New Threat From Iran…?

A very alarming item has just been posted over at    Jihad Watch. Here it is in full:

“A strange and ominous report from a German publication. Here is my rough translation of “‘Zerstörung in elf Tagen’: Iran bedroht Israel,” by Ulrich W. Sahm in n-tv.de, May 3 (thanks to The Total Collapse):

Iran has for the first time announced the destruction of Israel with a concrete goal. Israeli television showed an interview with the Iranian chief of staff General Attalah Salihi. He announced the “destruction of Israel within eleven days.”

The Arabia expert Oded Granot explained: “Never have we heard so clear and open an announcement from Iran.” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again and again announced the destruction of Israel in a general manner and as a political goal, but never so concretely and with a date, as did Salihi. Granot has not discovered why the destruction of Israel should happen in eleven days….

Corrections to my translation welcome.”

As yet, this item hasn’t appeared anywhere else, but watch this space…

Here is an update posted by Jihad Watch, and courtesy of  MEMRI:

“Following are excerpts of statements by Iranian military commanders, from a TV report which aired on LBC TV on May 3, 2009.

Over voice: Nothing can prevent Iranian missiles from targeting the heart of Israel, if Iran is subjected to a military strike by Israel. This was the response of the Iranian military commanders to the Israeli statements about a possible military strike against Iran, because of its insistence on obtaining nuclear energy. Yet an [Israeli] attack seems improbable to the Iranians, because Tel Aviv does not have the ability to go through a war with Tehran.

Iranian Chief-of-Staff General Hassan Firouzabadi: We are fully prepared to confront any attack that would threaten the interests of Iran. We have sufficient means and the necessary force to defend our territory.

General Ataollah Salehi, general commander of the Iranian army: The truth is that Israel does not have the courage to attack us. If we are subjected to any attack by Israel, I do not think we will need more than 11 days to wipe Israel out of existence.

Over voice: Tehran denies that its military preparations are aimed at attacking any neighboring country. Iran justifies its military preparedness as a means to defend Iran and the region, which may alleviate the fears and concerns of countries in the region. […]

Over voice: But fears about Iran’s missiles remain, especially among Western countries, concerned that Iran might arm its missiles with nuclear warheads, since the superpowers doubt that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful. This is categorically denied by Tehran, which says that according to the shari’a and the law, it is forbidden to obtain a nuclear bomb.”

Which begs the question: if Sharia Law prohibits development of nuclear weapons, why is Iran doing just that…?

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2 thoughts on “New Threat From Iran…?

  1. Thanks for your comments, WINGMAN.

    You make good points. Also, I gather that Muslim leaders don’t all agree that Islam prohibits nuclear weapons in the first place. Either way, it’s clear to most rational people that Iran is determined to have nuclear weapons. And since it has publicly threatened to destroy Israel on several occasions, this should be of concern to all in the free world. A nuclear Iran is not a threat just to Israel, but to everyone living in democratic nations.

  2. If Sharia Law prohibits the possession of nuclear bombs, that would not rule out the production of weapons-grade uranium as per Iran’s present activity. If at some future date Iran then decides that it does need to actually build itself some nuclear bombs, it would then obtain a fatwa (legal ruling) from its religious clerics who would use ijtihad (interpretation of Islamic texts) to show that self-defence can in fact serve as a justification for their being created.

    So Iran is playing a game of words aimed at stringing the world along for as long as possible while it focuses on strengthening its military position, and religious law would not hold it back from changing the rules of engagement if it suited it do so at the time.

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