I do not normally engage in speculation on forthcoming military strikes, as these matters are beyond my expertise. The thing about this "internet rumour" is that, unlike many Nostradamus stories, and rumours of the imminent end of the Earth, this one has a specific deadline of Good Friday: 4 am, 6 April, (Iranian time (Teheran) which is GMT +3:30 hrs). Then you will know whether or not there was anything to it.
WASHINGTON DC, — The long awaited US military attack on Iran is now on track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 am on April 6, the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend, writes the well-known Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow weekly “Argumenty Nedeli.” Uglanov cites Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff for his account.
The attack is slated to last for 12 hours, according to Uglanov, from 4 am until 4 pm local time. Friday is the sabbath in Iran. In the course of the attack, code named Operation Bite, about 20 targets are marked for bombing; the list includes uranium enrichment facilities, research centers, and laboratories.
The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, where Russian engineers are working, is supposed to be spared from destruction. The US attack plan reportedly calls for the Iranian air defense system to be degraded, for numerous Iranian warships to be sunk in the Persian Gulf, and for the most important headquarters of the Iranian armed forces to be wiped out.
The attacks will be mounted from a number of bases, including the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia is currently home to B-52 bombers equipped with standoff missiles. Also participating in the air strikes will be US naval aviation from aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, as well as from those of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Additional cruise missiles will be fired from submarines in the Indian Ocean and off the coast of the Arabian peninsula. The goal is allegedly to set back Iran’s nuclear program by several years, writes Uglanov, whose article was reissued by RIA-Novosti in various languages, but apparently not English, several days ago. The story is the top item on numerous Italian and German blogs, but so far appears to have been ignored by US websites.
Observers comment that this dispatch represents a high-level orchestrated leak from the Kremlin, in effect a war warning, which draws on the formidable resources of the Russian intelligence services, and which deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness by pro-peace forces around the world.
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Make up your own mind, or just wait and see.
Thing is, George W does need to regain the ascendency in his War on Public Opinion (sorry the "War on Terror"). So it makes sense that he would do something like this. Expect JWH to follow along, supporting Dubbya's brilliant leadership of the coalition of the stupid (willing).
The timing intrigues me: is it part of the deep cover for the "Neo-cons" in the USA, who are pretty much part of the Pro-Israel push, that they should launch this attack on Good Friday - one of the most solemn Christian holy days?