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Posted on 09/24/2004 9:46:05 AM PDT by CHARLITE

The recent announcement of a deal for Israel to acquire thousands of Precision-Guided-Munitions (PGM) went largely unheralded by Elite-Media, who mostly yawned and ho-hummed the sale. One source, the Seattle Post Intelligencer did little more than the intellectually lazy approach, recycling an AP report but the numbers in the report were very telling: 3000 2000-pound laser-guided bombs, 1000 1000-pound laser-guided bombs and 500 500-pound precision-guided bombs.

The most important number noted above is the huge number of 2000-pound PGM’s – these are heavy, penetrating munitions needed to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. The PGM’s also have a satellite-targeting option allowing the attacking aircraft to ‘stand off’ great distances and lob the bombs to the general area of the target with the terminal phase of the bomb’s path being guided by satellite.

In case you haven’t realized the fact: the Iranian nuclear enrichment program will soon dramatically affect your life and the lives of countless millions in other nations. A massive showdown is coming over Iranian enrichment of used nuclear reactor fuel that will draw many more countries into the fray in the Persian Gulf. The Iranian nuclear weapons program is a huge, robust operation that gets little play in the mainstream media. It is the program of a country determined to be a major nuclear power.

There are a total of five Iranian nuclear facilities the Israelis will have to strike to assure the elimination of Iran as a nuclear threat for the future:

Tehran – Tehran is the command and coordinating center for the Iranian nuclear program, with the offices being located in a suburb to assure civilian deaths and what the media loves to tout as “collateral damage”. Precision strikes on the program offices, which include a missile program, should keep civilian deaths low. But the Iranians may cluster civilians around the suburban target if the government thinks an air strike is imminent. The facility includes a research reactor, radio-isotope production unit and multi-purpose laboratories. Arak – Heavy water production is centered in Arak. Heavy water is used to moderate nuclear fission in reactors. Large amounts of power are required to produce heavy water and the reactors supplying that power will need to be bombed. Natanz (not shown on map) – A facility containing gas centrifuges 200 miles south of Tehran and Northeast of Isfahan. Gas centrifuges separate and enrich uranium that has been gasified, resulting in a highly-enriched, bomb-grade product. This is the last step to obtain material for a nuclear weapon. Bushehr – A 1000-megawatt reactor on the Persian Gulf coast built by the Russians under contract. This reactor should have started by now. The used fuel from the Bushehr reactor will provide Uranium for many, many bombs and missiles. Isfahan – Containing a variety of reactors and Uranium conversion facilities, the Isfahan facility is a sprawling complex. Most Americans fail to realize the enormity of the Iranian weapons program due to the failings of the media, although pictures and surveillance photographs of the facilities are readily available.

Any Israeli strike will of necessity be massive, employing squadrons of F-15’s and F-16’s escorted by electronic-warfare radar-jamming aircraft to blind Iranian air defense radar. While the Israeli air strike on the Iraqi French-built Osirak reactor in 1981 was a relatively brief in-and-out affair the air strikes into Iran will be sustained and intense, with many dozens of mostly 2000-pound PGM’s being used to pulverize reactors, gas centrifuges, heavy water production and support facilities. A thorough job is required as the likelihood of catching the Iranians unaware a few years later is small. Iranian air defenses vary from good to bad to inconsequential. The biggest threat will from salvos of anti-aircraft missiles that may actually get lucky occasionally and succeed in downing an attacking aircraft.

American complicity is required for any strike to be successful; indeed, American participation may even be in the works. Israel may not possess adequate fuel tanker aircraft to refuel the strike groups returning to Israel and U.S. Air Force tankers will likely be needed. If U.S. Air Force aircraft join the assault the numbers will be adequate to systematically pulverize Iranian facilities to such an extent that resurrection of the program would not be feasible. Areas contaminated by uranium will be small and limited to the immediate sites although Iran may be willing to expend thousands of lives trying to recover nuclear material from the rubble for sale to terrorists groups for the construction of ‘dirty bombs’ for revenge.

Iranian protests that the nuclear program is “peaceful” and for electrical generation alone is a patently ridiculous statement for a country able to easily build many oil-fired power plants cheaply. Iran has adequate oil to run electrical plants at a far lower cost than nuclear reactors for many years. There is much information available on the Worldwide Web on this topic but mainstream media’s attention-span on the topic is practically non-existent, likely seen as a “boring” topic, those pesky descriptions of reactors and bombers etc. not suited for prime time. It will be a prime-time event, spanning days of 24/7 coverage, mostly by talking heads, who know little of the subject.

Neither the United States, Israel or many other countries intend on allowing the Iranian nuclear weapons program to succeed and will unhesitatingly widen the current war to deprive Iran of it’s imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons.

About the Writer: Chris Long is a life-long devotee of history, strategic affairs, military history, and geopolitics. He lives in Georgia and is employed as a computer systems analyst .

