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July 16, 2009

Iran Closer to Having Nuclear Bomb

'Germany believes Iran could have nuclear bomb within 6 months'

Iran is capable of assembling an atomic bomb within six months, German intelligence analysts told the German weekly newsmagazine Stern.

"If they want to, they will be able to set off a uranium bomb within six months," an analyst with Germany's intelligence service, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), told the magazine.
German intelligence officials told Stern believe Iran has "mastered" every stage of uranium enrichment and that they have activated enough centrifuges to produce sufficient quantities of weapons-grade uranium for at least one atomic bomb.
"Nobody would have thought this possible some years ago," an intelligence official told Stern.

The UN Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions on Tehran for defying its demands to suspend uranium enrichment.

Israeli navy in Suez Canal prepares for potential attack on Iran


Two Israeli missile class warships have sailed through the Suez Canal ten days after a submarine capable of launching a nuclear missile strike, in preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The deployment into the Red Sea, confirmed by Israeli officials, was a clear signal that Israel was able to put its strike force within range of Iran at short notice. It came before long-range exercises by the Israeli air force in America later this month and the test of a missile defence shield at a US missile range in the Pacific Ocean.

Israel has strengthened ties with Arab nations who also fear a nuclear-armed Iran. In particular, relations with Egypt have grown increasingly strong this year over the “shared mutual distrust of Iran”, according to one Israeli diplomat. Israeli naval vessels would likely pass through the Suez Canal for an Iranian strike.

“This is preparation that should be taken seriously. Israel is investing time in preparing itself for the complexity of an attack on Iran. These manoeuvres are a message to Iran that Israel will follow up on its threats,” an Israeli defence official said.

It is believed that Israel’s missile-equipped submarines, and its fleet of advanced aircraft, could be used to strike at in excess of a dozen nuclear-related targets more than 800 miles from Israel.

“It is not by chance that Israel is drilling long-range manoeuvres in a public way. This is not a secret operation. This is something that has been published and which will showcase Israel’s abilities,” said an Israeli defence official.

He added that in the past, Israel had run a number of covert long-range drills. A year ago, Israeli jets flew over Greece in one such drill, while in May, reports surfaced that Israeli air force aircraft were staging exercises over Gibraltar. An Israeli attack on a weapons convoy in Sudan bound for militants in the Gaza Strip earlier this year was also seen as a rehearsal for hitting moving convoys.

The exercises come at a time when Western diplomats are offering support for an Israeli strike on Iran in return for Israeli concessions on the formation of a Palestinian state.

If agreed it would make an Israeli strike on Iran realistic “within the year” said one British official.

Diplomats said that Israel had offered concessions on settlement policy, Palestinian land claims and issues with neighboring Arab states, to facilitate a possible strike on Iran.

“Israel has chosen to place the Iranian threat over its settlements,” said a senior European diplomat.

Iran: Online newspaper says 100s of slain protesters are in morgues

The on-line Farsi-language newspaper, Nooroz, reports that hundreds of unidentified dead bodies are being held in Tehran's morgues. One of the few official organs providing information on the detainees is the office of unidentified dead persons, which has summoned some families to various morgues around the city to determine whether their loved ones are among the dead. Nooroz newspaper reports that those families, who find their sons or daughters among the countless corpses, are threatened and pressured into signing statements attesting that their family members died in car crashes or as a result of other ordinary, run of the mill accidents. Unless the families sign these statements, the cherished bodies of their loved ones are withheld from them.

One person who reportedly visited the morgue in south-west Tehran [which in the past had been used only for the storage of fruits and dairy products]reports to Nooroz that she was presented with an album containing hundreds of pictures of the dead and was told to try and find her child among these images. This woman reports that, as she was leaving the morgue, she saw hundreds of dead bodies piled on top of one another.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Obama will say go ahead. I cannot believe the times we are living in. It is frightening.

This might sound crazy but just in case something does happen with Israel and Iran, fill the gas tanks and don't forget to have a survival kit packed and ready. You just don't know what is going to blow; it could be volcanoes, quakes, power shortages, or bad weather....because if it is nuclear is what I am thinking about.

It’s only a matter of time. Another article said that Israel has it that Egypt is cooperating, and Saudi Arabia has given Israel a Red Sea base from which to launch an attack, and overflight rights over Saudi territory into the Persian Gulf. This would allow Israel to avoid having to ask Obama for overflight permission in Iraq — which he would never grant.

There is also this:

Preparations for Attack on Iran Almost Complete

Israel has decided to go ahead. Taking into account political, geopolitical, military preparedness, and climatic conditions, there are two windows: between July 21 and 24 and between August 6 and 8. Advance teams comprised of Mossad agents and military personnel are already on the ground in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iraq (including in the Kurdish lands, adjacent to Turkey).


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at July 16, 2009 05:45 AM


On July 7

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. military officer warned on Tuesday that time is running out for dialogue with Tehran to avoid either a nuclear-armed Iran or a possible military strike against the Islamic Republic.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it is critical for diplomatic efforts to reach a solution before Iran develops a nuclear weapon or faces an Israeli or U.S. strike to turn back its nuclear program.

“That window is a very narrow window,” Mullen told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank."

And Obama and Co. wander around with their heads up their butts, emboldening the enemy.

Posted by: Bob A at July 16, 2009 09:16 AM

George Bush said he looked into Putin's eyes and got a sense of his soul. That means when Obama looked into Putin's eyes he saw himself. It's very clear and has been for some time that the Democratic Party wants Iran to be a nuclear superpower. Poor Israel and poor US.
I bought the last box of 30-30 shells on the shelf at Wally World yesterday, yes Chrissie, be prepared!!!

Posted by: Jack at July 16, 2009 10:16 AM

I hope that if Israel does strike Iran that Israel does not notify obama in advance. obama showed his ass to Netanyahu and only made demands on Israel. Israel may owe America a lot, but they owe obama nothing.

I also have to hope that a war between Iran and Israel does not have an effect on our troops in the Mid East.

Posted by: TomR at July 16, 2009 11:14 AM

C'mon Bibi, do it now and screw Blowbama.

Posted by: cuchieddie (Pissed off American) at July 16, 2009 11:18 AM

Yeah, right on Tom, telling obama is the same thing as calling the mullahs to tell them you are on your way to wipe out their nukes.

Bibi should take a page from Reagans handbook, when Reagan bombed Libyia, he called in congressional leaders, explained the situation, and the demo speaker said, when is this going to happen and Reagan looked at his watch and said in about 5 minutes.

I'd love to see the look on barry's face when Netanyahu calls and tells him that.

Posted by: Mark at July 16, 2009 11:55 AM

Thank you everyone so much.

Tom I agree, BiBi should ignore Obama
completely and just do what he has to do.
And also what you said about our troops too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 16, 2009 08:03 PM