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February 20, 2012 7:54 am

New York Times: How Israel Would Strike Iran

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Anti-aircraft guns guarding Natanz Nuclear Facility, Iran. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – Should Israel decide to launch a strike on Iran, its pilots would have to fly more than 1,000 miles across unfriendly airspace, refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s air defenses, attack multiple underground sites simultaneously — and use at least 100 planes.

That is the assessment of American defense officials and military analysts close to the Pentagon, who say that an Israeli attack meant to set back Iran’s nuclear program would be a huge and highly complex operation. They describe it as far different from Israel’s “surgical” strikes on a nuclear reactor in Syria in 2007 and Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981.

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  • Tabitha Korol

    Why is anyone in the US even considering the possibility that America should not continue to be what she was once: the Defender of the Free World. Why have we allowed our president to subjugate us, diminish our military and our presence in the world, and reduce our finances, and expect small Israel to take out a nuclear global threat. Why has Panetta done Israel such an injustice as to put Israel in a bind, to make us realize that Obama is pulling his strings?
    Do not send Israel to fight Iran, and then blame damages on Israel so that she will be attacked as a “rogue state!? This is intentional betrayal to the small democracy; shame on us for not taking the lead!