News that Iran is progressing in its development of atomic energy has sent a shock wave of fear throughout the Israel military establishment. Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that Israel could not by idly while Iran developed nuclear weapons. “Israel’s policy is clear: We are not ruling out any option regarding the Iranian nuclear program.” He sent a thinly clad warning to President Obama that “we recommend that others don’t rule out any option either.” Barak insisted that “time is running out” and there is need to act before time ran out and Iran had an atomic weapon.
Israeli leaders insist that something must “be done” to halt or to end the Iranian nuclear development program. Let’s assume that Israel did bomb Iranian nuclear facilities. The result, most probably, would be launching of dozens, if not hundreds of suicide bombers in Israel which would then end any hope for peace between Palestinians and Israel. Of course, Iran would continue developing nuclear energy and would hide their work and wait for time. Making threats about bombing Iran satisfies the emotional needs of Israelis, but does it also solve any problems?
Iran has indicated to Turkey it is ready to negotiate. Let the talks begin and put aside talk of war, war.
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In the heady days of the early Bush administration when Republicans insisted they would never negotiate with any “terrorist” nation, North Korea was cited as an example of how the weak policies of the Clinton years must be replaced with tough minded George Bush. Of course, somewhere along the way, Bush decided to embrace negotiations with terrorist nations and, voila, the world now sees an end to nuclear weapon development in North Korea. Six nations signed an agreement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea under which the “terrorist” nation has agreed to dismantle the last remaining parts of its nuclear weapon program. A team of experts will visit North Korea to verify completion of this task.
Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, who has been working on this issue, noted, “we would like the protocol to be reached within 45 days and secondly to begin verification within 45 days. We’re anticipating that and don’t see any obstacles.”
One can only wonder if George Bush will not support the candidacy of Barack Obama who agrees America must negotiate with terrorist nations.
The United States government has informed Japan it intends to strike the name of North Korea from its list of nations that support terrorism provided North Koreans file a statement describing its nuclear facilities and activities. The government of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda is pleased and not pleased with the American decision. Japan has been insisting that North Korea must provide information concerning Japanese citizens who were abducted and brought to North Korea, but there has not been adequate response to Japanese requests for information.
Prime Minister Fukuda is in a difficult position, as he noted to the press, “if the nuclear problem will be resolved, isn’t that something desirable also for our country? It’s something we should welcome.” But, accepting the North Koreans without obtaining information about the kidnapped Japanese citizens is a political hot potato.
The decision by America to go it alone on this issue simply makes it more likely Japan will find its own foreign policy for Asia and cease always trailing behind that of America.
In 2001, upon assuming office, President Bush made it clear he would not follow the ideas of Bill Clinton who negotiated with North Korea. Early this year, Bush told the Israel parliament, it was appeasement to negotiate with terrorist nations. How times have changed.
Israel defense Minister Ehud Barak insisted Iran has a secret nuclear weapon development program and e suspects it is already working on warheads for ground-to-ground missiles. “The Iranians are aiming at nuclear weapons,” he asserted, even though “they may have slowed down the weapons development in 2003″ out of fear of an American attack. Barak insists Iran is further down the line of nuclear weapons than anyone realizes. He fears “we will wind up in 10 or 15 years with a nuclear device in the hands of terrorists.” He wants the international community to dig further into this problem.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki made clear yesterday “Iran is not threatening Israel and does not want nuclear weapons.” He pointed out Iran refused to recognize South Africa until their apartheid program ended and as far as Israel is concerned, “there is no reason why relations with that oountry cannot change to.” There was nothing in the Iranian foreign minister’s statement suggesting his nation did not believe Israel had a right to exist. This attitude is far different from extremists like Hamas, but Israel continues believing the worse about Iran despite evidence there is no nuclear weapon program.
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