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Ahmadinejad: Israel Sudah di Ujung dan Segera Lenyap

Posted in Iran, Israel with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2008 by indonesiaunderground
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Sabtu, 13 Desember 2008 | 08:08 WIB

TEHRAN, SABTU - Presiden Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pada hari Jumat kembali melontarkan kata-kata serangan terhadap Israel dengan menyebut negara Yahudi itu akan segera”lenyap dari bumi”.

“Kejahatan yang dilakukan rejim Zionis (Israel) terjadi karena mereka sadar sudah sampai di akhir dan segera lenyap dari muka bumi,” kata Ahmadinejad dalam pawai anti-Israel yang berlangsung di Teheran, seperti dilaporkan kantor berita Mehr dan dikutip DPA.

Dia mengatakan Israel sudah kehilangan arah dan kian sadar bahwa kelompok negara-negara kuat  makin ragu untuk menunjukkan dukungan untuk negara Yahudi itu.

Ahmadinejad juga mengatakan bahwa kejahatan Israel di Gaza bertujuan mengganti pemimpin politik di wilayah itu agar sesuai dengan kepentingan politik Israel.

Israel memberlakukan pemblokiran di Gaza sejak kelompok Hamas merebut kekuasaan di wilayah itu pada Juni 2007.

Ahmadinejad dalam tiga tahun terakhir mengeluarkan kata-kata serangan terhadap Israel dan menyatakan keraguan atas  Holocaust Perang Dunia II. Iran tidak mengakui Israel dan mendukung gerakan Hamas di Gaza.

ABD
Sumber : Antara, Kompas


Still Preparing To Attack Iran, The Neoconservatives In The Obama Era

Posted in Iran, USA with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

By Robert Dreyfuss

What, exactly, does Barack Obama’s mild-mannered choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, former Sen. Tom Daschle, have to do with neocons who want to bomb Iran?

A familiar coalition of hawks, hardliners, and neoconservatives expects Barack Obama’s proposed talks with Iran to fail ­ and they’re already proposing an escalating set of measures instead. Some are meant to occur alongside any future talks. These include steps to enhance coordination with Israel, tougher sanctions against Iran, and a region-wide military buildup of U.S. strike forces, including the pre-positioning of military supplies within striking distance of that country.

Once the future negotiations break down, as they are convinced will happen, they propose that Washington quickly escalate to warlike measures, including a U.S. Navy-enforced embargo on Iranian fuel imports and a blockade of that country’s oil exports. Finally, of course, comes the strategic military attack against the Islamic Republic of Iran that so many of them have wanted for so long.

It’s tempting to dismiss the hawks now as twice-removed from power: first, figures like John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz, and Douglas Feith were purged from top posts in the Bush administration after 2004; then the election of Barack Obama and the announcement Monday of his centrist, realist-minded team of establishment foreign policy gurus seemed to nail the doors to power shut for the neocons, who have bitterly criticized the president-elect’s plans to talk with Iran, withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, and abandon the reckless Global War on Terrorism rhetoric of the Bush era.

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“Kinetic Action” Against Iran

When it comes to Iran, however, it’s far too early to dismiss the hawks. To be sure, they are now plying their trade from outside the corridors of power, but they have more friends inside the Obama camp than most people realize. Several top advisers to Obama ­ including Tony Lake, UN Ambassador-designate Susan Rice, Tom Daschle, and Dennis Ross, along with leading Democratic hawks like Richard Holbrooke, close to Vice-President-elect Joe Biden or Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton ­ have made common cause with war-minded think-tank hawks at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and other hardline institutes.

Last spring, Tony Lake and Susan Rice, for example, took part in a WINEP “2008 Presidential Task Force” study which resulted in a report titled “Strengthening the Partnership: How to Deepen U.S.-Israel Cooperation on the Iranian Nuclear Challenge.” The Institute, part of the Washington-based Israel lobby, was founded in coordination with the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and has been vigorously supporting a confrontation with Iran. The task force report, issued in June, was overseen by four WINEP heavyweights: Robert Satloff, WINEP’s executive director, Patrick Clawson, its chief Iran analyst, David Makovsky, a senior fellow, and Dennis Ross, an adviser to Obama who is also a WINEP fellow.

Endorsed by both Lake and Rice, the report opted for an alarmist view of Iran’s nuclear program and proposed that the next president set up a formal U.S.-Israeli mechanism for coordinating policy toward Iran (including any future need for “preventive military action”). It drew attention to Israeli fears that “the United States may be reconciling itself to the idea of ‘living with an Iranian nuclear bomb,'” and it raised the spurious fear that Iran plans to arm terrorist groups with nuclear weapons.

