I'm sure this is a question that is being debated by Washington War Planners. AIPAC and numerous Arab powers have a vested interest in addressing the Iran issue especially in consideration that 50% of Israel responded in a recent poll they would support bombing Iran. 50% That's a mighty high figure when you consider the main targets are nuclear facilities, and then missile sites the Iranian's believe to be hidden. In fact, the odds are that Israel would attempt to destroy or disable any ability the Iranians have to strike back; if they choose to engage in this unnecessary action when they don't even have the bomb yet (?) we have to ask ourselves if we should get involved. I support the people of Israel but not Zionists or AIPAC, and to me, it's absurd that Israel has their own state yet deny the Palestinians one...
Poll: Half of Israelis back bombing if needed to stop Iran nukes
JERUSALEM (CNN) - Roughly half of Israelis support bombing Iran's nuclear facilities if international efforts fail to stop the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons, according to a Hebrew University poll released Sunday.
Some 52 percent of Israelis say the country should bomb Iran's nuclear reactor, while 35 percent are against, the poll found. The margin of error in the poll of Israelis is 4.5 percentage points.
Palestinians are somewhat more evenly divided, with 43 percent saying a nuclear Iran would be good for the Arab world and 33 percent saying it would be bad, according to the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, which conducted the poll along with Hebrew University. The margin of error for the Palestinian sample is 3 percentage points.
Hebrew University released the poll shortly before Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to make what he called a major speech to lay out his plan for the country's peace and security. MORE
The above isn't new news, however it may impact US policy as we're being pushed and pulled from several opposing directions. Several Arab nations who have strong diplomatic ties with Washington fear an Iran that each and every day - seems to be attempting to flex its muscle as as the regional source of the true power in the Middle-East. Egypt has complained that Iran has attempted to convert some of its population into their version of Islam, which Iran categorically denies. Those who believe that Israel and several European countries are the only ones supporting taking Iran down a notch or two are mistaken; the Arab interest in accomplishing this task is being supported in the shadows. - and some of those Arab allies are extremely important to the energy concerns of this nation.
Now, with impeccable timing, North Korea is engaging in some of the most provocative moves they can short of an actual declaration of war against a specific country. Did Kim Jong il's recent stroke make him even more unstable - or is this simply more "nuclear brinkmanship?" Good intelligence coming out of the North is almost non-existent, and contrary to recent speculation, I do not believe Kim Jong il is crazy enough to fire a missile towards Hawaii.
N. Korea warns ships of impending drill
North Korea's hydrographic department e-mailed Japan's coast guard Monday, according to coast guard spokesman Shinya Suzuki. Japan monitors that part of the region's waters.
North Korea plans to hold military shooting practice in the waters northeast of Wonsan, on the country's eastern coast, from June 25 to July 10, according to the e-mail, Suzuki said.
The reclusive communist nation did not specify consequences of ships entering those waters during the drill, but the dates fall within the timeframe cited by Japanese media last week for a possible North Korea missile launch toward Hawaii. MUCH MORE
Actually, he may be crazier than I had first believed. If it's the plan of North Korea to demonstrate they can hit US targets, that fact in itself is enough to make a highly unstable North Korea a REAL threat to the United States, and I don't believe the President or Congress will allow that to happen. I believe North Korea is close to crossing an invisible line that turns them from a loudmouth dictator who's usually little more than a pain in the butt to an actual threat to the health and safety of the American public. If this should happen, whether the "threat" is real or not, Jim Jong il may be sealing his own fate and ours as well.
Where is the Mainstream News Media's commentary and editorials in regard China and their refusal to put a halt to North Korea threatening its neighbors and continuing its Nuclear Program? North Korea is China's puppet, and to end this crisis, China has to merely cut-off their energy supply until the North cries Uncle - and it wouldn't take long. China is the leading supplier of energy and food to North Korea, and without China's support, the North would wither and die. I'd hate to see food supplies cut-off, as it would cause the starvation of millions, a crime that Kim Jong il is guilty of - starving his own population and spending valuable money on weapons technology when the people themselves are dying-off with little international condemnation. Whenever, or should I say "if ever" the North opens-up and joins the international community and the brutality of Jim Jong il is fully exposed, I'd guess that he is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths more than Saddam Hussein.
I was just searching for a link when I stumbled across a great story in OregonLive.com. It was well written on May 26th, however this glimpse of reality never made it into the MSM. We dare not criticize China too much, as they might respond by destroying our economy - which I believe they are in position to at least mortally wound us if not crash the entire economy. I have often alleged that China was the real problem - and this is the first time I have seen that opinion substantiated:
What North Korea wants, the China problem and meaningless United Nations resolutions