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French FM warns israel plans Iran strike

 

Global Research, October 5, 2008

Press TV

 

Kouchner evokes the possibility of an israeli strike on Iran. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says israel would strike Iran, under the pretext that the country is seeking nuclear bombs.

 

israel has long alleged that a nuclear Iran would pose an existential 'threat' to Tel Aviv, accusing Tehran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of seeking weapons of mass destruction.

 

The UN nuclear watchdog said in its latest report on Iran that it could not find any 'components of a nuclear weapon' or 'related nuclear physics studies' in the country.

 

In a Haaretz interview published on Sunday, Kouchner said a nuclear weapon would not 'give any immunity to Iran'.

 

"israel has always said it will not wait for the bomb to be ready," he added.

 

The outspoken French minister, who is on a two-day visit to the Middle East, said Tel Aviv would 'eat' Iran before the 'bomb' is ready.

 

He later released a statement saying that he had been misquoted by the paper and that he had used the word 'hit' not 'eat'.

 

Kouchner, however, confirmed that he did 'indeed evoke the possibility of israeli strikes to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon'.

 

Kouchner's remarks are in line with French President Nicolas Sarkozy warning in early September that the pursuance of a nuclear program by Iran could lead to an israel-waged war on the country.

 

"We could find one morning that israel has struck (Iran)," the French president said, adding that no one would question the legitimacy of such an act of aggression.

 

Iran says its nuclear activities are directed at the civilian application of the technology, such as generating electricity for its growing population.

 

During his late September visit to New York, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that 'the era of nuclear bombs has ended', stressing that weapons of mass destruction have no place on Iran's defensive doctrine.

 

israel, meanwhile, is widely believed to have acquired some 200-300 nuclear warheads. Former US president Jimmy Carter confirmed in late May that israel is the possessor of the sole nuclear arsenal in the Middle East.

 

Iran, the Arab League and the one-hundred-eighteen Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members, sought to put the dossier of 'israel's nuclear capabilities' on the agenda of the annual UN nuclear watchdog meeting in Vienna.

 

In a vote on Saturday, israel - backed by the US and EU - managed to evade a link between its nuclear program to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

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israeli Bombers Planned to Use Georgian Airfields in Iran Strike

Report: Moscow ordered troops to raid israeli facilities in Georgia to protect Iran

 

by Arnaud de Borchgrave

 

Global Research, September 17, 2008

United Press International (UPI) - 2008-09-02

 

NATO guarantees that an attack against one member country is an attack against all are no longer what they used to be. Had Georgia been inside NATO, a number of European countries would no longer be willing to consider it an attack against their own soil.

 

For Russia, the geopolitical stars were in perfect alignment. The United States was badly overstretched and had no plausible way to talk tough without coming across as empty rhetoric. American resources have been drained by the Iraq and Afghan wars, and the war on terror. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov put it, Washington must now choose between its "pet project" Georgia and a partnership with Moscow.

 

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili evidently thought the United States would come to his side militarily if Russian troops pushed him back into Georgia after ordering an attack last Aug. 8 on the breakaway province of South Ossetia. And when his forces were mauled by Russia's counterattack, bitter disappointment turned to anger. Along with Abkhazia, Georgia lost two provinces.

 

Georgia also had a special relationship with israel that was mostly under the radar. Georgian Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili is a former israeli who moved things along by facilitating israeli arms sales with U.S. aid. "We are now in a fight against the great Russia," he was quoted as saying, "and our hope is to receive assistance from the White House because Georgia cannot survive on its own."

 

The Jerusalem Post on Aug. 12 reported, "Georgian Prime Minister Vladimir Gurgenidze made a special call to israel Tuesday morning to receive a blessing from one of the Haredi community's most important rabbis and spiritual leaders, Rabbi Aaron Leib Steinman. 'I want him to pray for us and our state,'" he was quoted.

 

israel began selling arms to Georgia seven years ago. U.S. grants facilitated these purchases. From israel came former minister and former Tel Aviv Mayor Roni Milo, representing Elbit Systems, and his brother Shlomo, former director general of Military Industries. israeli UAV spy drones, made by Elbit Maarahot Systems, conducted recon flights over southern Russia, as well as into nearby Iran.