There is, of course, nothing wrong with consultations between the United States and Israel. But the WINEP report is clearly predisposed to the idea that the United States ought to give undue weight to Israel’s inflated concerns about Iran. And it ignores or dismisses a number of facts: that Iran has no nuclear weapon, that Iran has not enriched uranium to weapons grade, that Iran may not have the know-how to actually construct a weapon even if, sometime in the future, it does manage to acquire bomb-grade material, and that Iran has no known mechanism for delivering such a weapon.

WINEP is correct that the United States must communicate closely with Israel about Iran. Practically speaking, however, a U.S.-Israeli dialogue over Iran’s “nuclear challenge” will have to focus on matters entirely different from those in WINEP’s agenda. First, the United States must make it crystal clear to Israel that under no circumstances will it tolerate or support a unilateral Israeli attack against Iran. Second, Washington must make it clear that if Israel were indeed to carry out such an attack, the United States would condemn it, refuse to widen the war by coming to Israel’s aid, and suspend all military aid to the Jewish state. And third, Israel must get the message that, even given the extreme and unlikely possibility that the United States deems it necessary to go to war with Iran, there would be no role for Israel.

Just as in the wars against Iraq in 1990-1991 and 2003-2008, the United States hardly needs Israeli aid, which would be both superfluous and inflammatory. Dennis Ross and others at WINEP, however, would strongly disagree that Israel is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Ross, who served as Middle East envoy for George H.W. Bush and then Bill Clinton, was also a key participant in a September 2008 task force chaired by two former senators, Daniel Coats (R.-Ind.) and Chuck Robb (D.-Va.), and led by Michael Makovsky, brother of WINEP’s David Makovsky, who served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the heyday of the Pentagon neocons from 2002-2006. Robb, incidentally, had already served as the neocons’ channel into the 2006 Iraq Study Group, chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Representative Lee Hamilton. According to Bob Woodward’s latest book, The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008, it was Robb who insisted that the Baker-Hamilton task force include an option for a “surge” in Iraq.

The report of the Coats-Robb task force ­ “Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Policy Toward Iranian Nuclear Development” ­ went far beyond the WINEP task force report that Lake and Rice signed off on. It concluded that any negotiations with Iran were unlikely to succeed and should, in any case, be short-lived. As the report put the matter, “It must be clear that any U.S.-Iranian talks will not be open-ended, but will be limited to a predetermined time period so that Tehran does not try to ‘run out the clock.'”

Anticipating the failure of the talks, the task force (including Ross) urged “pre-positioning military assets,” coupled with a “show of force” in the region. This would be followed almost immediately by a blockade of Iranian gasoline imports and oil exports, meant to paralyze Iran’s economy, followed by what they call, vaguely, “kinetic action.”

That “kinetic action” ­ a U.S. assault on Iran ­ should, in fact, be massive, suggested the Coats-Robb report. Besides hitting dozens of sites alleged to be part of Iran’s nuclear research program, the attacks would target Iranian air defense and missile sites, communications systems, Revolutionary Guard facilities, key parts of Iran’s military-industrial complex, munitions storage facilities, airfields, aircraft facilities, and all of Iran’s naval facilities. Eventually, they say, the United States would also have to attack Iran’s ground forces, electric power plants and electrical grids, bridges, and “manufacturing plants, including steel, autos, buses, etc.”

Palling Around With the Neocons

At a Nov. 6 forum at WINEP, Patrick Clawson, the erudite, neoconservative strategist who serves as the organization’s deputy director for research, laid out the institute’s view of how to talk to Iran in the Obama era. Doing so, he said, is critically important, but only to show the rest of the world that the United States has taken the last step for peace ­ before, of course, attacking. Then, and only then, will the United States have the legitimacy it needs to launch military action against Iran.

“What we’ve got to do is to show the world that we’re making a big deal of engaging the Iranians,” he said, tossing a bone to the new administration. “I’d throw everything, including the kitchen sink, into it.” He advocates this approach only because he believes it won’t work. “The principal target with these offers [to Iran] is not Iran,” he adds. “The principal target of these offers is American public opinion and world public opinion.”

The Coats-Robb report, “Meeting the Challenge,” was written by one of the hardest of Washington’s neoconservative hardliners, Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute. Rubin, who spent most of the years since 9/11 either working for AEI or, before and during the war in Iraq, for the Wolfowitz-Feith team at the Pentagon, recently penned a report for the Institute entitled: “Can A Nuclear Iran Be Deterred or Contained?” Not surprisingly, he believes the answer to be a resounding “no,” although he does suggest that any effort to contain a nuclear Iran would certainly require permanent U.S. bases spread widely in the region, including in Iraq:

“If U.S. forces are to contain the Islamic Republic, they will require basing not only in GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries, but also in Afghanistan, Iraq, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Without a sizable regional presence, the Pentagon will not be able to maintain the predeployed resources and equipment necessary to contain Iran, and Washington will signal its lack of commitment to every ally in the region. Because containment is as much psychological as physical, basing will be its backbone.”

