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Maybe the world is not such an awful place after all, at least to some extent…

As I watched the breaking news yesterday on the forest fires in northern Israel, I immediately wondered whether the world—which has been bent lately on trying to establish a falsehood denying the very existence of the State of Israel—would respond to the human need created by such a disaster as it has done recently for Haiti and Chile.

Will Israel’s detractors, in a sort of twist on ‘putting their money where their mouth is,’ back up their hateful rhetoric with inaction, looking the other way while thousands of acres burn and innocent casualties mount?

Thankfully, within 24 hours the answer came: an encouraging “no, we’re here to help!” So far responses have come from Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Britain and about a dozen other nations. Even Turkey, which has recently ratcheted up its opposition to Israel along with ever more closely aligning itself with Iran and other Islamist states, has laid aside its hostility and come to Israel’s aid.

It’s heartening to see that humanity can still override enmity.

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The other big news this past week has of course been the Wikileaks disclosure of volumes of classified exchanges between world governmental, military, and foreign affairs leaders.

It has been more my practice here to pontificate comment on news rather than report on it as it breaks. Along those lines perhaps the most concise evaluation of the leaked information that I’ve yet seen is by The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. I like the way they put it in the opening paragraph of their first report:

…the first headlines from Wikileaks mainly confirm what we think we already knew…

The one other point I’ll make for now is that the only nation which appears to be maintaining a policy of honesty and integrity in its relationships with others (Israel, of course) has so far come out smelling like a rose, as they say.

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I haven’t had much to say lately on the Iran nuclear situation. The alarm over Stuxnet appears to be settling out (though it’s still not really known who did what), but troubles are surfacing in other relevant areas. Somebody blew up a couple of Iranian nuclear scientists the other day. Iran blames Israel, US, and Britain, of course.

Not that anyone getting killed is a light matter, but it’s interesting to note that there is ongoing pressure on the nukes program coming from different—and not necessarily foreseeable—directions.

Meanwhile, back on this side of the Atlantic, John Bolton is adding his thoughts on the matter again. He’s still saying that sooner or later we’re going to realize a limited military strike is really our only option. Maybe if we hide our heads in the sand, this will all go away…

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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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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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