Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Monday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for Israel to be wiped off the map, should bear in mind that his own country could also be destroyed.
“Those who threaten to destroy are in danger of being destroyed,” Peres said.
In an interview to Reuters, Peres said Iran was mocking the international community’s attempts to resolve the crisis over its nuclear ambitions and that the credibility of the United Nations Security Council was on the line.
In what Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has described as a threat that must be taken seriously, Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be destroyed.
“They want to wipe out Israel… Now when it comes to destruction, Iran too can be destroyed [but] I don’t suggest to say an eye for an eye,” Peres told Reuters.
“Israel would defend itself under any condition but we don’t look upon it as an Iranian-Israeli conflict exclusively… [Iran] is basically a danger to the world, not just to us.”
May 8, 2006 No Comments
Danny’s brother is being deployed back to Iraq for a third deployment..
He asked me if I truly believed that civilized people learn from history.
I said yes I do believe this..
He brought to my attention a statement by General Douglas MacArthur’s speech before the joint session of Congress on April 19, 1951.
In part the statement said:
“Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, our Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence, an improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”
But once war is forces upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.
In war there is no substitute for victory.
I believe there is a lesson here..
May 8, 2006 No Comments
Suzie at Assorted Babble has some insights into what Iran is doing…
Reprinted from NewsMax
Iranâ€™s “Judgment Day” plan will include:
Missile strikes directly targeting U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq.
Suicide attacks against U.S. embassies and consulates in several Arab and Muslim countries, as well as attacks on U.S. military bases, and oil facilities with significant U.S. or British interests.
Attacks against U.S. and British forces in Iraq by Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces staging from inside Iran.
Large-scale rocket attacks by Hezbollah into Israel.
NewsMax reported in February on similar contingency plans by the Iranian navy to block the Straits of Hormuz in the event of a U.S.-led military strike on Iranian nuclear or missile facilities. The “Judgment Day” plan appears to be an extension of these plans.
Separately, NewsMax has learned from an Iranian intelligence source that the regime plans to carry out suicide bombings in the United States and take 400 to 500 U.S. hostages as part of its overall response to eventual U.S.-led military strikes.
The regime has already positioned “sleeper cells” in the United States to carry out these attacks, which would be â€œactivatedâ€ in the event of U.S. military strikes on Iran, the source said.
A White House official, speaking on background, told NewsMax that the recent “Noble Prophet” naval exercises conducted by Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman showed that the Iranian regime was “seeking to demonstrate strength and deter others” from acting against it.
The United States is working with its allies to craft a strong multilateral response beyond just a U.N. Security Council resolution to “demonstrate to Iran that it cannot continue on its present course, which in our view is headed toward nuclear weapons capability,” the official said.
Among those responses were stepped up measures under the Proliferation Security Initiative [PSI] to interdict shipments of equipment and material that Iran needs for its nuclear and missile programs, he said.
Under the PSI, the United States and its allies have intercepted ships on the high seas and captured nuclear materials before they could reach Libya and Iran. Unlike previous multilaterial organizations, “the PSI does things, instead of just considering things,” the official added.
Iran’s stepped up missile development has had the untended consequences of getting “greater cooperation among our allies in missile defense,” the official said.
While not confirming recent press reports that Iran has purchased Russian missiles from North Korea capable of launching a nuclear warhead against Europe, the official noted that “missile defense is now integral to our alliance and to our security.”
May 8, 2006 1 Comment