The Coats-Robb report was issued by a little-known group called the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). That organization, too, turns out to be interwoven with WINEP, not least because its foreign policy director is Michael Makovsky. Perhaps the most troubling participant in the Bipartisan Policy Center is Barack Obama’s éminence grise and one of his most important advisers during the campaign, Tom Daschle, who is slated to be his secretary of health and human services. So far, Daschle has not repudiated BPC’s provocative report.

Ross, along with Richard Holbrooke, recently made appearances amid another collection of superhawks who came together to found a new organization, United Against Nuclear Iran. UANI is led by Mark Wallace, the husband of Nicole Wallace, a key member of Sen. John McCain’s campaign team. Among UANI’s leadership team are Ross and Holbrooke, along with such hardliners as Jim Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Fouad Ajami, the Arab-American scholar who is a principal theorist on Middle East policy for the neoconservative movement.

UANI is primarily a propaganda outfit. Its mission, it says, is to “inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran’s role as a state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad” and to “heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the danger that a nuclear-armed Iran poses to the region and the world.”

Barack Obama has, of course, repeatedly declared his intention to embark on a different path by opening talks with Iran. He’s insisted that diplomacy, not military action, will be at the core of his approach to Tehran. During the election campaign, however, he also stated no less repeatedly that he will not take the threat of military action “off the table.”

Organizations like WINEP, AIPAC, AEI, BPC, and UANI see it as their mission to push the United States toward a showdown with Iran. Don’t sell them short. Those who believe that such a confrontation would be inconceivable under President Obama ought to ask Tony Lake, Susan Rice, Dennis Ross, Tom Daschle, and Richard Holbrooke whether they agree ­ and, if so, why they’re still palling around with neoconservative hardliners.

Robert Dreyfuss, an independent journalist in Alexandria, Va., is a contributing editor at the Nation magazine, whose Web site hosts his “The Dreyfuss Report,” and has written frequently for Rolling Stone, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, and the Washington Monthly. He is the author of Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam.

Source : rense.com

Israel presses Obama against Iran

Posted in Iran, Israel, USA with tags , , , , , , on December 7, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

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Saturday, 06 December 2008 20:08

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has demanded that the Obama administration “face up to Iran”, amid Israeli preparations for war. In a Saturday phone conversation, Barak said the time is ticking for newly-appointed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to dissuade Tehran from enriching uranium.

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He called for the international community to work side by side in order to free the world of “challenges such as the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities”.

“The free world has many challenges on the agenda, from Iran to radical Islamic terrorism, and tight international cooperation is needed to face these issues,” Barak was quoted as saying.

The Israeli demand comes shortly after a Thursday report published by The Jerusalem Post, which confirmed hat Tel Aviv is planning a solo attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Israeli threats against the Islamic Republic reached a new height in November, fueling speculations that Tel Aviv intends to stage its third attack on Middle Eastern countries over nuclear allegations.

Israeli intelligence sources told the Times late in November that the prospect of military action against Iran had significantly increased.

Israeli Air Force Commander General Ido Nehushtan also announced that his forces were ready to follow any order to bring Iran’s nuclear program to a halt.

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei in a recently released report said, however, that the agency “has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran,” adding that there has been ‘no indication’ of Iran conducting nuclear reprocessing activities.

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The report also urges Iran to increase its cooperation with the agency over the “alleged studies” of weaponization attributed to Tehran by Western countries.

Tehran has been accused of launching a “green salt project, high explosives testing, and the missile re-entry vehicle project”.

Iranian officials say the allegations are based on “fabricated data” and have requested the UN nuclear watchdog to provide Tehran with the original documents.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, however, says it is in no “position” to do so due to US reluctance to provide the agency with the original copies of the documents.

source : daily.pk

Israel willing to go it alone on Iran attack

Posted in Iran, Israel, War with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Israel is drawing up plans for an attack on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure that does not require America’s support, it has been claimed.

By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem
Last Updated: 7:07PM GMT 04 Dec 2008

Defence sources told the Jerusalem Post they were considering going it alone in a strike on Iran.

Conventional military thinking states that Israel would need America’s backing if only to allow Israeli warplanes to reach Iran by overflying Iraq, where the airspace is controlled by the United States Air Force.

But the paper said Israeli planners had come up with ideas that did not require support from the United States.

