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The Countdown: Israel and Iran

Sunday, December 11, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

On March 7, 1936, “a small token of German troops paraded across the Rhine bridges at dawn…and entered the demiliterized zone,” wrote William Shirer in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. “As [General] Jodl testified at Nuremberg, ‘Considering the situation we were in, the French covering army could have blown us to pieces.'”

“It could have,” concluded Shirer, “and had it, that almost certainly would have been the end of Hitler.”

We are approaching such a moment.

From the Times of London:

ISRAEL’S armed forces have been ordered by Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran, military sources have revealed.

The order came after Israeli intelligence warned the government that Iran was operating enrichment facilities, believed to be small and concealed in civilian locations….

It is believed Israel would call on its top special forces brigade, Unit 262 ‘” the equivalent of the SAS ‘” and the F-15I strategic 69 Squadron, which can strike Iran and return to Israel without refuelling.

It would be far better for the world to act together to strike at Iran, amd if the world will not agree, than the West, and if not the West, a coalition of the willing.

The worst situation will be for Israel to have to do what all the world knows must be done.

It is a terrible task that cannot be postponed much longer.

See also Mark Steyn’s Sun Tribune column from today. (HT Powerline.)


Haaretz carries the predictable denial:

The senior Defense Ministry official for diplomatic policy refrained Sunday from ruling out a future Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites, saying that “at the moment” the emphasis was on international diplomatic pressure, and that the details in a British newspaper report saying plans were being prepared for such an operation appeared “more imaginary than real.”

Additional thoughts from The English Guy, The American Thinker, Mark in Mexico, Professor Bainbridge, scaramouche, and The Asylum.

The New York Times is running with a Reuters story on the Times of London story.

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