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And, yes, I DO take it personally: I hope the IAEA's ElBaradei is prepared for the storm of abuse, scorn and calls for his scalp
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Monday, October 05, 2009

I hope the IAEA's ElBaradei is prepared for the storm of abuse, scorn and calls for his scalp

truth-tellers in this day and age are few and far between... given the outcry that is almost certain to follow a statement like this, it's no wonder that truth has become such a precious and rare commodity...

via information clearing house...

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday that "Israel is number one threat to Middle East" with its nuclear arms, the official IRNA news agency reported.

At a joint press conference with Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran, ElBaradei brought Israel under spotlight and said that the Tel Aviv regime has refused to allow inspections into its nuclear installations for 30years, the report said.

"Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses," ElBaradei was quoted as saying.

Israel is widely assumed to have nuclear capabilities, although it refuses to confirm or deny the allegation.

"This (possession of nuclear arms) was the cause for some proper measures to gain access to its (Israel's) power plants ... and the U.S. president has done some positive measures for the inspections to happen," said ElBaradei.

i posted on juan cole's similar view just the other day but it's worth repeating here...
It is Israel's ongoing nuclear weapon production that drives the nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Saddam wanted a bomb because Israel had one. The Iranians were then worried both about an Iraqi and an Israeli bomb. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others are annoyed at their geostrategic helplessness in the face of Israeli nukes.

god help anyone who points a finger at israel... however, i'm reminded of the old cliche, "sacred cows make the best burgers"...

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