by Syarif Hidayat
The US President, Barack Obama is trying to stop “a nuclear-armed rabid dog on the loose” from ‘destroying entire world.’ American journalist Mark Glenn says President Barack Obama is seeking to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran in order to stop Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from destroying the world. Glenn made the comments in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday, March 8, 2015 when asked about a recent statement by Obama.
The US president said on Sunday that there is a sense of “urgency” in reaching an agreement with Iran. The Obama administration’s officials “are genuinely frightened that they have a rabid dog on the loose in the form of Netanyahu and there he’s going to do something crazy, that he’s going to detonate a nuclear weapon somewhere in the United States, somewhere in the West in order to blame it on Iran,” Glenn said.
“I believe that this in part explains the ‘urgency’ that President Obama referenced in his speech. They literally have an Armagedonist sitting there with his finger on the button in Israel, and now they are scrambling to find some way of dealing with him and getting his finger away from that button before he destroys the entire world,” he added.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is in the middle of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group — Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany — in order to reach a comprehensive agreement after an interim deal was reached in November 2013. Obama said Iran has abided by the terms of the interim nuclear agreement signed two years ago. “I think it is fair to say that there is an urgency because we now have been negotiating for well over a year and the good news is that during this period, Iran has abided by the terms of the agreement,” Obama said.
He noted that the current nuclear negotiations have reached a point where political decisions should be made in order to reach a final deal because technical issues are resolved.
A German proverb says: “Bellende Hunde beißen nicht.” – Lit. translation: “Barking dogs don’t bite.” – Meaning: “As long as talking (barking) continues, even albeit threatening, violence is averted.” – Meaning: “Cowards threaten a lot.” -English version: “Barking dogs seldom bite.”
But I think in the case of the Zionist Entity (Israel), it is different. It is really a mad and very dangerous dog! One of the Zionist leaders confirmed it.
Moshe Dayan, Israel’s most celebrated general, famously outlined the strategy he believed would keep Israel’s enemies at bay: “’Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.’ …our armed forces are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”
Until now, most observers had assumed Dayan was referring to Israeli military or possibly nuclear strategy, an expression in his typically blunt fashion of the country’s familiar doctrine of deterrence. Today, estimates of the Israeli nuclear arsenal range from a minimum of 200 to a maximum of about 500.
Whatever the number, there is little doubt that Israeli nukes are among the world’s most sophisticated, largely designed for “war fighting” in the Middle East. A staple of the Israeli nuclear arsenal are “neutron bombs,” miniaturized thermonuclear bombs designed to maximize deadly gamma radiation while minimizing blast effects and long term radiation- in essence designed to kill people while leaving property intact.
The Israeli nuclear arsenal is backed-up by the delivery mechanisms that include Jericho intercontinental ballistic missiles with a range of 11,500 km. This could mean targets in all Middle East and Gulf regions and also Europe as far as Moscow and London are within its shooting range of Israeli nuclear weapons.
Ariel Sharon, demonstrating the Israeli nuclear arsenal arrogance, says things like: “We are much more important than (Americans) think. We can take the Middle East with us whenever we go” and “Arabs may have the oil, but we have the matches.”
Ezar Weissman, former Israeli president said “The nuclear issue is gaining momentum (and the) next war will not be conventional.”
A former Israeli official justified Israel’s threats: “You Americans screwed us” in not supporting Israel in its 1956 war with Egypt. “We can still remember the smell of Auschwitz and Treblinka. Next time we’ll take all of you with us.”
Israel has been armed and funded by the United States over the past sixty years and is playing the role of “the attack dog” in the Middle East, says Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a controversial address to a joint meeting of the US Congress to mount an unprecedented challenge Tuesday to the Obama administration’s attempts to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, calling it a grave threat to peace in Israel and the world. “This is a bad deal,” Netanyahu said.
“We’re better off without it.”Netanyahu said he regretted that his speech has been seen by some as political, saying he appreciates all that President Barack Obama has done for Israel. But he said he had an obligation as prime minister to speak out on an issue that poses a threat to the survival of Israel and its people.
