By David Dolan
Diplomatic sources told international journalists in October that Iran will soon begin moving its outlawed uranium enrichment program to an underground facility in Fordow, near to the Iranian Shiite Muslim holy city of Qom. Built inside of a mountain, the facility would be extremely difficult for Israeli or other bombs to destroy in any attack upon Iran’s rogue nuclear development program. Currently the regime’s main enrichment facility is located near the central town of Natanz.
Meanwhile Ahmadinejad told CNN his country had not deliberately misled the UN’s Atomic Energy Agency about the scope and aims of its nuclear program, calling such UN charges “lies.” He also condemned the violent killing of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi in late October, implying it was part of a Western plot to dominate the Arab world. This came as Israeli leaders continued to express serious concerns that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his repressive regime might lash out at the Jewish state militarily as the internal Sunni Muslim Arab revolt against his minority Alawite regime gains further steam. Assad told reporters in early October that he would attack Israel if NATO forces took any action to halt his brutal crackdown against mostly peaceful protestors in his fractured country, where human rights groups say over 3,000 protestors have been killed since the mass revolt began last March.
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the notorious Shiite Lebanese Hizbullah militia leader,threatened to “smash the bones of Israeli soldiers” if war breaks out in the near future, as many analysts warn is a distinct possibility given the fierce upheaval raging in nearby Syria and other parts of the turbulent Middle East. Speaking to supporters in Beirut, the clerical leader warned the next war “will begin in Tel Aviv” adding that his Syrian and Iranian-backed forces “will cross all red lines” and have “many surprises that will change the face of the region” if a new Israel-Hizbullah conflict rocks the area. Israeli officials admit they are worried that Hizbullah might have acquired chemical weapons, or possibly even nuclear warheads, to launch at Israeli population centers like TelAviv. Just before the Hizbullah leader uttered his latest war threats, Israeli Home Front Minister Matan Vilna’i warned that production of gas masks will soon be suspended if the Finance Ministry does not allocate an additional one billion shekels to keep the production lines working. He added that currently there are only enough gas masks available to protect half of the Israeli civilian population.
In these tumultuous days of regional violence, chaos and wars and rumors of wars, it is most reassuring to recall that the Hebrew Prophet Daniel, exiled to Babylon with his Jewish brethren, wrote of a future time when “One like a Son of Man was coming with the clouds of heaven, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom; that all peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away, and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed (Daniel 7:13-14).
Nasrallah to address hot issues in new TV appearance - The Daily Star
U.N. report seen worsening fear over Iran nuclear plans - Reuters
Iran Prepares to Transport Atomic Substance to New Enrichment Facility - Global Security Newswire
US pulls envoy out of Syria over security concerns - AP
EU Leaders Threaten Syria with More Sanctions, Urge Assad to Resign - VOA