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#1 As said or inferred times before, Iran prefers to be on the strategic defensive, + desires the US + Israel, etc. to attack it first - in so doing, Iran can reap the sympathy of World Islam, etc. + effec blame the US-West for any retaliatory TerrOps launched agz them + justify full-scale, overt NucWeaps production, as well the proliferation of Nuke-WMD Techs to Radical Islamic Groups.
Right now, there are "NO WMDS IN IRAN" [nukes] + Iran presents no immediate or near-term threat to Regional, Trans-, or World Trade that would justify UNSC intervention or US-led ground war.
OFFICIALLY, IRAN IS NOT BUILDING ANY NUCWEAPS, BUT DOES INTEND TO STOCKPILE "LESS-THAN-WEAPONS-GRADE" NUCMATS FOR CIVIE ENERGY INCLUD FOR NUCLEAR-POWERED MERCHANT SHIPS + IRANIAN NAVY WARSHIPS, + IS BUILDING LR "SPACE ROCKETS" + HT SATELLITES.
Unlike DESERT SHIELD/STORM agz Saddam Hussein Iraq, THERE IS NO POTUS BUSH 41 ["Herbert/
Herbie"] <=> 1960'S = 1990'S ARCHANGELS "DRAWING LINES IN THE SAND" AGZ IRAN.
[MADONNA'S "LIKE A PRAYER", MARIAH CAREY'S "I'LL BE THERE" [Three Lions of Troy] here].
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-10-31 00:57||
#2 Loose lips
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-10-31 03:43||
#3 If this is true, Iran spent a huge amount building a stock of U enriching to 20% U235, then fabricated 4% fuel for their reactor from that stock.`
From a business sense, this is quite wasteful and stupid.
Posted by lord garth 2012-10-31 06:06||
#4 With a little reflection - this story paints a big picture.
There was recently a major schism in the Israeli Gov't between Netanyahu (PM) and Barak (Defense Minister). This schism contributed to Bibi (Netanyahu) dissolving the entire Gov't. A new Israeli Government is now due to be elected early next year. Bibi accused Barak of improperly courting the interests of the USA - at a time when Pres Obama was doing a "go slow" dance on the Iran nuclear issue.
Now we see the reason for the Israeli schism. Barak knew that in fact the Iranians were not on a rapid pace towards assembling a cache of nuclear material - and the real critical deadline lies in late 2013 (not early 2013 as Bibi has implied). It appears that this realization by top Israeli leaders - and what to do about it - may have led directly to the collapse of their government.
Posted by Raider 2012-10-31 21:57||