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Countdown To Conflict

Scott’s Blog – 9/3/08

Countdown To Conflict

While the mainstream media in this country are feeding us a steady diet of political coverage that sounds more like a soap opera script than helpful analysis, the world keeps on turning.

And one of the most important events going on in this world barely makes it to page two these days.

Let’s catch up with reality. » Iran news » Article

Dutch intel: US to strike Iran in coming weeks

The Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, has called off an operation aimed at infiltrating and sabotaging Iran’s weapons industry due to an assessment that a US attack on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is imminent, according to a report in the country’s De Telegraaf newspaper on Friday. The report claimed that the Dutch operation had been “extremely successful,” and had been stopped because the US military was planning to hit targets that were “connected with the Dutch espionage action.”

The impending air-strike on Iran was to be carried out by unmanned aircraft “within weeks,” the report claimed, quoting “well placed” sources.

The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the De Telegraaf report. As we have reported in this space, Israel has made no bones about the fact that they will not tolerate nuclear weapons in the hands of the mad mullahs of Iran. There are two “red lines” the Israelis will not allow the Iranians to cross:

Obtaining levels of weapons grade plutonium that are necessary to construct a bomb.

Allowing the Russian designed state of the art anti-aircraft defenses designed to protect Iran’s nuclear facilities to become operational.

Both of these red lines are fast approaching on the horizon.

So why is the United States getting involved? Why not let the Israelis fight this battle?

A few thoughts. First, the war in Iraq is now an undeniable success. Anbar Province, once the hot bed of Al Qaida terror operations in the region has been pacified and handed over to the Iraqi security forces. Negotiations have begun in earnest to set a date certain for the departure of US troops from the nation.

The notion that the United States is tied down in a Vietnam style quagmire in Iraq has been completely discredited by the brilliant leadership of General David Petraeus. The hands of our military now seem to be free to take on the other major threat to world peace in the region.

A direct military invasion of Iran is not politically feasible. But an effective high tech strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities certainly would be.

Secondly, the United States is currently exerting significant pressure on Israel to make painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority to fulfill the so called “Road Map to Peace”.  The only way Israel would make such seemingly self destructive moves is if they were promised something very significant to their own security in return.

Seeing Iran’s nuclear program gutted might just fit the bill.

The problem with all of this is simple.

What is destroyed can be rebuilt.

Even if the main nuclear facilities of Iran are destroyed, their strange bed fellow Russia would seize this as an opportunity to strengthen their position and prestige in the region. A full blown Russian commitment to rebuilding these facilities would continue to guarantee that radical Islam will not be a problem for them in the future.

It does seem evident that no matter what moves are made, whether they be military or diplomatic the prophecy of Zechariah is becoming increasingly vivid.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.  And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. (Zechariah 12:2-3)

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