 

In a secret agreement between israel and Georgia, two military airfields in southern Georgia had been earmarked for the use of israeli fighter-bombers in the event of pre-emptive attacks against Iranian nuclear installations. This would sharply reduce the distance israeli fighter-bombers would have to fly to hit targets in Iran. And to reach Georgian airstrips, the israeli air force would fly over Turkey.

 

The attack ordered by Saakashvili against South Ossetia the night of Aug. 7 provided the Russians the pretext for Moscow to order Special Forces to raid these israeli facilities where some israeli drones were reported captured.

 

At a Moscow news conference, Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, Russia's deputy chief of staff, said the extent of israeli aid to Georgia included "eight types of military vehicles, explosives, landmines and special explosives for clearing minefields." Estimated numbers of israeli trainers attached to the Georgian army range from 100 to 1,000. There were also 110 U.S. military personnel on training assignments in Georgia. Last July 2,000 U.S. troops were flown in for "Immediate Response 2008," a joint exercise with Georgian forces.

 

Details of israel's involvement were largely ignored by israeli media lest they be interpreted as another blow to israel's legendary military prowess, which took a bad hit in the Lebanese war against Hezbollah two years ago. Georgia's top diplomat in Tel Aviv complained about israel's "lackluster" response to his country's military predicament and called for "diplomatic pressure on Moscow." According to the Jerusalem Post, the Georgian was told "the address for that type of pressure is Washington."

 

Haaretz reported Georgian Minister Temur Yakobashvili -- who is Jewish, the newspaper said -- told israeli army radio that "israel should be proud of its military which trained Georgian soldiers" because he explained rather implausibly, "a small group of our soldiers were able to wipe out an entire Russian military division, thanks to israeli training."

 

The Tel Aviv-Tbilisi military axis was agreed at the highest levels with the approval of the Bush administration. The official liaison between the two entities was Reserve Brig. Gen. Gal Hirsch who commanded israeli forces on the Lebanese border in July 2006. He resigned from the army after the Winograd Commission flayed israel's conduct of its Second Lebanon War. Hirsch was also blamed for the seizure of two israeli soldiers by Hezbollah.

 

israeli personnel, working for "private" companies with close ties to the israel Defense Forces, also trained Georgian soldiers in house-to-house fighting.

 

That Russia assessed these israeli training missions as U.S.-approved is a given. The United States was also handicapped by a shortage of spy-in-the-sky satellite capability, already overextended by the Iraq and Afghan wars. Neither U.S. nor Georgian intelligence knew Russian forces were ready with an immediate and massive response to the Georgian attack Moscow knew was coming. Russian double agents ostensibly working for Georgia most probably egged on the military fantasies of the impetuous Saakashvili's "surprise attack" plans.

 

Saakashvili was convinced that by sending 2,000 of his soldiers to serve in Iraq (who were immediately flown home by the United States when Russia launched a massive counterattack into Georgia), he would be rewarded for his loyalty. He could not believe President Bush, a personal friend, would leave him in the lurch. Georgia, as Saakashvili saw his country's role, was the "israel of the Caucasus."

 

The Tel Aviv-Tbilisi military axis appears to have been cemented at the highest levels, according to YNet, the israeli electronic daily. But whether the IAF can still count on those air bases to launch bombing missions against Iran's nuke facilities is now in doubt.

 

Iran comes out ahead in the wake of the Georgian crisis. Neither Russia nor China is willing to respond to a Western request for more and tougher sanctions against the mullahs. Iran's European trading partners are also loath to squeeze Iran. The Russian-built, 1,000-megawatt Iranian reactor in Bushehr is scheduled to go online early next year.

 

A combination of Putin and oil has put Russia back on the geopolitical map of the world. Moscow's oil and gas revenue this year is projected at $201 billion -- a 13-fold increase since Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin eight years ago. Not shabby for a wannabe superpower on the comeback trail.

