Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hmmm. . .

"Over the last couple of weeks, I have talked with people familiar with the meetings four U.S. senators recently had in the Middle East. One of them asked me a question: Can you guess which two meetings were the most similar? I tried and failed, so he gave me the answer: 'The meeting with [King] Abdullah [of Saudi Arabia] was the Bedouin version of the meeting with [Israeli opposition leader] Benjamin Netanyahu.' Netanyahu is the most vocal alarmist on Iran, and in the meetings he has with U.S. visitors, he tends to repeat the analogy he uses in public. It's not about Vietnam, and it's not about Cambodia. 'This is 1938,' he says. 'Iran is Germany, and it is about to arm itself with nuclear weapons.' The Saudi monarch, I wrote in Ha'aretz, 'for whom the Nazi analogy is not his natural domain, expressed exactly the same fear, but in somewhat different words.'"Shmuel Rosner, "Did We Just Declare War on Iran?", www.slate.com, http://www.slate.com/id/2157489/, (12 January 2007).

"We must turn to Hillary Clinton and other potential presidential candidates in the Democratic Party so that they publicly support immediate action by Bush against Iran. We should also approach European countries so that they support American actions in Iran, so that Bush will not be isolated in the international arena again. We must clandestinely cooperate with Saudi Arabia so that it also persuades the US to strike Iran."Brigadier General (Res.) Oded Tira, Former IDF Chief Artillery Officer, "What to do with Iran?", www.ynetnews.com, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3346275,00.html, (30 December 2006).