Roger L. Simon

Will Israel attack Iran?

The whacked-out rhetoric of new Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made it more of a possibility. The Timesonline had a pretty thorough discussion yesterday, which concluded:

Since Israel destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, “it has been understood that the lesson is, don’t have one site, have 50 sites”, a White House source said.

If a military operation is approved, Israel will use air and ground forces against several nuclear targets in the hope of stalling Tehran’s nuclear programme for years, according to Israeli military sources.

It is believed Israel would call on its top special forces brigade, Unit 262 – the equivalent of the SAS – and the F-15I strategic 69 Squadron, which can strike Iran and return to Israel without refuelling.

Lots of “sources” are suddenly doing a lot of talking about this. For whose benefit? I doubt for the nutty Ahmadinejad, but perhaps for his “handlers.”