 

Global Research Articles by Arnaud de Borchgrave

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israel threatens to wage illegal, pre-emptive military attack on Iran

 

Global Research, July 18, 2008

CASMII

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

 

CASMII Press Release

 

15 July 2008

 

israel threatens to wage illegal, "pre-emptive" military attack on Iran

 

On Monday July 14th israel’s senior defence official, General Amos Gilad during an interview with BBC Radio four’s Today programme said that israel is preparing itself to take military action against Iran and that it would do so if diplomacy fails. The statement came only a day after the Sunday Times revealed that “President George W Bush backs israeli plan for strike on Iran”.

 

These threats are being made following reports of israeli aerial military exercise in the first week of June which involved over 100 F-15 and F-16 fighters and was described by a senior Pentagon official as a dress rehearsal for a military strike on Iranian nuclear plants. In the same week, Shaol Mofaz, israel’s deputy prime minister publicly stated that if Iran continues with its nuclear programme, israel “will attack it”.

 

All of Iran’s nuclear plants are under Safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which after over five years of intrusive inspections has found no evidence of any diversion into a weaponisation programme. In mid June, Dr ElBaradei, the Agency’s Director General threatened to resign if there is any attack on Iran.

 

israel’s threats against Iran are in gross violation of the UN Charter which clearly states in Article 2 that “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

 

The Nuremberg Tribunal, which brought Nazi leaders to justice for their wars of aggression, confirmed that "War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."

 

In relation to the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Benjamin Ferencz, a former chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials who worked on the U.S. legal team and successfully convicted 22 Nazis, stated that "The United Nations charter has a provision which was formulated by and agreed to by the United States after World War II. It says that from now on, no nation can use armed force without the permission of the U.N. Security Council. They can use force in connection with self-defence, but a country can't use force in anticipation of self-defence.” israel is neither under attack nor threat of immediate attack by Iran.

 

CASMII calls on all the international community, the UN, the US Congress, the EU, in particular the UK, France and Germany as well as Russia and China to condemn israel’s threats of military action against Iran. We call on the US to enter into immediate, direct, unconditional and comprehensive negotiations with Iran on all points of dispute so that a catastrophic war and a major conflagration in the Middle East and beyond can be averted and the present stand-off can be resolved in a peaceful manner.

 

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israel attack on Iran 'unavoidable'-Olmert deputy

 

Global Research, June 6, 2008

Reuters

 

Fri Jun 6, 2008 5:08am EDT By Dan Williams

 

JERUSALEM, June 6 (Reuters) - An israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites looks "unavoidable" given the apparent failure of sanctions to deny Tehran technology with bomb-making potential, one of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's deputies said on Friday.

 

"If Iran continues with its programme for developing nuclear weapons, we will attack it. The sanctions are ineffective," Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz told the mass-circulation Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

 

"Attacking Iran, in order to stop its nuclear plans, will be unavoidable," said the former army chief who has also been defence minister.

 

It was the most explicit threat yet against Iran from a member of Olmert's government, which, like the Bush administration, has preferred to hint at force as a last resort should U.N. Security Council sanctions be deemed a dead end.

 

Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, has defied Western pressure to abandon its uranium enrichment projects. The leadership in Tehran has also threatened to retaliate against israel -- believed to have the Middle East's only atomic arsenal -- and U.S. targets in the Gulf for any attack on Iranian turf.

 

Mofaz also said in the interview that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for israel to be wiped off the map, "would disappear before israel does."

 

Mofaz's remarks came as he and several other senior members of Olmert's Kadima Party prepare for a possible run for top office should a corruption scandal force the israeli prime minister to step down.

 

Iranian-born Mofaz has been a main party rival of the israeli prime minister, particularly following the 2006 elections when Olmert was forced to hand the defence portfolio to Labour, his main coalition partner, at Mofaz's expense.

 

Mofaz, who is also designated as a deputy prime minister, has remained privy to israel's defence planning. He is a member of Olmert's security cabinet and leads regular strategic coordination talks with the U.S. State Department.

 

israel sent warplanes to destroy Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981.

 

A similar israeli sortie over Syria last September razed what the U.S. administration said was a nascent nuclear reactor built with North Korean help. Syria denied having any such facility.

