K.S. Rajan (29 Nov 2011)
"report by TODD"

Nov 28, 2011

Waiting for the Big Attack
The hottest question in the field of Bible prophecy today would have to be, "When is Israel going to launch an attack on Iran's nuclear program?" This quandary has been with us for an amazing amount of time. I found an article that I wrote back in 2006 that talked about preparations Israel was making for a go-it-alone bombing run.
In recent weeks, the drumbeats for action have gotten louder as even the most dovish diplomat realizes that the time to act is running out. A fresh report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows that Iran is clearly working on technology that is exclusive to an atomic bomb. Never mind the fact that Iran has a hundred-year supply of oil, and nuclear power plants would be ten times the cost of what they already have.
How close Iran is to assembling a bomb is anyone’s guess. I've long given up on all these Debkafile-type sites that quote unnamed sources that never pan out. If the Israelis had a game plan, they certainly wouldn't make the date known. In any pending attack, silence is always the best indicator.
Speaking of just that, the Israeli government has refused to promise President Obama a heads-up on a preemptive strike. Of course, by not telling us, Obama can claim innocence when the Arab world erupts in rage over an attack carried out by the evil Zionist state.
The disclosure of a spy ring in Lebanon and Iran is one indication of intelligence gathering ahead of military action. Tehran claims that twelve people apprehended last week were agents for U.S. and Israeli intelligence. The killing of several Iranian nuclear scientists and the introduction of the Stuxnet virus into computer networks connected to Iran’s atomic research verify that Israeli spies are working in Iran.
The West is working on a new round of sanctions that will target Iran's petrochemicals industry. Britain, France, and Canada said they would join the U.S. to intensify financial measures against Iran. The Obama administration talks of decisive action, but it admitted that sanctions on Iran’s oil production are off limits. It’s just silliness to think the mad mullahs of Iran are going to be persuaded by a few sanctions when they are so close to their goal.
The concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions is largely responsible for oil being around $100 per barrel. If it wasn't for the tension, the threat of an economic slowdown in Europe would already have oil below the $90 level.
It's obvious to everyone that a strike would send the price of oil soaring. With the global economy in a precarious state, oil going to $150 per barrel would be apocalyptic. The sky might be the only limit for oil, with Iran able to blockade the Persian Gulf, and with highly flammable oil tankers easy pickings for Iranian jets.
Not everyone in Israel is gung-ho about attacking Iran. Earlier this year, Israel’s former spy chief, Meir Dagan, said bombing Iran would be “a stupid idea” for Israel. It would mean regional war and would give Iran “the best possible reason to continue its nuclear program.”
Israel is being compelled to act because the alternative of nuclear arms in the hands of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is immeasurably worse than the fallout from a strike. Imagine if Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev claimed to have an invisible friend who lived at the bottom of a well, and he promised him that the whole world would turn to Communism if he could just wipe out America. This what Israel faces with Ahmadinejad, who has called for a destruction of Israel many times, and looks for the arrival of the Twelfth Imam during a “cataclysmic event.”
The law of self-preservation demands that Israel's leadership take measures to prevent Ahmadinejad from fulfilling his destiny. Since it would only take three nuclear weapons to effectively destroy the tiny Jewish state, the leadership in Jerusalem can’t afford to miscalculate the intentions of its enemies.
Iran already proved its craziness when it was caught red-handed in a plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. If it had nuclear weapons, what’s to prevent it from planting a device in Times Square, New York? I can already see in my mind’s eye Ahmadinejad grinningly saying "Don't look at me” when one of our most economically vital cities disappears under a mushroom cloud.
I'm not all that concerned about knowing the time frame for an Israeli airstrike. What has me more interested is how the attack would change the whole prophetic landscape. It’s possible that the reason the attack has been delayed is because God has it tied to events that are near to the timing of the Rapture.
-- Todd