January 23, 2005

Israel is nobody's bitch

This article in the Jewish newspaper Haaretz provides us with some interesting insights into our friend Israel. Or at least Dick Cheney's view of it.
U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney did indeed say, last Thursday, that Israel "might well decide to act first" to eliminate an Iranian nuclear threat. However, the headlines that claimed Cheney was apprehensive about such a development misunderstood the point he was making. Cheney is not worried about the Israeli context, nor is he warning Israel not to act without coordination with Washington. He is using the possibility of an Israeli operation against Iran to threaten Tehran, while shaking off American responsibility for that kind of escalation. His comment was not a warning to Israel but a means of deterrence against Iran...
One of the concerns, he noted in the interview, is that Israel is liable to act against Iran "without being asked. ... If in fact the Israelis became convinced the Iranians had significant nuclear capability, given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterward."
Now the first part may reflect the opinions of the editorialist Amir Oren, but the last is an actual quote. This is the Vice President of the United States encouraging one sovereign country to attack another sovereign country. Why does he talk like Israel (like Bush) cannot be held accountable. Why do they get a free ride? Why should the rest of the world keep cleaning up Israels diplomatic messes? Screw them! They have the bomb and they want to keep anyone else in the region from getting one. I don't see why anyone other than the UN should give them any help with it. The more the merrier. It's been coming for a long time. The breakup of the Soviet Union allowed quite a bit of nuclear material and technology to disappear. That guy in Pakistan who sold nuclear secrets claims to have stolen them from Europe. Welcome to globalization.

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