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Israel Offered Nuclear Weapons To Racist South Africa!!

There are many who believe the state of Israel has yet to completely live up to its reputation as a democracy. New evidence has been uncovered by a researcher studying the close relationship between Israel and the apartheid regime in South Africa which indicates in the 1970s there was discussions between the two countries regarding the sale of nuclear devices by Israel. For years, Israel has argued that it is a “responsible power” that would not misuse nuclear weapons and thus is not subject to investigation by UN inspectors. A new book by Sasha Polakow-Suransky, “The Unspoken Alliance,” cites documentary evidence that in 1975, Israel offered to sell to the racist South Africa, “some of the nuclear capable Jericho missiles in its arsenal.” South African General RF Armstrong, responded to the offer by insisting his nation also required access to nuclear weapons. South Africa decided to pursue the purchase due to cost factors.

It is time for Israel to live up to its reputation as a democratic society and work for peace with Palestinians. Instead of citing past failures at compromise, it must pursue the path of hope. If the past is a factor in determining success today, what is one to make of a past in which Israel was willing to sell nuclear weapons to a racist nation?

Israel Will Not Sign Non-Proliferation Treaty

Under leadership of President Obama numerous nations gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss ways of reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to attend on grounds that if he did, someone might question the presence of nuclear weapons in his nation. Defense Minister Ehud Barak affirmed that his nation would not be pressured into signing any Non-Proliferation Treaty because of —- actually, it is not clear why Israel won’t be “pressured” or why it will not sign. President Obama made clear he expected all nations, including Israel, to sign because “becoming part of NPT is important.”

Every so often one wonders how decisions are made in Israel. Everyone knows Israel HAS nuclear weapons, but the government refuses to acknowledge their presence. There is a logic in denying what everyone knows you have, perhaps, the Israel government can explain it.

Has anyone in Israel heard the expression–the truth shall make ye free?

Americans Go Home With Your A-Bombs!

A half century ago, Europe feared the possibility of a nuclear armed Soviet Union using those weapons to enforce their policies on western countries in the continent. Germany, like many other nations, welcomed the arrival of American nuclear weapons as a counter-balance to the Russians. A half century has gone by, the Soviet Union is no more, but there are still nuclear weapons in western Europe. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerweile has been vocal in his demands the US remove its nuclear weapons from German soil. Now, he is asking all NATO nations to discuss this issue and conclude it is time for the continent to be nuclear free. At present there are about 20 nuclear American weapons in Germany.

The issue of removing US nuclear weapons is popular among most Germans, and some accuse raising this issue to be political rather than military in nature. But, why is there need for nuclear weapons? Is the assumption Russia will employ such weapons of mass destruction? If so, for what end? It is similar to demands for the United States to cease even considering building anti-missile bases against Iran? Why would Iran send missiles towards western Europe? Doesn’t western Europe at present contain sufficient weapons to deal with any such threats?

UN Frustrated With Iran Nuclear Games

There is always a consequence for ineptness and diplomatic blunders which makes understandable the games being played by the Iranian government in dealing with UN efforts to resolve nuclear issues. President Ahamdinejad has agreed to allow transfer of nuclear materials to a neutral nation, then rescinded that agreement by taking a firm stance against such action. Iran’s chief representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA)k issued a strong protest and made clear his nation would resist “pressure, resolutions, sanctions and threat of military attack.” Most probably, the strong stand of Iran results from refusal of China or Russia to abandon their economic interests in that nation even though such action threatens peace in the Middle East. It is clear the vast majority of nations in the United Nation support the Security Council decision of insisting Iran must cooperate with the world as it works to achieve development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

There will be sanctions, there will be defiance from Iran, there will be words of delay from China and Russia. The question is whether these obstacles to peace will be allowed to continue hampering the need for peace and security in the Middle East.

South Korea Offers Bargain To North Korea!

The Republic of Korea has offered its northern neighbor the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a “grand bargain” which entails the end of nuclear development on both sides in exchange for security guarantees and economic assistance. President Lee Myung-bak is attempting to find a way to end fears of nuclear development on the peninsula in order to create a way out of an American-North Korean confrontation. He described the offer as not related to a crisis decision, but to “a precious opportunity” for peace.

