--- authfriend wrote: > > --- Gillam wrote: > > > > Apparently one big reason the U.S. is coming down so > > hard on Iran is that if we don't do it, Israel will, and then > > the world of Islam will *really* be pissed. > > Except that I've been reading that Israel doesn't think > Iran is that much of a threat to it.
I got my impression from Seymour Hersch's article in this week's New Yorker. Two excerpts: Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, told the Knesset last December that "Iran is one to two years away, at the latest, from having enriched uranium. >From that point, the completion of their nuclear weapon is simply a technical >matter." A key ally with an important voice in the debate is Israel, whose leadership has warned for years that it viewed any attempt by Iran to begin enriching uranium as a point of no return. I was told by several officials that the White House's interest in preventing an Israeli attack on a Muslim country, which would provoke a backlash across the region, was a factor in its decision to begin the current operational planning. In a speech in Cleveland on March 20th, President Bush depicted Ahmadinejad's hostility toward Israel as a "serious threat. It's a threat to world peace." He added, "I made it clear, I'll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally Israel." See http://tinyurl.com/hyfsf To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/