Gansel, the SPD politician, says that Grass has triggered an important debate, because Netanyahu’s “ranting about preventive war” touches on a difficult aspect of international law. In reality, it is unlikely that Israel will use the submarines in a war with Iran as long as Tehran does not have nuclear missiles – even though the Israeli government has considered using the “Samson” option on at least two occasions in the past.
The country’s military situation following the Egyptian and Syrian surprise attack during the 1973 Yom Kippur holiday was so desperate that Prime Minister Golda Meir – as intelligence service reports have now revealed – ordered her Defense Minister Moshe Dayan to prepare several nuclear bombs for combat and deliver them to air force units. Then, just before the warheads were to be armed, the tide turned. Israel’s forces gained the upper hand on the battlefield, and the bombs made their way back to their underground bunkers.
And in the first hours of the 1991 Gulf War, an American satellite registered that Israel had responded to the bombardment by Iraqi Scud missiles by mobilizing its nuclear force. Israeli analysts had mistakenly assumed that the Scuds would be armed with poison gas. It remains unclear how Israel would have acted if a Scud missile tipped with nerve gas had hit a residential area.
Schmidt says, “I wonder whether it was a feeling of closeness with American policies, or nebulous moral motives, that led Chancellor Merkel to publicly state in 2008 that Germany bears responsibility for the security of the State of Israel. From my point of view, this is a serious exaggeration, one that sounds very nearly like the type of obligation that exists within an alliance.”
For Chancellor Merkel, on the other hand, there was never any doubt that she would do what Israel asked, even at the cost of violating Germany’s own arms export guidelines.
This article wants to lump all the blame on Merkel, but it’s clear that there has been an Israeli-German partnership in the development of the Israeli-German nuclear-armed submarines that goes back forty years.
As well, the article’s authors carefully write ‘second-strike’ time after time – though they may now, finally, be admitting that Germany knew all along exactly what it was enabling in Israel, they are still unable to admit that Israel, of all nations, seems the most capable of using nuclear weapons first. Although first-use may be another criminal innovation of the Obama regime as well. The NYTimes won’t tell us the ‘religious’ significance of that one until after the fact, just as they withheld the ‘virtues’ of Obama the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate slash Just War Assassin until after the fact, as well.
The controversy over Germany’s decision to give heavily-subsidized nuclear-capable submarines to Israel centered largely around Israel’s nuclear weapons program, and the concern that Germany would be helping them deploy WMDs abroad. This fear appears to have been warranted.
It is now being reported that Israel is doing exactly that, loading the subs with nukes that are to be launched by a secret “hydraulic ejection system” that Germany installed for them. German officials have repeatedly insisted they were “unaware” of the plan.
But now that they’re been caught out helping Israel in this manner, German officials are defending it, saying that they had “always assumed” Israel would load nukes on the submarines.
Though Israel doesn’t officially admit to its widely known program, Defense Minister Ehud Barak didn’t appear to shy away from the matter either, saying that Germany “should be proud” of having helped Israel with the deployments.
This time the Axis includes Germany, Israel, and the US …
And Obama is outdoing himself, murdering Pakistanis in wild abandon! …
Rockets fired from a US drone killed between eight and 15 people in north-west Pakistan on Monday, officials have said in varying accounts. It is the third strike in as many days after attacks on Saturday and Sunday killed a total of 12 people.
The third US drone strike in as many days in Pakistan has raised the three-day death toll in the aerial attacks to at least 27, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.
The latest strike, which officials said had killed 15 people, was the seventh in a span of less than two weeks.
The attack on Monday morning came just after a strike on Sunday that killed 10 suspected fighters. Two Pakistani intelligence officials say in that attack, four missiles were fired at targets in the village of Mana Raghzai in South Waziristan near the border with neighbouring Afghanistan.
We know now, if we didn’t before, that ‘suspected fighters’ = males. It wasn’t made explicit in the NYTimes review of Springtime for Obama and Amerika! but it’s a ‘well-known fact’ that being killed by a US drone magically transfigures the person killed into a terrorist. Al Jazeera ia now on the payroll so they’ve finally ‘got their facts straight’ and now ‘fly right!’
During the day I shook the hand of a 16-year-old kid from Waziristan named Tariq Aziz. One of his cousins had died in a missile strike, and he wanted to know what he could do to bring the truth to the west. At the Reprieve charity, we have a transparency project: importing cameras to the region to try to export the truth back out. Tariq wanted to take part, but I thought him too young.
Then, three days later, the CIA announced that it had eliminated “four militants”. In truth there were only two victims: Tariq had been driving his 12-year-old cousin to their aunt’s house when the Hellfire missile killed them both. This came just 24 hours after the CIA boasted of eliminating six other “militants” – actually, four chromite workers driving home from work. In both cases a local informant apparently tagged the car with a GPS monitor and lied to earn his fee.
Last week officials in the Obama administration talked to the New York Times about the “Secret Kill List” drawn up for drone assassinations …
Alas … bringing the truth to the West seems an utterly insufficient means to end the murders, Obama’s and ours, now that we know just what is what. Hey! Hey! Obama-fay! How many kids dja kill today? Lyndon Johnson declined to run. You ought to follow in his footsteps.