Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Saudi Arabia: Iranian Nuclear Plant Would Be Disaster Worse than Fukushima, but Obama Won't Listen to Them, Won't Take Action to Prevent Disaster!


Even Saudi Arabia is opposed to Obama's Middle East Policies. 

When will Obama stop acting like an adolescent, angry that he isn't being taken seriously, and start acting like a president?  When will he realize that the intelligence information from our allies is valuable--not only to augment US intelligence, but also because relying upon their intelligence information shows trust in the competence of our allies?

Do the Israelis need to "be the man" AGAIN in this situation because the US is too afraid to upset anyone?

We are talking about the great loss of life here--not only from a rouge nation like Iran developing and (G-d forbid) using a nuclear bomb on their neighbors, but also because this technology cannot be safely by the Iranians--even for peaceful purposes.

I hope we can get through these next two years with Obama without the whole world coming apart at the seams.  He is so dangerously incompetent, so seriously inept in his position.

Please, G-d, send Obama some wisdom!  


Saudi Arabia: Second Fukushima if Iranian Bushehr activated in May  
DEBKAfile  Exclusive Report  April 12, 2011, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi and Kuwait officials have warned the US that if Iran activates its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr in May as planned, there is a good chance it will blow up and the entire Gulf region suffer a nuclear disaster on the scale of the misfortune at Japan's Fukushima and expose  millions to radiation contamination.

This issue was urgently raised in recent Saudi-US talks – first on April 4 with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and again Monday, April 11, with the National Security Adviser to the US President Tom Donilon.

The two high-level US official visits to Riyadh in six days attest to the fierce discord between Saudi King Abdullah and the administration - not just over Iran and its nuclear activity but the entire gamut of US Middle East policy.

When he met the defense secretary, the king took Gates charged that the  White House ignored Saudi intelligence evidence passed to the CIA that Tehran and Hizballah were actively fomenting the unrest in Bahrain with a  view to igniting parallel disturbances in the eastern Saudi oil regions  among the two million Shiites living there. Abdullah complained bluntly that no matter what evidence is put before President Obama, he refuses to budge from his course of engagement with regard to Iran.

The king declared angrily that the lax American attitude toward Islamic  Republic's nuclear aspirations places the very existence of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf nations in peril.

Washington had twisted Saudi arms to refrain from challenging the Bushehr nuclear plant when preparations for its activation were completed last year, despite its harmful potential for the region. (debkafile  reported last August that similar pressure was applied to Israel.) Even  the Iranians, Abdullah told Gates, were scared to switch it on out of concern for their own people.

It was the first time the Saudi monarch linked the Iranian plant with the Japanese nuclear calamity. Tuesday, April 12, Japan raised its severity to maximum seven the same as Chernobyl.

Four months ago, on Jan. 26, Moscow acted outside the rules of conventional diplomacy when Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin publicly demanded a NATO investigation into the effects of the Stuxnet malworm on the Bushehr reactor. He repeated a previous warning to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that "The virus attack on a Russian-built nuclear reactor in Iran could trigger a nuclear disaster on the scale of  Chernobyl."

debkafile's intelligence and Russians sources report that Russian concerns focused on the discovery of the unexplained entry of small pieces of metal into the cooling system. This told them that the Iranians had not managed to stop Stuxnet or its impact on the reactor's control systems and there was no guarantee that more malfunctions capable of causing the plant to blow up had been were not in store.

These warnings were initially heeded: Russian-Iranian preparations to active the reactor were suspended and it was emptied of nuclear fuel.

But then Friday, April 8, the fuel was reloaded the fuel. The next day,  the head of Iran's Nuclear Energy Commission Fereydoun Abbasi said: "Even before the earthquake and nuclear contamination crisis in Japan, Iran had accepted Russian experts' proposal to revise its plant to load fuel into the core of the Bushehr power plant's reactor."

Iran had never before referred to the Fukushima in relation to Bushehr.

Our sources add that the Abbasi statement clearly held Moscow responsible for any potential nuclear disaster that may beset the Iranian facility. It also confirmed the Saudi claim. Riyadh has accordingly demanded that Washington act without delay and by all means possible to prevent Bushehr going on line next month according to plan.

Such US action would be diametrically opposed to the Obama administration's Iran policy at present. 

However, failure to meet the Saudi demand will deepen the acute crisis in Saudi-US relations and mistrust sparked by the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak - with effect on other related issues such as Yemen and even Pakistan.

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