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US envoy to Israel: US ready to strike Iran

2012-05-17 16:03

Jerusalem - Washington's envoy to Israel says the US has plans in place to attack Tehran if necessary to prevent it from becoming an atomic military power.

In remarks before the Israel Bar Association, Dan Shapiro said the US hopes diplomacy and economic sanctions will pressure Iran to abandon its suspect nuclear programme.

He says the US prefers not to resort to military force "but that doesn't mean that option is not fully available. Not just available, but it's ready. The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it's ready."

The Associated Press obtained a recording of his remarks on Thursday. Shapiro spoke on Tuesday.

World powers are to meet with Iran for a new round of nuclear talks in Baghdad next week. Iran denies it is building bombs.

Comments
  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-17 16:11

    geus whos back the devils advocates murderous

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-17 16:26

      Revaro, you certainly are as un-intellectual as a pile of bricks

      Piet - 2012-05-17 16:40

      @ arne ''Don't jou spell bricks with a P ???

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-17 17:00

      and then they will take all the oil!

      Louwhan - 2012-05-17 19:35

      Arne..expalin yourself. He is not far from the truth at all.

      nowicki1 - 2012-05-17 20:19

      Only idiots want war.

      Bradley - 2012-05-18 11:51

      Im on the side who has the bigger guns....sorry Iran.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-19 01:22

      The Iranian regime?

  • Shaun - 2012-05-17 16:28

    America, taking over a country near you :(

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-17 16:51

      GOOD !!! NO more additional nuclear powers ! Unfair ?? So it be !!

      Shaun - 2012-05-18 05:12

      Michael I sleep uneasy at night knowing that a rogue country is running around the World bombing and murdering innocent civilians for their need for oil. Then lying to people like you (who would believe anything on the mainstream media) telling them it is to stop the nuclear threat. lol. Remember Iraq sir? They are still looking for those "weapons of mass destruction" if you have not heard.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:07

      Shaun you sleep uneasily at night because you're delusional about what is really going on. Your Higher Self is trying to say to you to inform yourself about who the Iranian regime is, distinct from the Iranian people. One of the faces of anxiety is misplaced trust. You're trusting people who are entirely untrustworthy. This is enough to spoil a healthy sleep pattern.

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:03

      Fred you said "You're trusting people who are entirely untrustworthy". You should listen to your own advice buddy ;)

  • Tuco - 2012-05-17 16:29

    Eish guys, we don't need another Iraq war. this sort of thing throws the whole world into turmoil.

      Jaba - 2012-05-17 21:10

      rather small war now than a nuclear war that would kill millions in a few years time.

      Fidel - 2012-05-18 15:04

      Will you fight in this "small war" Jaba?

  • Henry - 2012-05-17 16:30

    iran will not get the BOMB. Period. Backstabbing untrustworthy religious nutcases.

      Louwhan - 2012-05-17 19:37

      if you want to see religious nutcases, go see what a neocon is!!!

      Dylan.rid - 2012-05-17 19:54

      Pakistan hasent used them yet out of fear of complete destruction, if they thought they could get away with it they would, India has too many eyes on them.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-17 20:21

      Muedes, You just don't get it !! Iran will not use a nuclear weapon themselves, they are pretty crazy, but not that crazy!!! But they would be more than willing to sell or give such a weapon to a terrorist organisation, as that is, with oil their biggest export product; TERORISM !!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 01:11

      Muedes/Gollum, the same IAEA that was dissuading the US from invading Iraq is saying the Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, is hiding two nuclear facilities.

      Michael - 2012-05-18 15:20

      The problem is Henry that Iran and it's allies are determined to get their hands on nuclear weapons. The fanatical moslem faction's agenda is to wipe Israel off the map. For this reason alone Israel are to act swiftly on the matter and the US understands this.Religous nutcases unfortunately without rational thinkng are a very dangerous mob.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-17 16:32

    Read the holy books.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-17 17:01

      start of WW3 (appocolypse)

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-17 17:02

      Russia and China VS USA and britain

      Jaba - 2012-05-17 21:11

      more like China vrs Iran

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-05-17 16:34

    another crude iol war, this has nothing to do with nuclear bombs

      sika.ncamane - 2012-05-17 17:45

      what's the ultimate goal you fool?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 18:34

      For greater human rights and freedoms in the world. For Iranians to be free of oppression. Do you have any idea who the Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, is?

