Thursday, January 05, 2006

An Unremarkable Declaration of War, Part III

The Guardian, a leading British newspaper, was given a top secret, 55-page intelligence assessment dated July 1 2005 that describes Iran's quest for nuclear weapons (hat tip: Hugh Hewitt). The report was gleaned from British, French, German, and Belgian intelligence agencies and was used to brief the heads of European governments on the dangers represented by the Mullahs.

The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes.

Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes.

Let's do the math: Nuclear weapons. Long-range missiles. Radical leadership that has promised to create a world without the US, Britain and Israel. Leadership that further believes the end of the world is coming within the next two years.

Perhaps the reports from Germany's Der Spiegel do have merit (though it would seem operational security would be a heck of a lot better than this). In their article entitled, "Is Washington Planning a Military Strike?", reporters note:

[A] string of visits by high-profile US politicians to Turkey and surrounding reports are drawing new attention to the issue. In recent weeks, the number of American and NATO security officials heading to Ankara has increased dramatically. Within a matter of only days, the FBI chief, then the CIA chief and, most recently, NATO General Secretary Jaap De Hoop Scheffer visited the Turkish capital. During her visit to Europe earlier this month, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also traveled to Turkey after a stopover in Berlin.

Whether it's the US, Britain or Israel, one can only hope that the Mullahs' desires for Armageddon are quashed soon. Very, very soon.

Click here for Part I of An Unremarkable Declaration of War

Click here for Part II of An Unremarkable Declaration of War

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