“The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam and nuclear weapons,” he said. That is what will happen, he argued, under the deal being negotiated between Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Iran’s nuclear program would be left virtually intact, Netanyahu said, meaning it would not take long for the country to achieve the capacity to build an atomic weapon – about a year by U.S. estimates, even shorter by Israeli estimates.
Before offering further concessions, negotiators should insist on three things, Netanyahu said: stop aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East, stop supporting terrorism and stop threatening to annihilate Israel. Several dozen congressional Democrats skipped Netanyahu’s address, while many others attended reluctantly, they said. “I’m going to listen quite respectfully. I’m not going to jump up and down,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said this week.
Netanyahu nonetheless spoke to a standing-room-only audience in the House chamber Tuesday, a testament to the traditional strength of the U.S.-Israeli alliance but also to the partisan tinderbox that his trip to Washington this week has become. Boehner invites Netanyahu without informing White House House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced in January that he had invited the prime minister to address Congress and later acknowledged that he issued the invitation without informing the White House, making it a highly unusual trip to the U.S. for a foreign leader.
Underscoring the trip’s unconventional nature is Netanyahu’s position as a leading critic of the talks over the Islamic nation’s nuclear program. The Obama administration made its case Monday for the ongoing negotiations while Netanyahu warned that they put the world in danger, in effect making himself the leader of the opposition to a White House priority.
The demand for tickets for Tuesday’s joint meeting was “unprecedented,” Boehner’s office said, 10 times the number of seats available in the viewing galleries. Tickets were also issued for two alternative viewing locations set up in the Capitol. A number of former members of Congress were expected to return to the House floor to attend, including former Speaker Newt Gingrich. “The demand for tickets, I have never seen anything like it,” Boehner said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
He has fiercely stood by his decision to invite Netanyahu, even as the Obama administration called it a breach of protocol. “It has been, frankly, remarkable to me the extent to which, over the last five or six weeks, the White House has attacked the prime minister, attacked me for wanting to hear from one of our closest allies,” Boehner said. Obama has dismissed the rift with Netanyahu over the invitation, saying it won’t permanently harm the U.S. relationship with Israel.
In an interview on the eve of Netanyahu’s speech, Obama made his most detailed public comments to date on the terms he would accept, saying that Iran would have to agree to a deal lasting at least 10 years that would limit its nuclear efforts, provide for strict international inspections and reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium enough to guarantee that “at least a year” would be needed to generate enough fuel for a weapon.
Whether Iran’s government, which denies it seeks a nuclear weapon, will agree to the necessary inspections and other terms remains unclear, Obama told the Reuters news agency. “But if they do agree to it, it would be far more effective in controlling their nuclear program than any military action we could take, any military action Israel could take and far more effective than sanctions will be,” the president said.
Israeli Nuclear threat to world peace
Adrian Salbuchi, a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina, says “For more than a decade, Western nations and their powerful global media have been sounding loud alarms, warning that Iran is “building the bomb,” and they must be stopped immediately, otherwise world “peace” will be in danger.”
They have been fanning the winds of war against Iran on behalf of the “international community” of course, where as usual Israel shrieks the loudest. No doubt nuclear weapons are bad news irrespective of who develops and keeps them ready in their arsenals. In the hands of hawkish warmongers, however, nukes are especially bad news as the martyred cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki learned.
Today, nine countries have nuclear weapons: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, North Korea, Pakistan, India and…. “Little” Israel. The first eight have signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Israel has not and will not, a fact the UN has just reminded them of.
Why do nations maintain nukes?
For two basic reasons:
– either for defensive purposes, as weapons of deterrence, dissuasion and protection, or
– for offensive purposes as weapons of conquest, attack and aggression.
Except for the US which was the first to build nuclear bombs and the only country to ever use them in warfare, the other nuclear powers have so far only kept them in readiness “just in case.” So far…
Which country will be the first to press the red button?
