The Reuters story is probably much more relevant as it is an open secret that the Iranian population is fed up with Islamic fundamentalists running the county. Our entire effort should be directed towards supporting the internal reformers and that is a long standing issue we have with the Bush regime, which has stupidly fixated itself on Iraq with predictably disastrous results. U.N. sanctions may actually do a bit of good if they rally the reformists, as Reuters suggests.
In the meantime, the Times article on its surface is frightening and smells like a good scoop. Of course, the reality is Israel would be dumb not to have a plan to attack a country whose leader has stated it should be annihilated. But it is a plan - and one focused on "bunker buster" nukes not the big ones.
The consequences of an Israeli strike on Iran are obvious and will likely lead to all out war in the region. There would be no reason for the Arab world to hold back and feckless Bush, without a solid military or any real friends besides lapdog Blair, would be forced to throw planes and aircraft carriers into the fray. Iraq would completely fall apart and oil would hit $100 a barrel. Republicans would be lucky to win city council seats in 2008, let alone the White House. And you could be one of our cities would be subject to a dirty bomb or small scale nuke. Can you say complete chaos.
So the U.N. has acted and our friend in Tehran has had his holocaust denial convention. Isn't it time Rice or someone went to Tehran to meet with these clowns. Obviously they see some kind of handwriting on the wall, considering their external posturing. Internally, the clock is ticking for them too. The people of Iran, unlike their leaders, are our friends right now. They want what they see on satellite. But the first bomb that drops on Iranian territory ends all that. Let's all pray it doesn't come to it.