Monthly Archives: August 2010

Israel giving Bushehr startup a pass… or maybe not?

Bushher_in_the_dark Let’s see, where were we? The week before last, former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton warned that if Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facility at Bushehr, then they had until August 21 to do it, since that was the day Russia was to begin loading the plant with radioactive fuel, and any destruction of the reactor after that process would release so much radiation as to harm the civilian population of Iran and also the entire region.

But sort of lost in the shuffle was the aspect that the process would not just happen on the 21st, but could take at least a couple of weeks. So—if Israel does have to do something, maybe the 21st wasn’t such a hard and fast deadline.

And now we’re seeing scattered reports that Israel might be up to something after all. First of all, World Net Daily relayed an observation that Israel’s purchase of military jet fuel from the US last month was at a dramatically increased level from previous orders.

Also a huge concern with regard to an attack on Iran has been the release by Tehran of its proxies in Syria and Lebanon to unleash an horrendous missile barrage on Israeli cities. Not that Israelis frighten easily, but wouldn’t it make sense for them to take a few proactive measures against such an event, preferably timed to come immediately before a move on Iran? As Gomer Pyle used to say, surprise, surprise, surprise! Today Israel National News published an allegation that Israel may be on the verge of doing something very much like that.

And for the comic relief we can always count on from Head Clown Mahmoud, Iran is now complaining about all this ‘Zionist propaganda war talk.’

War talk? What war talk? Who said anything about about war?

IAF_RS But seriously, folks, do I now think that they’ll do something? My intuition tells me no, we still won’t see anything big right yet. But having strong opinions does not mean I know anything. Stay tuned to this space, if not for breaking news, at least for more strong opinions.

lineman

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A further explanation for “Israel derangement syndrome.”

In November of last year I pointed out some extreme oddities in the behavior of other nations toward little ol’ Israel. Such as — why are we so obsessively focused on what would otherwise be a fly speck on the world scene? I mean, come on – less than 8 million people, barely 8,000 square miles!

I suggested one answer at that time – go take a look. Here is another one that caused some pause this morning: in the Stone Edition translation of the Book of Deuteronomy, there is a promise that (if Israel would get its act together), it would become “supreme over all nations.”

As I explain on my own About page, I usually try to avoid explicitly bringing the Bible into this, since that is not the method I choose to use in this blog, but it is nevertheless the basis of my overall attitude toward Israel. And it seems to me that the Bible also explains some of the weird behavior of the rest of the world. If the world somehow senses Israel’s destiny, even in ignorance of the Bible, it makes sense if all the other nations are deathly afraid of one tenth of one percent of the world’s population.

It’s too bad fewer people understand this.

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OK, so the world didn’t end last weekend – but what’s around the corner?

APTOPIX Mideast Iran Nuclear In my last post I asked the rhetorical question whether the world as we know it was about to end, specifically in reference to the potential repercussions of Iran activating its Bushehr nuclear facility on Saturday. Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton had earlier warned that the action would create a sort of point-of-no-return for Israel in terms of military intervention. Would Israel do something, or just sit by and let it happen?

Well, it happened, and is happening (the process is expected to take at least two weeks to complete), and the IAF remains on the ground.

Is that a surprise? No, not really. Was it a forgone conclusion? Not necessarily. But seeing no significant action on the part of Israel still leaves us wondering not only why not, but more importantly what comes next. To be sure, Israel issued a strongly worded statement, but even that came through a lower echelon spokesman (below cabinet level, anyway), as if to make the point that they know it’s not the end of the world.

GoofylookinAhmmadinnerjacketYnet Also, like a playground bully who didn’t actually beat anybody up but got his way anyway, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upped the volume a little on his whining warnings to the world that he’s going to beat everybody up.

But we are still ultimately left watching, and waiting, and when it comes right down to it, guessing. Even as established a publication as Atlantic Monthly ends up saying basically that.

The one thing that I saw on Saturday that offered a substantially different outlook was a report in DEBKAfile indicating that the nature and extent of Israel’s response (or lack thereof) may have been dictated by an earlier back room deal between Russia and the US over a UN vote on sanctions.

President Barack Obama in New York Or then also another version from DEBKAfile today reports that Obama had made a deal with Netanyahu tying US support of upcoming direct talks with the Palestinians to Israel holding back on Iran. A deal which Obama has since reneged on, so says the report.

So does the plot thicken? Are all of the world’s leaders just watching each other to see what the other guy’s next move is? Why do I have the unpleasant feeling that all we have here is the blind leading the blind?

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Will the world as we know it end tonight?

Iran Nuclear To answer my own question – likely not. Although it’s been a little tricky to call it since Ambassador John Bolton said last week that if Israel is going to take out Iran’s nuclear capability, it had until tonight to do it without there being a drastic increase in the fallout from such a move. Fallout – in the literal 1950’s sense of the word (for those of you who were around then). The reasoning is that once uranium is loaded into Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor, any attack on the reactor will release an unacceptable amount of radiation into the atmosphere, seriously affecting Iranian civilians as well as neighboring countries. And the Aug. 21 date is determined by Russia’s promise to begin the process on that day. Which, as of this writing, is just a few hours off.

