The next 9/11 — Made in Israel?
Posted by alanmirs on May 7, 2010
By Maidhc Ó Cathail.
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Friday, May 7, 2010.
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The Next 9/11—Made in Israel?
Maidhc Ó Cathail
Citing the possibility of a terrorist organization getting hold of a
nuclear weapon as the greatest threat to U.S. security, Barack Obama
persuaded 46 other countries at the recent Nuclear Security Summit to
agree to secure the world’s loose nuclear material. Those leaders who
came to Washington might have made done more to avert a nuclear attack,
however, if they had asked the U.S. President to account for America’s
own loose nukes.
Of course, President Obama
may not even be aware of the egregious failure of the United States to
secure its nuclear materials and know-how from the predation of its
alleged “closest ally.” But since Obama is unwilling to even “speculate”
about which country in the Middle East has nuclear weapons, he could
hardly be expected to acknowledge how it got them.
In a recent Antiwar.com article aptly titled “America’s Loose Nukes
in Israel,” Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research:
Middle Eastern Policy (Irmep) and author of Spy Trade: How Israel’s
Lobby Undermines America’s Economy, shows how “the U.S is a sieve for
Israeli nuclear espionage.”
The massive arms smuggling network set up by David Ben-Gurion in the
United States in the 1940s had acquired a nuclear branch within a
decade, according to Smith. The 1955 purchase of the Apollo Steel
Company plant in Pennsylvania was financed by David Lowenthal, a close
friend of Israel’s first prime minister and a former member of the
Haganah, the precursor to the Israeli army. The following year, Dr.
Zalman Shapiro, head of a local Zionist Organization of America chapter,
incorporated the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) at
Apollo. Before long, NUMEC was receiving large quantities of highly
enriched uranium and plutonium from Westinghouse and the U.S. Navy for
U.S. policy on nuclear Iran underscores
bias toward Israel
Friday, May 14, 2010
Israel more than just "complicates efforts against Iran," [Fine Print, May 4];
it makes painfully clear the U.S. government’s utter hypocrisy when it
comes to tackling anything to do with Israel, including its nuclear
weapons. And the Obama administration has shown no change in the
long-biased American policy favoring Israel and in fact is willing to
reward its obvious nuclear intransigence.
With more than 200 nuclear weapons and the capacity to deliver them
against its enemies or use them to buttress its policies, Israel refuses
to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty or to open its nuclear facilities
for International Atomic Energy
Agency inspection. On the other hand, Israel and the United States
insist on applying the harshest possible sanctions against Iran, which
they fear may be developing nuclear weapons. The United States
furthermore is responding to a regional initiative to make the Middle
East a zone free of weapons of mass destruction by linking it to progress in the peace process, which means a peace
customized by and suited especially to meet Israel’s interests,
naturally, because Israel is the sole nuclear power in the region.
In promoting this deal, imposed by a nuclear Israel on a much weaker
region, the United States is affirming that it certainly pays to be a
nuclear power — you get things done on your terms — and providing
further incentive and determination to other Mideast countries to seek
to achieve that same prize.
Ghassan Bishara, Burke
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