There is a possibility such an offer can persuade North Korean leaders to use common sense and focus on developing their nation rather than wasting precious resources on developing atomic weapons that never will be used.

Checkmate On Iranian Nuclear Program

The election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran was simply one more burden to confront on negotiations to resolve the nuclear development issue between the UN and Iran. Un nuclear watchdog, Mohamed El Baradei, admits the Iranian government made two efforts to be more cooperative such as allowing inspectors access to a heavy water nuclear reactor at Arak and agreeing to improve monitoring at the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz. However, “on all other issues relevant to Iran’s nuclear program, there is a stalemate. Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities or its work on heavy water-related projects as required by the Security Council.”

So, where does that leave the world. If Iran pursues a nuclear development program there is a strong likelihood other nations will argue they also have a right to do as they wish regarding nuclear weapons. This would be a disaster for the world.

Did Al-Qaeda Attack Pakistan Nuclear Bases?

Professor Shaun Gregory, Director of the Pakistan Security Research Unit at Bradford University, claims that al-Qaeda has on at least three occasions attacked Pakistan nuclear weapons bases in the past two years. He said militants struck a nuclear storage facility at Sargodha in November, 2007; launched a suicide bomb assault on a nuclear air base at Kamra in December, 2007 and set off explosions at the entrances to Wah cantonment, one of Pakistan’s main nuclear assembly plants.

The Pakistan government and military insist these facilities are heavily guarded by trusted soldiers. They also assert no nuclear weapon can be armed without extensive security procedures. However, according to Professor Gregory, “Taliban and al-Qaeda are more than capable of launching terrorist attacks.”

Oh well, just another item in the war against terrorism.

North Korea Displaying Paranoid Style Of Diplomacy

It is sometimes difficult to differentiate between the bombastic fury of North Korean statements that are designed to threaten actions not contemplated, and the reality of what this paranoid style nation is ready to demonstrate. A North Korean news agency claimed the United States had 1,000 nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula and was in the process of deploying this massive arsenal in Japan and Korea. It argued that North Korea is “completely within the range of US nuclear attacks and the Korean peninsula is becoming an area where the chances of a nuclear war are the highest in the world.” Naturally, if a defenseless nation like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is being threatened by the American bully what else can it do but gear up its own nuclear weapons?

There is a method in the paranoid madness of the North Koreans. The supreme leader is ill and he is attempting to create the image of a powerful nation so when his son takes over other countries will not think about doing anything to disturb the status quo in North Korea. Unfortunately, mistakes do occur and if North Korea continues pushing its madness there is always the possibility other nations will take it seriously and its prediction of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula might come true.

North Korea Defies The World!

There is one thing to be said about North Korean leaders and that is their strong desire to be stubborn and ignorant about the world in which they reside. After a half century of intellectual as well as physical separation from the world, they are literally incapable to interacting with logical minded individuals. A defiant North Korea told the world it would “never” take part in any international nuclear talks and, furthermore, it was restarting its nuclear program. This statement of bravado came in response to a unanimous UN Security condemnation of the failed launch of rockets. “We have no choice but to further strengthen our nuclear deterrent to cope with additional military threats by hostile forces” thundered a North Korean spokesperson.

Logic will not compel North Koreans to examine reality. They are isolated and even their allies on the Security Council joined in the vote. The best solution in dealing with North Korea is to take a deep breath and ignore the verbiage while slowing working with anyone in their government who has an iota of calmness.

Iran Continues Being Iran!

The Iranian government for years has complained about failure on the part of the Bush administration to engage in meaningful dialogue or cooperation with their nation. Newly elected President Barack Obama reached out and made clear his desire to have peaceful relations with Iran, but the extended hand of friendship has been slapped by President Ahmadinejad. Just 24 hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US wanted to directly participate in talks with Iran concerning nuclear development, Iran responded by claiming the number of centrifuges at its uranium enrichment facility has risen from 6,000 to 7,000 -an increase which brings it closer to having the capability of developing an atomic bomb. Ahmadinejad says he will discuss nuclear development but only if discussions are based on “justice and respecting rights.”

In another example of Iranian desire to make the progress toward peace difficult, authorities said Roxana Saberi, the American-Iranian journalist will go on trial next week on charges of espionage. This trial will only complicate efforts to achieve improved relations between the two countries.