Tuesday, May 16, 2006

PAKISTANI ADVICE TO IRAN: THREATEN TO DESTROY ISRAEL

Interesting insight into the chess game currently being played by Iran over its nukes. The advice they received from Pakistan? Threaten to destroy Israel... in effect, take Israel as a hostage. The hope is that, this "hostage" is so valuable to the US, that just the threat of attack will be enough to head off any attack... Will it work? I doubt it. But its a damn scary game of chicken being played with millions of lives at stake. Who will be the first to blink?
Pakistan's former army chief says Iranian officials came to him for advice on heading off an attack on their nuclear facilities, and he in effect advised them to take a hostage -- Israel.

Retired General Mirza Aslam Beg said he suggested their government "make it clear that if anything happens to Iran, if anyone attacks it -- it doesn't matter who it is or how it is attacked -- that Iran's answer will be to hit Israel; the only target will be Israel."

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He said he also advised them to "attempt to degrade the defense systems of Israel," harass it through the Hamas government of the Palestinian Authority and the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon, and put second-strike nuclear weapons on submarines.

Although analysts are divided on how soon Iran might have nuclear weapons, Beg said he is sure Iran has had enough time to develop them.




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