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ISRAEL ISSUED DOUBLE DARE ON IRAN ATTACK
August 18 2010
Washington, D.C. – War is never an easy thing even for people who have only known conflict. Even in situations where war seems morally and ethically justified it is still a hard decision for many countries to make. That hesitation is always complicated,
a matter of domestic politics, foreign relations, and having the resources to ensure a victory but there are other, less tangible reasons for such reticence. War after all means death and no matter the advantage on paper circumstances can alter an altercation in strange and unexpected ways meaning that war can always go wrong.
Fear though cannot be the motivator behind waging or not waging war. Fear causes hesitation and sometimes that can be worse than actually fighting. Sometimes you have to roll the hard eight, sometimes you simply need to fight even if it is the last thing you want to do. That knowledge though doesn’t make the decision any easier, something Israel is starting to find out the hard way. Israel has of course been threatening attacks against Iran for years but little has ever been done in that regard. It’s not that Israel is afraid of war mind you. Something to which Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and the Palestinian Territories will attest, but no country they have faced thus far is as formidable as Iran making it a little more difficult. However some are pushing for war including former U.N. envoy John Bolton who has dared the Jewish state to attack soon.
“Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they're in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it. So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days.,” Bolton told Fox News. “I would be very surprised if there are any circumstances in which the Obama administration would use force against Iran's nuclear program. I do not think they will strike. I fear that Israel has lost this opportunity.”
Bolton later changed his timetable to three days but it’s not clear if Israel has altered their plans in response to the challenge.
“The reality of a nuclear Iran may be a foregone conclusion at this point, perhaps it always was. Israel has been talking about this for years though and hasn’t really done anything other than talk. Keep in mind that the
nuclear program was initiated in the 1970’s under the Shah, was delayed for a decade, and then restarted. It’s not like they didn’t know it was happening,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “What we are talking about is a power plant not weapons and they are doing it with foreign aid, most notably the Russians. The reality is they don’t have the equipment or the knowledge to build nuclear power unto themselves and so they won’t simply be able to take their knowledge from building this reactor and apply it to weapons, the two things just don’t translate.”
The current program has been ongoing since 1995.
“It’s not like the Israelis are afraid of conflict but Iran is a different enemy than refugees throwing stones. Picking on Iran is an entirely different animal and any attack could spark an all out war against a militant and well armed nation which isn’t something they are used to dealing with. They aren’t exactly Hamas,” continued Hander. “Bolton though, Bolton had a lot of influence for a number of years and he has tried this dare thing on Israel before and had some success but I seriously doubt that will be the case this time. This isn’t like the time he dared Ariel Sharon to eat a hundred bagels, the stakes here are real and the consequences potentially very dire. I would hope they will think it out before acting.”
The infamous bagel incident came just days before Sharon’s paralyzing stroke though doctors downplayed any connection.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent