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May 24, 2006

Moving Toward War With Iran While Yawning

Looking at Iran-related news just for today, we have Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert saying in his address to both chambers of Congress.today that Iran's nuclear ambitions posed "the test of our time" and urged swift international action to meet what he termed a threat to the existence of Israel, and reiterated that he believes Iran to be on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons; President Bush expressing doubts today that Iran wants a negotiated solution to the dispute over its nuclear program; a spokesman for the "Headquarters to Commemorate the Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement" announcing that Iran will launch a new suicide-bombers garrison in a ceremony in Tehran's largest cemetery on Thursday (these people are very sick!); and the situation in Iran becoming sufficiently serious so as to cause the the Bush administration to move toward establishing a new antimissile site in Europe that would be designed to stop attacks from the Middle East.

And as if all of this isn't alarming enough, we also learn from The Counterterrorism Blog that there are indications that Iran and its neighbors are preparing for war:

Military activity in the Gulf has been increasing tremendously in the past few months. According to British sources, the stock of weapons, missiles and combat planes in the six neighboring countries to Iran is now three times what it was at the onset of the Iraq war in 2003.

This arsenal is also composed of submarines, destroyers belonging to Iran and also to the international community in the Sea of Oman. An impressive number of offensive and defensive weapons are also deployed in the region. For instance, since March ,Gulf refineries and vital oil installations are protected by batteries of Patriot missiles. Furthermore, according to the Kuwaiti daily Al Seyassah, the US has built a massive stock of oil and could ask the temporary stop of Gulf refineries in order to prevent heavy damage in case of an Iranian attack. Iran has indeed warned Gulf monarchies that their oil facilities would be the first target in case of a US operation on Iranian nuclear facilities.

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Posted by Richard at May 24, 2006 4:58 PM

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