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Jun 9, 2010

The Israeli Military Arrogance

The Haaretz Israel newspaper published an article under the title, “The Israeli Prime Minister B. Netanyahu Beating The Drums of War” (May 23, 2010). The prime minister warned the Israeli population that they should be prepared for war that might start at any time. He of course referred to his usual enemies: Iran, Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. He emphasized Iran in particular because of its nuclear program, which the world is trying to stop. He also pointed out that Israel began to take serious military steps to prevent Iran from having its nuclear program because of its threat to Israel.

Since it developed its nuclear arsenal during the later part of the 1950s, Israel began its future military strategy to prevent any country in the Middle East from developing a nuclear bomb. Some of the tactics used by the Israeli Mossad include the assassination of Arab and Iranian nuclear scientists in the United States and in Europe, the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and the bombing of the suspected nuclear reactor in Syria in 2007.

The basic reason behind Israeli military aggression is plainly clear and that is to keep Israel as the only military power in the Middle East region. Israel is the 5th military power in the world and even if Iran ends up with their own bomb, they cannot use it. On the other hand, it will neutralize Israeli nuclear power and at the same time it will discourage Israel from attempts at intimidating other countries in the region. An illustration of this point in recent news is that Israel sent three nuclear submarines close to the Iranian shore to reflex its military muscles.

General John Abizaid, the retired army general who headed central command in the Middle East for four years (03-07) said that he was confident that if Iran gained nuclear arms, the United States could deter it from using them. He continued to say, “There are ways to live with a nuclear Iran. We lived with nuclear Soviet Union, w e have lived with a nuclear China and we are living with other nuclear powers as well.” He further noted that military action to pre-empt Iran’s nuclear ambitions might not be the wisest course (www.truthout.org/article-abizaid 6/3/10).

Prime Minister Netanyahu has already rejected President Obama’s proposal for a nonproliferation of nuclear arms conference in 2012 that will focus on the issue of turning the Middle East into a region free of all weapons of mass destruction.

I doubt that the Israelis will go along with such a proposal and therefore Iran should proceed with its program. The Arab nations should wake up to Israeli’s threat and develop their own military strategy.

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