As if tensions weren’t already high enough in the Persian Gulf. Now comes news that Israel is planning a preemptive attack on Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities using nuclear weapons.
Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…“bunker-bustersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â, according to several Israeli military sources.
The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.
Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…“tunnelsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â into the targets. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…“Mini-nukesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.
Needless to say this would be an absolute disaster for the entire region and beyond. Iran would have to respond and America would then come to the aid of Israel. There is no way Israel would make such a move without full consultation with Washington beforehand.
By replacing General John Abizaid as head of Central Command for the Middle East region with a naval officer, Admiral William Fallon, Bush might be planning for the use of the naval assets he already has in place in the Persian Gulf. These warships are likely to be more useful for an attack on Iran than putting down an insurgency in Iraq. It would seem then that the preparations have been made. The Democrats have already said they don’t want more troops sent to Iraq and they could potentially block further funding for Bush’s war. However, are they likely to make such a bold move? When it comes to Iran, some Democrats seem just as belligerent as the Republicans. Bush may get the funding he needs to bolster troop levels in Iraq more easily if he can convince Congress that Israel is in danger.