An Israeli attack on Iran nuke facilities may be inevitable

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By PETER PATON

An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities is now absolutely necessary from a defensive military aspect. Otherwise the state of Israel faces another Shoah disaster of unimaginable proportions.

It is also absolutely necessary if there is to be an enduring and feasible peace solution in the troubled area.

Israel has the political handicap of a passive and indifferent president in the White House who will never attack Iran. No other Western government or coalition of countries has the political will or desire to attack Iran. Mindful of Israel’s unique heritage and biblical traditions, hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a long time advocate of dealing with the Iranian threat, may find that there is no option left for him on the table, but to attack Iran.

By attacking Iran now, Israel could well resolve many problematic issues in one clean fell swoop. A successful IDF strike on Iranian nuclear assets would:

  • Change the dynamic on the ground in the Middle East, curtail Iran’s expanding hegemony in the Middle East and could well be the catalyst for the liberation of the good and long suffering people people of Iran under the tyrannical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and hardline Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
  • Drive a nail in the the runaway train bandwagon towards a Palestinian state at the UN in September.
  • Preserve the state of Israel and free the Sunni states like Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Emirates from nuclear blackmail and intimidation from from a nuclear empowered Shia Iran.
  • Engender broad bi partisansupport in the Congress and Senate, as a nuclear Iran would pose a clear and present danger to American strategic interests in the Middle East and would create an imminent threat to mainland America itself, as Iran seeks to produce inter continental missiles capable of reaching American shores.
  • Reposition Israel as America and the West’s greatest ally in the Middle East, that “shining city on the hilltop” and beacon of democracy and justice in this vital strategic region,  from which it could continue to thrive and prosper on its vast economic and mineral wealth both onshore and offshore.

Peter Paton is an international PR and strategic adviser.

Iran dubious about Obama’s Middle East speech

While Obama tries to sooth Bibi's ruffled feathers, Iran sees no change in U.S. policy. White House photo by Pete Souza

President Obama’s speech was met with skepticism in Iran and said to be an expression of America’s desperation and helplessness as a result of the defeat it suffered in the wake of the recent developments in the Arab world.

That according to an analysis of Iranian reaction to the speech by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center in Ramat Hasharon.

According to the center, Sa’id Jalili, chairman of the Supreme National Security Council, claimed that the speech exhibited signs of desperation, contradiction and deception on the part of the U.S. Jalili positioned the United States as the major loser over Arab Spring developments, which are a response, he argued, to the racist nature of American policy.

Meir Amit also monitored Iran’s conservative press, which, in step with Tehran, also categorically rejected Obama’s speech. While Israelis, Palestinians and Jews around the world debate how it changes U.S. policy, the Iranian press, Meir Amit says in its analysis, concludes that it reflected no altering of policy.

AJC applauds EU Iran sanctions

The American Jewish Committee is expressing its appreciation over the EU imposing new sanctions in Iran.

The EU has blacklisted an additional 100 firms that do business with Iran, a further push to change the radical regime’s drive to develop nuclear-weapons capability.

“This latest EU action, together with continuing U.S. measures, clearly shows that stopping Iran’s nuclear program remains of paramount importance,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “A nuclear-armed Iran would pose a profoundly dangerous regional and global threat. It cannot be allowed to happen.”

The EU action follows President Obama’s declaration in a Washington, DC speech that the U.S. “remains committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

The U.S., joined by the EU, has led international efforts to increase economic and diplomatic pressures on Iran. The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions, the latest last June, and the U.S., EU, and several other countries have imposed additional measures to curtail commercial and financial transactions with Iran.

Among the 100 firms targeted by the EU is the Hamburg-based Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH), or European-Iranian Trade Bank, which specializes in business with Iran. The U.S. already had banned business with EIH. AJC has long pressed top German leaders, including in meetings with the chancellor and economy minister, to take action against the bank.

 

Iran releases Al Jazerra journalist

Al Jazerra journalist Dorothy Parvaz, who was abducted by authorities moments after entering Syria legally to cover the protests there and then turned over to the Iranians, has been released, the network says.

Parvaz is now safe at Al Jazerra’s home base in Qatar. She disappeared shortly after leaving her plane in Damascus on April 29.

Al Jazerra said her fiancé was en route to greet her. She was then expected to leave the Middle East for Canada.

Syria promises restraint with demonstrators

Friday, after sabbath services, the people typically take to the streets of Syria in large numbers to demand governmental reforms.

