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Originally posted by mmiichael
Iran seems to get it's kicks playing chicken with the rest of the world. So the natural assumption is this is just more of the same.
Watching every world leader get on their knees to beg them to halt their nuclear program, watching ships and planes move back and forth every time they utter a veiled threat. Seeing Israel go into convulsion every time they drop a hint. Making the American Iraqi campaign degenerate into chaos.
It's hard to gauge the effectiveness of the mighty Islamic
Persian forces. Much smaller Iraqi forces kept them at bey for years. Their super-duper Revolutionary Guard 100 man task force got wiped out in Gaza. They howl about violations of their air space but their air force never responds.
Too early to tell how they're doing against the Saudis in Yemen.
But hard not to draw skeptical conclusions from their past performances.
[edit on 24-1-2010 by mmiichael]
Originally posted by Sean48
Here's an idea.
Leave them alone.
End of problem.
Originally posted by mmiichael
Iran currently has forces working on destabilization in Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon and maybe even it's surrogate Syria.
So it is best to let them just assume control of any government wherever they wish so as not to upset them?
Great foreign policy. The Ayatollahs would be pleased.
Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said on Sunday that while Israel faced military threats from all sides, it has strategically chosen to make every effort to avoid entering in armed conflict with its enemies.
Vilnai said that Israel had its eyes on Hizbullah, which it believes is rearming in violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.
Meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Sunday told U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams that Israel viewed the alleged flow of weapons from Iran and Syria to Hizbullah as the greatest threat to the northern border.
Israeli media said Ayalon warned Williams that Hizbullah fighters were training in Syria and the Shiite party was receiving supplies of advanced antiaircraft missile systems.
The Israeli official also told Williams that Hizbullah fighters were testing surface-to-surface missile systems in Syria.
He also asked that the next U.N. report on Lebanon mention the training of Hizbullah militants and their rearmament, as well as other serious cases in which Hizbullah weapons were discovered in the country.
02:22 Israel`s ex-negotiator: Full Mideast peace deal impossible (Haaretz)
08:02 Lebanon police rule out terror as cause of Ethiopian air crash (AP)
14:10 Iran opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi acknowledges Ahmadinejad`s re-election (DPA)
16:48 Iran official: Bushehr nuclear reactor to be operational by year`s end (Ch.10)
21:16 German firm cancels deal to renovate Iran port due to Israeli pressure (Haaretz)
21:44 Merkel to Iran: Time for nuclear cooperation is running out (Haaretz)
22:23 France calls on EU nations to increase sanctions on Iran (Israel Radio)
23:24 Lieberman: Iran is largest financer of terror in world (Army Radio)
04:36 FM: Clear that Iran isn`t developing nuclear capability for peaceful purposes (Agencies)
22:41 Israel, Poland agree to upgrade ties (Israel Radio)
22:38 Peres: Iran seeks to take over the Middle East (Haaretz)
17:30 Merkel: February will be a decisive month in West`s standoff with Iran (Haaretz)
14:46 Yemeni official: Iran and Al-Qaida funding Shia rebellion (DPA)
11:37 Iran cancels nuclear negotiator`s Russia visit (Israel Radio)
11:30 Ethiopian plane `ablaze` before Lebanon crash (AP)
11:17 Iran to inaugurate missile projects in February (Reuters)
10:03 IDF chief Ashkenazi heads to Brussels for NATO military conference (Haaretz)
The National News Agency reported on Wednesday that Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace and flew over the regions of Hasbaya, West Bekaa, Arqoub and Rashaya at 10:30 a.m.
According to the statement, two Israeli warplanes entered Lebanese airspace at 10:12 a.m. and encircled Lebanese territory before leaving at 11:40 a.m.
The army added that four other military warplanes entered Lebanese airspace at 10:20 a.m. and left at 11:50 a.m.
Israeli President Shimon Peres has accused Iran of destabilizing Lebanon and said Hizbullah's arms are a danger to Lebanon not just the Jewish state.[...] Speaking after talks with Peres, Merkel said that the theme of sanctions would be tackled next month when France holds the rotating chair of the U.N. Security Council. "I think February will be the crucial month," Merkel said.
Paris has rejected a request to provide the Lebanese army with French-made anti-aircraft missiles, a French military expert told Le Figaro newspaper.
The French source said the Lebanese military is seeking to arm itself with anti-aircraft equipment to confront continuous Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace in contravention of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Wednesday that Tehran is "proud" of supporting Hizbullah and Hamas adding that U.S. President Barack Obama has "failed in his policy on the Palestinian cause."
Larijani also told a news conference in Kuwait that Arab states in the Gulf should not allow the U.S. to launch attacks on the Islamic republic from bases in the region.
05:18 Obama: If Iran continues to ignore its obligations, there will be consequences (DPA)
07:09 Sec. of State Clinton: World is ready to implement new sanctions on Iran (Army Radio)
02:34 U.S. business groups: Expanding Iran sanctions would harm U.S. economy (Reuters)
10:58 Iran opposition: Ahmadinejad will be ousted before end of his four-year term (Reuters)
12:44 Russia official: No obstacles over Iran arms deal (AP)
Mounting Arab-Israeli tensions over Jerusalem, Israel's refusal to halt settlement building in the West Bank and a general sense of frustration at the continued failure of the peace process has raised fears of a new third Palestinian intifada, or uprising.
02:06 U.S. Senate approves sanctions on Iran`s fuel suppliers (Reuters)
03:38 Netanyahu to U.S.: I`ll free hundreds of Fatah prisoners to boost Abbas (Haaretz)
05:34 Clinton: Iran is forcing the world to apply penalties against it (AP)
08:08 Hamas: Israel assassinated senior Hamas military commander in Dubai (Reuters)
10:49 Hamas vows revenge for killing of top operative in Dubai (AP)
04:36 Afghan government says Taliban to be invited to peace talks (Reuters)
18:07 Iran, IAEA say a nuclear proposal is still on the table (Reuters)
19:14 Clinton: China risks isolation unless they help keep Iran from developing nukes (AP)
00:26 Report: China voices outrage over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan (Reuters)
21:22 Turkey offers to resume Israel-Syria mediation (Reuters)
23:07 Obama aide: Iran may lash out at Israel due to pressure over nukes (AP)
The document points out that defense spending has increased by 10% in real terms over the past decade but predicts the cost of equipment alone will rocket by 80% in the next 10 years. And it is not only hardware that will have to develop; the type of soldiers recruited and the way they are trained will also have to change, according to the discussion paper. There will be more use of reservists in front-line roles and changes to pay and conditions to attract the best personnel.
17:31 Ahmadinejad: Whoever controls the Middle East controls the world (Haaretz)
21:03 U.S.: Ambassador to Syria will `help change Syrian attitude in the region` (DPA)
22:16 U.S. to expedite installation of defense system against Iranian missile attack (Haaretz)
03:13 Report: Thailand seized arms shipment from North Korea to Iran last month (Reuters)
10:15 CIA boss secretly met defense, Mossad chiefs in Israel last week (Army Radio)
11:50 Official: U.S. concerned over Hezbollah armament and possible Israeli attack (Ch. 10)
16:22 U.S. fears Hezbollah armament signals plans for war with Israel (Haaretz)
11:30am Israeli fighter jets overflew Jezzine and Iqlim al-Tuffah.
3:40pm Israeli commandos kidnapped a Lebanese shepherd, identified as 17-year-old Rabii Zahra, as he was tending a herd of sheep near Kfar Shouba inside Lebanese territory. Zahra was taken to the Israeli military position of Zibdin.¸