October 8, 2007 by pulkit
There has been a lot of speculation about Britain’s stance on the Iran nuclear issue after the baton of power passed on to an avowed Gandhian, Gordon Brown. Now it is widely perceived that British PM Gordon Brown has expressed his readiness for air-strikes on key installations of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards but on the condition that the main ground for such attacks should be countering terrorism rather than obliterating nuclear installations in the Islamic Republic.
The British and American defense officials held discussions in Pentagon over formalising a plan for such air strikes and the role that the British could play in them. All indications point at tactical air strikes–laconic, brisk and accurately destructive–instead of a full-blown assault to wipe-out nuclear infrastructure and, possibly even, topple the Mullah regime.
It is now, almost a foregone conclusion that the British will not forbear from sending their fighter planes into action, if a tactical offensive is launched against Iran to destroy the many terrorist havens inside.
American officials told the New Yorker: “During a secure video conference earlier this summer, the President told Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador to Iraq, that he was thinking of hitting Iranian targets across the border and that the British ‘were on board’.” [source]