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bolton Will it happen? I don’t think so, but I don’t have a good reason to think that. You’d think that if Amb. Bolton is correct (and given the man’s track record, that’s not a big if), and nothing is done, then a sensible response might be something along the lines of, “what in the world are they thinking!?” But the world has not been sensible for quite some time now. And Israel has never been in the habit of showing its cards before a play. As most of our mothers used to say, we’ll see.

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As you may have noticed, the Arab states have been back and forth in their public support for Israel, the United States, or both dealing forcefully with Iran. Mostly back, but sometimes forth. I was just a little surprised at their silence with regard to Amb. Bolton’s warning, since the Gulf states are first in line for nuclear fallout from Iran. Maybe they were being a little more gutless than usual. Then this report came out yesterday about an editorial in an official Saudi newspaper supporting a military attack against Iran. I wonder if they were all just waiting for the other guy to speak up first. I’d be nervous, too, if I were in their Keffiyehs.

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POY2002121437 I’ve mentioned once or twice that US President Barack Obama has aligned himself not just with the Muslim world, but with the more radical segments of Islam. Another example of that came this week with his support of what’s being called the Ground Zero Mosque. We shouldn’t be surprised when he and his buddies in Hamas are on the same page, as it were. He quickly backpedalled when the stuff hit the fan over that, but we shouldn’t let ourselves be fooled by his dissimulation. The ironic thing, though, is that the Arab world in general is not being fooled. They didn’t like President Bush, but the latest information indicates that they like Obama even less. It’s not really surprising when you think about it.

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And finally, a little comic relief – sort of. Do you remember about the fake graves the Arabs created in Jerusalem? You’ll pardon my saying this, but to me it seems reasonable (and responsible) for the municipal authorities to take care of the situation. Ah, but since when are the Arabs going to be sensible, admit they were caught, and get on with things? No – now they’re crying, “desecration, desecration!” Uh… desecration of what? The graves that never existed? Lets see… you try to steal something of mine, I catch you and stop you, and suddenly you’re the aggrieved party? Kind of reminds you of that neighborhood bully angle, doesn’t it? It really would be comical if the world didn’t buy into it. But then, I wouldn’t need to be maintaining a blog like this if that were the case.

Laugh with me. Cry with me. Watch with me.

lineman

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Back from the South 40 for a few 140s

LAF_Sniper_view It’s been a busy week, for sure. I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks, and it looks like the world got a little impatient without me.  OK,  it doesn’t have anything to do with me, but somebody sure got impatient.

The Lebanese army apparently became particularly impatient to score. The biggest news item out of the Middle East this week was the sniper attack by the LAF on a brush clearing operation of the IDF. You can read the details here, as well as other places, but the upshot is that at least one LAF sniper took well-aimed potshots at two IDF officers, killing one & severely wounding the other.

Plenty of better armed bloggers than I have posted on this, so I’ll just mention it here in passing that somehow the nations of the world forgot to scream at Lebanon in outrage, as they surely would have screamed at Israel for a much lesser infraction, had it been the other way around.

At least the UN representative did give a surprisingly honest statement.

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One of the odder aspects of the incident is the possibility that, astounding as it sounds, anti-Israel news media had reps in place to oversee the operation. Not to mention they of course misrepresented the facts in their initial reporting. Maybe they’re so accustomed to fooling the world, that they figured it would be just another piece of cake to do it again. Maybe the world is catching on—that would be great, wouldn’t it?

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As I’ve mentioned before, the idea behind this “140s” post category was the wonderfully rapid fire way that information travels over Twitter. One of the oddities of Twitter is that sometimes little flame wars break out, or short of that, people begin to follow each other not in a friendly way, but in order to snipe at another tweeter.

Something like that came my way a few days ago: I had the honor of being “listed” as one of the enemy by an anti-Israel site. Wondering who else I shared the honor with, I found an interesting essay on the Palestinian Authority’s own version of apartheid, and how it involves ethnic cleansing (of Jews, naturally).

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Another intriguing analysis that turned up on Twitter is an essay published in American Spectator speculating that Barack Obama’s apparent need to please the Arab world stems from early childhood rejection issues. And that these issues may eventually lead to a US attack on Iran. I’m not saying (not right here anyway) whether taking military initiative against the Iranian nuclear threat is or isn’t a serious consideration at this point, but it is a matter of grave concern that the reasons may have more to do with our president’s aberrant psychological needs than with matters of, oh, say, national security.

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Way over on the opposite end of the spectrum of gravity (so to speak) is the latest news of – get this – Arabs placing fake graves in a Jerusalem neighborhood. It had something to do with laying false claim to property that wasn’t theirs, if I’m understanding it correctly. Fortunately, due to alert action by Arutz7 news, the local authorities found out about it and laid the whole matter to rest. Hopefully. Should we stay tuned on this one?

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