I have to preempt my Syria post for today, for lack of time, with this news
This is Shock and Awe,
Israel-style. It is Bibi’s effort to persuade high-level Israeli
officials that Israel can prosecute a pure technology war that involves
relatively few human beings (Israeli, that is) who may be put in harm’s
way, and will certainly cost few lives of IDF personnel," the blogger
"Bibi’s sleight of hand
here involves no mention whatsoever of an Iranian counter-attack against
Israel. The presumption must be that the bells and whistles of all
those marvelous new weapons systems will decapitate Iran’s war-making
ability and render it paralyzed. The likelihood of this actually
happening is nearly nil."
According to Silverstein, an Israeli strike on Iran will include
a "barrage of tens of ballistic missiles" launched from Israeli
territory towards Iran, as well as a barrage of "hundreds of cruise
missiles" which will "pound command and control systems, research and
development facilities, and the residences of senior personnel in the
nuclear and missile development apparatus.
"Intelligence gathered over years will be utilized to completely
decapitate Iran’s professional and command ranks in these fields,"
according to the blogger.
Silverstein says the attack will open with an unprecedented
cyber-attack which will take the internet, telephones, radio and
television, communications satellites, and fiber optic cables leading to
and from critical installations—including underground missile bases at
Khorramabad and Isfahan - out of action.
"The electrical grid throughout Iran will be paralyzed and
transformer stations will absorb severe damage from carbon fiber
munitions which are finer than a human hair, causing electrical short
circuits whose repair requires their complete removal. This would be a
Sisyphean task in light of cluster munitions which would be dropped,
some time-delayed and some remote-activated through the use of a
satellite signal," the blogger claims.
According to the
document, the missiles will strike their targets—some exploding above
ground like those striking the nuclear reactor at Arak–which is intended
to produce plutonium and tritium—and the nearby heavy water production
facility; the nuclear fuel production facilities at Isfahan and
facilities for enriching uranium-hexaflouride. Others would explode
under-ground, as at the Fordo
Following the first wave of attacks, Silverstein says, an
Israeli radar satellite will pass over Iran and transfer information
directly to war planes making their way covertly toward Iran.
"These IAF planes will be armed with electronic warfare gear
previously unknown to the wider public, not even revealed to our US
ally. This equipment will render Israeli aircraft invisible. Those
Israeli war planes which participate in the attack will damage a
short-list of targets which require further assault," the blogger
Silverstein, among the targets approved for attack are Shahab 3 and
Sejil ballistic missile silos, storage tanks for chemical components of
rocket fuel, industrial facilities for producing missile control
systems, centrifuge production plants and more.
Silverstein mentions that Iran is divided into 31 districts,
each with its own independent command and control facilities and
mechanisms. "So Israel wouldn’t be able to knock out a single facility
and paralyze the IRG. They’d need to knock out 31 separate sets of
facilities–a much harder task," he writes.
Quite a plan. Doable? I don't know.
Makes me wonder about all the cyber attacks already launched against Iran? Were the preparing?