Sunday, January 01, 2006

Der Spiegel: NATO Planning Attack On Iran

The Jerusalem Post quotes German media outlet Der Spiegel to say that a NATO attack to take out Iran's nuclear capability may be imminent:
According to the report, CIA Director Porter Goss, in his last visit to Turkey on December 12, requested Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide military bases to the United States in 2006 from where they would be able to launch an assault.

The German news agency DDP also noted that countries neighboring Iran, such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, and Pakistan were also updated regarding the supposed plan. American sources sent to those countries apparently mentioned an aerial attack as a possibility, but did not provide a time frame for the operation.
Der Spiegel isn't exactly the most credible source, however, even speculation about an attack is something that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad needs to hear.

Meanwhile, back in Iran, Ahmadinejad is making headlines again with another paranoid anti-semitic rant:
"In fact the Europeans have practiced ethnic cleansing against the Jews in Europe by expelling the Jews from all the European states," the official IRNA news agency quoted Mr Ahmadinejad as saying.

"They have shot two targets with a single bullet, they have built a Jewish camp among the Islamic nations and got rid of the Jews from the whole of Europe.

"The Zionist regime is a part of Europe, which was broken away from Europe, and is anti-Islamic in nature," he said.