Critics of Netanyahu clueless about nuclear weapon timetables

Opinion by Kay B. Day

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee shortly before Purim in 2012. (Snip: YouTube video/AIPAC)

Criticism of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday was to be expected. For one thing, Congress defied a president whose powers have expanded to near-infinite levels far beyond powers enumerated in the US Constitution.

One publication summed up a common complaint—Netanyahu has been warning about Iran’s nuclear developments since the mid 1990s. Leftists say What’s the big deal?

These same critics are clueless about timetables for nuclear development. 

A country doesn’t decide to build a nuclear weapon and test it a month later. The critics also overlook Israel’s vulnerability and public threats various leaders in Iran have made.

Some of us are aware of North Korea’s long slow march towards nuclear weaponry. Discovery News pinpointed the beginning:

“As early as 1956, Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, pursued nuclear technology by working with Soviet and Chinese allies. Six years later, North Korea had a nuclear research facility built about 60 miles outside of Pyongyang in Yongbyon, North Korea. In 1967, the reactor went online with the help of the Soviets.” 

In 2002 North Korea admitted to having nuclear weapons. During the administration of President Bill Clinton, concessions had been made to North Korea, including reducing economic sanctions. Clinton bought into North Korea’s deception. In December, 1999:

“A U.S.-led international consortium signs a $4.6 billion contract to build two nuclear reactors in North Korea.”

Things seemed to be going so well that Clinton’s Sec. of State Madeleine Albright visited the country, and she posed for a photo that became famous—a US secretary of state sipping wine with despot Kim Jong Il. Few North Koreans could afford that bottle of wine.

By 2006 North Korea admitted testing nuclear weapons.

Pakistan acquired nuclear weapons capabilities in a similar manner, although developments in technology enabled a shorter window than the roughly 50 years it took North Korea. Still, it took decades for Pakistan to get to nuclear weapon capability.

Netanyahu’s speech contrasts sharply with the kinder image of Iran the Obama administration is promoting. The United States has effectively farmed out assistance to Iraqi fighters battling ISIS  by encouraging Iran’s assistance and intervention.

As for Israel, Iran diplomats routinely declare there will be no recognition of the legitimacy of Israel.

Bear in mind Iran’s constitution comprises Islamic imperialism.

Obama’s foreign policy is, like that of Bill Clinton, far too accepting of promises made by oppressive regimes in exchange for aid or cooperation. There was a window of possibility for political change in Iran, in 2009 after the country’s presidential election. Fact Check wrote:

“After [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad won, supporters of opponent Mir Hossein Mousavi ‘burned dumpsters, threw stones and clashed with police in the worst rioting in Tehran in many years…’”

Many citizens in Iran believed the election was rigged. Fact Check took on the task of deciding whether critics of Obama told the truth when claiming the new US president said nothing as Iran’s so-called ‘Green Revolution’ commenced.

Obama did say something—he expressed concern about violence and human rights. But he did nothing. The window closed and the mullahs maintain their oppressive grip on a once magnificent country.

Netanyahu’s speech should be heeded. A new US president will assume office in 2016. That president will inherit a world more dangerous than ever, and the Mideast will continue to be volatile because that is and always has been the nature of politics in that part of the world.

Any leader of Israel in his right mind would do everything possible to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

That many in the US, including progressive Democrats in Congress,  fail to grasp that logical standard is a tragedy in keeping with the weak  leadership our country currently has at all levels of government.

Featured Photo: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee shortly before Purim in 2012. (Snip: YouTube video/AIPAC)


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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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