      Jason - 2012-05-17 18:38

      Wow your such a farkin genius with your knee-jerk, braindead regurgitated BS. It's like watching 12 year old cognitive processes. Grow a brain. It's about a country threatening to eradicate other countries and then building nukes to do so. See? not so complicated. Maybe even you can grasp.

      kpengelly - 2012-05-17 18:44

      If the USA wanted oil, it could have gone a few hundred Kilometres, to Venezuela ... Mexico...or Brazil...do you REALLY think it would go to Iraq JUST to get oil? when its right at their doorstep...Do research...then comment. idiot.

      nowicki1 - 2012-05-17 20:34

      @kpengelly You are wrong, read my post below. However you listen to psytrance, goodstuff. :)

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:09

      Muedes/Gollum and Matt, you're both dark people at present, believing and trying to promote dark, fringe ideas. You're weak, adding nothing to the positive evolution of humanity.

  • Hallo - 2012-05-17 16:43

    Thanks for the oil price increasing remarks retard.

  • Aijaman - 2012-05-17 16:48

    Talking about the nation who can't live without engaging themselfs to war..That is US!!!!

  • Tony - 2012-05-17 16:51

    As long as the damn Yankees fight this war on their own, without dragging all and sundry into it. They have already told us (SA) not to buy oil from Iraq...wtf. Wish those arrogant yanks would keep their noses out of other people's business.

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-17 16:51

    It's not gonna happen,you must think carefully when talking about Iran and North Korea and you know it.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-05-17 16:52

    Imperialist are getting their boots on to march over iran this has been long time coming another smoke screen covered oil war

      Jason - 2012-05-17 18:42

      Funny when brain dead lower primates rant about "imperialists" because theyve heard their leaders (my lord how farkin dumb do you have to be when you call malema and mugapie your leader, sheesh) ranting on about it (it means whites). Trying to get me to feel shame that my peeps conquered the planet will be harder than getting zooma to pass matric buddy.

      nowicki1 - 2012-05-17 20:10

      "your peeps" hahahah

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-05-17 16:52

    Imperialists are getting their boots on to march over iran this has been long time coming another smoke screen covered oil war

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:11

      You should educate yourself. You're promoting one of the last truly oppressive regimes left in the world today without even knowing it.

      Jaba - 2012-05-18 08:55

      Fred they hate Israel and the west more than they love their own. Very sad.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-05-17 16:54

    I see, well just keep it a secret then, huh. Musn't let those Iranians hear about it, OK?

  • tshepo.ally - 2012-05-17 17:01

    haha. they've got us all by the balls. US says jump, we ask how high. every nation must get thier share of these nuclear weapons to protect themselves against power-hungry countries like the US.

  • graficboy - 2012-05-17 17:08

    Looks like the US wants to control the world, a new world order in the making. Lets wait and see, maybe Iran will fight back with some nukes pointed towards the west...

      Shaun - 2012-05-18 05:18

      It is called "the New World Order" sir.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:12

      The New World Order, like One World Government and Conspiracy Theory, is an ineffective delusion that keeps you on the lunatic fringes of society, weak, irrelevant. Is this where you really want to be?

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:05

      Fred just go and Google "George Bush Snr. New World Order speech" where he admits it on television you moron.

  • ACvanNiekerk - 2012-05-17 17:10

    I think Iran already has a nuclear bomb. If I was in charge of their military project in developing the bomb I would let my enemies think I am still far away from achieving my goal. Seeing that they already have working nuclear reactors to develop a centrifuge that can create enough uranium-235 shouldn't be a problem. All the pressure everyone is placing on Iran might just make them trigger happy. Unfortunately the can of worms the Manhattan project released in the form of the nuclear bomb on the world cannot be selectively owned. Its like guns - first they were tightly controlled but eventually everyone had one. So will nations we'd prefer not to. Hopefully the threat of mutually assured destruction will suffice. Then again - what if a suicide bomber now runs the country?

