[I don’t offer Webster G. Tarpley, a conspiracy theorist, as a final authority on this matter:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_Tarpley
However, the precedent of the Israeli destruction of the infrastructure of Lebanon, which was clearly supported and encouraged by the Bush administration, looms as a possible precedent for a brutal sneak attack on Iran — if not next week, sometime during Bush’s remaining time in office. Our fleet has assembled in the Persian Gulf where U.S. Middle East forces have been placed under the supervision of a U.S. naval officer. We have seen the madness of Iraq this past four years and the neocons have been loudly endorsing an attack on Iran:

http://www.commondreams.org/views02/1110-07.htm

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/816046.html

I think we had all best listen up now. Such an attack would be a disaster for all involved. Ed Kent]

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Operation Bite: April 6 sneak attack by US forces against Iran planned,
Russian military sources warn
By Webster G. Tarpley
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Mar 26, 2007, 01:02

WASHINGTON DC, — The long awaited US military attack on Iran is now on
track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 am on April 6, the
Good Friday opening of Easter weekend, writes the well-known Russian
journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow weekly ³Argumenty Nedeli.² Uglanov cites Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff for his account.

The attack is slated to last for 12 hours, according to Uglanov, from 4 am until 4 pm local time. Friday is the sabbath in Iran. In the course of the attack, code named Operation Bite, about 20 targets are marked for bombing; the list includes uranium enrichment facilities, research centers, and laboratories.

The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, where Russian engineers are working, is supposed to be spared from destruction. The US attack plan reportedly calls for the Iranian air defense system to be degraded, for numerous Iranian warships to be sunk in the Persian Gulf, and for the most important headquarters of the Iranian armed forces to be wiped out.

The attacks will be mounted from a number of bases, including the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia is currently home to B-52 bombers equipped with standoff missiles. Also participating in the air strikes will be US naval aviation from aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, as well as from those of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Additional cruise missiles will be fired from submarines in the Indian Ocean and off the coast of the Arabian peninsula. The goal is allegedly to set back Iran¹s nuclear program by several years, writes Uglanov, whose article was reissued by RIA-Novosti in various languages, but apparently not English, several days ago. The story is the top item on numerous Italian and German blogs, but so far appears to have been ignored by US websites.

Observers comment that this dispatch represents a high-level orchestrated leak from the Kremlin, in effect a war warning, which draws on the formidable resources of the Russian intelligence services, and which deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness by pro-peace forces around the world.

Asked by RIA-Novosti to comment on the Uglanov report, retired Colonel
General Leonid Ivashov confirmed its essential features in a March 21
interview: ³I have no doubt that there will be an operation, or more
precisely a violent action against Iran.² Ivashov, who has reportedly served at various times as an informal advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is currently the vice president of the Moscow Academy for Geopolitical Sciences.

Ivashov attributed decisive importance to the decision of the Democratic
leadership of the US House of Representatives to remove language from the just-passed Iraq supplemental military appropriations bill that would have demanded that Bush come to Congress before launching an attack on Iran. Ivashov pointed out that the language was eliminated under pressure from AIPAC, the lobbing group representing the Israeli extreme right, and from Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni.

³We have drawn the unmistakable conclusion that this operation will take
place,² said Ivashov. In his opinion, the US planning does not include a
land operation: ³ Most probably there will be no ground attack, but rather massive air attacks with the goal of annihilating Iran¹s capacity for military resistance, the centers of administration, the key economic assets, and quite possibly the Iranian political leadership, or at least part of it,² he continued.

Ivashov noted that it was not to be excluded that the Pentagon would use
smaller tactical nuclear weapons against targets of the Iranian nuclear
industry. These attacks could paralyze everyday life, create panic in the population, and generally produce an atmosphere of chaos and uncertainty all over Iran, Ivashov told RIA-Novosti. ³This will unleash a struggle for power inside Iran, and then there will be a peace delegation sent in to install a pro-American government in Teheran,² Ivashov continued. One of the US goals was, in his estimation, to burnish the image of the current Republican administration, which would now be able to boast that they had wiped out the Iranian nuclear program.

Among the other outcomes, General Ivashov pointed to a partition of Iran
along the same lines as Iraq, and a subsequent carving up of the Near and Middle East into smaller regions. ³This concept worked well for them in the Balkans and will now be applied to the greater Middle East,² he commented.

³Moscow must exert Russia¹s influence by demanding an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to deal with the current preparations for an illegal use of force against Iran and the destruction of the basis of the United Nations Charter,² said General Ivashov. ³In this context Russia could cooperate with China, France and the non-permanent members of the Security Council. We need this kind of preventive action to ward off the use of force,² he concluded.

Resources:

http://fr.rian.ru/world/20070319/62260006.html


http://fr.rian.ru/world/20070321/62387717.html

Webster G. Tarpley is a journalist. Among other works, he has published an investigation on the manipulation of the Red Brigades by the Vatican¹s P2 Suite and the assassination of Aldo Moro, a non-authorized biography of George H. Bush, and more recently an analysis of the methods used to perpetrate the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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