This comes after Ehud Olmert, the outgoing Israeli prime minister, failed to persuade President George W Bush to support an Israeli air attack in the last few months of his presidency.

It is always better to co-ordinate,” a source, described by the Jerusalme Post as a top Defense Ministry official, said.

“But we are also preparing options that do not include co-ordination.”

Israeli officials have said it would be difficult, but not impossible, to launch a strike against Iran without clear support from America.

One option would be to use Israeli submarines firing cruise missiles from off the Iranian coast in the Gulf.

Another might be to use Israel’s close links with Turkey to persuade Ankara to allow Israeli attack aircraft, air refuelling jets and pilot rescue helicopters to use Turkish airstrips.

“There are a wide range of risks one takes when embarking on such an operation,” the Jerusalem Post said.

In September, an article in ‘Defense News’ said America had recently agreed to supply an improved early warning radar system to Israel precisely because this sent a signal to Iran about Washington’s close military links with Israel.

“First, we want to put Iran on notice that we’re bolstering our capabilities throughout the region, and especially in Israel,” the article said.

“But just as important, we’re telling the Israelis, ‘Calm down, behave.

We’re doing all we can to stand by your side and strengthen defences, because at this time, we don’t want you rushing into the military option.'” In a related article at about the same time, TIME magazine raised the possibility that through the deployment of the radar, America wants to keep an eye on Israeli airspace, so that the US is not surprised if and when the IAF is sent to bomb Iran, a scenario Washington wants to avoid.

Last week, Iran’s nuclear chief Gholam Reza Aghazadeh revealed that the country was operating more than 5,000 centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz and would continue to install centrifuges and enrich uranium to produce nuclear fuel for the country’s future nuclear power plants.

“At this point, more than 5,000 centrifuges are operating in Natanz,” said Aghazadeh, who is also the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

This represents a significant increase from the 4,000 Iran had said were up and running in August at the plant.

The Islamic republic has said it plans to move toward large-scale uranium enrichment that will ultimately involve 54,000 centrifuges.

Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk

AU Israel Sesumbar Hancurkan Nuklir Iran

Posted in Iran, Israel with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Sumber : kompas.com

Reaktor nuklir Iran di timur laut Teheran
Rabu, 19 November 2008 | 10:02 WIB

JERUSALEM, RABU — Angkatan Udara Israel (IAF) sesumbar siap melaksanakan perintah untuk mencegah Iran memiliki senjata nuklir.

Komandan IAF Mayor Jenderal Ido Nehushtan dalam wawancara dengan koran Jerman, Der Spiegel yang disiarkan pada Selasa (18/11) menegaskan keputusan untuk melancarkan serangan militer adalah keputusan politik dan bukan masalah kemampuan militer Israel. “IAF adalah kekuatan yang sangat kuat dan luwes serta siap melaksanakan apa pun yang diperintahkan,” katanya.

Ketika ditanya apakah Israel mampu menghancurkan instalasi nuklir Iran yang tersebar di seluruh negeri itu dan sebagian berada di bawah tanah, Nehushtan menjawab, “Saya hanya dapat mengatakan ini, itu bukan masalah teknis atau logistik.”

Teknologi canggih bukan semata-mata keunggulan IAF, tetapi pasukan itu dikatakan memiliki perwira dan prajurit andal. “Israel adalah satu negara kecil. Kami tak memiliki banyak penduduk dan sumber daya alam. Aset terbesar kami adalah sumber daya manusia kami. Dan, Angkatan Udara-lah yang paling memanfaatkannya,” kata Nehushtan.

Israel, Amerika Serikat, dan sekutu Barat mereka telah lama menuduh Iran secara diam-diam mengembangkan senjata nuklir, tetapi Iran berkeras bahwa program nuklirnya semata-mata bertujuan damai.

Para pejabat Israel telah berulang kali menyeru masyarakat internasional agar meningkatkan tekanan atas negara Persia tersebut dan menekankan bahwa semua pilihan tersedia untuk menindas ambisi nuklir Iran.

Awal tahun ini spekulasi pernah memenuhi media lokal bahwa Israel mungkin melancarkan serangan militer terhadap tempat nuklir Iran.

ONO
Sumber : Ant

Pesawat Tempur Iran Menembak Jatuh Pesawat Udara Amerika Serikat

Posted in Iran, USA with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Berita disalin dari detiknews.com

Rabu, 08/10/2008 00:20 WIB
Aprizal Rahmatullah – detikNews


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Jakarta – Pesawat tempur Iran menembak jatuh pesawat udara Amerika Serikat setelah pesawat tersebut memasuki wilayah udara Iran tanpa izin.