      Jaba - 2012-05-18 09:04

      That is the problem. The Ayatollahs are so religiously fanatic that they will become a world threat with Nuclear weapons. Even though Israel has never declared so, I am sure they have nuclear weapons - now if a country like Israel, that is attacked every Friday and Monday could be mature enough to never have used a nuclear weapon than I trust them to never use it - however the western world is not in a mood to find out in a few years time whether the Mullahs of Iran would or wouldn’t use a BOMB if they had it. They believe in virgins in paradise and that sort of BS… I can not treat them like educated western and peaceful people for they are backwards and violent to their own people.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-17 17:15

    Like Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that hasn't been found until this day?

      Shaun - 2012-05-18 05:19

      Amen sister!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:14

      This is a simple, brain-dead thought more relevant for Primary School than the international arena. Everyone knows Saddam Hussein had WMD's. He gassed thousands of Iraqi Kurds to death, including women and children. I don't agree with the invasion of Iraq, but at least I know who Saddam Hussein was and what he did.

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:07

      Fred please go and find out like every other intelligent person on here that the phantom "weapons of mass destruction" HAVE STILL NOT BEEN FOUND.

  • Ted - 2012-05-17 17:16

    Very transparent game planning for another oil war. First you tell everyone not to buy oil from the Iranians. Countries adjust and source the stuff elsewhere. When you finally attack, the world economy is not adversely affected. You then control both Iran and Iraq. Meanwhile you allow your sancho panza (Israel) to continue to continue to saber-rattle. Simple Yankee logic.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:18

      Reading children's detective stories again and projecting them onto international affairs. Try educating yourself instead, specifically about how international oil markets work, how oil contracts are tendered, who has won the tenders, who has the biggest influence and derives the biggest benefits from oil prices.

  • masana.kinnsell - 2012-05-17 17:18

    Bulling tactics by da US, people please tell me who died and made the US da supreme ruler of our world? Want is da point of having the united nations if the states its making dicisions on behalf of the rest of the world, which country qualifies to us what as weapons? I am not suprised that the US is going to colonise iran, to extract oil, have you ever notice that evertime the price of oil goes up, US goes on a hegemony campaign to some oil rich country?

      lorenzo.masindi - 2012-05-18 00:20

      the UN,an organization which is suppose 2 maintain international peace and security is the one that empowered USA under the united nations charter by making it a permanent member of the UN security council.no matter wt w say,usa cn break international law and get away it

      Shaun - 2012-05-18 05:19

      Lorenzo please go and Google "New World Order".

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:22

      Lorenzo, after Googling it, I recommend concluding that, like Conspiracy Theory, it's a delusional idea meant to be a fun after-dinner conversation piece, not a belief system.

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:08

      Fred you are delusional to not believe the facts. George Bush Snr. Admitted years ago that this was the plan to have a one World Government you moron.

  • MarcelMortimer - 2012-05-17 17:32

    How about all the Nuclear weapons at America's disposal!? Leave Iran alone you oil addicted blood thirsty creeps. America is the real terrorist!

      Shaun - 2012-05-18 05:22

      I agree.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:25

      When the Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, has a nuclear weapon and entrenches itself in illegitimate power, and threatens world peace, it'll be too late. Your words will be empty then.

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:09

      Fred your words are empty now. How many countries has Iran invaded recently? Then check how many your heroes in America have invaded. If you can please go do the maths you moron.

  • MarcelMortimer - 2012-05-17 17:33

    America, the real terrorists!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:27

      Such a brain-dead thought. At least do some objective research. And for your own sake and the sake of your loved ones, educate yourself about the real threats to human evolution and world peace: Jihadists and unelected dictators who are slaughtering and maiming HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of innocent civilians with car bombs and suicide attacks. What are you thinning man?

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 17:49

    One ignorant comment after another. A shockingly low level of education and understanding about what is really happening, to the point of being numb and blind.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 18:25

      That is your reality. Have you taken an international poll? Has anyone? If so, please refer me to it.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 18:32

      Where did I say that?

      Imtiaz - 2012-05-17 18:52

      Count the wars the US was and is involved in and the count iran and see who is the aggressor

      Louwhan - 2012-05-17 19:40

      FRED. are you CIA, Mossad or feeding off MSM??? Not sure what your comment means.

