A senior German defense figure said in a report this week that Iran may be significantly further ahead in its nuclear weapons program than public intelligence assessments have so far suggested.
Hans Ruhle, who directed the planning department of the German Defense Ministry from 1982 to 1988, argued that Iran may have been involved in the detonation of an experimental uranium nuclear bomb in North Korea in 2010.
The article, which appeared on the website of the German daily Die Welt, said that many intelligence agencies believe that at least one of the two nuclear tests that occurred in North Korea in 2010 was an Iranian atomic weapon.
According to Gary Schmitt from the American Enterprise Institute, “But now, with the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States [for the AIPAC Conference], we have the president of the United States, Barack Obama, attempting to reassure Israel that he has no intention of allowing Iran to breach the “red line” of “obtaining” a nuclear weapon—with the assumption being that U.S. intelligence will know when Iran is about ready to step over that line. As he told Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview in The Atlantic, “Our assessment… is that Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon and is not yet in a position to obtain a nuclear weapon without us having a pretty long lead time in which we will know that they are making that attempt.”
Has Iran crossed the “redline” or not? Is President Obama in a moving the "redline" mode until after the election in November 2012?
Clare Lopez, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and co-author of Shariah: The Threat to America, confirmed that the Die Welt story is true and that Iran paid North Korea $55 million to conduct the test. Clare, a former CIA Operations Officer, added that the current administration knew about this for eleven months.
So who is lying, former German Defense Minister Hans Ruhle or President Barack Obama? Can we afford to take the time to negotiate further with Iran, should we act now before it is too late or is it already too late?
Clearly Iran is not Israel’s problem it is America’s and the West’s problem now and has been since 1979. Successive American Presidents from both parties have failed to address the imminent threat of Iran. Liz Cheney urged that we put ourselves in Israeli hands because "America's track record on predicting when nations reach nuclear capability is abysmal."
The only thing that will change the situation in the Middle East is a change in leadership in Teheran immediately and the White House in November 2012.
As Prime Minister Netanyahu said at the 2012 AIPAC Conferenc, “A nuclear-armed Iran would dramatically increase terrorism by giving terrorists a nuclear umbrella. Let me try to explain what that means, a nuclear umbrella. It means that Iran’s terror proxies like Hezbollah, Hamas will be emboldened to attack the United States, Israel, and other countries because they will be backed by a power that has atomic weapons. So the terrorism could grow tenfold.”
The Israeli Prime Minister concluded his remarks at AIPAC by saying:
The year was 1944. The World Jewish Congress implored the American government to bomb Auschwitz. The reply came five days later. I want to read it to you.
"Such an operation could be executed only by diverting considerable air support essential to the success of our forces elsewhere…and in any case, it would be of such doubtful efficacy that it would not warrant the use of our resources…And, my friends, here’s the most remarkable sentence of all, and I quote: Such an effort might provoke even more vindictive action by the Germans. Think about that – ‘even more vindictive action’.”
Than the Holocaust?
My Friends, 2012 is not 1944...But here’s my point: The Jewish people are also different. Today we have a state of our own. And the purpose of the Jewish state is to defend Jewish lives and to secure the Jewish future.
Never again will we not be masters of the fate of our very survival. Never again!
That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.
I believe the red line has been crossed and action not words is needed.