Seperti dilansir oleh Kantor berita Fars (Iran) pada Selasa (7/10/2008), di dalam pesawat itu terdapat 5 tentara dan 3 warga sipil yang kini sedang dimintai keterangan.

“Setelah interogasi, dari fakta-fakta terbukti bahwa pesawat udara tersebut tidak sengaja memasuki wilayah Iran dan diperbolehkan untuk pergi menuju Afganistan,” tambah Fars.

Media televisi setempat menyatakan bahwa pesawat udara tersebut mengangkut prajurit Amerika namun pesawatnya bukan milik militer.

“Pesawat ini bukanlah pesawat militer dan bukan milik Amerika Serikat,” kata salah satu petugas yang tidak mau menyebut namanya di website Al-Alam channel Arab-language.

“Tetapi beberapa tentara militer Amerika serikat ada di dalam pesawat,” tambahnya.

Pesawat terbang tersebut melaju menuju daratan Iran pada Minggu dan baru diperbolehkan terbang menuju Afganistan hari Senin. Juru bicara wanita U.S. Fleet Lieutenant mengatakan kepada AFP, hingga saat ini tidak ada informasi mengenai penembakan dari Iran.

Juru bicara Pentagon juga menegaskan kalau tidak ada satu pun pesawat mereka yang hilang.(ape/mok)

Israel Ancam Menculik Ahmadinejad

Posted in Iran, Israel with tags , , , on September 11, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Rabu, 10 September 2008 – 12:48 wib

YERUSSALEM - Pemerintah Israel kemarin mengancam akan menculik dan membawa Presiden Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ke pengadilan internasional.

Ahmadinejad dikenal sebagai figur yang berani mengkritik Israel dan mengancam akan menghapus Israel dari peta dunia. “Lelaki seperti Ahmadinejad yang mengancam akan melakukan genosida harus dibawa ke pengadilan internasional di The Hague, Belanda,” ujar Menteri Kabinet Israel Rafi Eitan.

“Dan semua opsi terbuka bagaimana cara menghadirkan Ahmadinejad,” tukasnya. Ketika disinggung apakah kemungkinan penculikan akan dilaksanakan. “Ya, semua cara yang dapat membawanya ke pengadilan The Hague bisa dilakukan,” jawabnya.
Semua pernyataan itu, menurut Eitan, merupakan pendapat pribadi. Eitan merupakan menteri kabinet yang bertanggung jawab dalam hal keamanan.

“Ahmadinejad seharusnya khawatir dengan operasi Mossad yang akan menculiknya, ungkapnya. Eitan menuturkan, siapa pun di dunia ini yang berusaha melenyapkan sebuah bangsa harus menghadapi konsekuensi yang sudah diperkirakan. Kiprag Eitan, 81, merupakan salah satu agen Mossad yang menculik Eichmenn dari Argentina dan menggelandangnya ke Israel, 48 tahun silam.

Eichmenn kemudian dieksekusi dan diadili karena melaksanakan perintah Adolf Hitler menumpas kaum Yahudi. “Era pemburuan Nazi telah usai dan itu merupakan operasi masa lalu. Kini saatnya berburu dan menculik Ahmadinejad,” ujarnya. (sindo//ahm)

Report: Israel won’t allow a nuclear Iran

Posted in Iran with tags , , on September 6, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Report: Israel won’t allow a nuclear Iran

Israel will not allow Iran to attain nuclear capability and if time begins to run out, Jerusalem will not hesitate to take whatever means necessary to prevent Iran from achieving its nuclear goals, the government has recently decided in a special discussion.

According to the Israeli daily Ma’ariv, whether the United States and Western countries succeed in thwarting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions diplomatically, through sanctions, or whether a US strike on Iran is eventually decided upon, Jerusalem has begun preparing for a separate, independent military strike.

So far, Israel has not received American authorization to use US-controlled Iraqi airspace, nor has the defense establishment been successful in securing the purchase of advanced US-made warplanes which could facilitate an Israeli strike.

The Americans have offered Israel permission to use a global early warning radar system, implying that the US is pushing Israel to settle for defensive measures only.

Because of Israel’s lack of strategic depth, Jerusalem has consistently warned in recent years that it will not settle for a ‘wait and see’ approach, merely retaliating to an attack, but will rather use preemption to prevent any risk of being hit in the first place.

Ephraim Sneh a veteran Labor MK who has recently left the party, has reportedly sent a document to both US presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. The eight-point document states that “there is no government in Jerusalem that would ever reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran. When it is clear Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons, an Israeli military strike to prevent this will be seriously considered.”

