“”Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they’re in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it,” Bolton told Fox Business Network.”
Ganging up on Iran has about as much to do with nuclear weapons as invading Iraq did. There is long term planning going on here – decades. Iran and Iraq are among the top 5 oil producers in the world. Isarel has olive oil and that is about it.
This is about pounding into submission any Arab country that has sufficient resources to chart its own destiny and gain sufficient power to push Israel back. If it is not a U.S. and Israel approved nation it just raises the ire of Israel and U.S. that much more intense. Israel sees itself as the only possible nuclear power in the ME and everyone else is forbidden by Israel from acquiring nuclear capability. It would be interesting to see what the American reaction would be to Saudi Arabia seeking nuclear technology.
In the end it comes down to Israel forcing its will on the entire Middle East and the U.S. blindly backing it all the way. The western media facilitate this bullying tremendously. The media parrots what the Americans and Isarelis have to say about anything to do with the ME. Taking select phrases out of a speech delivered by the Iranian president and purposely mistranslating them and repeating this propaganda as nauseam. It’s an old tactic but still worked: demonize those you do not like.
But, as centuries of geopolitical history has shown us, no empire or dominance over others last forever. The Israelis are plant seeds of hate tha eventually sprout. The Ameircans are making the naive mistake of watering those seeds.
It.is only a matter of time.
Israel has ‘8 days’ to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israel has “eight days” to launch a military strike against Iran’s Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.
Iran is to bring online its first nuclear power reactor, built with Russia’s help, on August 21, when a shipment of nuclear fuel will be loaded into the plant’s core.
At that point, John Bolton warned Monday, it will be too late for Israel to launch a military strike against the facility because any attack would spread radiation and affect Iranian civilians.
“Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they’re in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it,” Bolton told Fox Business Network.
“So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days.”
Absent an Israeli strike, Bolton said, “Iran will achieve something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor.”
But when asked whether he expected Israel to actually launch strikes against Iran within the next eight days, Bolton was skeptical.
“I don’t think so, I’m afraid that they’ve lost this opportunity,” he said.
The controversial former envoy to the United Nations criticized Russia’s role in the development of the plant, saying “the Russians are, as they often do, playing both sides against the middle.”
“The idea of being able to stick a thumb in America’s eye always figures prominently in Moscow,” he added.
Iran dismissed the possibilities of such an attack from its archfoes. Yahoo News
What would happen to the world economy if Iran were attacked?
#1) The Price Of Oil Would Skyrocket – One of the very first things a war with Iran would do is that it would severely constrict or even shut down oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz. Considering the fact that approximately 20% of the world’s oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz, world oil markets would instantly be plunged into a frenzy. In fact, some analysts believe that oil prices would rise to $250 per barrel.
#2) Fear Would Explode In World Financial Markets – Even without a war, the dominant force in world financial markets in 2010 is fear. We are already seeing unprecedented volatility in financial markets around the globe, and there is nothing like a war to turn fear into a full-fledged panic. And what happens when panic grips financial markets? What happens is that they crash.
#3) World Trade Would Instantly Seize Up – Once upon a time the economies of the world were relatively self-contained, so a war in one area would not necessarily wreck economies all over the globe. But all of that has changed now. Today, the economies of virtually every nation are highly interdependent. That has some advantages, but it also has a lot of disadvantages.
#6) Massive Inflation – A huge jump in the price of oil and dramatically increased military spending by the U.S. government would most definitely lead to price inflation. We would probably see a dramatic rise in interest rates as well. In fact, it is quite likely that if a war with Iran does break out we would see a return of “stagflation” – a situation where prices are rapidly escalating but economic growth as a whole is either flat or declining. Read the rest of the points at Pravda.