Thursday 29 August 2002

By way of deception, thou shalt do war

Yuval Steinetz, chairman of the Knesset subcommittee on military doctrine, said, "Iraq is the key but not the last stop [in the U.S. effort],". "It is the first stop. After that there will be massive [U.S.] pressure on Syria and Iran to halt weapons of mass destruction programs and Syria's occupation of Lebanon." Okay, if Israel thinks this war is such a good idea, why isn't Israel letting the US use Israel's bases for the attacks? All this talk about getting Saudi Arabia or Turkey or Qatar to allow the attacks to launch from their soil (and their reasonable refusal to do so) masks the fact that the one nation in the region that approves of this war is markedly silent on the issue of allowing the US attack to launch from their lands. If Israel approves of this war then they should allow the US to launch the attack from their own soil. If Israel really thinks this war is both just and necessary, they should be willing to help carry the cost of the war and share the risks of losing. That they have not only proves that Israel survives by tricking other nations into fighting its wars for it. "By way of deception, thou shalt do war" -- Motto of the Mossad.

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