According to Ma’ariv, Sneh offered the two candidates the “sane, cheap and the only option that does not necessitate bloodshed.” To prevent Iran’s nuclear aspirations, Sneh wrote, “real” sanctions applied by the US and Europe were necessary. A total embargo in spare parts for the oil industry and a total boycott of Iranian banks would promptly put an end to the regime, which is already pressured by a sloping economy and would be toppled by the Iranian people if they have outside assistance, he said.

The window of opportunity Sneh suggests is a year and a half to two years, until 2010.

Sneh also visited Switzerland and Austria last week in an attempt to lobby them against the Iranian threat. Both countries have announced massive long-term investments in Iranian gas and oil fields for the next decade.

“Talk of the Jewish Holocaust and Israel’s security doesn’t impress these guys,” Sneh said wryly.

Hearing his hosts speak of their future investments, Sneh replied quietly “it’s a shame, because Ido will light all this up.” He was referring to Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, the recently appointed IAF commander and the man most likely to be the one to orchestrate Israel’s attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, should this become a necessity.

“Investing in Iran in 2008,” Sneh told his Austrian hosts, “is like investing in the Krupp steelworks in 1938, it’s a high risk investment.” The Austrians, according to Sneh, turned pale.

In related news, a top official said Friday that
Iran had increased the number of operating centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant to 4,000.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, who visited the Natanz plant last week, said that Iran was preparing to install even more centrifuges, though he did not offer a timeframe.

“Right now, nearly 4,000 centrifuges are operating at Natanz,” Attar told the state news agency IRNA. “Currently, 3,000 other centrifuges are being installed.”

Meanwhile, the pan-Arabic Al Kuds al Arabi reported Friday that Iran had equipped Hizbullah with longer range missiles than those it possessed before the Second Lebanon War and had also improved the guerrilla group’s targeting capabilities.

According to the report, which The Jerusalem Post could not verify independently, Hizbullah was planning a massive rocket onslaught on targets reaching deep into Israel’s civilian underbelly in case Israel launches an attack on Iran.

AP contributed to this report

source : http://www.jpost.com

MK Ephraim Sneh.

MK Ephraim Sneh.
Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski


Mencermati Pesan Ganda Iran Menjelang Ramadhan

Posted in Iran with tags , , , , on September 4, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Di saat bangsa Indonesia sibuk lomba balap karung, Iran justru meluncurkan satelit. Fase baru perkembangan sebuah perang dingin

Oleh Musthafa Luthfi *

Tradisi menyambut bulan puasa khususnya di dunia Arab telah berubah terutama sejak maraknya stasion-stasion TV satelit dalam rentang waktu dua dekade belakangan ini yang lebih menonjolkan hiburan-hiburan di layar kaca untuk menunggu waktu sahur.

Tradisi lainnya yang hampir menyeluruh di seluruh dunia Islam adalah meningkatnya kebiasaan komsumtifisme yang terkesan berlebihan. Stasion-stasion TV satelit menjadi sarana iklan besar-besaran bagi produk makanan menjelang bulan Ramadhan tiba.

Karena itu, biasanya sebelum sebelum Ramdhan tiba, bau puasa demikian terasa di negara-negara Arab dengan maraknya iklan-iklan sinetron terbaru menarik yang siap ditayangkan terutama di malam Ramadhan hingga menjelang sahur agar mata siap melek sepanjang malam.

Demikianlah, tradisi yang makin sulit untuk dihilangkan bahkan cenderung makin “meriah” yang menyebabkan tujuan puasa La’allakum Tattaquun (menjadi hamba-hamba yang bertakwa) makin sulit tercapai. Puasa akhirnya tak lebih sebatas menahan lapar dan dahaga.

Menjelang puasa kali ini, ada kejadian penting yang patut dicermati kaum Muslimin terlepas dari mazhab dan aliran yang dianutnya. Sekitar dua pekan menjelang bulan suci tiba, Iran telah menyebarkan dua pesan ganda, pertama ditujukan kepada dunia Barat dan kedua sebagai risalah (pesan) buat kaum Muslimin terutama kalangan pakar dan cendekiawan.

Sekitar pertengahan bulan Sya`ban yang lalu bertepatan dengan bulan Agustus , Iran berhasil menguasai teknologi luar angkasa dengan meluncurkan satelit buatan sendiri. Teknologi ini tidak kalah pentingnya dengan penguasaan teknologi nuklir untuk tujuan damai yang telah dicapai sebelumnya.

Secara kebetulan peluncuran satelit pertama negeri Mullah itu bertepatan dengan hari Minggu, 17 Agustus 2008 yang bertepatan dengan peringatan 63 tahun kemerdekaan RI yang hampir setiap tahun dimeriahkan dengan berbagai acara yang terkesan “hura-hura” yang sudah banyak ditinggalkan negara lain seperti negeri jiran kita, Malaysia.

