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By David Vance On February 22nd, 2012 at 9:14 am

Well, Iran is clear enough on what it will do.

“Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran’s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,” Mohammad Hejazi told the Fars news agency, NBC News reported. Iran announced air defence war games to practice protecting nuclear and other sensitive sites, the latest in a series of military maneuvers viewed as a message to the West that Iran is prepared both to defend itself against an armed strike and to retaliate.

In essence, this means a pre-emptive attack on Israel. Soon, very soon, the price of years of indecision on this issue will blow up in all our faces. Iran wants to be a nuclear power. It has stated it wishes to wipe Israel “off the map”. It plays a game with weak -willed foreign politicians who pretend that diplomacy can defang the Mullahs. It can’t. The longer things are delayed the worse it gets. Israel cannot live with a nuclear Iran but that seems to be a choice it is to be denied. This one will end badly.


By David Vance On February 13th, 2012 at 9:09 am

The coming war against Iran is not a popular topic and most of us would rather it does not happen but believe me, you will all be talking about is sooner or later. I note that Charles Krauthammer takes my line on this issue;

Krauthammer referred to a Washington Post column in which David Ignatius indicated, generally, when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta thought such an attack might happen.

“Our own secretary of Defense has said it’s highly likely and he gave a timeframe — April, May, June — which means the Israelis think that the moment, the zone of immunity where they can no longer attack successfully, is approaching,” Krauthammer said.

“I think he is right. I think the Israelis are serious unless happens between now and midyear or even November that will threaten the regime, because it won’t change the policy. I think Israel will strike because it cannot live under the threat of annihilation from Iran.”

Krauthammer also had some strong words about why he thought an attack was likely.

“Unless something intervenes,” Krauthammer replied. “I cannot imagine the Israelis are going to allow Iran to go nuclear and to hold the Damocles sword over 6 million Jews all over again. Israel was established to prevent a second Holocaust, not to invite one.”

That’s the bottom line. If Iran gets nuclear weapons, the second Holocaust draws closer. The Mad Mullahs are intent on their stated aim of “wiping Israel off the map” and only a comprehensive attack on their atomic capabilities can prevent this. I differentiate between the people of Iran and the  tyrants that run it. No one wants to see innocent people hurt but the Mullahs have shown their unreason, their hatred, their zeal to finish what Hitler started.


By David Vance On February 6th, 2012 at 10:20 am

I see that Iran has shown how conciliatory it can be;

“The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people. The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide. Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a ‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”

The article, written by Alireza Forghani, a conservative analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei’s camp, now is being run on most state-owned conservative sites, including the Revolutionary Guards’ Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses this doctrine”

The debate should NOT be whether Iran needs defanfed. The debate should be why Iran has NOT been defanged. Only powerful military strikes will do – all the rest is a mere distraction. The Iranian people, who suffer under the Mullahs, deserve better. Israel, the target of this grotesque Holocaust-esque opprobrium, deserve better. America – the Great Satan of Iranian scorn – deserves better. It it time to send in the planes.


By David Vance On January 27th, 2012 at 9:41 am

Iran really is the nexus of repression combined with State savagery. Just reflect on this news if you will;

Iranian courts have sentenced two bloggers to death for “spreading corruption,” and government security forces have arrested four other journalists, in the lead-up to the nation’s March elections.

“In the past two weeks, security forces have reportedly arrested four journalists,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement, “including Shahram Manouchehri, Sahamedin Bourghani, Parastoo Dokouhaki, and Marzieh Rasouli, and Iranian courts confirmed death sentences for bloggers Saeed Malekpour and Vahid Asghari, both of whom were not accorded due process and now face imminent execution on charges of ‘spreading corruption.'”

As someone who has been blogging for more than a decade now, I am thankful that I live in a country that whilst imperfect in so many ways has not yet decided to crack down on those of us who express dissenting political opinion!

There is a chasm that exists in Iran between the regime and the people. When I talk of Iran being the nexus of evil, I simply refer to the Mad Mullahs and their dreams of finishing what Hitler started with regard to Israel. By contrast, the Iranian people are a civilised people that suffer horrendous repression from the thugs in power. When they TRIED to rise up against the Mullahs, Obama shrugged and looked the other way. Any sense of revolution faded.

Thid Iranian regime hangs gay people, stones adulterers to death and now aims to execute bloggers. Our continued avoidance of confrontation with these tyrants is seen – rightly-  as weakness. The sooner we (i.e Israel)  reduces their atomic ambitions to cinders the better. Iran could be a great country, an enlightened land. But this will never happen with the Mullahs at the helm to hell.


By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:23 am

Greece has achieved something that is quite a feat. Not only it is economically and politically bankrupt, it is also morally bankrupt. Anything that can bring pressure to bear on the atomic dreams of the Iranian Mad Mullahs is to be welcomed but not in Greece. It is reported here that Greece is seeking to get the EU to offer further concessions to Iran over any potential oil embargo. This has caused confusion and complexity in EU circles and one wonders WHY Greece feels a need to ameliorate the pressure on the Mullahs? It may be that ONLY military action can stop the march to Iranian nukes BUT I would think all sensible people would want to try alternatives and without a doubt hitting them where it hurts in the oil pocket is worth a try. Yet bankrupt Greece wants to minimise the pain. Why?