 

Independent analysts have questioned, however, whether israel's armed forces can take on Iran alone, as its nuclear sites are numerous, distant and well-fortified. (Editing by Ori Lewis and Charles ######)

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US escalating covert operations against Iran-report

 

Sun Jun 29, 2008

 

NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) - U.S. congressional leaders agreed late last year to President George W. Bush's funding request for a major escalation of covert operations against Iran aimed at destabilizing its leadership, according to a report in The New Yorker magazine published online on Sunday.

 

The article by reporter Seymour Hersh, from the magazine's July 7 and 14 issue, centers around a highly classified Presidential Finding signed by Bush which by U.S. law must be made known to Democratic and Republican House and Senate leaders and ranking members of the intelligence committees.

 

"The Finding was focused on undermining Iran's nuclear ambitions and trying to undermine the government through regime change," the article cited a person familiar with its contents as saying, and involved "working with opposition groups and passing money."

 

Hersh has written previously about possible administration plans to go to war to stop Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, including an April 2006 article in the New Yorker that suggested regime change in Iran, whether by diplomatic or military means, was Bush's ultimate goal.

 

Funding for the covert escalation, for which Bush requested up to $400 million, was approved by congressional leaders, according to the article, citing current and former military, intelligence and congressional sources.

 

Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. U.S. Special Operations Forces have been conducting crossborder operations from southern Iraq since last year, the article said.

 

These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of "high-value targets" in Bush's war on terrorism, who may be captured or killed, according to the article.

 

But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which include the Central Intelligence Agency, have now been significantly expanded, the article said, citing current and former officials.

 

Many of these activities are not specified in the new finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature, it said.

 

Among groups inside Iran benefiting from U.S. support is the Jundallah, also known as the Iranian People's Resistance Movement, according to former CIA officer Robert Baer. Council on Foreign Relations analyst Vali Nasr described it to Hersh as a vicious organization suspected of links to al Qaeda.

 

The article said U.S. support for the dissident groups could prompt a violent crackdown by Iran, which could give the Bush administration a reason to intervene.

 

The United States is leading international efforts to rein in Iran's suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, although Washington concedes Iran has the right to develop nuclear power for civilian uses.

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By attacking Iran, Zionists know that they are going to start the 3rd World War. Zionists were behind the 1st World war and the 2nd World War.

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The US regime and CIA are trying to destabilize Iran by using mercenaries to terrorize Iran.

 

Jundullah—also known as "Army of God", "Allah's Soldiers", and "God's Brigade" [1], as well as the Popular Iranian Resistance Movement [2]—is a Sunni "Pakistani tribal miltant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran." It is "made up of members of the Baluchi tribe and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the border from Iran," Brian Ross and Christopher Isham reported April 3, 2007, for ABC News.

 

The group, which "has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials", "has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News," Ross and Isham wrote.

 

Following the February 2007 bombing attack on Zaheden, which lies in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan, bordering on both Afghanistan and Pakistan, Brigadier General Mohammad Ghafari "renewed Iranian accusations that Jundullah was receiving support from British and US forces in neighboring Afghanistan for its campaign of violence in Sistan-Baluchestan," David Eshel wrote in the March 2007 Defense Update.

 

"CIA is supporting Iranian ethnic groups like sunni Balochs and Kurds inside Iran. Iranian relation with pakistan are becoming tense. Pakistan is playing role of surrogate for americans even though they hate this role. Jundullah a sunni militant group is getting full support of CIA," the blog my views about world as i see it (Dr. Sanghar) stated February 25, 2007.

 

Because direct U.S. funding to the group "would require an official presidential order or 'finding' as well as congressional oversight, ABC News was told by tribal sources "that money for Jundullah is funneled to its youthful leader, Abd el Malik Regi, through Iranian exiles who have connections with European and Gulf states." [3]

 

Regi "used to fight with the Taliban" and is "part drug smuggler, part Taliban, part Sunni activist," according to Alexis Debat, a "senior fellow on counterterrorism at the Nixon Center and an ABC News consultant who recently met with Pakistani officials and tribal members," Ross and Isham wrote.

