Friday, August 20, 2004

Here a Nuke There a Nuke Everywhere a Nuke Nuke

The day before yesterday I surfed upon this 2001 IPS article where Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani called for nuking Israel, assuring the Muslim states that "while such an attack would annihilate Israel, it would cost them "damages only".
"If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world."

Holy shitoly. I wondered, given the new and sad reality of pre-emptive war and wars of choice -- fuck-you-very-much, Mr. Bush -- how long hair-trigger Israel would wait around before acting while Iran built the big one to wipe them off the world map. A few years had passed since that Rafsanjani ariticle was published and I breathed a sigh of relief...until today, when I made my morning blog rounds and visited No Capital, who links to me -- yay! -- and to a very disturbing development:
In a quick rebuttal to an Israeli official’s remark that they might strike an Iranian nuclear plant should there be evidence that Iran was developing a weapon, Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani warned that Iran might launch a preemptive strike against U.S. forces in the region to prevent an attack on its nuclear facilities.

“We will not sit (with arms folded) to wait for what others will do to us. Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly,” Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV when asked if Iran would respond to an American attack on its nuclear facilities.

“America is not the only one present in the region. We are also present, from Khost to Kandahar in Afghanistan; we are present in the Gulf and we can be present in Iraq,” he continued.

If We, the People, have nothing to fear but fear itself, I find even the discussions of using nuclear weapons downright fucking frightening.


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