Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that he received the tacit blessing of Europe and the United States for an Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. If we start military operations against Iran alone, then Europe and the US will support us, Lieberman told Army Radio following a meeting earlier in the week with NATO and European Union officials. Lieberman said the Western powers acknowledged the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat to the Jewish state, but said that ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are going to prevent the leaders of countries in Europe and America from deciding on the use of force to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities, even if diplomacy ultimately fails. The message Lieberman said the NATO and EU officials conveyed to him is that Israel should prevent the threat herself.… Avigdor Lieberman: ‘US and EU will back Israeli strike on Iran’ (Israel Today) Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that Israel would put the final touches on its preparations to counter Iran’s nuclear threat in the near future. "I hope that soon we will be prepared for all the possibilities and developments the State of Israel has to take into account that it will have to deal alone with the same threat," he told the Knesset plenum in reference to Iran’s nuclear program. (Amnon Meranda) Lieberman: Israel will conclude preparations for Iranian threat soon (YNet/Israel News Accusing Iran of deep involvement in the Iraq war is more than a way to lay the groundwork for a US attack. It also provides a scapegoat for America’s looming defeat. By this rationale, the American occupation would have succeeded, and Iraq would now be blooming and tranquil, if only Iran had not interfered and ruined everything…. Attacking Iran would accomplish at least one thing Bush must be seeking. It will assure that future historians will not remember the invasion of Iraq as his biggest blunder. Why attack Iran? (The Guardian/ICH) COMMENTAAR: Het scenario voor de oorlog tegen Iran wordt steeds duidelijker: Israel voert een ‘preventieve’ eerste aanval uit, en Amerika en haar NAVO-bondgenoten schieten vervolgens te hulp om Israel te beschermen en de olie-aanvoer vanuit de Golf te beveiligen. Daar was het tenslotte bij de catastrofaal-contraproductieve invasie van Irak ook om te doen. NB: Welke fraktie stelt er Kamervragen n.a.v. Lieberman’s uitspraak dat de NAVO en EU hieraan steun zouden geven?