Analysis: Iranian War Games Begin as Talks Drag on Leaving Few Options

November 22, 2009

(ChattahBox) — After snubbing their collective noses at the international community and rejecting a deal, which proposed that Tehran send most of its stock of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia and France for conversion into fuel for it’s research reactor, Iran has made two new moves.  On the aggression front, Iran has begun a five-day series of air-defense war games, designed to be a show of force against pre-emptive attacks on its nuclear facilities. Interestingly the exercise will take place in areas of the country that house nuclear facilities, so it will be interesting for observing countries to see just how many potential facilities there might be to target. Iranian officials maintain that the tests are for peaceful purposes and are simply a preventative measure to defend the facilities’ airspace. But an aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that if Iran was attacked, it would retaliate against Tel Aviv in Israel.  Israel is reportedly still considering military action as a means of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
On the diplomatic front, Iran’s envoy to the UN atomic watchdog Ali Asghar Soltanieh gave some hope for rekindling the nuclear agreement still on the table, saying on Sunday that Tehran wants a guarantee on the supply of fuel for it’s research reactor, if it’s to ship it’s LEU for enrichment to other countries. This comes as threats from senior officials from six world powers, the United States, Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France met after U.S. President Barack Obama warned that there could be a package of sanctions against Iran within weeks. If the international community cannot find the collective will to basically embargo and shutdown bad behaving countries, like Iraq, Syria, and North Korea, they will build nukes that will put this world and mankind in greater jeopardy.  However as these bad behaving nations are also chess pieces in the continued cold war between the west and communist countries, and arming them is also an economic staple, it’s doubtful any serious sanctions will be enforced long term, so bombing the bastards may be the only alternative.

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