WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush rejected a plea from Israel last year to help it raid Iran's main nuclear complex, opting instead to authorize a new U.S. covert action aimed at sabotaging Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported.
Israel's request was for specialized bunker-busting bombs that it wanted for an attack that tentatively involved flying over Iraq to reach Iran's major nuclear complex at Natanz, where the country's only known uranium enrichment plant is located, the Times reported Saturday in its online edition. The White House deflected requests for the bombs and flyover but said it would improve intelligence-sharing with Israel on covert U.S. efforts to sabotage Iran's nuclear program.
The covert efforts, which began in early 2008, involved plans to penetrate Iran's nuclear supply chain abroad and undermine electrical systems and other networks on which Iran relies, the Times said, citing interviews with current and former U.S. officials, outside experts and international nuclear inspectors who spoke on condition of anonymity. The covert program will be handed off to President-elect Barack Obama, who will deciding whether to continue it.
According to the Times, Bush decided against an overt attack based on input from top administration officials such as Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who believed that doing so would likely prove ineffective and could ignite a broader Middle East war.
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For once, Bush took the right decision in his life - we do not need more innocents dead. Firstly, with his army spread between Iraq & Afghanistan they would be weak in man-power. Secondly, this would not sit well with other Countries. Also, Iran isn't exactly a weakling.
I had a feeling last year, either the US would ally with Israel to invade Iran or the US would ally with India to invade Pakistan. Maybe I was wrong, as alhamdulilah, it did not happen. But there is still this year and I hope Obama has a little more sense and sound wisdom compared to Bush to not go on a killing rampage. [Although so far he hasn't shown it when it comes to the Gaza crisis!]
Not to mention, both Iran and Pakistan are powerful Muslim Countries, with defense forces to be reckoned with and nuclear power. I could understand why they're both a threat to the US & Co. Pakistan holds the keys of Afghanistan. The resistance in Afghanistan recruits and trains in Pakistan, where also thousands of other Muslim fighters come in from all over the World for training. Iran represents a threat merely because it holds nuclear power, and implements Shariah within its lands.
I was listening to a lecture by Imam Anwar Al - Awlaki, and the Khilafah is something the West could not stand and therefore, strives to prevent it. What is a Caliphate? A Caliphate system is the uniting of Muslim Countries under one ruler with the implementation of Shariah law within ts lands. There are numerous reasons why the West would not like this idea, although Non-Muslim Countries would be left out of this. Financially, economically, strength-wise, a Caliphate system is a threat to the West.
In the end though;
May Allah SWT unite the Muslim Ummah and make us victorious over our enemies. Ameen.