Perspectives: Israel… Iran……The Great Satans

I once thought the best alternative for humanity was equality. What I know is that people and even nations are not equal. There are those with power and those without. If we examine the facts though, what do we get?

Israel wants Iran never to have nuclear weapons, and indeed Iran accepts this as part of the agreement when they joined the Non Proliferation Treaty.

The NPT is often seen to be based on a central bargain: “the NPT non-nuclear-weapon states agree never to acquire nuclear weapons and the NPT nuclear-weapon states in exchange agree to share the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology and to pursue nuclear disarmament aimed at the ultimate elimination of their nuclear arsenals”

Israel does not have to worry about this as Israel does not belong to the treaty (signing not ratified).

Israel, once again is sabre rattling the war drums with Iran, and it seems that every time we hear from them they want war.

Seeking to discourage a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel threatened military action against Iran and dared others to do the same.

“Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly. “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others.”

Gone were the Israeli leader’s usual witty comments – although he is always an interesting orator. And gone was any new commitment or analysis of peace with the Palestinians.

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He goes on to say:

“The only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”

In fact there are other notable issues that the rest of the world adheres to, but Israel does not. For instance the countries that actually that admit to having nuclear weapons.

The five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT

United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China

Non-NPT nuclear powers

Pakistan, India, North Korea

And the remainder:

Undeclared nuclear powers

Israel

A policy of deliberate ambiguity (also known as a policy of strategic ambiguity) is the practice by a country of being intentionally ambiguous on certain aspects of its foreign policy or whether it possesses certain weapons of mass destruction. It may be useful if the country has contrary foreign and domestic policy goals or if it wants to take advantage of risk aversion to abet a deterrence strategy. Such a policy can be very risky as it may cause misinterpretation of a nation’s intentions, leading to actions that contradict that nation’s wishes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policy_of_deliberate_ambiguity

In this video of nuclear testing, it does not show testing for Israel, so either they have not tested, or another country has tested for them.

Nuclear testing: All countries

This is the position that Israel adopts, and one that must be considered detrimental to the group as a whole, but is accepted, not by nations as a whole but by the US, and forced on other nations as acceptable. The general acceptance appears to be at least in one respect, because the US refuses to ratify the agreement (and is the only main player not to do so).

Israel for their part use this as a basis as to why they need not even acknowledge actually having a weapon at all even though they have approximately 100-200 weapons.

Iran for their part is a full party to the NPT, and claims that the moving of goal posts by inspectors inspired by the US, is unethical, and for the most part have stayed within the confines of legislation, and do not have nuclear weapons. Israel do not, and will not let arms inspectors into the country.

The obvious problem here is that a member of the NPT is not only being penalized for being a member, it is also being threatened by countries in and outside the NPT, which cannot instill confidence in the system.

If there is one thing that would motivate Iran to actually go to the step of making an atomic bomb, and have full capability of delivery, may be the constant threats of attack by other nations. or even an attack itself.

2,700-year-old Persian artifact a gift of U.S. diplomacy to Iran?

Very interesting developments are occurring between the US and Iran. The old hard line from both sides appears to be giving way to a thawing that has all the hall marks of something good.

Washington (CNN) — A 2,700 year-old silver chalice may be a new token of friendship between the United States and Iran, at least that’s the way Iran’s cultural heritage chief sees it.

Whatever the case, Mohammad-Ali Najafi was palpably delighted Friday to see the ancient Persian artifact return to its homeland. The ceremonial drinking vessel — or rhyton — had gotten snagged in a U.S. customs warehouse for years, held up by bad diplomatic relations.

It had been in New York since 2003, when an art dealer smuggled it into the country from Iran.

Customs officials have long wanted to return the rhyton to Iran, according to a New York Post report. But decades of frigid relations between Washington and Tehran kept it frozen in bureaucratic limbo.

The issues between countries will never be solved by head to head rhetoric, and perhaps Obama’s recent success with Syria, even taking into account a lot of back peddling was involved, may have motivated more possibilities……

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Comparisons are being made of the latest round of mutual international diplomacy as being a ruse by Iran to ward off the now famous threat by Israel of what stage they will be forced to act .

In September of 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu famously gave his U.N. “red line” speech outlining the three stages of nuclear weapons development, and the point at which Israel would have no other course but to attack Iran.   Experts put that at the point that Iran has amassed enough uranium, purified to a level of 20 percent, that could quickly be enriched further and be used to produce an atomic bomb.

“At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear program,” Netanyahu said.

Others like myself do not believe this to be the case, as the Iranians may have enough fusion material for perhaps two or even three nuclear weapons. The relevance of this is that they are still outmatched in conventional weapons, by the US. In addition the Israeli’s have a reported 80 nuclear weapons, and the US has enough to end the planet.

Assuming you have three or even 30, heck go for gold and assume its 300 nuclear weapons, they are still tactically outmatched for sheer power, and the means to deliver, from all directions 24hrs a day.

Survival is to any country, regardless of its affiliations is of prime importance, and and action that results in the destruction of everything that would require decades to recover from cannot be an option.

Regardless of how we are brainwashed into thinking that we are mixing with third world despots, we are looking at the oldest modern civilization on earth, who has been through many crisis in their 7/8000yr history. None of which was to push to self annihilation.

Even when Sarin was killing a million of their own people when fighting a Iraq war led by Saddam Hussein, and backed by the US, they did not respond in kind, when, they could have.

Indeed it has been more than 600 yrs since Iran declared war on anyone, so why would we believe that they have changed today. If the comparison is made to the US who has dropped two nuclear bombs and been in continuous war for some 70 years, why would we believe that there has been a shift in the view that the Iranians have on war?

The problem of course is that threatening the Iranians continually, and allowing these threats to be made openly on US soil will force the prophecy to be self fulfilling on the basis that self preservation sometimes dictates that nuclear weapons are bad, but prudence forces the obvious solutions to external threats.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17261265