Geopolitical and military planners take into account extreme scenarios under which global crises may turn really nasty for their countries. That’s when nervous fingers start fiddling around with the red “first strike” launch button.
Today, India and Pakistan are aiming their nuclear bombs at each other; the on-going conflict over Kashmir could conceivably lead to a direct nuclear confrontation between them, a fact reflected in the “run-for-cover” nuclear attack drills held in that region.
Russia and China show no signs of toying with demented first-strike ideas. The US and UK, in turn, have jointly become very aggressive militarily since 9/11 as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan and Syria have so tragically learned, and through NATO, they have dragged nuclear power France into successive brawls. However, they jointly focus on their on-going unconventional so-called “Global War on Terror.”
In this scheme of things, NATO acts as the West’s military expansion platform: whether it’s about taking out Iraq and Libya, bringing Poland and Central Europe under the Western fold, cornering Syria, or driving a beachhead against Russia in the Ukraine.
That leaves Israel… Here we have a “special” country with a very special relationship with the US and major Western powers. Israel’s leadership seems to run the country’s foreign policy based on one key extreme scenario: What if someday the formidable array of Israel’s Muslim enemies in the Middle East were to corner Israel into a dead-end leaving it no way out?
If that happens, Tel-Aviv’s military and political planners appear to hold one last wild-card up their sleeves, aptly called the “The Samson Option” alluding to the immensely strong Biblical hero Samson who pushed apart the pillars of a Philistine temple bringing its roof crashing down and killing thousands of the enemy and himself in the process (Judges, 16:30). In modern Israeli, “to-be-or-not-to-be” defense parlance, if ever that country were confronted with annihilation by its foes, surrender would never be an option – suicide would.
Enter Israel’s nuclear arsenal into this Dr Strangelove scenario: faced with annihilation, would Israel nuke the entire Middle East? Worse still, nasty rumors seem to indicate that Israeli leaders’ paranoid far-right “trust-nobody” policies have also led them to aim their (America’s, actually) nuclear warheads at certain key European cities too.
That means that if ever Samson were to attack, he would hit very hard indeed!
Would Israel’s leaders ever do such a thing?
Who knows, but if the biblical “by their fruits shall ye know them” is any guide then Israel’s behavior over the past two decades of ultra-right-wing Likud and Kadima leadership seems to hold the answer.
If PM Ariel Sharon of Sabra and Shatilla fame purposefully unleashed the second intifada in September 2000 by “reclaiming” the Temple Mount… if successive prime ministers regularly bomb, maim and humiliate the Palestinians building huge 20 foot high prison walls around them and bulldoze their homes… if Benjamin Netanyahu regularly carpet bombs Gaza whilst congresswoman Ayelet Shaked calls on Israelis to “have the blood of Palestinian mothers on their hands,” and Knesset Vice-President Moshe Feiglin calls for the immediate expulsion of 1.5 million Gaza Palestinians, then – 2 plus 2 equals 4 – we can only conclude that, yes: if pushed into a corner Israel would very likely unleash a nuclear holocaust on the world.
Worse still: America would support and do everything in its power to help and justify that. It seems Samson is in need of an urgent haircut!
We may conclude that Israel is the danger to world peace. However, that’s wrong. Iran is the danger! At least that’s what the US, UK, EU and the West’s global press scream all day long.
The Iranian Situation
Let’s look at some of the facts: Iran has a legitimate nuclear program for peaceful purposes closely tied to Russia’s technological support. However, with all the anti-Iran uproar raised by the West threatening Iran every other day with a “pre-emptive” military strike, it would not come as a surprise if Iran were to feel cornered into militarizing its nuclear program.
Even if only to dissuade Israeli and the Western powers’ constant threats and bullying. In fact, for over a century, the West has systematically attacked Iran. In 1953, US and British intelligence orchestrated a military coup that ousted Prime Minister Mossadeq as he was in the process of nationalizing Iran’s oil industry, including one private oil monster called the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, better known today as British Petroleum (“BP”) whose top brass, then and now, are Rothschild/Rockefeller/Bilderberg/Trilateral power insiders.
