It seems hardly a day goes by that we're not talking about Iran, Israel, and nukes.
Juan Cole makes a point which others have made, but which bears repeating if only to illustrate a point I want to make in a moment:
"Netanyahu's hysteria about Iran is a piece of misdirection intended to sidestep the issue of Israel's own nuclear arsenal. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, and allows regular inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, even if the latter is not completely satisfied with Iran's transparency. Israel just thumbed its nose at the NPT. Israel would only have the moral high ground in demanding that Iran cease enrichment research if it gave up its own some 150 warheads."
Of course, the charge is ALWAYS the same with these people. They'll make jokes about Israel "maintaining the fiction that they don't have nukes" and that "the installation in Dimona is really just an overgrown bagel factory", which is absolutely ignorant and lacking basic common sense.
Officially, the U.S. does want Israel to sign on to the NPT. Believe it or not, the Bush administration was the first to give lip service to that goal. All other presidencies since Nixon's espoused a "see no evil" attitude: If Israel did not officially confess "We got nukes," the Americans would not press them to sign the treaty.
I want to just ask those who hold to this preposterous view why it even matters? Why does it matter if Israel finally admits what they have in their military arsenal or not anyway? I mean, we all know what she says.
Plus, to CONSTANTLY whine about how it's not fair that Israel has them, yet, she doesn't want her neighbors like Iran to have them is intellectually dishonest. Look at the facts.
Israel has had nuclear weapons in her possession all this time and has never used them. For her, it is purely a deterrent used against enemies that want to annihilate her. On the other hand, Iran has OPENLY STATED what they would do with any nukes if they were able to produce them on their own or get their hands on them. For them, it is a weapon that will help them slaughter and rule through force.
Chants of "Death to Israel!" and "Death to America!" come to mind and should come to mind of any sympathizers. Iran simply wants to wipe us both off the map. So, why is it so hard to stop and think that maybe it's not such a good idea to allow those types of nations and regimes to have the bomb? It's common sense.
However, common sense died a long time ago. More spiritual deception in these last days.
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