Also, typically, troops fire upon the unarmed demonstrators. A tactic that has engendered world-wide outrage, condemnation and economic sanctions.

But now, a senior government official is pledging that troops will no longer open up with live ammunition on demonstrators, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, a disturbing report out of the UN. CNN says it has obtained a leaked United Nations document which shows that Iran has been illegally selling arms to the Syria.

Bin Laden’s death doesn’t ease threat to Israel

FBI Most Wanted page lists bin Laden as "deceased"

By RICHARD SWIER

The free world is rejoicing the death of Osama bin Laden. The man behind the 9/11 attacks has gone to, as Robert Spenser of Jihad Watch calls it, “the great bordello in the sky”.

I was in Tampa yesterday to watch the documentary “The Ground Zero Mosque: Second wave of the 91/11 Attacks.” The Pinellas Patriots hosted the event. Spencer and Pamela Geller, publisher of Atlas Shrugs were there to remind us all that the fight against sharia Islam goes on. Both said we are all soldiers in this fight. Geller said that those who died on 9/11 were not civilians but rather soldiers of freedom and we must continue to fight until the day comes when all forms of Shariah Islamic oppression are defeated around the world.

“Osama bin Laden has gone to claim his virgins, and while that is fine news, it really won’t change anything,” Spencer writes.

“The role of al Qaeda in the global jihad, and the role of Osama bin Laden in al Qaeda, have both been wildly overstated. Al Qaeda is not the only Islamic jihad group or Islamic supremacist group operating today, and Osama bin Laden was not some charismatic leader whose movement will collapse without him.”

My and Spencer’s greatest fear is the death of Osama to many means the end to the global war against sharia Islam.

That cannot be farther from the truth. While the movement now has yet another martyr the real fight goes on. I firmly believe the radical shariah Islamist movement is growing and gaining political ground across the Middle East. We are seeing this with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Iran’s support of violence in Bahrain and support for Assad in Syria.

Iran remains the existential threat to Israel, the United States, Europe and the Middle East. A nuclear armed Iran is a death knell to those Muslim and non-Muslim allies fighting to stop sharia Islamist groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood is the growing long term threat.

Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood joining together would be catastrophic.

We are seeing signs of this happening already as Iran has re-established diplomatic ties with Egypt. Joshua Mitnick, Matt Bradley, and Jay Solomon in the Wall Street Journal article “New Tension Roils Israel” report, “Yet the Egyptian political drift toward greater domestic tolerance of Islamist groups [the Muslim Brotherhood] and support for the Palestinians, including a new willingness to work with Hamas, has Israel most worried. The trends could come to a head in September, when Egypt is planning its first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections and the Palestinians are expected to press for state recognition at the UN.”

Matt Bradley reports in the Wall Street Journal that the Muslim Brotherhood is increasing the number of candidates for seats in the new government up to 50 percent. This is much more dangerous for our interests in the region. If the Muslim Brotherhood takes a majority of seats in September then this terrorist organization will control the second largest U.S. equipped military in the Middle East, second only to the Israeli military.

While this is a time to rejoice it is also a time to get serious about the real dangers facing us. Clare Lopez, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, refers to al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran as the “Axis of Jihad.” This axis is stronger, poised to achieve major positions of power in key Middle Eastern states and more dangerous to our very survival.

Expect the Axis of Jihad to strike the free world again and again and again.

Richard Swier is a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1990. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his years of service, two Bronze Stars with “V” for Heroism in ground combat and the Presidential Unit Citation and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

You can read him at http://www.redcounty.com/rich-swier.

As Assad shells civilians, Iran blames Israel, U.S.

The situation in Syria is deteriorating even further as President Bashar Assad’s troops shelled the Roman quarter of Derra.

An Iranian diplomat is blaming Israel and the U.S. for the unrest. The Tehran Times quotes Iran’s ambassador to Russia as congratulating Assad for his handling of the situation:

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a wise and politically aware man and is able to successfully deal with the sporadic riots in this country,” the Tehran Times quotes Ambassador Reza Sajjadi as saying. Iran has long had strong ties to Syria.

The decision to turn tanks on a city prompted strong condemnation from British Prime Minister David Cameron, who, AFP reports, termed it, “disgraceful and unacceptable.”

Hundreds have been attending the funerals of the pro-democracy demonstrators who have been killed by government troops.

The Associated Press reports that Turkey, which has set up tents for hundreds of Syrian refugees, is once again imploring Assad to stop the violence.