This isn't really surprising news. In the midst of negotiations over their nuclear facilities, Iran has not only refused to slow down their nuclear progress, but now, in a defiant gesture, they are making public plans to actually add 10 new uranium enrichment plants.
"Iran Approves Plan to Build 10 New Uranium Enrichment Plants". This represents a dramatic snubbing of all international representatives who have been attempting to negotiate with Iran. Quotes from this article confirm this:
"Iran approved plans Sunday to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion in defiance of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, days after it demanded Tehran stop construction on one plant and halt all enrichment activities."
"On Friday, the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency issued a strong rebuke of Iran over enrichment, infuriating Tehran. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani threatened on Sunday to reduce cooperation with the IAEA."
"It noted that IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei cannot confirm that Tehran's nuclear program is exclusively geared toward peaceful uses, and expressed "serious concern" that Iran's stonewalling of an agency probe means "the possibility of military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program" cannot be excluded."
This is an outrageous, public act for Iran, and it reveals several things.
- Iran clearly has no intention of diminishing or slowing down their nuclear efforts.
- Iran is not concerned about international sanctions.
- Iran is aware that the world realizes their true nuclear ambitions and has now officially snubbed their collective noses at the world.
- Iran seems to be baiting Israel and itching for a fight.
It is this last point that deserves the most attention. I have long believed that Iran has been baiting Israel to "invade" their nuclear facilities. The reason for this seems obvious - they continually come out with similar news - very thinly veiled news (revealing their nuclear progress, while saying its for peaceful means, when everyone knows better) whenever they make such public announcements. Iran's leaders constantly speak publicly about the demise and destruction of Israel and at the same time, comes out very publicly with news of their nuclear development. They know exactly what they are doing.
Why would Iran bait Israel into an attack?
It is only speculation, but it could be quite simple. If Israel "invades" Iran, they will immediately become martyrs in the eyes of the rest of the Islamic world. They will immediately become the rallying point for Muslims in the Middle East to take action against Israel. In addition, Iran would have an excuse to send missiles into Israel in "defense", and, in my opinion, rally the invading nations that are described in Ezekiel 38-39. Russia will also immediately become involved, in Iran's defense.
In other words, if Israel would just invade Iran, then Iran would instantly have the perfect situation that they envision.
Don't forget, Iran's president, Ahmadinejad is perfectly willing to lose hundreds of thousands of Iranian lives in order to accomplish his ultimate goals of warfare in and around Israel. This way, in his opinion, he can hasten the arrival of the Islamic Messiah, and subsequent world Islamic rule. The best way to accomplish this, is to trigger an Israeli "invasion" - and at that point he will have everything he needs, both militarily and strategically to engage in war with Israel. By contrast, if he were to invade Israel first, unprovoked, then he would face strong international condemnation, and Russia would be far more reluctant to become involved on Iran's behalf.
The perfect set-up, for Ahmadinejad, is to have Israel attack first. He seems to know this - and this most recent act of defiance may accomplish this scenario.
Ahmadinejad is literally begging for a fight. He may get it. I would recommend that he read Ezekiel 38-39 first, but that seems highly doubtful.