Plans have been leaked that reveal the US, UK and Israel are actively planning an attack on Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes former officers of the the Shin Bet and Mossad, Israel’s domestic and international intelligence services, leaked the information due to a disagreement with the government over the proposed martial action. According to the Guardian, Netanyahu believes Meir Dagan and Yuval Diskin are the two responsible. The Guardian also adds this: “Netanyahu portrayed the equation at the beginning of his term as: [Iranian president Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad is Hitler; if he is not stopped in time, there will be a Holocaust. There are some who describe Netanyahu’s fervour on this subject as an obsession: all his life he’s dreamed of being Churchill. Iran gives him the chance.” But is a strike on Iran inevitable?
The UK’s Daily Mail has revealed that the U.S. and U.K. are also planning a strike on Iran over its nuclear program, further lending credence to the leaked reports out of Israel. The Daily Mail claims U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron are planning an attack on Iran after intelligence reports revealed the nation had enough enriched uranium to make four bombs. This comes on the heels of an Israeli testing of a missile capable of striking Iran. Tensions have been growing between Iran and its enemies as it has been linked to several unsuccessful assassination attempts abroad, one targeting the Saudi ambassador to the United States being of particular controversy.
Tellingly, the International Atomic Energy Agency has an intelligence report to publish on Iran that the Russians and Chinese want to either be delayed or trashed entirely. According to the Daily Mail, a Ministry of Defense spokesperson in the U.K. stressed that all options needed to be kept on the table, a response that neither denies nor verifies the rumors of an Iran attack. U.S. President Barack Obama faces reelection next year and a fresh conflict in the Middle East will not do him any favors in the electoral circuit; however, the wild card in this scenario is Israel, which has expressed a willingness to pursue unilateral action against Iran in the past. Israel’s insistence on an attack on Iran could push the U.S. into supporting its ally regardless of domestic political concerns. The Daily Mail details, among other things, evidence of Chinese and Russian advanced missile technology sales to Iran, which only enforces Israel’s argument that Iran is actively pursuing a nuclear program and that Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s calls for Israel to be wiped from the face of the Earth are legitimate regime aspirations. Many feel an attack on Iran is increasingly becoming a question of timing and not possibility.