LONDON (Reuters) - Iran is six months away from having the knowledge to build a nuclear bomb, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said on Wednesday.
"The question is not if the Iranians will have a nuclear bomb in 2009, 10 or 11, the main question is when are they going to have the knowledge to do it. We believe that in six months from today they will end all the tests and experiments they are doing to have that knowledge," Shalom said on a visit to London.
With all of the activity in the past few weeks--The reports of drones over Iran, the article about US Commandos operating in Iran, this story--I'm beginning to think that a US-Israeli attack might happen much sooner than everybody thought.
RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1989 times:
Not this time. Blair has ruled out any involvement in Iranian adventures.
If he tried to do a 180 on the issue then he wouldn't survive.
With all due respect for Mr. Blair, we don't need his permission (or support) to bomb the shit out of Iranian nuclear facilities (or let Israel do it). A fullscale invasion of Iraq is a different story, though, and most Americans see England as one of our best friends, a title they deserve.
Jj From Algeria, joined Jun 2001, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1984 times:
I honestly hope this whole issue with Iran doesn´t end up being like the one with Iraq.
Now, I think it´s hypocritical that Israel is warning about Iran having nukes, when ISRAEL has them as well. This is what pisses me off about the whole thing with Iran. Nobody has the right to have this weapons, so if Israel pretends a disarm (or not developing nukes) from Iran, Iran has exactly the same right to demand that Israel destroy their nukes.
Solarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1960 times:
NumberTwelve do you have anything else better to do than sit in this forum all day long and bash the hell out of my country. I'm sure you would be upset if we sat here and ripped on Germany each and every day.
Regarding Iran...who really cares what happens in that country. The Iranian government hates our guts and wants us dead. so why should I give a shit about what happens to them? I sure as hell don't.
Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1956 times:
Now, I think it´s hypocritical that Israel is warning about Iran having nukes, when ISRAEL has them as well.
Of course you think that, Jj: you don't live in a tiny little country, surrounded by mortal enemies, who have called for your annihilation for 55 years. There's nothing hypocritical about it, but you can't understand that, can you?
Sure they do have, Jj, but Israel is supported by a civilized country, that (by the way) has used the Atomic bomb and people there are proud of it.
It's supported by YOUR country as well, #12. Germany and the rest of Europe is a huge supporter of Israel. So condemn your pacifist little self while you're at it, OK?
Rjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1947 times:
Germany and the rest of Europe is a huge supporter of Israel
Ehhhh. I wouldn't say that Falcon. Israel-European relationships tend to reflect two things in my opinion, anti-semitism/history of it and relations with the US today. Italy, which was never really infected with serious anti-semitism, and whose government is a strong supporter of the US, are great allies with Israel. Germany, for reasons relating to the Holocaust, are big supporters of Israel. France, which has a lot of anti-semitism coming from their large Muslim population, and which is a vocal opponent of the US, tends to be low on the list of European countries that support Israel.
However, when push comes to shove, Israel only has one true friend in this world and that is the United States of America.
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1908 times:
Good for Iran, will deter zionist and expansionist forces in the region once and for all...sort of a 'dont mess with us' weapon....sounds to me like they need it already as the US has made it clear Iran is next.
Oh, absolutely! We never should have used that weapon to stop the war. We should have continued firebombing and invaded the most heavily defended islands in the war even though we expected over a million allied casualties and more Japanese. We should have killed more so that we could avoid the criticism of people looking back 60 years later from their safe and comfortable places.. You are correct.......Not.
Quoting Schoenorama (reply 2): As we've seen with Iraq, it is the capability which matters, not the knowledge.
Nice try Rjpieces...
OK...true. We know that they have the capability to send missiles far enough to reach Israel, and are not far off the ability to hit Europe. They are also proceeding down the path towards being able to produce nuclear weapons. At what point should they be stopped? Before or after they get both the weapons and the means to deliver them?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13766 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
This may be a lot of hype, but Iran does have Uranium deposits within the northern area of their country, they do have enought educated people and unfortuntaly the motivation to go Nuke. Originally their goal was to operate electrical generating nuke facilities, but there is concern by them that they need to protect themselves from the USA and bordering enemies (like Iraq). Worse is as they are very clearly anti-western and extremely anti-Israel, they do want to be able to shake the big stick to put Israel in (in their view) their 'place' or be eliminated. Israel also may be hyping this up to gain support from the USA, their great protector. Israel, along with Iran, Pakistan and India should be forced by the UN, the EU and the USA to open up their nuclear programs to international inspections.
Ts-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3726 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1887 times:
LTBEWR, don't count on the USA to force Israel to open up its nuclear programs to international inspections !!! G.W.BUSH believes that Isarel's WMD are for self-defence !!! The US President is a silly or is taking the others for sillies...
Schoenorama From Spain, joined Apr 2001, 2440 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
Quoting DL021 (reply 18): OK...true. We know that they have the capability to send missiles far enough to reach Israel, and are not far off the ability to hit Europe. They are also proceeding down the path towards being able to produce nuclear weapons. At what point should they be stopped? Before or after they get both the weapons and the means to deliver them?
I believe the Iranian nukes issue should be dealt with in exactly the same manner as the West has dealt with Israel's nukes. Now that's Democracy!
Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!