reveals that Israel has contingency plans to take out the 'peaceful' Iranian nuclear fuel refinement facilities at Natanz, Isfahan, and Arak.
Otherwise, this story does nothing to shed light on why Israel might be concerned about the development of 'peaceful' Iranian nuclear technology. So I thought I'd do a little research.
published about the same story back in 2005....surprise! The same authors!
And on September 3, 2005
....surprise! The same authors.
And Mr. Uzi Mahnaimi in 2004.
And in 2000, only this time it was testing nuclear cruise missiles.
And in 1998, Mr. Mahnaimi was alleging that Israel was working on a biological weapon
that would kill Arabs but not Jews.
It looks like he's on about a two to three year cycle of shocking revelations.
A Google search using the terms "Mahnaimi+Baxter+Iran+Israel" reveals that the usual suspects have picked up on this particular article of trade being retailed by the Times.
What's remarkable about the entire affair is the appalling lack of facts
in both articles. They're larded with suppositions, unfounded assumptions, secret plans and unnamed sources.
If this is what passes for hard hitting journalism at the Times
, I've clearly missed my calling. I could have knocked that out in an hour or two and then retired to my estate in the south of France to watch the checks roll in. I mean, it isn't as if Mr. Mahnaimi is doing anything but retailing the same wares he'd been trading in for a number of years.
In reality, one would have to be a complete moron to think that Israel hadn't done a bit of contingency planning with the Iranians in mind.
After all, Mr. Ahmadinejad, Imperial Wizard in charge of the Islamic Republic of Iran HAS said he'd like to see Israel "wiped off the map" as reported by Al Jazeera.
the Bangkok Post
, Worldnet Daily
the Sydney Morning Herald
and on, and on, and on.
All of which could be chalked up to schoolyard chest thumping, except that there IS the small matter of the Iranian 'peaceful' nuclear program AND the acquisition of North Korean Scud-based technology
capable of delivering nukes to a wide area of the middle east.
Mr. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly told anyone who'll listen what his intentions toward Israel generally and the Jews in particular are. Hobnobbing with the likes of David Duke
, the aspiring Klan gauleiter from Louisiana leaves no doubt as to Ahmadinejad's intentions. He couldn't be clearer.
Just like his predecessor, the late Corporal Hitler
, was equally clear on what he intended for the same people.
So...yes, there probably IS a plan to deal with Iran.
But the one person who determines whether that plan is put into action is not in Israel.
He's in Teheran.