Advances in their space program were announced last week, and this week, they are a “nuclear state.” The admission came forth on the same day as the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, according to www.nationalreview.com
According to www.voanews.com, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to enact “crippling sanctions” on Iran. He added that, “Iran is racing forward to produce nuclear weapons in brazen defiance of the international community, and the international community must decide if it is serious about neutralizing this threat to Israel, the region and the entire world.” The article also states that, “Israel has warned that if diplomacy fails, it might launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran’s president has threatened to wipe the Jewish state ‘off the map,’ and therefore, Israeli leaders have said time and again that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire the atom bomb.”
However, if Israel decides to strike, it seems likely that Israel may be doing so without any initial help from the US, based on the White House’s coolness toward Israel. Though the US started sending ships and missiles into the Gulf about 2 weeks ago,www.guardian.co.uk reported that the US dispatched the weapons to allies Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait, and that two ships were present in the Gulf that had the ability to shoot down Iranian missiles. Notice that Israel, with whom the US is also supposed to be an ally, is not included. But if Washington is attempting to appear neutral in the event that an Israeli-Iranian conflict breaks out, it will only be convincing to the mainstream media and not to Ahmadinejad. In his mind, if a country and its leadership aren’t for him, then they are against him — even if by default.
To make the festivities in Iran even more interesting, www.wsj.com reported that Iran’s telecommunications agency will be enacting a “permanent suspension of Google Inc.’s email services, saying a national email service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out.”
However, Richard Stiennon, founder of Internet security firm IT-Harvest in Birmingham, Michigan told The Wall Street Journal that “The primary purpose for doing this is to control communication and mine that communication, so the government can crack down on dissenters and people who threaten the government.” It had been made known that Iranian Opposition leaders were calling on Iranians to rise up and protest, and it was suspected that they may be using the Internet to organize. So Ahmadinejad had reason to order his regime to track social networking websites and email services and even block suspicious sites or communication.
Ahmadinejad seems to know just how far he can push the international community and get away with it. Then when all the fuss dies down, he pushes a little further. It would also seem that he has concluded that Obama and even the UN will never actually follow through with challenging him. And perhaps he is right. However, Israel is not likely to continue to play along indefinitely. In fact, WND Radio America interviewed former Clinton-Gore aide Larry Haas, and when the interview aired Thursday, and Haas stated that he believes that Israel may strike Iran within the next 12 months. In addition, Mike Evans, journalist and author of Atomic Iran: Countdown to Armageddon was interviewed earlier in the week. He indicated that he believes that it could be as soon as this May.
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