A widely held assumption about a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is that it would spur Iranian citizens -- many of whom appear to despise their rulers -- to rally around the regime. But Netanyahu, I’m told, believes a successful raid could unclothe the emperor, emboldening Iran’s citizens to overthrow the regime (as they tried to do, unsuccessfully, in 2009).You might call this the Museveni Paradigm. It’s one of several arguments I’ve heard in the past week, as I’ve shuttled between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, that have convinced me that Israeli national-security officials are considering a pre- emptive strike in the near future.After interviewing many people with direct knowledge of internal government thinking, however, I’m highly confident that Netanyahu isn’t bluffing -- that he is in fact counting down to the day when he will authorize a strike against a half-dozen or more Iranian nuclear sites.
One reason I’m now more convinced is that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are working hard to convince other members of the Israeli cabinet that a strike might soon be necessary.
But I also heard from Israeli national-security officials a number of best-case scenarios about the consequences of an attack, which suggested to me that they believe they have thought through all the risks -- and that they keep coming to the same conclusions.
More below. This is too germane and too interesting to pass up:
One conclusion key officials have reached is that a strike on six or eight Iranian facilities will not lead, as is generally assumed, to all-out war. This argument holds that the Iranians might choose to cover up an attack, in the manner of the Syrian government when its nuclear facility was destroyed by the Israeli air force in 2007. An Israeli strike wouldn’t focus on densely populated cities, so the Iranian government might be able to control, to some degree, the flow of information about it.Another theory making the rounds was that Obama has so deeply internalized the argument that Israel has the sovereign right to defend itself against a threat to its existence that an Israeli attack, even one launched against U.S. wishes, wouldn’t anger him. In this scenario, Obama would move immediately to help buttress Israel’s defenses against an Iranian counterstrike.Some Israeli security officials also believe that Iran won’t target American ships or installations in the Middle East in retaliation for a strike, as many American officials fear, because the leadership in Tehran understands that American retaliation for an Iranian attack could be so severe as to threaten the regime itself.The arguments I’ve outlined here -- and those I’ll describe in my next column -- all lead to a single conclusion: The Israeli political leadership increasingly believes that an attack on Iran will not be the disaster many American officials, and some ex-Israeli security officials, fear it will be.
If one wanted to destroy America, all one would need to do is break the country into parts and chisel away at each segment, bit by bit...those seeking to dismantle the American way are “no longer progressives.” Instead, the left has successfully morphed into what it had always intended to be: Full-fledged Communists.
In order to do that, Glenn cautioned, one “needs to dismantle the current structure.”“They built their machine,” said Glenn. Progressives have now turned that machine on and we must pay attention to Communists.He instructed viewers to learn as much as they can about Communism — how it works, what its core tenets are, who its radical architects and advocates are, as well as to familiarize themselves with the system’s heroes and villains.
While the American Jewish intelligentsia discusses the legitimacy of an Israeli strike on Iran, European anti-Semitism raises its head, leaving on the ground three Jewish children and a rabbi in Toulouse.
During the Holocaust, Jews were dispatched to the gas chambers (in France the local police did the “dirty work”).
Seventy years later, in a modern, democratic Europe that presumably had shed itself of the legacy of that era, Jews have again come under attack.
Witnesses of the Toulouse killing spree in the Jewish school tell of students hunted by the terrorist inside the building.
The attack resembles most that of Itamar, when a year ago father, mother and three children were slaughtered in their beds by an Arab commando.
The attack in Toulouse is the culmination of a long anti-Semitic campaign. Two weeks ago, Paris’ Interior Ministry released the statistics of the anti-Jewish wave: 389 anti-Semitic attacks - only - in 2011, at least one every day.In 2006 Ilan Halimi was kidnapped in Paris by a group of young Muslims. He was tortured for four weeks while they read him pages of the Koran, and then thrown into a landfill to die, covered with mortal wounds.France is not an isolated case. Anti-Semitism in Western Europe is “the worst since World War II”, according to the Jewish Agency. It will only worsen in the future.
Books such as Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are prominently displayed bestsellers in Muslim stores on Edgware Road in the heart of London.Jewish life in France and Europe is not under question, it’s already history. For as comfortable as life might be in the arrondissements of Paris, it is time for the Jews of France to come home.
In Sweden, a country described by The Guardian as “the greatest success the world has known,” Jews are leaving large cities such as Malmö due to security reasons, in order to escape anti-Semitic attacks.
Before it’s too late, they should leave for Israel. The situation will only worsen.Anti-Semitism is an eruption of barbarism in our civilization and the Jews have always been a barometer of tolerance. Europe is living its new nightmare and classical anti-Semitism has become a potent and dangerous mix in countries with enormous Muslim populations.
We will not be surprised if one day, under the Eurabian banner, these new Europeans will try to expel the descendants of the Holocaust from the land of Israel.
This second Shoah will be called “Peace and Justice for Palestine”.
Stocks closed mixed......
Nasdaq up BUT dow down. Transports
UP but sp 500 down. IT WOULD APPEAR
that we are at the TAIL END of a
SPECULATIVE MANIA in the stock market.
please go here >>>>>
This is a VERY GOOD ARTICLE...
about Holland tulips, ect.
Of course, bulls will ignore it
at THEIR OWN risk.
Wave counts appear complete for
the overall (Y) wave off of
3/4 OCT 2011 lows.
Funny, cos back then EVERYONE
including people on this blog
seemed to be looking for the end
right away. But it proved elusive,
and stocks rallied instead.
BUT NOW......21 MAR 2012, MANY
MANY bulls are around.
I would SAY THE ODDS for the END
are MUCH HIGHER now then in Oct.
almost 6 months ago......
CASH IS SAFE, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT !!!!
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