A Military Strike on Iran's Nuclear Infrastructure?
by Daniel Pipes
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Whether or not Iran's nuclear buildup will be stopped is the most urgent topic in the Middle East these days. I note occasional developments here that point to the use of military force against the Iranian nuclear infrastructure.
"Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites": In a sensational report, Hugh Tomlinson writes in the Times (London) that
Tomlinson quotes a U.S. defense source in the area: "The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way. They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren't scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the State Department."
He explains the logic behind this decision:
Comment: "Interesting if true" is my response. For reasons outlined in "Some Common Sense in Egypt and Saudi Arabia," I am skeptical that the Saudi leadership will allow Israeli overflights. Hope I am wrong. (June 12, 2010)
Surprising support for a military strike: The Pew Global Attitudes survey asked in 22 countries "Which is more important: Preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means taking military action, OR avoiding a military conflict, even if they may develop nuclear weapons?" The results:
There are many surprises here:
(June 17, 2010)
"Report: IAF aircraft land at Saudi base": An Iranian report of dubious credibility claims that Israeli air force aircraft landed on June 19-20 at the Tabuk military base in Saudi Arabia where they unloaded large quantities of military gear. (June 23, 2010)
"U.A.E. diplomat mulls hit on Iran's nukes": Eli Lake reports from Aspen, Colo. that Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, endorsed bombing Iran's nuclear program.
(July 6, 2010)
"Sen. Lieberman says force may be needed in Iran": U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman says preventing Tehran from becoming a nuclear power will be accomplished "through diplomatic and economic sanctions if we possibly can, through military actions if we must."
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