 minutes ago
JERUSALEM - The deputy defense minister suggested Friday that Israel might be forced to launch a military strike against Iran's disputed nuclear program — the clearest statement yet of such a possibility from a high-ranking official.

"I am not advocating an Israeli pre-emptive military action against Iran and I am aware of its possible repercussions," Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh, a former general, said in comments published Friday in The Jerusalem Post. "I consider it a last resort. But even the last resort is sometimes the only resort."

Sneh's comments did not necessarily reflect the view of Israel's government or of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said government spokeswoman Miri Eisin.

Olmert, who was arriving in Washington on Sunday, said he was confident in the U.S. handling of the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program. The Bush administration and other nations say is a cover for developing atomic weapons, but Tehran says the program is peaceful.

"I have enormous respect for President Bush. He is absolutely committed," Olmert said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show. "I know that America will not allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons because this is a danger to the whole Western world."

The United States and its European allies have proposed a raft of sanctions to try to curb the country's nuclear development.

Israel sees Iran as the greatest threat to its survival. Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel's destruction, and Israelis do not believe his claims that Iran's nuclear program is meant to develop energy, not arms.

Israel crippled Iraq's atomic program 25 years ago with an airstrike on its unfinished nuclear reactor. Experts say Iran has learned from Iraq's mistakes, scattering its nuclear facilities and building some underground.

Sneh's tough talk is the boldest to date by a high-ranking Israeli official. Olmert and other Israeli leaders frequently discuss the Iranian threat in grave terms, but stop short of threatening military action.

Years of diplomacy have failed to persuade Iran to modify its nuclear program so it can't develop weapons.
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What a better way to get us involved specially if Israel fears tht our recent vote results have taken away the candy store.
They better act quickly so we don't wise up and foot in the bill with $$, lives and terrorism on our shores.
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I think it is inevitable and we better prepare ourselves for it. I would support Israel 100%. If only we had had a case like theirs for preemptive action - a threat by the leader of Iran to wipe the Jews off the face of the Earth, direct support of Hezbollah in their attacks on Israel. Unlike us, who have to make up lies to invade people, Israel has a solid case.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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I think it is inevitable and we better prepare ourselves for it. I would support Israel 100%. If only we had had a case like theirs for preemptive action - a threat by the leader of Iran to wipe the Jews off the face of the Earth, direct support of Hezbollah in their attacks on Israel. Unlike us, who have to make up lies to invade people, Israel has a solid case.
Maybe so but it also has a solid foundation for establishing peace in that region. I think now is the time more than ever to reach out and genuinely seek peace instead of concessions. It can be done and whoever is not willing to participate will clearly indicate his intentions. Until this step is taken then I will support Israel 100% but right now Israel has not shown a REAL interest for peace.
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Survival trumps peace.

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I think it is inevitable and we better prepare ourselves for it. I would support Israel 100%. If only we had had a case like theirs for preemptive action - a threat by the leader of Iran to wipe the Jews off the face of the Earth, direct support of Hezbollah in their attacks on Israel. Unlike us, who have to make up lies to invade people, Israel has a solid case.

Iran actually has the WMDs.



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Iran actually has the WMDs.
Which ones are those?

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Oh here we go again.
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Which ones are those?
They've almost got it all. Unlike Iraq, Iran is a modern industrial nation. Part of the reason anyone with half a brain knew that Iraq had no WMDs was because they had no industry - they had to buy all that shit on the open market, and it has a shelf life of less than two years. Iran makes and replaces it's own nerve gas. I doubt they have bio, but they will have nukes. They are a genuine threat to Israel.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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They've almost got it all. Unlike Iraq, Iran is a modern industrial nation. Part of the reason anyone with half a brain knew that Iraq had no WMDs was because they had no industry - they had to buy all that shit on the open market, and it has a shelf life of less than two years. Iran makes and replaces it's own nerve gas. I doubt they have bio, but they will have nukes. They are a genuine threat to Israel.
I'm just asking. You know they don't have nukes. Despite the recent debacle in Lebanon, Israel generally acts with restraint and verifies their intelligence before mobilizing, and I would assume if they acted aganst Iran, they would have the goods on them. Especially considering the consequences for all involved.

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