Israel believes diplomatic efforts were a complete bust, jeopardizing their right to exist, while western officials want to give sanctions more time.
Meanwhile back in Iran, the drumbeat for Israel's destruction beats louder everyday: Foolishly, Iran's top leaders keep threatening to obliterate the Jewish people from "off the face of the map" and only days ago declared Israel is "a cancerous tumor" that will soon "disappear from the landscape."
Complicating the situation is the fact that the Islamic Republic isn't sitting idle while the debate rages on. They are busy fortifying their nuclear facilities against a conventional military attack. Once Iran reaches the "zone of immunity", they will be beyond the reach of anything the world can throw at them.
Unless...Israel takes drastic measures.
According to World Net Daily: "Analysts say because Israel now believes diplomacy has failed to halt Iran's nuclear program and the Jewish state's very survival is at stake, Israelis have not ruled out a Jericho III missile launch to detonate a single electromagnetic pulse warhead at high altitude over central Iran."
Yep, you read that right--an EMP attack!
For those unfamiliar with the term, an electromagnetic pulse follows the explosion of a nuclear bomb detonated at a high altitude. The strong electrical pulse created by the blast effectively fries any and all electronic equipment, including computers, communication devices, electrical appliances, airplanes, cars--you name it. Though it would produce little radiation on the ground, anything containing electronics is toast.
- Iran's nuclear ambitions would be set back (wa-a-a-y back).
- Iran would be unable to launch ballistic missiles in retaliation.
- Iran would be unable to block the Strait of Hormuz.
- Iran would be unable to target U.S. military facilities in the region.
- It would eliminate the logistical headaches Israel faces in a conventional attack (i.e. complex in-flight refueling of long-range aircraft, overflight permission from multiple hostile nations, lost element of surprise, etc).
- The possibility that Iranian sites may be "hardened" against such attacks
- The extreme hardship on the Iranian people
- The prospect that Israel will become an "international pariah" immediately following the attack
So will Israel take this doomsday approach?
Only if there is no other way.
Backed into a corner?
Words to the Wise: "He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." Proverbs 13:20
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