For the next 26 years, the US and UK placed Mohammed Reza Pahlevi in power as “Shah”. Not exactly a prime example of “democracy” but very much in line with the typical Muslim ally the US/UK demand: authoritarian, undemocratic and retrograde, the same as the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and UAE.
After the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the storming of the US Embassy in Tehran by the Revolutionary Guard (not cool: embassies are sacrosanct, but then again no American was hurt), in 1980 America used their proxy in the region – Saddam Hussein of Iraq – to attack Iran. By 1982 however, the Iranians had pushed Saddam out, but in the ensuing six years of war his forces killed more than one million Iranian civilians and military, including tens of thousands who were gassed to death when Iraq used US-supplied chemical WMD’s against them. From the perspective of the US and its allies at the time, Saddam was a “good guy” fighting against the Iranian “bad guys…”
On July 3, 1988, an American warship patrolling the Persian Gulf – the ‘USS Vincennes’ – shot down an Iran Air commercial jetliner killing all 290 people on board, mostly pilgrims on their way to The Mecca. The US stated that the Airbus A300 had been mistaken for an Iranian fighter. America’s response? The usual: “Oops, sorry! Collateral Damage!”
In January 2002, George W. Bush declared Iran was part of an “Axis of Evil” together with Iraq and North Korea. Further back, during World War I, Iran was occupied by British, Ottoman and Russian forces. In September 1941, its then “Shah” was forced to abdicate by the Anglo-Soviet invasion. (“Sorry, guys… we need to grab your oil to fight those ghastly undemocratic Germans, Italians and Japanese!”)
Today, Iran is under constant threat from Israel and its global and regional allies. Even “surprising ISIS” has targeted Iran for destruction! And how many times has Iran invaded, attacked or orchestrated coups against Britain, the US, Israel and other Western nations, or its Arab neighbors? Never! In fact, Iran has not attacked another single country, neighbor or otherwise, for 200 years. Can the US, France, Britain, Israel and others say the same?So, talking about nukes and peace, who should “the international community” really be afraid of? And yet, Western governments, its subservient press and, above all, “Little Israel” just keep on yelling exactly the opposite, and, misquoting Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “They are all, all very honorable countries…” Right?
– Since the Iranian revolution, no country has been invaded by Iran and not a single person has been killed by Iran in a foreign country, not a single Israeli or American or British nuclear scientist killed and not a single Iranian spy drone is detected over Israeli, the UK or US Air Space!
– Since 1979, the US has invaded Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and has been bombing Pakistan, Somalia, Sudah and Yemen using drones bombers and killing almost two millions (and continue counting) of innocent people including old men, women, children and babies. The US has also killed Third World leaders such as Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.
– Since Iranian revolution, Israel has killed thousands of Palestinians and some Iranian nuclear scientists. – Since Iranian revolution, not a single Israeli or US scientist killed by Iranians.
– Since Iranian revolution, some US and Israeli spy drones reportedly shot down or forced down in Iran.
The US-Israeli collusion
The actual Nuclear World War could be easily triggered by the illicit agreement between the crazy American President and the deranged and adventurous Israeli Prime Minister. Please take a close look at the example of the actual Israeli nuclear threats to the world security: In 2002, while the United States was building for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatened that if Israel was attacked “Israel will react. Is it clear?”
Israeli defense analyst Zeev Schiff explained: “Israel could respond with a nuclear retaliation that would eradicate Iraq as a country.” It is believed the then US President, George W. Bush gave Sharon the “Green-Light” to attack Baghdad in retaliation, including with Nuclear Weapons, but only if attacks came before the American military invasion.
The Actual threat to the world security comes from Israel
Iran is developing nuclear energy program must not alarm the Arab world and the world as a whole. Israel has more than enough nuclear weapons (nuclear warheads and bombs) to destroy the whole Middle East at any moment! So what?
