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Ayoon Wa Azan ( Thank You Professor Massad ).

Yesterday, I mentioned some information regarding the covert war against Iran's nuclear program, and my view on the necessity of initiating similar Arab programs. Today, I continue by citing the views of Professor Joseph Massad, Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics at Columbia University, one of the eight most important American universities.

I take no credit today except for translating briefly the editorial by Professor Joseph Massad, entitled "Nuclear Israel revisited". He said: The historical details are 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 Dimona nuclear reactor in the Naqab 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 an act of piracy and stole its 200-ton shipment of yellowcake.

Israel has possessed nuclear bombs since the mid-1970s despite official denials. Golda Meir wanted 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 (during the October War).

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. Israel has 400 nuclear devices, including thermonuclear weapons, as well as neutron bombs, and the missile delivery systems to launch them with a reach of 11,500km, and which can reach beyond Iran. Israel also has submarines and warplanes that are capable of launching nuclear weapons.

Israel has prevented its neighbors from acquiring nuclear programs for peaceful purposes. It violated international law by bombing the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq, even though the reactor was going to be used, according to France and Iraq, for peaceful purposes. Israel also bombed an alleged North Korean nuclear reactor in Syria. Israel continues to refuse to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and refuses to allow the International Atomic Energy Commission to inspect its Dimona reactor.

Israel is an aggressive country that has launched wars on all its neighbors, expelled hundreds of thousands of people, created millions of Palestinian, Lebanese, and Egyptian refugees, murdered tens of thousands of civilians and used internationally-banned weapons, from napalm to phosphorous bombs, continues to occupy the Palestinian territories in violation of international law, and is governed by an anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist state ideology. Indeed, Israel not only launches wars against its neighbors but also urges world powers to invade these neighbors as well, and in the meantime sponsors anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist campaigns of hatred in the United States and across Europe.

The United States, Israel's protector, is the only country on Earth that has ever deliberately used nuclear bombs against civilian populations and continues to defend this decision 66 years after this genocidal act, in its school curricula and in the media. The United State opposes the discussion of Israel's nuclear arsenal at the UN Security Council, and insists on keeping Israel's nuclear capability an open "secret", among other things, since a key legal condition of receiving U.S. foreign aid is for recipient countries to be signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Yet the United States and Israel, which have been the major threats to world peace since World War II, insist that Iran, which has not invaded any country, is a threat to world peace were it to possess a nuclear device (Iran occupies three islands belonging to the UAE, but this dates back to the time of the Shah who was imposed by the Americans in Tehran).

The racism of the Obama administration against Arabs and Muslims knows no limits, but for the people of the Middle East (Arabs, Turks, and Iranians), Obama's racist criteria are not terribly persuasive. To have or not to have nuclear weapons is a question of human security, as far as the people of the region are concerned. While the US may not fear Israeli nukes, Israel's neighboring countries have for decades been terrorized by them; and for good reason. Once Obama learns this lesson, the people of the region will reconsider US credibility about its alleged concern about nuclear proliferation.

Thank you Professor Massad.

khazen@alhayat.com

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