Thursday, February 16, 2012

Expect A War With Iran By Summer. This Forecasted By Russian General.

Russian General Forecasts attack on Iran by Summer
Imagen activaMoscow, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) An attack against Iran could be made next summer, said Tuesday the Russian Chief of Staff, Army General Nikolai Makarov, mentioned by channel Russia Today.

  When referring to the strong tensions created around the nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Makarov pointed out that western countries, mainly the military in Washington and Tel Aviv, prepare a war action against the Persian country for April or June.

The argument for the aggression, that Teheran considers was manufactured artificially to justify a war, refers to the supposed Iranian attempt of developing a nuclear program with military objectives.

But Iran defends its right to use atomic energy with peaceful ends and to produce fuel for its nuclear facilities.

Western countries react with rage and more unilateral sanctions against the Iranian government every time that it refers to new programs to develop the atomic energy and reiterate its peaceful character, said the source.

Makarov remembered that Iran was the target of cybernetic attacks, while several of its scientists were victims of attacks which responsibility Teheran attributes to Israeli intelligence.

The Iranian authorities captured a US spy drone, mentioned the high Russian official.

Also, United States maintains a great concentration of naval forces in the Persian Gulf and in the Strait of Ormuz, while Tel Aviv accuses Iran now of being after supposed attempts of organizing attacks to Israeli embassies in Tiflis and New Delhi.

The Russian general considered that when a conflict in Iran starts, it could extend on the whole Middle East with a domino effect and with unpredictable consequences, with possibility of becoming an international confrontation.


West may strike Iran by summer - Russian Gen-Staff Chief

Russia’s top military boss says an attack against Iran, which the west suspects of developing nuclear weapons, could begin as early as summer.

Thus far, tensions between Tehran and the west have been confined to the battlefield of heated rhetoric. Russia’s highest ranking military officer, however, predicts it may be just a matter of time before the verbal grenades get real.

The Russian General Staff is closely watching the situation, and is not ruling out the possibility of a coordinated attack on the Islamic Republic, General Nikolay Makarov, head of the Russian General Staff, told reporters on Tuesday.

"Iran is a sore spot,” Makarov noted. “I think a decision will be made by the summer."
If Makarov is correct in his estimations, the situation in the region – overwhelmed as it is with political crises and war – could spin rapidly out of control. Indeed, some are warning that an attack on Iran could trigger a domino effect across the Middle East, possibly even culminating in another world war.

In the slide towards escalating violence, there have been a string of disturbing incidents, including alleged cyber attacks against Iran, as well as the downing of a sophisticated US drone, which Iran says it guided to the ground after electronically hacking into the vehicle.

Then there are the mysterious assassinations.

In January, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 31, who supervised a department at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed by a car bomb in northern Tehran.

Exactly two years earlier, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a senior physics professor at Tehran University, was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded beside his car as he was about to leave for work.
Iran blamed Israeli intelligence for the killings.

In the latest ratcheting up of tensions, Israel on Monday blamed Iran for masterminding attacks against Israeli embassies in Tbilisi and New Delhi.  Following the incidences, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Iran "the world's greatest exporter of terror."

Clearly, this game of tit-for-tat can readily explode into all-out conflict, which would be a worst-case scenario not just for the region, but for the entire world.

In November, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta warned that military action against Iran could have “unintended consequences” in the region.

Panetta, like his Russian counterpart, believes that the decision to attack Iran may be imminent.

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote earlier this month that Panetta "believes there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June before Iran enters what Israelis described as a 'zone of immunity' to commence building a nuclear bomb."

US and French naval vessels are already prowling the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, and with Iranian patrol boats nearby the situation could rapidly deteriorate.

Russia is adamantly opposed to any military action against Iran, though Moscow has supported UN Security Council sanctions against Tehran in an effort to force the Islamic Republic to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu is working overtime to get US President Barack Obama onboard the campaign against Iran. And it will not hurt his fierce lobbying efforts that the Democrats and Republicans – the only  game in town – are stockpiling ammunition for presidential elections in November.

Thanks to the hawkish neoconservative philosophy that has hijacked traditional conservative thinking (which, to his credit, Ron Paul genuinely represents), President Obama can expect to be accused of “going weak on Iran” if he proposes anything short of war.

Thus, Russia’s top military commander may be right: the overstretched US military and its budget-broke NATO allies may find themselves fighting yet another senseless war with unknown consequences very soon.
Robert Bridge, RT


Iran war in summer: Russian army boss

Wednesday, 15 February 2012
February 15:
Russia’s highest ranking military officer says a military strike against Iran over the country’s nuclear program could begin as early as summer.
The head of the Russian General Staff, General Nikolai Makarov, said Moscow is closely watching the situation and is not ruling out the possibility of a coordinated attack on Iran, Russia Today reported.

"Iran is a sore spot," the general told reporters on Tuesday. "I think a decision will be made by the summer."

The prediction comes as anti-Iran war rhetoric has been intensified during the past months after the US and its Western allies failed to stop Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program by imposing sanctions.

The United States has repeatedly said no options have been taken off the table regarding Iran.
On Tuesday (14 February), the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln passed through the Strait of Hormuz shadowed by Iranian patrol boats.

Meanwhile, Commander of the US Navy base in Bahrain Vice Admiral Mark Fox warned on Sunday that US forces are prepared for a strike against Iran.

"We have built a wide range of options to give the president and we are ready... We are ready today," he said.

Tehran said it would shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic and vital shipping route, after the US and its European allies imposed new unilateral sanctions against the country’s oil and financial sectors.

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, has said Iran has chosen intelligent control of the Strait of Hormuz as its main strategy to counter foreign threats and sanctions.

The US and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike, saying Iran's nuclear program may include a covert military aspect, a claim strongly rejected by Tehran.



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