Sunday, November 20, 2011

Playing chicken with Iran

I never liked those kinds of games; it always seemed that the loser lost big, and the winning was shallow at best. Unfortunately that is what is happening, and has been for the past 5 years or so with Iran. We stare, they stare, we both blink at the same time and mistakes happen. So far those mistakes have been relatively mild; the very near future does not speak well of it staying mild.

Whether Israel or the U.S. makes the pre-emptive strike will soon be a moot point, the important question is; what kind of weapon will be used?

From Reuters/Yahoo November 19

Israel: time running out to stop a nuclear Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran is less than a year away from being unstoppable in its goal of producing a nuclear weapon, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview with CNN released on Saturday.

In an advance transcript of an interview to air on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" program on Sunday, Barak said Israel was focused on the prospect of a nuclear Iran and what "should and could be done about it on time."

"It's true that it won't take three years, probably three quarters before no one can do anything practically about it because the Iranians are gradually, deliberately entering into what I call a zone of immunity, by widening the redundancy of their plan, making it spread over many more sites with many more hidden elements," he said.

Barak, a former Israeli prime minister, said a report earlier this month by the U.N. nuclear watchdog that Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting secret research had had a sobering effect on world leaders and was driving urgent, intensive diplomacy.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report confirmed long-standing concerns that Iran aims to build a nuclear weapon...

If we refuse to give credence to the IAEA and dismiss their findings as so much smoke and mirrors, we will wake up one morning to a nuclear test by Iran.

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