published Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

In Iranian nukes, Israel faces threat to its existence

No country situated near Iran is especially secure. But perhaps no nation is threatened more directly by Iran than Israel. Iran's president has a stated desire to destroy Israel, and Iran's longtime sponsorship of terrorism means Israel can't ignore such threats.

So it is significant that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently said there is a "strong likelihood" Israel will launch a military attack this spring to disrupt -- if not destroy -- Iran's nuclear program.

Iran is believed to be developing nuclear weapons. It claims that effort is strictly for civilian purposes, but nothing in Iran's menacing acts makes it reasonable to give it the benefit of the doubt.

It would not be unprecedented if Israel launched a strike to slow Iran's nuclear ambitions. Israel previously destroyed a nuclear weapons program in Iraq.

Still, such an attack is not without risk. Iran is a large country, and it is not at all certain that Israel could knock out Iran's entire nuclear operation. At any rate, Israel would surely be condemned by the "international community" and the U.N. if it tried to do so.

Nevertheless, the risk of foreign condemnation pales by comparison with the threat to Israel posed by a nuclear-armed Iran. So we can see why Israel would at a minimum contemplate military action against Iran.

Israel will be engaged in a difficult decision-making process over the coming weeks and months as it takes steps to safeguard its very existence.

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acerigger said...

Your editorials opening sentence states"No country situated near Iran is especially secure."

Sorry,but I do wonder,what country has Iran attacked?

Israel has (unconfirmed )200+ nuclear weapons.Are there ANY other mid-east countries possessing ANY?

If I lived within a 500 mile radius,I'd feel kind of "insecure"myself.

February 8, 2012 at 1:38 a.m.
fairmon said...

I agree with Ron Paul. Bring our military home, close most if not all of the over 900 bases in 130 countries and build an ultra strong defense including the defense of our own borders. In addition attain oil and energy independence while working with Canada and Mexico to become a major exporter and dry up the flow of money to the middle east and begin transferring wealth back to the U.S. Without the flow of money for oil no country in the middle east except Israel can build anything and buy weapons and ammunition. Israel can and will, as their PM told Obama when he tried to lecture him, do what is necessary to take care of Israel. The Russian empire crumbled when they essentially bankrupt by stretching themselves too much by being involved in the affairs of other countries and we are doing the same thing and becoming bankrupt.

February 8, 2012 at 2:04 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Iran's behavior since the US installed government fell over thirty years ago, has been defensive in nature. The US has harrassed and obstructed Iran at every turn. Reasonable people could assume that the US is responsible for recent negative events inside Iran. The US sanctions on Iran are the equivalent of a declaration of war because they make normal commerce almost impossible.

If Iran is developing nuclear weapons, who could blame them after what the US and Israel put them through.

We are the bad guys in this story.

February 8, 2012 at 9:22 a.m.

Bring the troops home. Israel can take care of itself. We just need to get out of the way. We need to work on securing our own contry rather than attacking Iran, but the peace-prize winner in chief wants war. It's good for elections..

If any of you thinks Iran with nukes is a good idea, you need to review the many well published exclamations of love and support they have professed for us in the last decade. We need to make the borders of our country air-tight and put up a missle shield that could knock down a fly. Then, we need to weed out all of the enemies already within our borders that are tearing down the constitution, ruining our children and destroying our country. When all of that is done, we can start rebuilding.

February 8, 2012 at 3:15 p.m.
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