By David Vance On January 20th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I’m wondering what Ken will say when he hears about this?

The embattled Iranian regime wages an unceasing war against the encroachments of Western influence. Islamic laws require women to protect their modesty will all enveloping clothing. However Iranian girls, like their counterparts in the West, have grown up on dressing Barbie dolls in tight fitting clothing and hair styling. Mehr news agency said police confiscated Barbie dolls from toy shops in Tehran in a “new phase” of its crackdown. Police have previously sought to ban manekins from shop windows as too revealing and an affront to women’s modesty. The stated aim is to fight Western cultural influence.

Good to see the Mullahs have such gravity based priorities.


By Pete Moore On January 11th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

So lemme get this straight.

Iran has threatened to block the Straits of Hormuz, an act which would strangle world oil supply. This is in response to American sanctions on Iran, particularly against institutions doing business with the Iranian Central Bank. US Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, is in China seeking support for the sanctions. The EU has decided to embargo all Iranian oil and will put the squeeze on with further sanctions. So the picture’s clear: the intent is to shut down exports of Iranian oil. Transactions for Iran’s oil must go through the central bank in Tehran, pressure is being put on anyone who would do business with it, and much of the world is backing away from buying Iranian oil anyway.

Question: if these moves succeed and Iran’s oil exports dwindle, why wouldn’t Tehran decide then to block the Straits anyway? If they cannot get their own oil to market, then what’s the incentive to not stiff everyone by blocking the route? The Tehran regime is not the kind of regime to take it without retaliation, so is the West actually trying to provoke Iran into retaliating with a blockade?

And another thing: why has it not been widely reported that Leon Panetta, US Secretary of State for Defense (sic), said last weekend that Iran is currently not trying to build a nuclear bomb?:



By David Vance On January 10th, 2012 at 10:23 am

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) is welcomed by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

At a time when Obama continues to weaken the US military, let’s consider how OTHERS react.

“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez lavished each other with praise on Monday, mocked U.S. disapproval and joked about having an atomic bomb at their disposal. “Despite those arrogant people who do not wish us to be together, we will unite forever,” the Iranian president told Venezuela’s socialist leader Chavez at the start of a visit to four left-leaning Latin American nations. Despite their geographical distance, the fiery anti-U.S. ideologues have forged increasingly close ties between their fellow OPEC nations in recent years, although concrete projects have often lagged behind the rhetoric.

Sleep well.


By Pete Moore On January 4th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Oy vey!

We know the script: if you don’t want war, if you don’t want to kill lots of foreigners in far off places, if you don’t want to tip all you have into defending Israel and if you don’t remove all potential limits to your violence, you’re a kook and a danger and you ought to be cast out from the kind of polite society which loves to talk about killing lots of people – because Iran will do all sorts of bad things to us and Israelis.

We all know how it goes, so it was interesting when Meir Dagan, ex-Director of Mossad, recently warned Israel about the consequences of military action against Iran. In speaking of the ‘regional war’ which would follow, he warned that “such a war would take a heavy toll in terms of loss of life and would paralyze life in Israel.” I submit, maybe it doesn’t matter if you don’t live in Israel.

It’s very interesting when you conssider that Tamir Pardo, current Director of Mossad, has just spoken in a similiar vein, saying that Iran “is not necessarily an existential threat to Israel”. Speaking to Israeli ambassadors, he also said that “Israel was using various means to foil Iran’s nuclear program and would continue to do so, but if Iran actually obtained nuclear weapons, it would not mean the destruction of the State of Israel.”

So let’s be cool. Particularly, when some political blowhard stands on a stage and boasts of how much violence he will unleash on Israel’s behalf, it might do to remember that the last two men in control of Israel’s intelligence agency would shake their heads at such things. It might also do to remember that Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, recently told Congress that Israel can look after itself.

Mind how you go, and tell your local politician to grow up.


By David Vance On November 10th, 2011 at 8:39 am

Well, if true, this is overdue but necessarily welcome;

Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon as soon as Christmas, intelligence chiefs have warned. A report by a UN watchdog into Iran’s nuclear ambitions ‘completely discredits’ the Islamic nation’s protestations of innocence, according to Foreign Secretary William Hague. The International Atomic Energy Agency found that Iran is developing a nuclear test facility, nuclear detonators and computer modelling for a nuclear warhead that would fit on an existing missile.  Sources say the understanding at the top of the British Government is that Israel will attempt to strike against the nuclear sites ‘sooner rather than later’ – with logistical support from the U.S.

There is clearly a massive amount of signalling going on here – I am assuming the UN, and US/Israel – is warning Iran to back off with the nukes. Iran won’t back off. It is the nexus of evil and those mad Mullahs in charge are desperate to finish what Hitler started by concluding the Holocaust and this time, no one survives. I have long advocated targeted military action against Iranian nuclear locations, the atomic dreams of the Mullans need to be reduced to embers.

I KNOW this sounds harsh, hawk-like, perhaps even provocative? But anyone who has studied the rhetoric and actions of the Iranian regime will know it is the lesser of two evils. The worst thing we can do is keep on ignoring the bellicosity from Tehran. If you find the idea of military action against such a regime frightening, so do I. But I find the idea of a nuclear Iran even more of a nightmare.

Send in the planes.