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Thursday, February 20, 2003

Just Getting Started:

U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials on Monday that he has no doubt America will attack Iraq, and that it will be necessary to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea afterwards. Bolton, who is undersecretary for arms control and international security, is in Israel for meetings about preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. In a meeting with Bolton on Monday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that Israel is concerned about the security threat posed by Iran. It's important to deal with Iran even while American attention is turned toward Iraq, Sharon said. -- from Haaretz.

And it appears as though Iran may be being dealt with: 302 Killed in Crash of Iranian Military Plane. After Carnahan and Wellstone, it appears that our covert Predator controllers are after bigger planes now.

The crash today was the latest in a series of air disasters mostly involving Russian- and Ukrainian-built aircraft. A Ukrainian Antonov-140 crashed into the mountains last December near the central city of Isfahan. Forty-six people were killed. As I recall, those killed in that crash included Ukrainian aerospace experts.