Pada saat bangsa Indonesia sedang asyik dengan aneka hiburan pesta rakyat seperti upaya pemecahan rekor panjat pinang, lari karung dan “dangdutan”, Iran secara mengejutkan mengumumkan peluncuran satelit pertama sehingga memasukkannya dalam daftar 10 negara produsen satelit di dunia disamping AS, Rusia, sejumlah negara Eropa, China, Jepang dan India .

Meskipun teknologi luar angkasa negeri Persia itu masih tahap pemula dibandingkan negara-negara maju lainnya, namun yang perlu dicatat adalah, keberhasilan tersebut berlangsung pada saat Iran diembargo secara ketat oleh Barat sejak sekitar 30 tahun yang lalu.

Iran saat ini mampu menempatkan satelit di orbit seputar bumi dengan ketinggian sekitar 600 km. Teknologi balastik yang digunakan untuk membawa satelit ke angkasa juga bisa digunakan untuk meluncurkan senjata, namun Teheran menyatakan tidak berencana melakukan hal tersebut.

Meskipun demikian, Iran tidak akan ragu-ragu menggunakan kemampuan balastiknya guna mempertahankan diri atau untuk membalas serangan luar baik dari Israel maupun AS. Komandan Garda Revolusi Iran , Jenderal Ali Ja`fari Rabu (27/8) menegaskan tentang hal tersebut.

“Evaluasi strategi yang kita lakukan mengisyaratkan kemungkinan pemerintah Zionis (Israel ) melakukan serangan sendiri atau dengan bantuan AS. Bila terjadi maka seluruh kawasan terancam sebab Israel tidak memiliki kedalam startegis karena berada dalam jangkauan rudal-rudal Iran ,” paparnya.

Pesan kepada Barat

Pesan pertama kepada Barat bahwa Iran secara jelas telah berhasil melepaskan diri dari berbagai upaya dan belenggu Barat untuk tetap menjadikan negeri Mullah itu sebagai salah satu negara terbelakang di dunia ketiga.

Embargo teknologi secara ketat yang dilakukan Barat akhirnya terbukti tidak mampu menghentikan usaha keras negeri kaya minyak Teluk itu untuk menguasai teknologi super canggih seperti teknologi luar angkasa yang selama ini hanya monopoli negara-negara besar.

Masih teringat pada tahun 80-an dan 90-an abad 20 lalu, ketika Indonesia akhirnya urung menjual sejumlah helikopter produk IPTN saat itu ke Iran atas desakan AS karena dikhawatirkan dimanfaatkan untuk tujuan militer. Negara-negara di dunia yang berada dibawah ketiak Washington pun melakukan embargo serupa.

Segala kesulitan yang dihadapi oleh negeri itu tidak membuatnya putus asa bahkan saat ini berhasil memproduksi pesawat-pesawat tempur dengan jarak jelajah 3 ribu kilo meter non stop tanpa memerlukan pengisian bahan bakar di udara.

Ketika TV Iran menayangkan peluncur roket mutakhir yang dapat membawa satelit ke orbit, nampak para pemimpin Barat dalam keadaan penuh kekhawatiran dan sikap kecewa yang berlebihan. Tidak ada yang tersisa dari Barat untuk mencoba kembali menggoyang negeri Persia itu kecuali dengan memutar kembali kampanye sebelumnya tentang keanggotaan Iran sebagai poros jahat yang mendukung terorisme.

Di lain pihak sebagian kekuatan Eropa terutama Rusia ditambah Cina, Jepang dan India mulai bersikap menerima anggota baru dalam klub nuklir dan teknologi angkasa luar. Karena dengan kemampuan Iran “berswasembada“ teknologi mutakhir, sudah tidak ada lagi manfaatnya untuk mengganjal negeri itu menguasai teknologi nuklir dan luar angkasa.

Sedangkan pesan kedua adalah ditujukan kepada negara-negara terkemuka di dunia Islam seperti Indonesia , Turki, Mesir , Pakistan dan Saudi Arabia . Pesan ini juga ditujukan kepada dunia ketiga di negara-negara Amerika Latin, Afrika dan Asia .

Negara-negara tersebut sebenarnya dapat bangkit dengan kemampuan kolektif yang mereka miliki selama memiliki political will (kehendak politik) untuk menentukan nasib sendiri. Dunia Islam harus segera melepaskan kendala pisikis dan semangat juang yang lembek selama ini akibat belenggu Barat.

Dunia Islam terutama negara-negara Arab sebenarnya memilki sumber daya manusia (SDM) yang handal di bidang penguasaan teknologi mutakhir. Namun karena situasi politik dalam negeri masing-masing yang tidak kondusif, menyebabkan mereka lebih memilih dunia Barat sebagai tempat mengamalkan kemampuannya sehingga hanya dimanfaatkan untuk kepentingan Barat.

