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'Ball of fire' if Iran attacked: IAEA chief
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/21/08 | AFP

Posted on 06/21/2008 12:24:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

DUBAI (AFP) - The UN atomic watchdog chief warned on Saturday that an attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme would turn the region into a fireball, as Tehran rejected any Israeli strike as "impossible."

Mohamed ElBaradei also warned that he would not be able to continue in his role as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general if the Islamic republic were attacked.

His stark comments came as Iran stressed yet again that it will not negotiate with world powers over its nuclear programme if it is required to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment.

"A military strike (against Iran) would in my opinion be worse than anything else ... It would transform the Middle East region into a ball of fire," ElBaradei said in an interview with Al-Arabiya television.

A report by the New York Times on Friday cited US officials as saying a major Israeli military exercise earlier this month seemed to be a practice for any potential strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

In Athens, an official with the Greek air force's central command confirmed the substance of the US media report, stating that it had taken part in "joint training exercises" with Israel off the Mediterranean island of Crete.

The manoeuvres, code-named "Glorious Spartan 08," took place on May 28 and June 12, and consisted of aerial exercises and knowledge exchange, said the Greek source, who requested anonymity.

The goal was for more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter jets to prepare for long-range strikes and demonstrate Israel's serious concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the Times reported.

ElBaradei said any attack would simply harden Iran's position in its row with the West over its nuclear programme.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airstrikese; ball; bombiran; elbaradei; fire; geopolitics; iaea; iaf; iran; iraniannukes; proliferation

1 posted on 06/21/2008 12:24:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like El-Baradei is making a threat.


2 posted on 06/21/2008 12:25:32 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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Balls of fire.. hhmmm

UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei (seen here earlier this year) has warned that an attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme would turn the region into a fireball, as Tehran rejected an Israeli strike as "impossible. "(AFP/DDP/File/Axel Schmidt)


3 posted on 06/21/2008 12:25:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2034275/posts


4 posted on 06/21/2008 12:27:21 PM PDT by RightWhale (I will veto each and every beer)
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To: NormsRevenge

Does Mr. potato head know that his threat to leave his ‘job’ probably increased the possibility of a strike on Iran?


5 posted on 06/21/2008 12:27:48 PM PDT by Rosemont ($4+ for gas. Can we drill now?)
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To: Army Air Corps

wouldn’t be the first time he was the ‘sympathetic’ front man, so to speak.


6 posted on 06/21/2008 12:27:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I think UN lapdog is more appropriate.


7 posted on 06/21/2008 12:29:41 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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To: RightWhale

Damn, missed it,, arrgghh.. Thread chain time.. Thanks for that link!!!


8 posted on 06/21/2008 12:29:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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An Israeli plane refuels an F-16 during a military parade in Tel Aviv last month. The UN atomic watchdog chief warned on Saturday that an attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme would turn the region into a fireball, as Tehran rejected any Israeli strike as "impossible. "(AFP/File/Gali Tibbon)


9 posted on 06/21/2008 12:31:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
The IAEA can't be bothered to prevent Iran from getting the bomb but it can warn Israel from doing what it should be doing in the first place - and isn't.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

10 posted on 06/21/2008 12:31:41 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

Iran getting the bomb could turn the middle east into a fireball.

But don’t worry. Obama will talk them into behaving themselves.


11 posted on 06/21/2008 12:35:28 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NormsRevenge
The manoeuvres, code-named "Glorious Spartan 08"...

What an interesting choice of code name.


12 posted on 06/21/2008 12:39:35 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: NormsRevenge

Ahmadinejad’s Little Lord Haw-Haw.


13 posted on 06/21/2008 12:40:35 PM PDT by mkjessup (Obama-flakes! = Little suntanned Jimmy Carters with twice the empty rhetoric , from DNC cereals!)
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To: NormsRevenge

“he would not be able to continue in his role as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general if the Islamic republic were attacked.... “

OK so what’s the downside?


14 posted on 06/21/2008 12:43:05 PM PDT by traumer
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To: NormsRevenge

Goodness gracious.


15 posted on 06/21/2008 12:45:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: NormsRevenge

Ball of Fire? Burn, Baby, Burn!


16 posted on 06/21/2008 12:50:10 PM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: NormsRevenge

< The UN atomic watchdog chief warned on Saturday that an attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme would turn the region into a fireball.>

Okay so is there a downside?


