Hersh Goodman: Attack Iran before it’s too late

TheSpec – Israeli author says attack Iran before it’s too late.

Author and journalist Hirsh Goodman speaks in Hamilton Thursday night at Beth Jacob Synagogue.

DDN09GOODMAN. Author and journalist Hirsh Goodman speaks in Hamilton Thursday night at Beth Jacob Synagogue. Gary Yokoyama/The Hamilton Spectator Source: The Hamilton Spectator

Daniel Nolan

February 10, 2012

A prominent Israeli writer is advocating his nation attack Iran’s nuclear development facilities now because the risk is too great after that country builds nuclear weapons.

Hirsh Goodman doesn’t believe sanctions being pushed by Western nations will stop Iran and said something has to be done this year before Iran moves its nuclear work underground.

He said a nuclear Iran, along with a nuclear Pakistan, would plunge the world into “a new cold war, if not a hot one.”

“The minute Iran is nuclear, it’s a whole different game,” Goodman said Thursday night at the Beth Jacob Synagogue in west Hamilton.

“Not because they are going to blow up Israel. They’ve got missiles that can reach the east cost of America, but what happens if the ayatollah (Iran’s supreme leader) wakes up one morning and destroys the Saudi fields and the Kuwaiti oilfields and the West is left with no energy.”

Goodman, 65, is a former defence correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and the founder of The Jerusalem Report. He has written three books, the most recent coming out last year called The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival. He works as a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.

More than 100 came out to the event sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Hamilton.

Goodman said he hears the “fear” that if Israel attacks Iran, that nation will essentially make life hell for Israel afterwards. He said the actual assessment is that Iran “can do nothing” to prevent Israel from attacking its four nuclear development facilities, which he believes will put Iran’s nuclear ambitions back 20 years.

“What are they going to do?” he asked. “Not supply the world with oil. If there is terror, we’ll fight it. Iran today has never been weaker than it is right now. Their currency is finished … The country is in internal turmoil.”

He said if an attack is not done “when we can do it,” the only way to do it afterwards is with a tactical nuclear weapon.

“That’s a changed world,” Goodman noted. “No one has used a tactical nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There’s great benefit to getting it done when you can do it.”

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