From Haaretz The Haaretz headline writer is somewhat at odds with the piece here. An IAF raid is clearly of marginal usefulness, and a ICBM strike of the non-genocidal sort ain't much better. The extract above is on the money. Once the Israelis get over their fear of population flight real politk will take grip by necissity. Given the inherently devious natures of both Qom and Tel Aviv a mutually convenient alignment between the Shi'a crescent and Israel is the likely outcome of a decade long nuclear standoff. They can threaten to wipe each other from the pages of history but their sworn enemies are mostly Egypt, the Gulf Kingships and all their assets around the Hindu Kush. Persian imperialism, or let's call it the Shi'a march to freedom that Bush started in Iraq leads that way. Now if a Gulf Kingship gets the bomb that's a different matter. IN that case the Joos can expect about as much mercy as a Kingship prince with a .50 BMG on his SUV would show a herd of gazelles.