17 posted on 06/21/2008 12:55:23 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: NormsRevenge

GO ISRAEL! Show the Tehran towelheads what’s “possible”. And if we get rid of Elderberry, it’ll be a bonus.


18 posted on 06/21/2008 1:23:11 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: NormsRevenge

War is a burning thing
and it makes a firery ring
bound by wild desire
You'll fall in to a ball of fire...

You'll fall in to a burning ball of fire
You'll go down,down,down
and the flames will go higher.
And it'll burn,burn,burn
the ball of fire,
the ball of fire.

19 posted on 06/21/2008 1:23:46 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: NormsRevenge
It would transform the Middle East region into a ball of fire

Ok, I've got plenty of marshmallows.

20 posted on 06/21/2008 1:42:39 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: rabscuttle385
Absolutely.

Just blow the b@stards up.

I am so freaking sick of the Mohammeds telling us what to do. No one remembers that Mohammed was a liar, thief, rapist and murderer who founded a cult intent on destroying civilization as we know it. Yet, suddenly we are expected to listen to his followers?

Paint "Mohammed was a vicious murderer, child molester and false prophet" on all MOABs, and drop them on Iran now.

I am so sick of their crap.

21 posted on 06/21/2008 1:52:21 PM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: Rosemont

If he’s a watchdog he must be a deaf, dumb and blind Teacup Poodle. The word that sums up this guy is “Watch”.


22 posted on 06/21/2008 2:04:40 PM PDT by peeps36 ( Al Gore Is A Big Fat Lying Hypocrite. He Pollutes The Air By Opening His Big Mouth)
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To: NormsRevenge

This guy is worried that the Middle East will turn into a fireball if Iran is deservedly attacked?

Hey, better that area of the world turns into a fireball,
than waiting for Iran to get the bomb and have them turn Tel Aviv, New York, London and Rome into fireballs.


23 posted on 06/21/2008 2:05:00 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Screw the caribou....we need the oil!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Something tells me that ElBaradei (pronuonced I’ll bury a Jew) doesn’t have Israel’s best interest at heart.


24 posted on 06/21/2008 2:21:57 PM PDT by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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To: rabscuttle385

Yup!


25 posted on 06/21/2008 2:43:29 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: NormsRevenge
Mohamed ElBaradei also warned that he would not be able to continue in his role as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general if the Islamic republic were attacked.

...and someone thinks this is a bad thing?

This whole attack idea is sounding better each day.

26 posted on 06/21/2008 3:26:47 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: NormsRevenge

Alert! Jerry Lee Lewis warning!


27 posted on 06/21/2008 3:39:43 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: Ever wonder where all those who took the brown acid at Woodstock wound up?)
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To: rabscuttle385
The manoeuvres, code-named “Glorious Spartan 08”...

What an interesting choice of code name.


I guess this means that the Israelis are planning to come and take them.

28 posted on 06/21/2008 3:42:13 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: Ever wonder where all those who took the brown acid at Woodstock wound up?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Mr. Potatohead is ALMOST right. There will be mushroom clouds over the Middle East, but they will be Israeli devices and all that will remain of Iran — and any other idiot over there who wants the action — will be a glass covered parking lot that glows in the dark.

Israel MAY take some hits IF any of the bad guys survive and, so far, the IDF has a pretty good record of getting that job done when they tell the rest of the world to bite them.

And I suspect that THIS one will be a major survival situation and they’ll do whatever it takes to hang in there.

When — not IF — but WHEN the balloon does go up over there, get ready for $10 a gallon — and higher — gas prices until radiation levels drop.


29 posted on 06/21/2008 4:05:32 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: NormsRevenge
while russia is cornering the crude oil market, the world's reserves of testosterone appear to be the sole possession of Israel.

You go!

30 posted on 06/21/2008 4:06:10 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the media vs. the people.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Better Iran a fireball than New York, Chicago, Washington,
SanFRan or Atlanta..


31 posted on 06/21/2008 4:21:45 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Bon mots

I think he actually means, “If Iran is attacked, their payments to me will stop, and I will be left with only my UN salary to live on, so I will have no alternative but to leave the UN and get a job as a lobbyist for Hugo Chavez and Kim Jong-Il.”


32 posted on 06/21/2008 5:22:35 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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