Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.Indeed, some believe Iran may be on the way to testing a bomb.
The notes, from Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme.
An Asian intelligence source last week confirmed to The Times that his country also believed that weapons work was being carried out as recently as 2007 -- specifically, work on a neutron initiator.
The technical document describes the use of a neutron source, uranium deuteride, which independent experts confirm has no possible civilian or military use other than in a nuclear weapon. Uranium deuteride is the material used in Pakistan’s bomb, from where Iran obtained its blueprint.
"Although Iran might claim that this work is for civil purposes, there is no civil application," said David Albright, a physicist and president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, which has analysed hundreds of pages of documents related to the Iranian programme. "This is a very strong indicator of weapons work."
Irresponsible liberals downplay the threat, some by (hilariously) misreading the Non-Proliferation Treaty, others labeling America the aggressor. Such voices can't grasp the danger of a mad-man with the bomb.
But even more thoughtful progressives push "containment." How could one contain a country committed to proliferation? Think I'm exaggerating? Read the December 15th Palestinian Information Center:
The political leadership of Hamas Movement on Monday met with Sa’eed Jalili, the chief negotiator of Iran’s nuclear file, Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of the expediency discernment council, and Manouchehr Mottaki, the minister of foreign affairs.In addition, Iran's nuke negotiator "met with members of the Islamic Jihad, [as well as the] Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command [and] said his government continued to support the 'resistance,' or the armed battle against Israel, and was determined to push ahead with its nuclear ambitions." Oh, by the way, Iran already has been caught shipping conventional missiles to Hezbollah, and just tested a medium-range missile capable of reaching Eastern Europe.
Ezzat Al-Resheq, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, said that the Hamas delegates briefed the Iranian officials on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena and discussed with them the failure of the settlement process.
He pointed out that the Iranian officials congratulated the delegation on the 22nd anniversary of its Movement’s inception and hailed its steadfastness and adherence to the rights of the Palestinian people, adding that the officials promised to increase Iran’s support for the Palestinian people.
In the same context, Khaled Mishaal, the head of Hamas’s political bureau, said during his meeting with Jalili that the steadfastness and fortitude of the Palestinian resistance would never hold back until the achievement of victory and expressed his appreciation to Iran for its ongoing support for the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation.
Real sanctions have been blocked; rogue lefties in our intel community undermined Bush's attempted response. Containment's impossible. The world is running out of options to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons -- except for the Obama Doctrine of "just war."
(via Berman Post, Elder of Ziyon, Wolf Howling)