- Weekly report on Human Right Violation in Iran
- Vahid Asghari refused to appear in the court
- Akbar Amini the political activist arrested
- Behnam Ibrahimzadeh summoned to return prison
- Arash Sadeghi’s hunger strike continues
- Two Kurds die of self-immolation
- Israel won't accept less than total halt of Iran's nuclear enrichment
- Rowhani vows 'moderation,' but won't halt nuclear program
- Israel will do everything to prevent another Holocaust
- Iran takes key step in nuclear reactor construction
- Iran Candidate Attacks Jalili’s ‘Stubborn’ Nuclear Diplomacy
- UN nuclear chief blasts Iran for leading IAEA 'in circles'
- Iran’s women discriminated against by law
- Women, Law and Sexuality in Iran
- Iranian women are second-class citizens
- Women skirt Iranian music ban with fancy dress
- Religious leaders ban 30 women from running for Iran's presidency
- Iranian cleric: Women can't be president in Iran
- Report: Iran sending 4,000 troops to aid Assad
- Syria: North Korean military 'advising Assad regime'
- Iran cuts Hamas’ funding for backing Syrian opposition
- Neighbors in Lebanese city fight Syrian proxy war
- Hezbollah takes Syria risk at Iran's behest: experts
- Iranian troops are fighting in Syria, says US
Saturday 05 May 2012
Former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said on Saturday that a nuclear Iran would be more dangerous than carrying out a military strike on Iran.
Speaking from the crowd in respone to a panel discussion at the Washington Institute's 2012 Weinberg Founders Conference in Virginia, Yadlin said Iran has a "sophisticated" strategy to pursue nuclear weapons and added his assessment that this strategy is "unfortunately" working.
Yadlin said he favored exhausting all other options before striking Iran's nuclear facilities but stressed that a "nuclear Iran is more dangerous than attacking Iran."
"If they can't be contained when they don't have nuclear weapon, how can they be contained when they do?" Yadlin said.
"I am sure they won't launch nuclear bomb the moment they get it, but the possibility as a result of miscalculations and lack of stability, they will launch nuclear missile - it's not a possibility you can ignore," Yadlin continued. "The flying time of a missile from Tehran to Tel Aviv is seven minutes and the temptation for first strike is huge."
"If you really want all options on the table, you need to be very credible with the military option," Yadlin said.
During the panel discussion, Dennis Ross, formerly U.S. President Barack Obama's senior Middle East adviser, said that diplomacy might succeed in stopping Iran's nuclear program.
"Why would it work now?" he said. "Now the Iranians are under pressure they've never been before. They are isolated internationally, the power balance in region has shifted against them…When they started making threats about shutting the Strait of Hormuz, a very blunt message was sent to them - and they backed [down]."
Jamie Fly, a former adviser to the George W. Bush administration, spoke about the need to prepare a robust military option.
"Are we as nation serious about preventing a nuclear Iran or just serious about talking about preventing a nuclear Iran? We don't want to spend decades in trying to contain a nuclear Iran," he said.
"We need to take a more serious look at the military option," Fly added. "I don't agree that we have time, diplomacy is unlikely to work given the record of the Iranians."