posted on Aug, 13 2004 @ 12:09 PM
Has anyone else read the book "The High Cost of Peace" (How Washington's Middle East Policy Left America Vulnerable to Terrorism) by YOSSEF
BODANSKY? I started reading this about a week ago, and some of the topics that he brings up are just mind-blowing. I'm afraid that the U.S. is blind
or unwilling to accept the mindset of Iran/Syria.
I read some more of it last night, and found where he states that Iran actually has had nuclear weapons since 1992. According to Yossef, they
purchased 4 nuclear units from Kazakhstan. Two of them were 40 kiloton units mounted on scuds, and one of them is a free fall gravity bomb, and the
last is a 152 mm artillery round. A few other points that he brings up in this chapter makes you wonder why we haven't started WWIII already? It
appears that Israel's assignation of the Damascus/Tehran middleman Sheikh Sayyid Abbas al-Mussawi (Who also happened to be the Secretary General of
HizbAllah) was water on the fuse. Apparently he was trusted in both Damascus and Tehran completely and his death left a communication gap while they
searched for another trusted messenger.
Of course one of the reasons that Iran hasn't attacked Israel yet for fear of retaliation form Israel's undeclared nuclear stockpile. Israel has
developed the new Sparrow missile system which renders incoming scuds mostly useless. I believe that they had a live test of this defense system last
month in California. So if Iran has only 2 nuclear scuds, the likely-hood of them finding their target is scarce. I suppose that they could send in a
barrage of missiles, and then slip in a nuclear missile in the middle hoping Israel would be too busy targeting the first wave to catch the second.
Still this is risky. What Iran is in need of before attacking Israel is a larger stockpile of nuclear weapons, so now we run into the subject of the
nuclear reactor that is under construction in Iran. Once they have this they can start producing several nuclear weapons a year. Of course Israel
won't allow their most dangerous foe to stockpile nuclear weapons, and wouldn't attack an active nuclear reactor.
So, where does that leave us? Iran's reactor is scheduled to go on-line in in 2005, and they are currently testing the Shahab-3 missile which could
strike anywhere in Israel. Information leaked out of Israel shows a possible strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility as early as this Fall, to
which Iran responds that they would wipe Israel off the face of the earth. I'm sure Syria would join in the fight, and the U.S has thousands of
troops stationed in Iraq nearby, and.......That's right! WWIII could start this year.
Well, maybe not this year, but soon. The question seems to be when and not if.