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Posted: Jul 8, 2021 - 10:50am

Blast From the Past
In 1979, a U.S. satellite detected signs of a nuclear explosion. An analysis of the evidence today points to a clandestine nuclear test, a Carter administration cover-up, and only one country that was willing and able to carry it out: Israel.

The Carter administration was so afraid to enforce the PTBT against Israel’s 1979 violation that it did what it could to erase or keep hidden evidence of its detection of a test. Subsequent administrations, Republican and Democratic alike, went along with this, and the U.S. government still pretends it knows nothing about any Israeli nuclear weapons.

It is an outcome—and a danger—that an arms control expert foresaw long ago. In the period before the PTBT, when the debate over nuclear nonproliferation agreements centered on the adequacy of technical means to detect Soviet cheating, Fred Iklé, in a classic 1961 Foreign Affairs article, reminded the arms control community that while technical means to verify performance are essential, compliance ultimately depends on a willingness to respond to detected violation. Iklé worried that, for political reasons, a democracy like the United States might decide to overlook an arms-control treaty violation. Most important, Iklé wrote, was to make sure a would-be violator could not expect to benefit from a violation.

That’s not what happened after the Vela event. Israel’s nuclear program went on to acquire weapons deliverable by land, sea, and air, with the means of delivery provided by French-designed missiles, German submarines, and American airplanes. If anything, Israel’s nuclear weaponry gained a stronger political position vis-à-vis the United States. A June 2018 New Yorker article reported that Israel demanded, and got, secret letters from U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, which Israeli leaders interpreted as a U.S. promise to protect their nuclear weapons. And indeed, these U.S. presidents did protect Israel’s nuclear weapons from scrutiny and criticism in the United Nations and other international forums. It is part of a pattern that has destroyed America’s credibility on nonproliferation.

What Israel says—or doesn’t say—about its nuclear weapons is its own affair. But the United States should not agree to muzzle itself. It was always a humiliating role that opened the United States to the charge of hypocrisy. Now, in the face of strong confirmation of Israel’s violation of the Partial Test Ban Treaty, it has become an insupportable one.

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Since the early days of nuclear weapons, there have always been forces trying to put the genie back in the bottle. That has proved difficult in a polarized world, but there have at least been a few partly successful attempts.

The first multilateral nuclear test ban was the Partial Test Ban Treaty, which outlawed tests of nuclear explosions in all environments except underground. It went into force in 1963, with the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States as the original signatories. Within a few months, many other countries ratified it, including Israel and South Africa.

But those Iranians!

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Posted: May 28, 2021 - 9:52am

Saying Israel is guilty of apartheid isn't antisemitic. Just ask these Israeli leaders.
An open letter from four Jewish Democrats really misses the mark.
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Posted: May 26, 2021 - 12:04pm

Support Israel or risk being cancelled...
'Major victory' as US federal judge slams anti-BDS laws unconstitutional
Martin's appearance and an honorarium of $1,000 was made conditional on her not supporting the BDS movement during the period around her keynote speech. State laws like the one in Georgia demand contractors like Martin pledge their loyalty to the Israeli government if they would like payment of $1,000 or more from state institutions.

In his decision, the judge concluded that the university had violated Martin's constitutional rights when it cancelled her speaking engagement on a college campus because she refused to sign a state-mandated oath pledging not to engage in boycotts of Israel.

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Posted: May 24, 2021 - 12:15pm

As Israel’s Dependence on U.S. Shrinks, So Does U.S. Leverage
Israel has quietly sought, and perhaps achieved, a large measure of autonomy from its half-century of reliance on the United States.
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Posted: May 22, 2021 - 8:03pm


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Posted: May 22, 2021 - 7:20pm

 westslope wrote:
 kurtster wrote:

Support Hamas and kill more Jews !

That will solve the problem.


Always nice to have the opinion of an anti-Semitic ethnic cleansing terrorist! 

If you love Israel, you have no choice, you have to love TERRORISM.

