Israel Taught Iran Nuke Model?
Just what is the point of the Reuters article republished by the Washington Post titled Iran seen borrowing nuclear strategy from Israel?
"Whether deliberately or inadvertently, there are elements of resemblance between the way Iran is pursuing its nuclear program today and the way Israel was pursuing its own program in the 1960s," Avner Cohen, author of a landmark study entitled "Israel and the Bomb," in a telephone interview.
"This is a great irony of history but Iranian policymakers and nuclear technocrats may be strategically mimicking the Israeli model," said Cohen, senior research scholar at the University of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies.
As Cohen sees it, the elements the Israeli and Iranian nuclear programs have in common are secrecy, concealment, ambiguity, double talk and denial.
Within the context provided, this appears to be a meaningless study, or at least a meaningless observation. What nation was ever open about their initial development of nuclear weapons? Was the Manhattan Project an open program?
Lets remove the names and restate the key sentence to demonstrate.
As Professor J.Q. Public sees it, the elements the ________ and ________ nuclear programs have in common are secrecy, concealment, ambiguity, double talk and denial.
Insert, if you will, each of the following sets to complete the sentence:
Set A: Iranian, Pakistani
Set B: Iranian, Indian
Set C: Pakistani, Indian
Set D: American, Russian
Set E: Russian, Chinese
The problem is that Iran is the epicenter of International Terrorism as the world's foremost state-sponsor of terrorism. Are we to believe then that if Israel did not have nuclear weapons that Iran would not pursue them out of a sense of fair play?
"If only Israel did not have nuclear weapons" is the concept being furthered by this article and, possibly, the CISS study.
Another dire issue to barely be whispered past the lips of leadership is the fact that Pakistan - a nuclear power - is dangerously close to incrementally falling into the hands of radical Islamists who are or identify with the Taliban-al-Qaeda alliance.
But that is another story for another day. Today, it's still Israel's fault.