Are British War Drums Now Beating Up On Iran ?
Here's the headline that hit us right between our still semi blurry, Sunday morning eyes earlier today. Delivered direct to our desk-top -- and now to yours-- straight from the ultra-Conservative, ultra-Establishment, ultra-British Intelligence services infiltrated, London Daily Telegraph.
Government in secret talks about strike against Iran
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent -- (Filed: 02/04/2006)
Then the Telegraph's tale went on this aways.
The Government is to hold secret talks with defence chiefs tomorrow to discuss possible military strikes against Iran.
A high-level meeting will take place in the Ministry of Defence at which senior defence chiefs and government officials will consider the consequences of an attack on Iran.
It is believed that an American-led attack, designed to destroy Iran's ability to develop a nuclear bomb, is "inevitable" if Teheran's leaders fail to comply with United Nations demands to freeze their uranium enrichment programme.
Well, at first we both blinked and rubbed our eyes lest some of that sleep stuff had somehow stayed stuck there, and we were dreaming. However, it had not and we were not.
Tomorrow's meeting will be attended by Gen Sir Michael Walker, (pictured above) the chief of the defence staff, Lt Gen Andrew Ridgway, the chief of defence intelligence and Maj Gen Bill Rollo,the assistant chief of the general staff, together with officials from the Foreign Office and Downing Street.
If we had seen something like this coming from a US source, or maybe even a UK one had it been a day earlier, on 1stApril, we probably wouldn't have been nearly half as taken aback. Especially since Sean Rayment's report went on to tell us, in great detail :
Tactical Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from US navy ships and submarines in the Gulf would, it is believed, target Iran's air defence systems at the nuclear installations.
That would enable attacks by B2 stealth bombers equipped with eight 4,500lb enhanced BLU-28 satellite-guided bunker-busting bombs, flying from Diego Garcia, the isolated US Navy base in the Indian Ocean, RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and Whiteman USAF base in Missouri.
Some scenario, eh? And the same Telegraph defence specialist also said this:.
At the centre of the crisis is Washington's fear that an Iranian nuclear weapon could be used against Israel or US forces in the region, such as the American air base at Incirlik in Turkey.
The UN also believes that the production of a bomb could also lead to further destabilisation in the Middle East, which would result in Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia all developing nuclear weapons programmes.
Phew. That certainly sounds to us two oldies, like one hell of a lot of different place names they're playing around with. And all in all, this sort of stuff suddenly starts to sound suspiciously familiar, to say the very least.
This is not something that will happen imminently, maybe this year, maybe next year. Jack Straw is making exactly the same noises that theGovernment did in March 2003 when it spoke about the likelihood of a war in Iraq. "Then the Government said the war was neither inevitable or imminent and then attacked."
Yeah, right. Too bloody true he did, and too bloody true they did. Will we ever effing forget it ? Well, we ask you. Will any of us ? Ever ?
Grrrrrrr. We think here's where we should start to cool it. Perhaps right now might be a perfectly appropriate time for This Old Brit and Richard to adjourn, and to take yet another of their seemingly incessant and almost addictive -- traditional tea breaks.
Possible mainstream-media-madness induced, massive cerebral accidents and/or myocardial infarctions permitting, that is.
Read the rest of this latest scary-war-story stuff.
Then take a look at the Telegraph's terrible editorial 'leader' for the day. Are these people helping whip up another war or are these people helping whip up another war ?
And all from the safety and comfort of their screens and keyboards, of course.