Meh Culpa

Hushhush: Israel’s plans for Iran

The Israel National news, Arutz Sheva, is reporting that a reporter at another newspaper says top Israeli officials have decided that if the United States doesn’t take care of (i.e., attack) Iran by next year, Israel will do so to make sure Iran doesn’t make a nuclear weapon.

Israel Has Decided: Iran Will Not Have Nukes

by Gil Ronen and Hillel Fendel

( Israel’s leadership resolved, in top-level strategic discussions three months ago, to do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from having nuclear bombs. This is Maariv’s front-page headline on Friday.

Maariv’s veteran political reporter Ben Caspit stops short of detailing the precise solution Israel will implement to put an end to Iran’s nuclear program, but writes, “Preparations for an Israeli military option intended to stop Iran’s nuclear program are underway.”

The results of the series of highest-level discussions are thus clear: “The debate between those who believe in doing everything, including a military operation, to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, and those who think we can live with Iranian nukes, has been settled.”

Not only that, but “if the ayatollahs’ regime does not fall in the next year, if the Americans do not strike militarily, and if the international sanctions do not break the Iranian nuclear plan, Israel will have to act forcefully.”

Apparently, the US also has been trying to get Olmert to accept that the Iranians will develop nuclear capability, but he’s having none of it.

It gets worse, if that’s possible. At least two European countries have invested in Iran’s oil and gas development, and they were told that it would be like investing in Germany’s Krupps [Steelworks] factory in 1938. The Krupps plant in Essen manufactured cannons during WWI.

Alfred Krupp developed the Bessemer iron working process to a heightened art in the 19th century and forged the largest cannons the world had seen to that day. His Big Berta could launch a shell six miles into the air in WWI.

The Krupp works and other manufacturers populated Germany’s Ruhr Valley, factories stretching across the landscape like onion fields of brick and steel and Essen was the center of German industrial might … before it was mostly destroyed by allied carpet bombing in the later half of WWII. There are still some of the old factories left, converted to other use.

…. in the rear of the [Thyssen-Krupps] plant property. There you can discover among the overgrowth of 50 years of dark history the remains of the old armor assembly works. Like an embarrassing old alcoholic grandfather, no placards, no guide books or post cards. Just a history preferred forgotten.

I would say that’s a pretty direct reference to bombing a manufacturing plant, which, if you knew the destruction would happen ahead of time, would make it a bad investment.


August 29, 2008 - Posted by | Foreign policy, Iran, Israel | , , ,

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