MIL 'Sharon tried to discuss Iran military options with Bush'

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    'Sharon tried to discuss Iran military options with Bush' [​IMG]


    Financial Express
    April 13, 2005
    by Reuters


    Israeli defence officials asked Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to raise a military option against Iran's nuclear programme with US President George Bush in talks in Texas on Monday, Israel's Army Radio said.



    The radio said US defense officials had so far refused Israeli entreaties to discuss attacking Iranian nuclear facilities as a last resort should diplomatic pressure fail.

    Israeli and US officials were not immediately available for comment. Sharon planned to raise Iran's atomic development drive with Bush but it was unclear whether he would suggest a possible military strike. The talks were to be devoted mainly to Israel's planned Gaza pullout and other peace issues with Palestinians.

    The Jewish state has made clear it considers all options legitimate for preventing its arch-enemy getting the bomb. But analysts agree that Israel would be unlikely to resort to force unless authorised by its chief ally the United States.

    Iran, which denies seeking a nuclear bomb, is in talks with the European Union on curbing its uranium enrichment, a process that could be used to produce nuclear weapons.

    Army Radio said Israel, believed to be the Middle East's only nuclear power, wants to prepare a military alternative. "We are not managing to get the Americans to talk about what will happen if the diplomatic efforts fail and Iran resumes enriching uranium, putting it on track to an atomic bomb," it quoted a senior defense official as saying he told Sharon.

    Bush has said he backs the EU-led efforts to get Iran to come clean on its nuclear programme but that the US has not ruled out the possibility of military strikes. Israel sent jets to destroy the Iraqi reactor at Osiraq in 1981, driving Saddam Hussein's quest for the bomb underground.

     
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    Emfuser Nuclear Moderator Super Moderator

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    I can't say I blame him.

    Even from the perspective of a US citizen, Israel aside, the idea of the Iranians having nuclear weapons is not a comforting one. The people running Iran and the terrorists many of them overtly or covertly support potentially having such devices ought to get the attention of anyone living in the US.
     
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    it will be impossiable for Bush to get international support for any military actions against Iran due to how things turned out in Iraq. but even if he did, attacking iran will be a complete mess since Iranian's are actually supporting their goverment, unlike Saddam, Iran have a democraticly elected goverment. and the least thing they will do is bomb any oil tanker that passes thru the strait of Hurmuz which happen to be 80% of world oil supply.
     
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    Their Prez is also a "moderate" which makes the decision even harder, beings really the only sect of irans people that are against the Govt are the "hardliners". But Israel could give two shits about Int. opinion, since its been against them since their inception, which makes their proposition dangerous at best.
     

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