Roger L. Simon

Dept. of Reverse English

If I were the Mullahs, reading this would make me nervous:

Despite the mounting concern over the resumption of uranium processing and the recent election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hard-liner, as Iran’s president, officials said that Israel was relying on the international community, in particular the U.S., to stop Iran.

“Israel has already said that its policy today is to leave the stage to the international players, the United States and Europe,” said Efraim Halevy, the former head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency. “I think Israel is acting wisely.”

Officials questioned Israel’s ability to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations. Israeli warplanes bombed the unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak near Baghdad in 1981. They said Iran’s nuclear installations, unlike the Iraqi reactor, are dispersed throughout the country – many in populated areas, with sophisticated defense systems.

“I believe this is beyond our abilities,” said Uzi Even, a former lawmaker and a Tel Aviv University expert on nuclear weapons.

Uh-huh. Right.