Sudah menjadi rahasia umum sejak lama bahwa lebih dari separo pakar-pakar terkemuka di berbagai bidang sains di dunia Barat berasal dari keturunan negara-negara dunia ketiga. Dalam konteks ini Iran sering menegaskan tekadnya untuk menjadikan kemampuan teknologi yang dimilikinya untuk kepentingan dunia ketiga terutama negara-negara Islam.

Persekutuan baru

Prestasi Iran tersebut yang dibarengi dengan perkembangan penting di kawasan Laut Hitam terutama “unjuk otot” Rusia di Georgia menghadapi AS dan Barat memunculkan wacana persekutuan baru. Bahkan sebagian analis menyebutnya sebagai kembalinya perang dingin dalam bentuk lain.

Seperti dimaklumi rezim Georgia pimpinan Presiden Mikhail Saakashvili adalah antek AS yang berusaha untuk menggabungkan negaranya dengan Organisasi Pertahanan Atlantik Utara (NATO) dan Uni Eropa (EU). Dengan demikian konflik di Georgia soal Ossetia Selatan seperti perang antara Rusia dan AS.

Selama dekade terakhir ini pandangan dunia hampir sama bahwa Rusia dibawah Mikhail Gorbachev dan Borris Yeltsin telah berubah menjadi sebuah negara dibawah pengaruh Barat terutama ditinjau secara ekonomis. Namun Presiden Vladimir Putin dan dengan dukungan kuat militer mengembalikan wibawa Rusia sebagai salah satu negara besar yang disegani.

Putin mulai mengembalikan wibawa Rusia dan menjadi salah satu unsur penentu dalam percaturan dunia menghadapi hegemoni AS. Perang Georgia terakhir dan pengakuan Moskow atas kemerdekaan Ossetia Selatan dan Abkhazia makin menunjukkan bahwa Rusia merupakan kekuatan yang dapat mengembalikan wibawa bekas Uni Soviet pada masa perang dingin dulu.

Perkembangan diatas menunjukkan fase baru sebuah perang dingin antara dua kekuatan. Tidak sulit untuk memprediksikan bahwa perang dingin tersebut akan meluas sehingga meliputi kawasan Timur Tengah yang membersitkan isyarat akan kesediaan Moskow untuk membangun persekutuan strategis termasuk dengan bergabungnya Iran dan sebagian negara Arab menghadapi dua sekawan AS-Israel.

Yang masih menjadi pertanyaan apakah ada negara Arab yang menyusul Suriah yang berani mengatakan “tidak“ kepada Washington dalam kondisi negeri adidaya itu yang sedang lemah. Dan bagi negara Islam lainnya seperti Indonesia apakah harus menunggu dimusuhi AS “lahir-batin“ (sebab secara batin AS memusuhi dunia Islam) baru bangkit melepaskan diri dari pengaruh AS seperti Iran ??? [www.hidayatullah.com]

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Intelejen Inggris: Hizbullah Siap Lakukan Pembalasan, Jika Iran Diserang

Posted in Iran with tags , , , on September 4, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Senin, 26 Nov 07 17:17 WIB

Richard Kemp, mantan ketua badan intelejen Inggris dan mantan penasehat senior bidang terorisme pada masa PM Tony Blair, menuding kelompok Hizbullah akan melakukan serangan teroris ke Inggris, jika ada serangan Barat ke Iran.

Pada surat kabar Daily Express, Kemp mengatakan bahwa Hizbullah sudah menyiapkan “sel-sel tidur” yang sewaktu-waktu bisa “dibangunkan” untuk membalas setiap serangan ke Iran.

“Sel-sel Hizbullah itu beroperasi di negeri ini, di London. Pertanyaan besarnya adalah seberapa besar kapasitas Hizbullah yang ada di Eropa, ” tukas Kemp yang menyebut Hizbulllah sebagai organisasi teroris paling efektif di dunia, bahkan melebihi jaringan al-Qaidah.

Daily Express, masih mengutip pernyataan Kemp yang mengatakan bahwa kali ini, untuk pertama kalinya intelejen Inggris meyakini bahwa Hizbullah diam-diam beroperasi di wilayah Inggris. Klaim serupa pernah dilontarkan CIA empat tahun yang lalu.

Kemp mantan komandan pasukan Inggris di Afghanistan pada tahun 2003 mengatakan, serangan-serangan bom sangat mungkin terjadi, namun para eksrimis harus berjuang keras mendapatkan material radioaktif yang mampu menimbulkan banyak korban. (ln/al-arby)

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