Saturday, December 8, 2012

To Israel, with Love

If you're Syria, even though you've declared that even if you had chemical weapons and could see the whites of your enemies' eyes, you wouldn't use those weapons against your own people, the Americans will still stand up and warn you of 'consequences' if you do.

If, on the other hand, you're Israel and you decide to operationalise your nuclear arsenal because you can see the whites of your enemies' eyes, far from expecting a warning from the Americans, you simply get on the blower to them, demand an emergency airlift of replacement arms and ammunition or else and they'll dutifully comply.

No, I'm not making this up. The latter scenario obtained in Israel during the October War of 1973, and you can read all about it in Chapter 17 - Nuclear Blackmail - of Seymour Hersh's 1991 book The Samson Option: Israel, America & the Bomb.


Anonymous said...

syria massacres its own people...your moral relativism is ignorant and offensive...but of course...unsurprising.

MERC said...

Care to explain what relevance this has to the content of my post?

No? I thought not.

Kevin Cohen said...

very, very simple. Israel's only motivation is the survival of the state of Israel. If the Israeli's laid down their arms tomorrow, there would be no Israel the day after. If the Palestinians laid down their arms tomorrow there would be peace the day after.

MERC said...

Oh I see. And I thought you were concerned about the Syrian people. Silly me.

Re the second half of your Zionist talking point, tell me about that "peace" that'd come about the day after the Palestinians put down their slingshots. How do you envisage it?