2 Articles; News Flash: New Phase in War as Terrorists Cross Egypt-Israel Border, Many Dead; * Do Iraqi Documents Give Some Hints About the Iranian Regime’s Nuclear Strategy?

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News Flash: New Phase in War as Terrorists Cross Egypt-Israel Border, Many Dead

Posted: 18 Aug 2011 08:18 AM PDT

By Barry Rubin

This isn’t just another terrorist attack—it’s a major escalation, a new phase in the Arab-Israeli conflict in two ways. First, it is the bitter fruit of the U.S.-backed downfall of the government of President Husni Mubarak in Egypt. Second, it is probably the first successful al-Qaida attack on Israel. (The Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees, a Gaza-based al-Qaida affiliate is the prime suspect.)

A group of up to 20 terrorists using vehicles fired across the Egypt-Israel border and then crossed into Israeli territory. Their armaments included mortars, and an RPG as well as handguns.

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Do Iraqi Documents Give Some Hints About the Iranian Regime’s Nuclear Strategy?

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 08:18 PM PDT

By Barry Rubin

Using captured Iraqi documents,  Hal Brands and David Palkki, <a href=”http://www.fpri.org/enotes/2011/201108.brands_palkki.iraqnuclear.html%22%3Ehave published </a>an interesting short paper for the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), “Why did Saddam Want the Bomb? The Israel Factor and the Iraqi Nuclear Program.”
They begin:

“On March 27, 1979, Saddam Hussein…laid out his vision for a long, grinding war against Israel in a private meeting of high-level Baathist officials. Iraq, he explained, would seek to obtain a nuclear weapon from ‘our Soviet friends,’  use the resulting deterrent power to counteract Israeli threats of nuclear retaliation, and thereby enable a “patient war”—a war of attrition—that would reclaim Arab lands lost in the Six Day War of 1967. As Saddam put it, nuclear weapons would allow Iraq to “guarantee the long war that is destructive to our enemy, and take at our leisure each meter of land and drown the enemy with rivers of blood.”

While an analogy doesn’t prove the point, I think that contemporary Iranian thinking is equivalent: get nuclear weapons and use them for what I call a defensive umbrella for aggression.

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  1. says

    I am a Canadian, and I have a feeling of sorrow and despair to see what is happening to our wonderful neighbor to the south. I think that the election of Barak Hussein Obama , was partly , an attempt to show that they had gone beyond the Black/white issue and that ,indeed ,any American born citizen had the opportunity to become President. If only the enquiring press had looked deeper into his background and discovered that he was NOT a loyal American , and worked against the Government as a community organizer in Chacago , and, like his beloved mentor and preacher for 20 yrs , Rev Wright, really hated America and wished to take it down. I also believe that , tho he was supposed to have come from very humble beginnings( raised by a penniless grandmother), etc, he was actually schooled and groomed by underground organizations funded by Socialists like GEORGE SOROS,and left wing underground groups like ACORNto evevtually bring America towards SOCIALIST WORLD GOVERNMENT !All I can do now is pray ( and I mean PRAY ), that Americans will wake up before these Socialis/ Communists have realized their ambition !!

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