All eyes on Israel: Will it act against world's best interest?

  • Article by: TRUDY RUBIN , Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Updated: February 7, 2012 - 7:53 PM
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owatonnabillFeb. 7, 12 8:10 PM

The "pressure" of the Obama administration is designed to mollify the masses while in effect doing nothing of substance to stop the Iranian push towards nuclear weapons. Israel will act in whatever manner it deems suitable to preserve its existence--with our support if possible, without our support if necessary. And Israel should. There are people reading this newspaper who remember Neville Chamberlain and "peace in our time". This is more than eerily reminiscent of that.

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drillforoilFeb. 7, 12 8:15 PM

That's because this admitsration has done nothing but bash Israel. My word to Israel........hit them hard and get rid of the nukes and their little punk of a leader. You have my support.

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killermebeFeb. 7, 12 8:41 PM

This notion that the Iranians need to mount the weapon to a missile is ridiculous. Don't be fooled, they are one year away. A nuclear Iran is unacceptable!!!

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eman2002Feb. 7, 12 8:44 PM

Drillforoil- hope you get over there and fight!

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jakematlockFeb. 7, 12 9:04 PM

"with our support if possible, without our support if necessary"- Israel without our support.... nope, doesn't exist.

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luxaeternaFeb. 7, 12 9:07 PM

If the Israelis want to attack, then they have no real option but to annihilate Iran. Not just nuclear facilities but Tehran itself and other large cities would have to be destroyed using nuclear weapons. I don't think they are prepared to do that, but I may be wrong.

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aceseightsFeb. 7, 12 9:58 PM

The religious zelots that rule and run Iran DO NOT BELIEVE what civilized humans believe. Remember they sent their own country men (mostly woman and children) in mass suicide attacks of tens of thousands against Iraq during the first war even when they knew Iraq was gasing them. Most recent they have said many many times they would attack Israel as soon as they could. “Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran, boasted in 2004 that an Iranian attack would kill as many as five million Jews. Mr. Rafsanjani estimated that even if Israel retaliated with its own nuclear bombs, Iran would probably lose about 15 million people, which he said would be a small "sacrifice" of the billion Muslims in the world.” Since 2005 present Iranian president Mahmound Ahmadinejad has said numerous times he is favor of the complete destruction of all Jews. Does anyone REALLY have any doubt what he will do when they have a bomb?? Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei has let it be known he also wants the complete destruction of all jews. They have told the world what they will do, and I see no evidence that it will change. That is what Iran believes now. Their leaders are willing to be destroyed if the jews can be destroyed, and they hate the U.S. just as much. 60 plus years ago another madman told the world what he would do to destroy and conquer his country’s enemy’s and eleven million humans were executed and millions more died outright in the fighting because no one would believe HE would do it. History will repeat itself again if we don’t take these Iranian madmen seriously. I say we can’t afford to let them get close to making the "bomb" and you’re dreaming if you think we can negotiate with them. Israel is small enough that it could be destroyed in one attack and they will not have time to retaliate. Obama has shown through this action that he doesn’t much like the Jews either and probably thinks they are the root of the mideast problems so I doubt that he will retaliate. The writer here seems to have "chamberlain appeasment syndrome". God help us all!

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one73rdherdFeb. 7, 1210:00 PM

Israel, tell the moron U.S. Government to stuff it. Take care of yourselves. God is behind you and so are a lot of Americans.

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drfranktFeb. 7, 1210:07 PM

Under Jimmy Carter, Iran had the kahuna's to attack our embassy and take American Hostages. Under Ronald Regan, this situation ceased, with good reason, fear. Under GW Bush, the current nuclear armament of Iran would not take place. Under the current apologist in chief, the Iranian situation is again, unafraid to flaunt their plumage. Jimmy Carter is alive and living in the White House. Isreal will do what it must do to survive, with or without American assistance!

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swmnguyFeb. 7, 1210:19 PM

This is one of the most ridiculous trial balloons I've seen floated, and I've seen quite a few. The US is now trying to claim that we're tightening the vise on Iran to keep crazy-bad Israel from nuking them? We're now afraid of Israel, and that's what's driving our policy?

Hogwash. And everybody else in the world knows it. We're squeezing Iran largely because we destroyed Iraq as the main regional counter-balance to Iran, and turned Iraq into a Shi'ite ally of Iran. Also Iran is now trading oil for Korean Won, Japanese Yen, Chinese RMB and Indian Rupees, and trading with Russia in Rubles. For all that trade to go out of dollars and into the respective currencies is a major blow to the US dollar. When Saddam mooted trading oil-for-food in Euros, we attacked quickly. When Chavez did it we staged a coup that didn't work; not for lack of US support and involvement. Gadhafi didn't just start selling oil for other-than-dollars; he was setting up a Pan-Africa investment bank so African nations didn't have to be dominated by the US-run IMF and World Bank. Look what happened to him.

No, Panetta is leading reporters around by the nose again. Our saber-rattling is designed to cow Iran, Russia, China and India. We're sticking to our strategy of sowing chaos, instability and violence in the Middle East, so our armed proxy Israel can have maximum effect and US military projection can be the most powerful presence in the neighborhood.

Hard to see how Panetta can keep a straight face with this ridiculous tack. It would be laughable if it weren't so evil.

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