Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Israel Makes Case for War

Israel pulled out the stops in making its case that Iran is a looming danger. One, Israel's Atomic Energy Commission attacked IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradai. They did so via Newsweek. How does a non-signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Agreement get to criticize its enforcement?

Two, Israeli defense officials say Iran is running Hezbollah operations in Lebanon. Three, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Iran has 6,000 centrifuges and "time is running out." Barak said, "Clear and decisive sanctions against the Iranian regime, alongside readiness to consider necessary actions in case the sanctions don't work, are necessary."

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert let peace slip through his hands again. Peace, the greased watermelon for violent, heavy handed leaders intent on getting their way. Iranian elections are scheduled for summer. The prospect of an Iranian reformer must have Israel nervous.