 

"Pakistani government sources say the secret campaign against Iran by Jundullah was on the agenda when Vice President ###### Cheney met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in February," Ross and Isham wrote. "A senior U.S. government official said groups such as Jundullah have been helpful and that it was appropriate for the U.S. to deal with such groups in that context."

 

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Iran Masjid blast plotters admit israeli, US links

 

AFP

May 23, 2008

 

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran’s chief prosecutor said bombers who caused a deadly blast at a Masjid in Shiraz had confessed of links to israel and the United States, the ISNA student news agency reported on Friday.

 

“Those responsible for the attack against the Shiraz Masjid have confessed to having links to worldwide oppression, in particular the United States and israel,” Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi was quoted by the agency as saying.

 

They also admitted carrying out “one or two minor operations,” the agency said, without providing further details except to say the group launched military operations a year ago.

 

The April 12 blast in the southern city left 13 people dead and more than 200 wounded. Authorities subsequently announced the arrest of 15 people.

 

Earlier Friday, senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami said people had also plotted attacks in the holy city of Qom, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Tehran, and at a book fair held in the capital.

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Attacking Iran will cause death to israel, and I am waiting for that.

 

:sl:

 

I have a feeling the opposite will happen, it might trigger a global backlash against Iran and the Middle East.

 

I still can't get over the total hypocrisy of it. A bunch of countries with nuclear weapons trying to bully another country into not getting nuclear weapons. Pfft.

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It might be hypocritical, but it's still a very good thing. The fewer countries that have nuclear weapons the better

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I still can't get over the total hypocrisy of it. A bunch of countries with nuclear weapons trying to bully another country into not getting nuclear weapons. Pfft.

 

It is because the countries that do have them understand the cost of using them and for the most part have stable governments. Countries that don't have them now, really have no need for them as no sane person, country, or government would ever use them. They are too dangerous and the only reason they don't get rid of them is because the three biggest arsenals don't trust each other to start the process. So the reason the nuclear powers are trying to keep others from developing nuclear weapons is because they are not of any use and are of great danger. The only uses for nuclear weapons are genocide or terrorism, which are not acceptable to anyone of sound mind. It's not hypocrisy, but education. Just to remind you, only two atomic weapons were ever used, by the US to end WWII, were a fraction of the explosive power of nuclear weapons, and each of those destroyed a city and killed over 100,000 each. A nuclear weapon is capable of destroying any of the largest cities in the world and killing tens of millions of people in seconds. There were warheads in the Soviet and US arsenals that if targeted at New York City, would also have destroyed Washington DC and Boston. The nuclear powers want to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of people who might use them or unstable governments. I don't know about you, but frankly, any additional countries getting nuclear weapons scares me. There are already too many on this planet. Nuclear power is a different story, but unfortunately the two processes are very similar.

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I'm not saying the west should allow Iran to create their own nuclear weapons, far from it. I just don't believe that any country should possess nuclear weapons under any circumstance. It has capabilities to destroy entire cities in seconds, and does not distinguish between enemy and civilian.

 

What I find ridiculous is that israel and its allies are not setting a good example for the world. It's kind of like your parent telling you "hey, don't smoke" while he or she is puffing on a cigarette right before your eyes. But you bring a point I never thought of, RobS, when you say "the only reason they don't get rid of them is because the three biggest arsenals don't trust each other to start the process". That does make sense.

 

Salam.

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Zionists and Zionist supporters are highly hypocritical for inventing absurd fairy tales such as the non-existent WMDs as a Zionist pretext to attack, destroy, invade and occupy Iraq and terrorize and massacre innocent Iraqi people while the israeli regime of terror has so many WMDs including the nuclear weapons.

 

Therefore, the UN, the US regime, the UK regime, the israeli regime of terror etc are being governed, controlled and manipulated by the most disgusting hypocrites who are supported by the most disgusting Zionist supporters.

 

The hypocrisy of the UN, the US regime, the UK regime, the israeli regime of terror etc makes the world a dangerous place to live in.

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