Uranus makes it final square to the Iran-Israel composite Mars in the early hours of this coming Friday, 12th January. After that the likelihood of a surprise surgical strike by Israel on Iran's nuclear installations begins to recede, but remains distinctly possible, until the end of the year.
The main article in the Sunday Times today detailed plans released by the Israelis as to exactly how they would destroy Iran's facilities. The plans were presumably released yesterday, a day in which the Moon passed over Israel's natal Mars at 28 Leo.
It seems that Iran has 3 main installations, 2 of which could be taken out by conventional bombing/missiles, and the 3rd of which would require a bunker-busting bomb (don't the Americans call them daisy cutters?), followed by a 'tactical' nuclear warhead of about 1 kiloton (1/15 the size of Hiroshima) which would explode underground and destroy the centrifuge facility, which is currently under 70ft of concrete and is, apparently, the most heavily guarded site in the world.
Though it may be some years until the Iranians have a bomb, they will have developed the know-how within 2 years, and it is this as much as anything that the Israelis want to stop. The President of Iran has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel, and it would be entirely in character for Israel to launch a successful surgical strike.
When Israel was founded in 1948, they immediately faced attack by a whole gang of Arab states, and they beat them off. I have to admire them. Israel has Mars in Leo, and they are fearsome warriors. (Which doesn't mean I don't also think it might have been better if Israel had never existed in the 1st place. We have the 19th century pogroms to blame for that, and fundamentalist Christianity to blame for the pogroms, and Roman imperialism to blame for both the Jewish diaspora and the rise of Christianity...)
If Iran is attacked, they are liable to close down the Straits of Hormuz, through which passes 20% of the world's oil. The British and Americans have recently sent naval ships, including an aircraft carrier, to that area, which apparently they would have no reason to do unless they were expecting some kind of action by Iran.
Why has Israel released these plans? There's no point sabre-rattling with Iran, they're going to carry on as they are anyway. It must be to prepare the world for what they are going to do, and to be able to say that they had warned Iran. It would suit George Bush at present, because the more trouble there is in the Middle East, particularly with a 'terrorist' nation like Iran, the more likely he is to get the backing to send extra troops to its neighbour Iraq.
Countries like Saudi Arabia, which are ruled by Sunnis, would be only too happy to see Shia Iran stopped in its tracks. BUT Pakistan is a nuclear power, currently run by a military dictatorship that has to appease its fundamentalist Islamic constituency. An attack by Israel on Iran may well tip the balance in Pakistan and lead to the fundamentalists gaining power. Then there really would be nuclear trouble. It's the law of unintended consequences. Like the invasion of Iraq leading to a Shia Iraq becoming buddies with its Shia neighbour, and arch-enemy of the USA, Iran.
On the face of it, I would like to see Iran stopped from developing nuclear know-how. George Bush may be a nutter (technical term), but he is restrained by the American governmental system. President Ahmedinejad of Iran is also a nutter, but one who appears to be a lot less restrained.
By Progression, Iran is currently at a peak of aggression. Its prog Mars is at 17 Aries, exactly opposite Prog Pluto at 17 Libra until March, when it starts to wane. With an opposition, it is inviting attack from without.
Israel's prog Mars is currently at 27 Virgo, exactly squaring prog Uranus at 27 Gemini. Say no more. Between Israel and Iran, the composite Mars and each of the prog Mars are like a tinderbox, particularly over the next couple of months. And just to put the cherry on the cake, Iran's natal Mars is at 25.37 Pisces, which Pluto will still be squaring, though not exactly, this year.
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