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About Howard Linett
Howard Linett is an attorney, an independent journalist, a lecturer, sniper instructor in the Israeli Police Civil Guard and the author of "Living With Terrorism: Survival Lessons from the Streets of Jerusalem." Mr. Linett's new book, September 2010, is available here. He maintains a website here.
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Howard Linett
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September 21, 2010

An ancient Scottish proverb claims that "Confession is good for the soul.Ē Well, Iíll let you know if the ache in my soul is somehow eased by confessing that I remain a Pessimist.

I admit it. I was wrong. Yom Kippur 2010 has come and gone. Israel has not attacked Iran. Nor has Iran launched a massive pre-emptive missile attack against Israel. And somehow this is supposed to be good news?

My family and I reside in Jerusalem, Israel. During April 2008 I was home in the USA attending a national conference of federal government employees, as a featured speaker lecturing about Homicide/Suicide Bombers. Nevertheless I could not find a single police department between Denver and New Haven that would agree to host the version of my presentation I had specially prepared for American law enforcement.
My credentials were solid. I had been vetted. My speakerís fee was lunch. It did not matter. I discovered that my lecture contained too much controversial and politically incorrect information for multi-cultural big city police. I returned to Jerusalem having learned that in America ignorance was bliss - at least for Command, until terrorists start slaughtering patrol officers.

There was no future in educating folks about terrorism. Officially terrorism no longer existed. Friends and colleagues in local, state and federal government, who had been educating their peers about terrorism, were either under scrutiny or retiring. I started trying to figure out what to do with myself for the next several years. I decided to write a novel about what I thought would happen in the not so distant future, the consequence of the terrorists having checkmated the West. It would be my swan-song, my "I told you so.Ē

I chose late afternoon on September 17, 2010, a mere two hours before the start of the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, for Iran to attack Israel. The attack was designed to pre-empt an imminent Israeli strike against Iranís nuclear bomb manufacturing capabilities. Over the next 48 hours Syria, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority would join in Iranís hopeful climax in the erotic dream of eradicating Israel and its Jews. Thousands of missiles would rain down on the Holy Land. Israel would turn the lands of its enemies into glass. So much for my novelís the first 40 pages.

The remainder of my story was devoted to how the residents of Jerusalemís northern most neighborhoods survived repeated Fatah and Hamas attempts to drive them into the Mediterranean. I needed to revise my novel when President Obama was elected. I no longer expected America to come to Israelís assistance like a protective Big Brother.

For now my semi-apocalyptic novel continues to remain fictional. It is dated and will soon be forgotten, until it becomes reality, like Orwellís 1984. Unfortunately todayís reality is more terrifying than my outdated prophesy. In September 2010, Iran officially became a nuclear nation, openly and without opposition. Iranís "peacefulĒ nuclear program is dwarfed by its military nuclear program. Nothing has yet to disrupt or even meaningfully hinder Iranís relentless drive to develop nuclear weapons. Multiple international sources concede that Iran has the material necessary to construct at least two atomic bombs. No official or unofficial source has revised the estimates that September 2010 was the point of no return in thwarting Iranís achieving its goal of possessing nuclear Bombs.

Todayís Truth is that the West has moved from estimating when Iran will possess enough material to construct a Bomb, to estimating how many Bombs Iran is constructing. Some of Iranís closest European neighbors seemingly concede Iran has a Bomb, if not several Bombs. These countries are squealing about Iranís relentless, perhaps even completed, drive to perfect the missiles that will deliver the Bombs to their targets. Then again there is no end to the ways Iran can deliver a Bomb to its target. A missile is unnecessary.

It is inexplicable that Israel has allowed such a situation to come to pass. Neither I nor anyone I know has an explanation. Speculation is pointless. Fatalism has set-in. Israel is going to be nuked. The Israeli-in-the-street either admits he expects to be nuked by Iran or admits he refuses to think about the subject because it is too terrifying. No one thinks it is not going to happen.

You want a genuine apocalyptic scenario? Many believe that Iran will use three Bombs on Israel, obliterating Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beer Sheva. Simultaneously it is anticipated that an Iranian nuclear weapon of mass destruction will be detonated in New York City. It remains a coin-flip as to whether Iran also nukes Washington, DC. Frankly my novelís fictional scenario of a massive attack on Israel, with thousands of long and mid-range missiles armed with conventional warheads, is pleasant in comparison to todayís facts. And no, my soul aches no less for my having made this confession.

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