      Imran - 2012-05-17 22:07

      The reality of war is that innocent people are numbed and blinded to enrich the selfish few who benefit from war at the cost of innocent lives.What gives America and Israel the right to posess hundreds of nuclear missiles,but Iran and other countries should not have them or even a nuclear program which doesn't intend to make missiles..Just a bunch of soulless racists

      Imran - 2012-05-17 22:09

      The reality of war is that innocent people are numbed and blinded to enrich the selfish few who benefit from war at the cost of innocent lives.What gives America and Israel the right to posess hundreds of nuclear missiles,but Iran and other countries should not have them or even a nuclear program which doesn't intend to make missiles..Just a bunch of soulless racists

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-17 23:34

      The Iranian regime is not the Iranian people. There is a clear distinction here. The Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power. It has hijacked the Iranian state from the Iranian people. It supports the stoning to death of women. This is beyond barbaric and almost unimaginable in 2012. It denies the Holocaust, which was the single biggest attempt at human genocide in the history of humankind. Six million people exterminated. Six million. It openly calls for the destruction of Israel, a sovereign state. It abuses the Palestinian people by inciting them to attack Israel almost daily. It does this to present a false external enemy to the Iranian population, so it can justify its existence. Much like the Apartheid regimen used "Die Rooi Gevaar". As long as Israel is the dangerous enemy, the Iranian regime, the real danger, is out of the spotlight. It funds the Jihadist movement, who's members have killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians with their car bombs and suicide attacks. The freer world is entirely right to deny this truly oppressive regime nuclear weapons. Here's hoping the 67 million Iranian Muslims soon free themselves from this awful, awful regime and join the freer world in the 21st Century.

  • colin.langley - 2012-05-17 18:02

    Beam me up Scotty...i wanna get off this planet

      Shaun - 2012-05-18 05:24

      If you see my avatar you would understand that I agree with you sir...

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:28

      I'm not surprised Shaun. Your belief-system is enough to make anyone want to run for the closest exit.

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:11

      ..and your ignorance and sheep like behavior makes me ashamed to admit that you are apart of the same species as I am you moron.

  • Louwhan - 2012-05-17 19:34

    Oh boy, here we go again. Maybe they fianlly find the WMD (weapons of mass destruction) they are so pre-mptively searching. Hey only 154 countries left to fover...let the dice roll..so SAD to think of the poor REAL people caught in the middle of these soless creatures!!!!!!!!!!

      Larry - 2012-05-17 20:33

      The rabble of this world, exemplified by the majority commentators here, have such a simplified view of world issues. There are far greater complexities involved. Before it was the competing ideologies of Capitalism versus Communism which split the world and the hangover remains. Now it is the West and its liberal defense of religiosity versus the quasi-cult ideology of Islam. Islam is a facist ideology cloaked in religion, which makes it far more toxic and violent than anything this world has had to deal with since Hitler. The line is drawn in the sand of the Negev.

      Patrick - 2012-05-17 20:37

      US are waging war against everybody as an imperial force.

      Patrick - 2012-05-17 20:37

      US are waging war against everybody as an imperial force.

      Shaun - 2012-05-18 05:29

      Considering the USA is a majority Christian country you could also say that Christianity has a quasi-cult ideology right? I mean our teachings are that of love and peace but yet American soldiers kill on command from people like them?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:31

      Patrick, unfortunately you've been sold a lie and didn't have the good sense to question it sufficiently. The result: you're out of touch with what is really happening in the world, living a side-story.

  • nowicki1 - 2012-05-17 20:29

    America's own paranoia through fear of reprisals brought about by their continual aggression, intimidation, sabotage and military action towards countless of countries for decades AND it's continuation under this administration will see to that. The provocative foreign policy and controlling laws of the U.S. is less to do with a failing economy, civil unrest and National security and more to do with the U.S. losing their No.1 Superpower status. Consider that powerful nations are rejecting the dollar as the 'World Reserve Currency' and there is a serious concern that OPEC countries stop trading in the US Dollar to sell their oil. The very thought of it encourages major war in order to uphold the US economy. The dollar's ,'World Reserve Currency' status allows the U.S. to run up high deficits and have its debt denominated in the U.S. dollar. This in turn enables it to print unlimited dollars and inflate its way out of debt. America will protect this privilege with human life and already have displayed this. The growth of Japan, Russia, South Korea, amongst others and particularly China given it's size, created by the continual devaluation of the U.S. Dollar through mass printing could soon change all of that.

