I will use this article as a basis to broach a number of topics.
Israel has been gunning for Iran for..... quite a while now. They have been pushing the US hard to attack or aid them in an attack, but, that hasn't worked out so well. For the time being.
From above linked article-
“Israeli cabinet minister Moshe Yaalon, a former Israeli military chief of staff, said last week that, as a result of recent setbacks, Iran will not go nuclear until 2014 at the earliest. That's quite a change from earlier Israeli forecasts that Iran could get the bomb in 2011.
“Why the extra three years? Mr. Yaalon didn't elaborate beyond the bland statement that 'the Iranian nuclear program has a number of technological challenges and difficulties.' But it has been widely reported that Siemens computers used to control Iranian nuclear facilities in Natanz and Bushehr were infected by a fiendishly clever virus, called Stuxnet, that is hard to detect and even harder to eradicate.”
Stuxnet. I covered that. Most everyone thought it had Israel written all over it.
Is Moshe Yaalon acknowledging that? It seems so.
What else is he acknowledging?
He is acknowledging that Iran has NO nuclear weapons. Despite Israel's spin. Despite Israel pushing for an attack over the past couple of years, there were no nukes, are no nukes and there won't be for some time to come, if at all!!
So Israel just wanted the US to do it's dirty work, or at the very least help it along for no real reaon, whatsoever. There was no threat. There is no threat. Iraq redux.
Israel's opinion regarding Iranian nuclear weapons, shouldn't hold much weight because they have been saying for years now that Iran is going to have nuclear bombs. And they have been wrong. Repeatedly.
In 1992, the then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and then Foreign Minister Shimon Perez announced publically for the very first time that they had ample evidence suggesting Iran would gain the technology to develop nuclear weapons near the end of the decade.Until maybe 2014?
Three years later, this time in Washington, Shimon Perez and Ehud Barak claimed that by the end of the year 1997, the world would need to brace itself for a nuclear armed Iran.
In 2007, another Israeli official is said to have foreseen Iranian nuclear bombs in late 2007, says another cable from Thursday, July 26, 2007.
We are now a week into 2011 and still nothing
Or is it 2015? More predictions from Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly fuming with former head of Mossad (Israeli Spy Agency), Meir Dagan. Dagan's last day on the job was last week, and at the last day he talked to journalists and dropped a bombshell: "Iran won't reach its nuclear capabilities before 2015." Dagan also warned against "a rushed decision" to attack Iran.With these last words, when he tried for the first time to "show off" his achievements, Dagan single handed sabotaged Netanyahu's on going efforts to build a firm international coalition against Iran. In the past 2 years, since Netanyahu took office, he has been putting a special attention to forming a vast and strong coalition against Iran, that in due time, will support an attack on its nuclear facilitiesOh dear, did Dagan's remark prevent or slow the drive towards another war in the Middle East. Netanyahu simply cannot have that!
Israeli newspaper quoted a senior source saying "The timing of Dagan's remarks, and the way they were said, is unacceptable.
You can read more on Dagan's statement here.
Has the US media mentioned that one?
Iran has no nukes and is years away from them if , if they ever will have them?
I did find one article.
You would think that would be bigger news?! No nukes in Iran. No need for war!
But alas..... it is not to be.
So, what is the latest on Iran's nuclear power station?
One news story has the EU declining an invitation to tour the facilities. Why would they do that? World Peace and all?
Last Tuesday, Tehran invited envoys representing geographical and political groups in the Vienna-based IAEA, including some members of the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the US plus Germany --, the European Union, the Group of 77 and the Non-Aligned Movement, to tour Iran's nuclear sites.
"We will be welcoming the fact that Iran is interested in having those visit at the sites, but the role and responsibility for doing that rests with the IAEA,” Ashton said.
Why does it just rest with the IAEA?
Isn't world peace bigger then the IAEA. Sounds like excuse making.