The western media would have us believe that Israel has every right to fear a nuclear armed Iran, but Iran has no right to fear a nuclear armed Israel, despite the fact that Israel has already attacked Iran, while in recent history Iran has not attacked anyone. The implication is that Israel is western and European and can be trusted with weapons of mass destruction while the Iranians are non-Europeans (Muslims!) and hence can not be trusted. Israel is allowed to respond to existential threats (as Israel defines them) while Iran must respond in a manner determined by the west. Iran is evil. Israel is good. Simple.
The fact is that both sides have reasonable grounds to fear each other. Zionist Israel’s contempt for the rights of Palestinians (many of them Muslim) is an obvious reason for Iran to find major fault with Israel. The Israeli states expansionist policies in the region and its close connection with the U.S. (whose foreign policy in the region could hardly be expected to breed confidence in anyone) also give reasonable grounds for Iranian distrust of Israel. Iran’s resistance to Zionist oppression in the region is often expressed in violent and hateful terms, but this language is no more hateful and racist than the language used by Zionists when describing not only Iran but most of the Arab/Muslim world.
However, the notion of Iran attacking Israel out of the blue is pure nonsense. Any such attack would result in Iran being utterly destroyed by the west and the Iranians know it. They are not stupid. Like any nation in the world, Iran’s use of nuclear weapons (if they had any) would only occur if the regime felt they had been pushed into a corner whereby they felt they were going to be obliterated themselves at any moment.
Israel fears Iran because of the numerous threats made by Iran to the Zionist regime and Iran’s obvious sponsorship of groups fighting against Israel. They take these threats seriously and so they should. One could argue that anyone who steals land from others and is guilty of ethnic cleansing has every reason to expect to be hated!
How they should respond to these threats is the problem. Rather than plot a course of justice and reconciliation in the region, Israel has done nothing but further inflame the issue by its treatment of the Palestinian people with the blessing and empowerment of the U.S. Israel tells us that it is continually fighting with its back against the wall. A perfect excuse for it to use nuclear weapons and the Iranians know it. Paranoia rules the day on both sides.
So why not declare the Middle East to be a nuclear weapon free zone with all nations agreeing to a peace treaty that allows full transparency and accountability with regards to nuclear energy and weapons generation? Why not bring an end to the occupation of the West Bank and the siege of Gaza? Why not try and deal with the root causes of the conflict in the Middle East? Why not? Because you cant trust them! The world is only safe if Europeans have nuclear weapons!The world is only safe if we feel safe! Iran must learn to trust us that Israel’s nuclear weapons only exist because they (the Iranians) are nut-jobs! (no offense!) What other interpretation of the current state of play in the Middle East with regards to nuclear arms do we expect the Iranians to arrive at? How can we possibly expect them to accept this? We need a resolution that gives dignity and respect to both sides. Recognizing the real grievances of all parties. The following article appeared on the Mondoweiss website on November 13th 2011.
Wait– who is afraid of nukes in the Middle East?
Nov 13, 2011 09:39 am | Philip Weiss
Joseph Massad at Al Jazeera says that the double standard for entry into the nuclear club reflects western racism. And he asks the sensible question, who is actually afraid of nukes in the Middle East right now?
To have or not to have nuclear weapons is a question of human security, as far as the people of the region are concerned, and not one of European racial privilege. While the US may not fear Israeli nukes, Israel’s neighbouring countries and their civilian populations have for decades been (and continue to be) terrorized by them; and for good reason.
How many times must this story be retold? It is common knowledge in the United States, in Europe, in the Arab World, indeed in the entire world. The international press has been reporting on it since the late 1960s. The historical details of the story are also well known. In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower gave Israel its first small nuclear reactor at Nahal Sorek; in 1964, the French built for Israel its much larger and major Dimona nuclear reactor in the Naqab (Negev) Desert; in 1965, Israel stole 200 pounds of weapons-grade uranium from the United States through its spies at the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation company in Pennsylvania; in 1968, Israel hijacked a Liberian ship in international waters and stole its 200-ton shipment of yellowcake. Israel has possessed nuclear bombs since the early 1970s. Despite official US denials, Golda Meir, the fourth prime minister of Israel, reportedly prepared to launch 13 nuclear bombs on Syria and Egypt in 1973 and was stopped short of committing this genocidal act when Henry Kissinger gave Israel the most massive weapons airlift in history at the time to reverse the course of the 1973 war (as Time Magazine reported the story). Israel has had an ongoing nuclear weapons collaboration with the South African Apartheid regime for decades, which only ended with the collapse of the regime in 1994. Since then, experts have estimated that Israel has upwards of 400 nuclear devices, including thermonuclear weapons with megaton range, as well as neutron bombs, tactical nuclear weapons, and suitcase nukes.