The IDF, proud of its dirty work.
I recently wrote about the double standards and hypocrisy when it comes to U.S. words against Iran’s solely uranium enrichment program all the while it turns a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear arsenal:
The outrage. A nation comes under critical scrutiny that it is developing a nuclear weapons. It defers the accusation and claims that an accused nuclear site is nothing more than a textile factory. The said nation then is known to have developed WMDs and refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It continually refuses to allow UN inspectors into its sites. And uses its powerful patron to block investigations into its nuclear program. And all the while it remains lips-sealed about its entire capability and weapons stockpile.
That nation is not Iran. But the state of Israel. Israel developed nuclear weapons shortly after 1967. Israel has refused to sign the NNP and uses the United States’ veto at the Security Council to prevent the international community from at least passing a S.C. resolution compelling Israel to declare its WMD stockpile and submit to routine inspections.
This very nation now has the temerity to saber-rattle against Iran’s solely uranium enrichment program. Iran does not have nukes, and claims that its program is strictly peaceful. And even if Iran wanted nukes, is this not a right of sovereignty? Nations have a right to develop whatever capabilities they feel necessary to defend themselves. No nation has a right to threaten another because it does not like its weapons programs (if that even is what the Iranians are doing), when these threats come from nuclear power themselves they are even more appalling; especially when – in the case of The U.S. – they come from a nation that actually used such weapons.
Well, here is a chart to illustrate which nation is the military threat in the region:
Population Israel: 7.2 mn. Iran: 70 mn.
Wars launched on neighbors: Israel: 1956, 1967, 1982, 2006, 2008-9
Nuclear Warheads Israel: ~200 Iran: 0
Military Budgets: Israel: $13.4 bn. Iran: $7.4 bn.
Per capita military expenditure:Israel: $1,805 Iran: $105
Total Aircraft Israel: 1,220 Iran: 84
Active Military and Reserve Personnel Israel: ~600,000 Iran: 875,000
Total land-based weapons: Israel: 14,200 Iran: 5,499
Which nation is responsible for an arms race in the Middle East?