Well, since the United States didn’t get the Third World War it wanted in North Korea, nor could it bait Russia into it in Syria, it has turned its attention once again to Iran. To be honest, the need to take Syria is to have a staging area to invade Iran. This time, we have Netanyahu over in Israel trying to needle Trump into attacking Iran. The reason being, Israel wants Iran gone but doesn’t want to incur the casualties. Which was the same deal with Iraq back in 2003.
The word of Israel isn’t worth a wooden shekel. Israel has built up to 300 nuclear weapons and has fielded the Jericho 3 ICBM system. Israel denies this, but the evidence is conclusive. Therefore, yes, Israel knows a thing or two about nuclear weapons and the delivery vehicles but not in the way they portray it to the world. They want to remain the only nuclear power in the Middle East, but play it cool by denying they have them. That way, they are free of any entangling international treaties regarding the weapons.
Israel is basically saying this: “We don’t admit we have nuclear weapons and, thus, we don’t. On paper. But if you attack us, you better be damn sure we don’t. Because what you think we don’t have might just turn out to vaporize your entire nation if it turns out we do.” This is a pretty effective strategy. The U.S. is probably green with envy wishing it could say and do that. But, you know, after Alamogordo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and several hundred nuclear weapons tests in Nevada and the South Pacific, it’s be a hard sell convincing people, “Look ma! No nukes!”
The deal with Iran dates back to this: In 1981, Israel took out Iraq’s nuclear capability in an airstrike on the Osirak nuclear reactor. Ironically, Iran tried to take out this same reactor in 1980 but refused to hit the actual reactor itself due to worries about fallout. Israel wasn’t concerned about it at all. They nailed the reactor dome itself. This incurred international condemnation and the UN was pissed. But this was Israel telling the world they will not tolerate anyone in the Middle East having any nuclear anything. Period. So even though Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, Israel has an existing policy to destroy such programs that uses the 1981 Osirak precedent. Of course, Israel didn’t remind the United States that it was they who wiped Iraq’s nuclear capabilities off the map in 1981 when encouraging the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 over alleged nuclear weapons programs. Nor did they remind the United States that if such a program did exist, it would have been them who went and attacked it without waiting, as they did in 1981.
However, Iran is a different story. Attacking the Iraqi reactor was hard enough logistically. Attacking Iran means flying over a lot of hostile territory riddled with surface-to-air missile batteries and interceptor aircraft. It might take aerial refueling, and those air tankers would be sitting ducks for a counterattack. But the loss in planes would be enormous and captured Israeli pilots would be very uncomfortable for Netanyahu because they would face war crimes trials. And the UN would probably just shrug their shoulders and say, “Well, you never followed our recommendations in the past, so what do you want us to do about it?” Thus, Israel wants the U.S. to use it’s favorite hit-and-run crowd pleaser, the Tomahawk cruise missile. Unfortunately, they had a rather poor showing in Syria and the last thing the U.S. wants is a shot-down Tomahawk falling into Iran’s hands to reverse engineer and copy as they did with a U.S. drone a few years ago. Israel doesn’t want that, either.
Understand this: Israel wants an actual air attack on Iran done with aircraft. The problem is, the U.S. hasn’t pulled off an operation like that in quite some time now. The U.S. might get away with it, but there was a war game done on just such a scenario during the George W. Bush years. In the scenario, the U.S. airstrike was a disaster, losing most of the aircraft and a carrier to an Iranian anti-ship cruise missile. The U.S. promptly hid the war game results. But the truth cannot be hidden that easy. Yes, you might succeed. But at what cost? Don’t forget the U.S. botched a 1980 rescue mission to get the American hostages being held in Iran after the 1979 Embassy Takeover. Operation Eagle Claw turned into Operation Scorched Tailfeathers and Iran recently reminded the United States about that. Iran is not easy territory to fly over.
But it all boils down to this. If Iran really did have a nuclear weapon program, Israel would have already attacked and probably passed American aircraft en route to do the same thing. The reason Israel attacked Osirak is they knew that if Iran feared it, it was the real deal. That’s what made the whole op legit. Why? Iran was at war with Iraq. That’s how Israel knew the threat was real and returned to finish the job. Again, if the threat from Iran was real, it would not exist. Israel would already have attacked. And if they didn’t, the U.S. would have. During the Nuremberg Trials, chief prosecutor Robert Jackson warned that the west will be judged by the same chalice it gives to Nazi defenders. The west is now drinking from that chalice. Click To Tweet
This is all about Israel scuttling an enemy and removing any and all nuclear programs from the region to send a message to everyone aspiring towards one. But if that’s their goal, they need to start with themselves. Because that’s what set the entire thing into motion to begin with. #MICPoisonedChalice
We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow. To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well.” ~ Robert H. Jackson, Chief US Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials
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