Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: Is War With Iran (Almost), Imminent?

18 February 2007

Is War With Iran (Almost), Imminent?

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We may be a pair of 'oldies' -- but never let it be said that we've ever been slow off the mark.



Here's some of tomorrow's news -- today.

American military operations for a major conventional war with Iran could be implemented any day.

That's the bones of it.

Here's the header.

* Iran - Ready to attack *

Dan Plesch

Published 19 February 2007

American preparations for invading Iran are complete, Dan Plesch reveals. Plus Rageh Omaar's insights from Iran
We won't waste any more time talking about it.

See it for yourself -- The New Statesman's exclusive cover story.

Dateline: tomorrow: Monday 19th February 2007.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something's gonna give ... soon. The time, expense, trouble and all of getting such a huge military amada in place over there is NOT just a PR stunt.

10:03 pm  
Anonymous Charles said...

But why so many ships in the Med too?

10:35 pm  
Anonymous mik said...

They are truly demented. They thought Iraq was an easy mark but look how wrong they were.

Iran is definitely not an easy mark. Surely they must know that? Surely they know what will follow? Yet they seem determined to to go ahead.

Like I said, they are TRULY DEMENTED MADMEN!

10:55 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Charles:
why the Med

Can you say Syria? I've been saying Syria -- for yonks and yonks and yonks. Have you seen this?

Syria and Iran vow unity against US

Here's snip from the link.

Al-Assad, right, is visiting Tehran to strengthen ties [AFP]

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his Iranian counterpart, have pledged to work together to confront US and Israeli "plots" in the Middle East.

Al-Assad arrived in Iran for a two day visit aimed at bolstering robust ties, his second trip to the Islamic republic since Ahmadinejad took power in August 2005.

Al-Assad said: "We should co-operate and work to make the public aware of the sinister aims of the United States and the Zionists."

The two leaders, accused by the US of destablising the region, warned against the dangers of disunity between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq.

11:06 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

All logic I've got tells me Syria and Lebanon come first (and Gaza of course, but it poses no threat). Secure the Eastern Med so all shipping in and out is under control. And test the reactions of other nearby powers like Turkey and the EU itself.

Only then would Iran be hit. It would be at least a year away. They would have to be prepared for Russia and China to retaliate in some way, (maybe not in a conventional war-like way).

Right now too many U.S. ships are within reach of Iran's ballistic missiles, inside the Gulf. (or have they moved out?)

1:48 am  
Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

So really everyone is is saying expect a Gulf of Tonkin incident.

I think the US military should just stop this. There are clearly people in and around the US mil establishment who desperately do not want this. They have the power to end this now. And they should do so.

2:37 am  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

Folks, I've read the Statesman story and am pretty well convinced it's bogus. They must have a desperate need to tweak their circulation.

3:17 am  
Anonymous Tom V said...

I don't like this article. Just the same sort, as before. Sensational in its style, lots of 'anonymous' sources and so forth.
It's not because, I'm so smart and see into the future, but because for about every 6 months in the last 2 years, I've been already jumped-up in scare and fear about an attack on Iran.
It may or may not happen. I truly wish, -together with most people around the World,- that it may not.

An attack on Iran, with a possibility to be a nuclear one to me parallels Hitler's conquest of Poland, which triggered a much larger conflict in the past. Maybe not immediately a full-blown military confrontation. There could be other forms of warfare, such as trade, financial, economic or energy, but it will surely trigger hostilities, from other Great Powers, and their circle of friends, whom both West Europe, and America depends for important things.

4:55 am  
Blogger bootlian said...

I think anything published by any branch of 'msm' that we ever read is always a mix of - genuine information, disinformation and misinformation. That's more or less the 'rules of the game' - especially at times like this..

12:13 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

** Today's update - via the BBC.

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US 'Iran attack plans' revealed

USS John C Stennis is being deployed to the Persian Gulf

US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.

It is understood that any such attack - if ordered - would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres.

The US insists it is not planning to attack, and is trying to persuade Tehran to stop uranium enrichment.

The UN has urged Iran to stop the programme or face economic sanctions.

But diplomatic sources have told the BBC that as a fallback plan, senior officials at Central Command in Florida have already selected their target sets inside Iran.

That list includes Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz. Facilities at Isfahan, Arak and Bushehr are also on the target list, the sources say.

Two triggers

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the trigger for such an attack reportedly includes any confirmation that Iran was developing a nuclear weapon - which it denies.


Much more here at BBC link.

11:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's gonna happen - aint it?

this them breaking the news to us - gently - in instalments - ain't it?

11:45 pm  

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