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aircraft; airstrikes; attack; bombs; bushehr; enriched; facilities; godblessisrael; guidedmissiles; heavywater; iran; isfahan; israel; nuclear; pgns; reactors; tehran; uranium
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To: LincolnLover
The cost to us of further alienating the Shiites in Iraq is far outweighed by the danger of Iran's nuclear weapons program.
41 posted on 09/24/2004 10:30:23 AM PDT by NorseWood
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To: bmwcyle


42 posted on 09/24/2004 10:34:26 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.)
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To: Sam Cree
No, not entirely new, but even under the onus of Marxist/Leninist philosophy, the Soviets and the US had a form of detente.

In spite of Kruschev's shoe pounding, it was understood that a major nuclear exchange would cause both sides grevious hurt.

Even "godless" Communists found that to be an unsavory option.

Iran has the complications of a majority religious component added to the matrix which espouses martyrdom and will use terrorism (taken to the point of unconventional warfare) without regard for loss of Iranian lives.

How do you intimidate an opponent who has no fear of death? Paint your Nukes with pigs' blood?

It is tough to play brinksmanship with those who do not recognize the brink.

43 posted on 09/24/2004 10:36:01 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (God! It has felt good to have a First Lady who is a LADY.)
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I'll bet Iran took note.

How do you say DOH! in farsi?
44 posted on 09/24/2004 10:37:50 AM PDT by CaptSkip (Dan the NewsMan says, "Karma sucks, but Nixonian Karma?...that's a MotherF'er!")
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To: Petronski

"P.S., this is to be expected second week of November, no sooner."

I put it in mid-December.

45 posted on 09/24/2004 10:38:43 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: Pukin Dog

"We wont risk this mission to blow up some buildings without taking out the folks that caused them to be built. The Iranian people are looking to be liberated. This event will be a catalyst for a revolution."

That's a fact.

46 posted on 09/24/2004 10:39:55 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: Petronski

The big problem with this is that as soon as this happens, Iran will send swarms of Revolutionary Guard terrorists across the Iraqi border for major attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. This isnt so cut and dry, it could get very tricky.

47 posted on 09/24/2004 10:40:32 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: Smokin' Joe

IMO, and GW Bush's I think, since he said it, terrorists must be eradicated. Governments that would harbor terrorists must either stop doing so, or face the same fate.

Or our cities will burn.

48 posted on 09/24/2004 10:41:16 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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An Isreal strike will come. After Bush wins.

49 posted on 09/24/2004 10:42:10 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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The Mohammedan world will really go ga-ga if this takes place.

50 posted on 09/24/2004 10:43:04 AM PDT by dennisw (Gd is against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: aegiscg47
If Kerry gets elected I think Israel strikes before the year is out. If Bush is elected they may let us do the dirty work.

Nope. Whether Bush or Kerry, the IAF will be the MotherF'ers in Charge on this one. Israel is Target #1.
51 posted on 09/24/2004 10:44:08 AM PDT by CaptSkip (Dan the NewsMan says, "Karma sucks, but Nixonian Karma?...that's a MotherF'er!")
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To: Petronski
The writer makes this sound like a bad thing.

I think it's an urgent call for us all to go out and buy popcorn.

52 posted on 09/24/2004 10:45:39 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Antoninus
I would hope that Israel, or the US, had operatives within the country that could sabotage the design/construction process of these facilities and avoid the large scale military strike, but that may be wishing for too much, given the tight Iranian control over their people. Same thing applies to North Korea.
53 posted on 09/24/2004 10:46:11 AM PDT by NorseWood
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To: Husker24

Iran has many agent here in the U.S. planning attacks. They will attack us on our own soil.

54 posted on 09/24/2004 10:48:34 AM PDT by Nachum (Kerry spells "Fine Dining")
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I figure the bombing will take place on or shortly after Nov. 3.

55 posted on 09/24/2004 10:49:11 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Travis McGee
Let's roll.
56 posted on 09/24/2004 10:49:17 AM PDT by Redball2202 (If you can't say 'Amen', say 'Ouch'!)
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To: Petronski
"The writer makes this sound like a bad thing."

I agree. Sometimes it's good to let the media sleep, especially while Israel is doing her thing.
57 posted on 09/24/2004 10:52:32 AM PDT by keats5
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To: mabelkitty
Israel WILL NOT let Iran go "Nukular". Iran would launch on Israel in a heartbeat...first strike from Iran assured.

When it comes to the destruction of Israel, the INTIRE Arab/Muslim world become instant a**hole buddies.
58 posted on 09/24/2004 10:54:26 AM PDT by CaptSkip (Dan the NewsMan says, "Karma sucks, but Nixonian Karma?...that's a MotherF'er!")
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To: Antoninus

It might convert Iran from 55,000,000 pro-western and 5,000,000 Arabists to 60,000,000 Arabists overnight. Of course, many (if not most) in the Middle East (rightly or wrongly) see Israel as the 51st state of the US.

How will the Commonwealth of Independent States take to having their technicians attacked?

59 posted on 09/24/2004 11:06:07 AM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
60 posted on 09/24/2004 11:45:02 AM PDT by SJackson (They're not Americans. They're just journalists, Col George Connell, USMC)
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