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Iran’s Option In Case Of Attack On Its Nuclear Facilities

Sources in the Gulf region report that Iran is preparing for a possible attack by Israel and/or the United States on one or more of its nuclear production units by stockpiling arms and munitions with its proxy militias in Kuwait and Bahrain.

Earlier this month the tiny Kingdom of Bahrain announced the arrest of 23 men whom it accused of wanting to commit acts of terrorism and plotting to overthrow the government.  Bahrain may well be the smallest of Arab countries yet it contributes greatly to the overall security of the Gulf region and the Middle East. Among other things Bahrain serves as the regional headquarters to the US Navy fleet operating in the Persian Gulf.

Strategically located at about halfway up the important sea lanes in the Gulf and through which most of the world’s oil is carried from extraction sites to refineries aboard super tankers, the island nation of Bahrain is linked to the Saudi Arabian mainland by a 15-mile (24 km) causeway over the azure waters of the Persian Gulf. The causeway takes one into Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, where the largest Saudi oil fields are located. Saudi’s Eastern Province is largely Shiite.

Bahrain’s population of 729,000 is composed of 70 percent of Shiites and the rest are Sunni. The Sunnis hold all the top positions of power in the country, from the king on down to every major office. The Shiites, who generally feel they are treated as second-rate citizens, relate to their coreligionists in the nearby Islamic Republic. Iran periodically likes to remind the Bahrainis that their island used to belong to Iran and that the Iranians have not forgotten that.

This is a part of the world where tensions run high and conflicts can easily ignite, particularly given that all the ingredients for an explosive situation are present: oil, religion and politics.




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  • Anonymous on September 26 2010 said:
    Stockpiling arms and ammunition in case of a nuclear attack. Interesting. There are no options when nuclear attacks take place. I know that people have short memories, but if you want to know what a nuclear attack means at the present time, take Hiroshima and multiply it by a large number.Incidentally, when I was in the US Army (Artillery) in Germany, and involved in perhaps the largest peacetime manuever in that country /Apple Harvest), I made a calculation for repelling a Red attack with a tactical nuclear weapon. The German big-wigs evidently found out about the potential use of those devices in their country, and immediately changed their minds about recapturing the German territory occupied by the Soviets.
  • Anonymous on September 27 2010 said:
    This comment refers to the while article; there is no comments page on the globalintelligencereport website that I could find."First is that if attacked by Israel and/or the United States it will be incapable of striking back directly seeing the US' domination of the skies and Israel's quasi-impregnable air defense system (with US contribution). And second, Iran also knows that it must retaliate at all costs or lose all credibility. The solution? Fight them (the US and/or Israel) by proxy. And hit them hard. And make it hurt."Firstly who says Israels air defence system is impregnable against missiles? No one has tried so no one knows.Second, all it takes is for either a nuke attack on the Kinneret NWC pumping station and the Kinneret itself or an Iranian Stuxnet type attack on its computer system, or both, andIsrael is history. no one ever seems to mention how vulnerable Israel's water supply is. But I'll bet the Iranians know.

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