 



I was more like two wrong don't make a right ...

and I am a lot of things, but certainly not "an anti-Semitic ethnic cleansing terrorist! "

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Posted: May 22, 2021 - 7:16pm

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“If I don’t steal your home, someone else will steal it,” was the answer given by an Israeli settler to Mona al-Kurd, a young Palestinian woman who accused him of stealing her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in the occupied East Jerusalem.


Friend of yours kurtster?   How many American lives are you willing to sacrifice so this righteous settler can steal homes in illegally annexed Jerusalem?  




You were not calling for the end of hostilities.

I thought you were seeking parity, right ?

You were complaining that not enough Jews were being killed compared to Palestinians.

You're the one taking sides, not me.

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Posted: May 22, 2021 - 4:54pm

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It is a genocide!    Virtuous people told me so.   Millions have died.  

This is the TRUTH!

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While we are it. Remember the "China Virus"?    How about we get some patriotic folks together and beat up some small women of Chinese ethnic descent or better yet beat up some old men of Chinese descent?    It will put a little lead in your pencil. 



Yeah! Beat them slant-eyed wenches!
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Posted: May 22, 2021 - 4:05pm

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But those Uighurs!



It is a genocide!    Virtuous people told me so.   Millions have died.  

This is the TRUTH!

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While we are it. Remember the "China Virus"?    How about we get some patriotic folks together and beat up some small women of Chinese ethnic descent or better yet beat up some old men of Chinese descent?    It will put a little lead in your pencil. 

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Posted: May 22, 2021 - 11:41am

But those Uighurs!
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Posted: May 22, 2021 - 9:11am


“If I don’t steal your home, someone else will steal it,” was the answer given by an Israeli settler to Mona al-Kurd, a young Palestinian woman who accused him of stealing her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in the occupied East Jerusalem.


Friend of yours kurtster?   How many American lives are you willing to sacrifice so this righteous settler can steal homes in illegally annexed Jerusalem?  

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Posted: May 22, 2021 - 9:02am

 kurtster wrote:

Support Hamas and kill more Jews !

That will solve the problem.


Always nice to have the opinion of an anti-Semitic ethnic cleansing terrorist! 

If you love Israel, you have no choice, you have to love TERRORISM.

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Posted: May 21, 2021 - 7:27pm

Support Hamas and kill more Jews !

That will solve the problem.
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Posted: May 21, 2021 - 6:12pm

Update:   The kill ratio looks to be now at 19:1.   

Good job!

How's that deterrence thing workin' for ya?   
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Posted: May 19, 2021 - 8:11am

Update:  Kill ratio now exceeds 10:1.

Good job!
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Posted: May 19, 2021 - 5:03am

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someone once said that in war the vulnerable pay for the sins of the invulnerable
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Posted: May 18, 2021 - 8:29pm

Gaza children bearing the brunt in Israel-Hamas conflict
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Posted: Apr 5, 2021 - 7:22am

It is Easter!

A time when heroic, patriotic North Americans pray for the success of the Israeli nuclear-weapons backed affirmative action ethnic cleansing programme.  

It is hard not to love the beautiful rhetoric of cultural superiority that comes tripping off the tongues of Israelis, in particular West Bank settlers.

It is hard not love the 5:1 Kill Ratios.   Many Americans and Canadians love killing civilians which is easy to do if one blithely assumes that all Semitic peoples (Arabs) are "terrorists".   

Then there is the lovely Israeli nuclear weapons cache backed by an America Dark Ages morality approach to nuclear weapons proliferation.  The Israelis are not using nuclear weapons for purely defensive purposes but rather for offensive purposes.  The MAD doctrine has been turned on its head.  

In effect, the Israelis are show-casing the expanded usefulness of nuclear weapons.  

In the background, American voters are blissfully ignorant of how a regional nuclear war — unlikely to directly involve Israel — will blowback and maim or kill perhaps close to half the adult population.  If you thought the SARS Cov2 pandemic was scary, just wait for a nuclear war.  And watch your fellow citizens struggle while many die.  
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Posted: Apr 4, 2021 - 6:35pm

Clearer view of secretive Israeli nuclear facility is visible by satellite thanks to two archaeologists

 
Nothing to see here!
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Posted: Feb 20, 2021 - 1:47pm

Israel destroys Irish aid to Palestinian village community
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