9 thoughts on “Israel Tries Iran Bluff…Again – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. In case you’re asking yourself: what sort of country spends billions to prepare for a war its leaders don’t intend to fight?  ‘

    That would be a country that can always get more billions. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we wind up being the ones made to fund this.

    It’ll be a ‘compromise.’ Israel will need the money so she can spend it and be prepared. We care about Israel’s security, don’t we?

    1. Hi Colin and Richard,

      ‘In case you’re asking yourself: what sort of country spends billions to prepare for a war its leaders don’t intend to fight? ‘

      Isn’t that the very definition of ‘deterrence’?

        1. de·ter·rence


          1. the action of discouraging an action or event through instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.
          2. “nuclear missiles remain the main deterrence against possible aggression”
          1. @ Cillian: No. Nuclear deterrence, if it works at all, only does so when there is mutual deterrence. When only one side has WMD, then that side has a distinct advantage permitting itself to be even more bellicose & aggressive than if it merely had conventional supremacy. Google the blog. I’ve written about this before & quote & link to academic/think tank papers written on this very subject.

            But if you agree with the assertion by nuclear analysts that mutual deterrence works then I’d be happy to see Iran get WMD so that there is a balance of terror in the region. Or alternatively, I’d be delighted if Iran, Israel and every other major country in the region signed an agreement for a Nuclear Free Zone.

            A dictionary definition of a phrase has nothing to do with real world geostrategic reality.

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          2. Do you think because you brought ab academic paper saying so and so that this is the truth and only truth??
            You have here two rivals and you predict the future like a prophet.

  2. Well the Israeli 1981 destruction of Iraq’s Osirak reactor is an interesting case, too. The reactor was unfinished and couldn’t produce the plutonium needed for nukes. In fact, Osirak was a type of reactor that could not be used for development of nuclear weapons, which is one reason no other government was prepared to sanction Saddam for it. But that didn’t phase Lebanon invader-occupier/terrorist Begin. Begin bombed Osirak for political reasons thus well illustrating Israel’s militarism…. which threatens the world to this very day. After all, who is threatening to wipe whom off the map? And which country has the resources to do that? .. not to mention backing of the world’s largest and most belligerent warfare state! Not Iran. As for Saddam, Israel’s internationally condemned strike on Osirak actually caused him to engage in bluster and boast regarding his virtually non-existent nuclear program, which — as we historically and famously now know — was just that, bluster and boast.
    Btw I hear W is still looking for those WMD’s…

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