Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Iran Hostage Crisis 2.0

Iran will hit Israel if US does "evil"

Israel will be Iran's first target in response to any "evil" act by the United States, a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday.

"We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel," Revolutionary Guards Rear Admiral Mohammad-Ebrahim Dehqani was quoted as saying by Iran's student news agency ISNA.

The United States says it wants Iran's nuclear standoff with the West solved diplomatically but has refused to rule out military action.

Given Israel's history of preemptive strikes that probably wasn't the smartest thing to say. Can you say preemptive nuke? Although its far more likely Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might suffer an untimely "accident" before that happens. I can imagine this conversation taking place afterwards:

Mossad agent reading the paper: "He fell down the stairs?"
Mossad Agent #2: "Yep. Repeatedly. He was a heavy bastard."

The long and short of it is Israel and the US will do anything to stop a nuclear armed Iraq. And Israel has a long history of doing whatever it takes to secure itself. President Ahmadinejad is either crazy, grossly overconfident, or bluffing. I'm betting on the latter.