The Israeli weapons of mass destruction (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Bombs) and weapons of ethnic cleansing (Ethnic Bomb) are the real threat to the world security! However, just as threatening to Arabs, and the world, is Israel’s aggressive stance towards using its own 200 to 500 nuclear weapons — ones which it has never formally admitted exist.
These weapons can be deployed by air, missile or submarine to almost any place on earth. Although dwarfed by the nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia, each possessing over 10,000 nuclear weapons, Israel nonetheless is a major nuclear power, and should be publicly recognized as such.
Possessing chemical and biological weapons, an extremely sophisticated nuclear arsenal, and an aggressive strategy for their actual use, Israel provides the major regional impetus for the development of weapons of mass destruction and represents an acute threat to peace and stability in the Middle East and the world as a whole.
The Israeli nuclear program represents a serious impediment to nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation and, with India and Pakistan, is a potential nuclear flashpoint.(prospects of meaningful non-proliferation are a delusion so long as the nuclear weapons states insist on maintaining their arsenals). The Israeli bombs themselves range in size from “city busters” larger than the Hiroshima Bomb to tactical mini nukes.
The Israeli arsenal of weapons of mass destruction clearly dwarfs the actual or potential arsenals of all other Middle Eastern states combined, and is vastly greater than any conceivable need for “deterrence.” A staple of the Israeli nuclear arsenal are “neutron bombs,” miniaturized thermonuclear bombs designed to maximize deadly gamma radiation while minimizing blast effects and long term radiation- in essence designed to kill people while leaving property intact.
The Israeli nuclear arsenal is backed-up by the delivery mechanisms that include the long-range all-weather attack fighter bombers: F-4E-2000 Phantoms, F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-35 Radar Evading Stealth Bombers as well as Jericho intercontinental ballistic missiles with a range of 11,500 km, bringing all countries in the Middle East and Gulf regions including Iran and Europe as far as UK into its range.
Iran was never building nuclear weapons
Sherwood Ross, an award-winning reporter and editorial as well as book publicist, in his article titled “US spies declare: Iran was never building nuclear weapons” published in IPS, wrote The former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a new published report that he had not seen “a shred of evidence” that Iran was “building nuclear-weapons facilities and using enriched materials.”
Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient who spent 12 years at the IAEA, told investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, “I don’t believe Iran is a clear and present danger. All I see is the hype about the threat posed by Iran.” El Baradei, who is now a candidate for the presidency of Egypt, added, “The core issue is mutual lack of trust. I believe there will be no solution until the day that the United States and Iran sit down together to discuss the issues and put pressure on each other to find a solution.”
El Baradei’s remarks are contained in an article by Hersh titled “Iran And The Bomb,” published in the June 6 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Hersh points out that the last two U.S. National Intelligence Estimates (N.I.E.s) on Iranian nuclear progress “have stated that there is no conclusive evidence that Iran has made any effort to build the bomb since 2003.”
An N.I.E. Report supposedly represents the best judgment of the senior offices from all the major American intelligence agencies. The latest report, which came out this year and remains highly classified, is said by Hersh to reinforce the conclusion of the last N.I.E. Report of 2007, that “Iran halted weaponization in 2003.”
A retired senior intelligence officer, speaking of the latest N.I.E. Report, told Hersh, “The important thing is that nothing substantially new has been learned in the last four years, and none of our efforts—informants, penetrations, planting of sensors—leads to a bomb.” Hersh revealed that over the past six years, soldiers from the Joint Special Operations Force, working with Iranian intelligence assets, “put in place cutting-edge surveillance techniques” to spy on suspected Iran facilities.
These included: –Surreptitiously removing street signs and replacing them with signs containing radiation sensors. –Removing bricks from buildings suspected of containing nuclear enrichment activities and replacing them “with bricks embedded with radiation-monitoring devices.” –Spreading high-powered sensors disguised as stones randomly along roadways where a suspected underground weapon site was under construction. –Constant satellite coverage of major suspect areas in Iran. (HSH)
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