      Mark - 2012-05-18 13:59

      Matt, you understand the truth. America will go down in history as a terrorist nation. And I hope all people who support them are ashamed. We need to mention that Israel is an Apartheid country, unless you believe a person of one religion has more rights than another.

      Fidel - 2012-05-18 15:01

      Wading through 100 comments of w@nk was worth it for your post alone. You said it all.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 19:40

      Well, this makes total sense for someone who believes the US attacked itself on 9/11. To the rest of the world, it's upside down and wrong.

  • marius.dumas - 2012-05-18 01:00

    Does anybody really believe the US is not capable of putting together thousands of nukes in a few days? Just because they disarmed them as “bombs” technically speaking, does not mean the plants, machines, designs, expertise and parts have been abolished; it only means they took them apart. No sweat setting them up again. Its typical of the US to want to keep the striking power for them selves and point fingers to others who do the same. It was the US who placed the nuclear threat on the world of war to begin with. They were the only country who actually dropped two of them on cities. It was them who created most of the science behind it and them who is still a big threat. It was not to long ago when Bush warned Osama that if he attacks a US with weapons of mass destruction he will nuke them. Any major threat for the US will still result in the risk of nuclear attacks from the US.

  • marius.dumas - 2012-05-18 01:02

    Yes and Bush is still looking for the weapans of mass distruction in Iraq after blowing Iraq, its men, women and children to peaces.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 06:35

      Educate yourself man, before making such a silly comment. Clue: who has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's with their car bombs and suicide attacks?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 20:07

      More abdication of responsibility Patrick. The US is not making choices for the terrorists. They're making their own choices, like declaring war on the freer world, which, by the way, they did long before the invasion of Iraq.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-18 08:22

    It's quite amusing that leaders of a so called "free country" before elections, make obeisance to Zionism, in order to garner support for their campaign coffers. This is what a corruption of democracy looks like and the American public are asleep from eating too much cheese cakes, burghers and watching Hollywood movies.

      Jaba - 2012-05-18 10:31

      In their quest to rid themselves of everything ‘Zionist’ why does Iran not rid itself from Nuclear power (a Zionist invention) and also while at it forget about the Zionists equation of E=mc^2. FYI two sticks and a crayon is your best replacement to Intel, while two tin cans with a string between them is your best replacement to cell phones.

      Mark - 2012-05-18 14:02

      A free country (aka Free individuals) is not possible with Democracy, only a republic. TO know the difference is to know what is required for true freedom. For those that will not read. Rule of the mass perception vs rule of law.

      Fidel - 2012-05-18 14:59

      @Jaba I always find it funny when emotional wrecks respond to a post and then get utterly confused and go on a tangent.

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-18 17:08

      Fidel! It seems like you hit a nerve!!! Just look at the thumbs in their bums! ha ha ha !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-18 19:42

      They do this because they know the overwhelming opinion in the US is that Israel has a right to exist and is attacked almost daily by the Palestinians who are being incited and armed by violent autocrats in the region, who by the way are fast disappearing.

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-19 05:07

      funny hoe the mighty US only recognise the right to exist for one nation! And invade others( so far only islamic states) as if they dont have a sovreign right to rule and exist their own!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-19 14:57

      Rudiwaan, you're talking nonsense and living in weak, pseudo-victimhood. All the while, hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims are being slaughtered and maimed right under your nose, by who? Not the US and freer world. The Jihadists and unelected dictators you're unwittingly enabling. You should really educate yourself about what is going on if you want to have a positive impact and help change the world for the better. Right now you're making things worse, especially for Muslims.

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:14

      Fred is you actually understood anything you would understand that even the Torah is against Israel being a country. It says quite clearly that only when the temple of David is rebuilt and the messiah returns can the Jews have a country you moron. Go educate yourself.

  • swmabotja - 2012-05-18 11:07

    One step closer to World War 3, Inspired by the prince of Persia.

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:17

      You are gravely mistaken sir.

  • Bradley - 2012-05-18 12:30

    Mr Obama for world president...hellz yeah!

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-18 17:18

      brad! Are you normally like this or are you just.................. having a bad day?

      Shaun - 2012-05-21 10:17

      Bradley are you high?

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