Via a reader: Iran: We have plans to bomb Israel if attacked
“We have drawn up a plan to strike back at Israel with our bombers if this regime (Israel) makes a silly mistake,” Gen. Mohammad Alavi was quoted as telling Fars in an interview.
The reader wonders if anyone should be afraid of an Iranian military which claims to have just now made plans to bomb Israel.
Even more than that, I wonder if Israel has any fear whatsoever of the Iranian bombers. Question the capabilities of the Israeli army against Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon if you want, but I don’t think anyone questions the Israeli air force. Bombcats or no, I wouldn’t put money on any Iranian strike planes hitting targets in Israel if Israel is on alert.
Besides, if Iran is striking back against Israel because the US attacked Iran, US planes will also be defending Israel. It’s hard to say what our stance would be if the Israelis struck Iran, but I’d guess that we’d help in many ways if needed, even if we didn’t take part in actual combat.
France, who suddenly is acting all warlike, is tough to predict. They might be talking tough about Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, but I’m not really expecting them to do anything meaningful. In any event, Israel can take care of itself against Iranian air attack, and we’d be likely to help out regardless, either directly or indirectly.
Missiles, of course, are another matter entirely. As are special operations and terrorist attacks. Israel remains vulnerable to such attacks, particularly if launched from Iran’s proxies in Syria and Lebanon. Other nations in the Middle East are also very vulnerable, as is the flow of crude oil.
If military action is launched against Iran, it had better be comprehensive and it had better be a decision made with eyes open.