According to a recent report from the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, the Obama administration has changed its arms policy for the Middle East: arming the Arab states hostile to Israel and denying arms to the Jewish state. All of these sales to Israel’s enemies are beginning to erode the military edge Israel has had to discourage Arab military attacks against it and maintain a semblance of peace in that volatile region.
For example, the United States announced April 2 that it had delivered to Lebanon a shipment of 1,000 M16A4 rifles, 10 missile launchers, 1,583 grenade launchers and 538 sets of day/night binoculars and night-vision devices. And this is only the first of a series of shipments in the works. Obviously, with Hezbollah having achieved virtual military control of Lebanon, the idea that these weapons will not be used by Hezbollah in a future confrontation with Israel is illusionary.
In addition, Obama has approved advanced F-16 fighters for Egypt, plus Harpoon Block 2 anti-ship missiles, Hellfire air-to-ground missiles, and fast attack craft and helicopters. Obama has also approved the sale of $10 billion worth of arms to Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, Obama has blocked the delivery to Israel of key weapons components needed to upgrade the Jewish state’s defense forces. Among the blocked arms are AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters, which Obama is selling to Egypt.
For over 40 years, American administrations have pledged to help Israel maintain its military edge over its hostile neighbors, and this is the first administration not to honor that pledge.
And while the Obama administration is doing nothing to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, it has now decided to clamp down on Israel’s nuclear deterrent by denying Israeli nuclear scientists visas to the United States. According to the Israeli newspaper Maariv, scientists at Israel’s nuclear plant at Dimona have been told that they can no longer travel to American universities to gain the latest knowledge in the fields of physics, chemistry and nuclear engineering.
The U. S. government has also placed an embargo on the sale of equipment needed to upgrade Israel’s nuclear reactor. The nuclear facility at Dimona, built initially with French help, came on line between 1962 and 1964. A nuclear facility this old requires constant upgrading if it is to be effective against the Iranian nuclear bomb.
Concerning that bomb, an Iranian defector who became a CIA spy states in his book, “A Time to Betray,” that the only way to prevent a possible nuclear war with Iran is to attack that country now. Writing under the pseudonym of Raza Kahil, he says that Obama’s engagement policy will lead to the very war it is supposed to prevent. In fact, Iran has announced that it has already started mass-producing a new medium-range anti-aircraft missile that “can destroy modern planes in low and medium altitudes.” In a recent interview, Kahil predicted that if Iran gets the bomb, “the Iranian people are going to pay a very, very heavy price.”
His solution to the problem? Cut off all shipping and transportation coming in and out of Iran. Yes, it would be an act of war. But if your choices are to take the Revolutionary Guard out now or wait until they have the bomb, the best way to avoid nuclear war is to take out the Revolutionary Guard before they go nuclear, not after.
But what chance do we have that Barack Obama will do anything like that now? Just as the Allied nations did not take the necessary measures to prevent World War II when it would have been easy and painless to do so, Obama and his allies are not willing to prevent the coming nuclear war by taking the simple steps that could prevent it.
As for the United Nations, which has given the Iranian president a platform from which to advocate genocide against another member state, it is as impotent as the League of Nations was in the 1930s. It is worth remembering what George Santayana once warned: “Those who will not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” â€¨â€¨And as Kahil stated in the interview, “So the decision comes to this, and this is the bottom line: Do we accept Iran as a nuclear-armed state or not? Anything else is just total hot air. It is just one question, do we accept it or not?”
So that is where we are, on the road to a nuclear confrontation that will no doubt cause more death and destruction in the Middle East than has ever been seen before.