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Iran is Israel's problem

Iran is Israel’s problem


May 24, 2006 – Iran is Israel’s problem.  Even though the yellow journalists that make up the dead-stream media in the United States are reporting otherwise, Iran is solely Israel’s problem.  Yet somehow the Iran / Israel conflict has infiltrated the minds of news editors across the United States to the degree that Iran’s nuclear ambitions, whether peaceful or not, are being reported in the United States as if the U.S. shared a border with the Islamic Republic.  U.S. occupied Iraq does not constitute a shared border with Iran, although Israeli officials, working directly and indirectly through the Israel Lobby firmly rooted in the halls of Congress, have been relentless in their effort to convince the American people that it does.  


Israel is clearly concerned about Iran.  Whether it is actually threatened by Iran is debatable.  Israel is a nuclear power.  It has nuclear weapons – hundreds of them.  Israel is not a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and refuses to officially confirm or deny having a nuclear arsenal, or to having developed nuclear weapons, or even to having a nuclear weapons program – even though the rest of the world knows that Israel does in fact have a nuclear arsenal.  It is a fascinating fact that Israel is working overtime to convince the United States to eliminate Iran’s emerging nuclear capabilities while Israel remains a non-member to the very treaty in which it has publicly accused Iran of violating. 


Iran has threatened to remove itself from the NPT if the international community places sanctions on Iran for pursuing what Iran describes as a peaceful nuclear program aimed at the development and delivery of clean, affordable nuclear power to its people and neighbors in the region.  There is little doubt that withdraw from the NPT by Iran would be reported by the dead-stream U.S. media as a convincing indication that Iran has something to hide – a nuclear weapons program.  However, even if Iran did withdraw from the NPT tomorrow, its nuclear program would still be more transparent than Israel’s – a fact that U.S. foreign policy makers would be wise to recognize before they launch an attack on another Muslim nation on Israel’s behalf. 


In the April 30, 2006 article by World Net Daily titled Impatient Mossad warns of ‘monster in the making’, it was reported that in the last week of April, the head of Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad chief Meir Dagan visited Washington DC to communicate Israel’s growing impatience with the international community’s failure to deal with Tehran’s unchecked development of nuclear technology,[1] even as Israel is an unchecked nuclear power.  It is precisely this type of double standard that the United States grants Israel that inflames hatred for the United States in so much of the Middle East. 


It is beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel wants, even expects the United States to launch an attack against Iran’s known nuclear facilities.  This week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is in Washington DC for his first meeting with President Bush.  Last week, Olmert appeared on CNN’s “Late Edition” to lay the groundwork for his visit to the White House.  On CNN, Olmert said, “The world should not take Iran’s nuclear ambitions lightly because Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction.”  Olmert continued, “However, it is unlikely Israel would act on its own, diplomatically or militarily, to deal with the problem.”[2]


How is it possible that Israel is telling the world to not take Iran’s nuclear ambitions lightly because Iran has threatened the destruction of Israel?  Iran has not threatened the destruction of the world – only Israel.  If Israel wants the world to feel its pain, how is it that Israel says it is unlikely that it would act on its own, diplomatically or militarily, to deal with the problem?  If Israel isn’t willing to deal with the problem, why should the United States or the world?  It makes no sense whatsoever.  Who is threatened by Iran?  Israel. Who has Iran threatened to destroy?  Israel.  Between the two countries – Israel and Iran, which is a known nuclear power?  Israel.  Who is in striking distance of Iran’s missiles?  Israel.  Who is it that wants the U.S. military to intervene on its behalf while it has the proven capability to defend itself in the Middle East?  Israel.  Who is it that wants the U.S. taxpayer to continue sending it $3 billion per year to sustain its military and economy, while it continues to be as much of a roadblock to peace in the Middle East as any other?  Israel.  Who is it that is in Washington DC right now trying to convince the President of United States to pour American blood into Iranian soil while it protects Israeli soldiers from war with Iran?  Israel. 


Maybe, just maybe, if the United States would kick Israel out of the eagle’s nest and force the overgrown baby to straighten up and fly right; maybe if Israel had to make its own peace in the Middle East without being able to hide behind the promise of military protection made by Big Brother, maybe if the wars that will need to be fought in the Middle East between Israel and its neighbors are allowed to be fought without U.S. manipulation or intervention, then and only then, the world might see war torn people, humbled by their transgressions and aggressions, come to their senses and make amicable and lasting peace in the Middle East.  Peace is something more than complying with the barrel of a gun.  Peace is peace.

[1] World Daily Net, Impatient Mossad warns of ‘monster in the making’, April 30, 2006, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=49984, [Accessed May 8, 2006] 

[2] Associated Press, Olmert: Iran Close to Atomic Bomb Know-How, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, May 21, 2006, http://www.comcast.net/printArt.jsp?path=data/news/2006/05/21/396626.xml, [Accessed May 21, 2006]

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