March 6/09. There was a report in
yesterday's Jerusalem Post that bore the disturbing headline
"Israel Seriously Considering Iran Military
Op." The JPost cited a report entitled
"Preventing a Cascade of Instability," which was put out by the
Washington Institute for Near East Policy. It argues that military
action should be taken to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Moreover, the report also says that
Israel is running out of time – not just because Iran's nuclear program
is still running at top speed, but also because the Russians are
shipping advanced air defense systems to Iran as fast as they can build
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nancy
Soderberg was among the taskforce members who contributed to the
Institute's report. She noted that the timetable for an Israeli attack
might be "significantly" moved up if Jerusalem believed Russia was going
to make good on its pledge to supply Iran with the S-300 surface-to-air
missile system, which would greatly complicate any Israeli attack.
U.S. military planners are also worried
about how best to handle a nuclear Iran in the wake of last month's
successful ICBM test disguised as a satellite launch.
If Iran can put a satellite in orbit,
then it can put a nuke in orbit and can detonate it over the United
States. Such a detonation would generate an electro magnetic pulse (EMP)
that would fry every unshielded circuit in range, throwing the entire
area back into the 19th century technologically.
Iran has detonated a missile fired from
a vessel in the Caspian Sea at that altitude. Iranian leaders have even
spoken about the desirability of an EMP attack against the U.S. and
Israel on several occasions. A single such detonation at approximately
250 miles over the center of the U.S. would knock out all of our
unshielded electronic systems from coast to coast and from Canada to
There is no question but that a nation
that is almost totally dependent on microchips, computer-controlled
infrastructure and electrically powered communications is most
vulnerable to an EMP attack. Everything from aircraft, automobiles,
radar, communications, water systems, elevators, hospital diagnostic and
operating room equipment, law enforcement, etc. would be instantly be
destroyed or rendered useless.
But what if we turned the tables? Iran's
most dangerous weapons are all dependent upon the same computer-driven
systems as ours. Their nuclear plants, uranium enrichment systems,
missile launch systems, radar control, etc. are all as vulnerable to the
EMP destruction of microchip-driven computers as ours are.
So, why sit around and wait for our
known enemies to put us technologically into the 1850s? I think we
should "do unto them before they do unto us." In the final analysis,
such an act of boldness would save millions of lives on both sides.
Israel, I especially hope you are listening.