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Robert Gates said, "No, I do not." When asked if Israel posed a threat

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Did you ever read a news article and blink in utter and total disbelief?  I think that I just did when I read this news article where the United States Defense Secretary, Robert Gates opined this of Israel’s nuclear program in which he defended Israel's nuclear programme on Saturday, saying the Jewish state did not seek to destroy its neighbours or support terrorism, unlike Iran.” The first reaction that came to me was, “Say what?”  

I would love for him to say that directly to the Lebanese people who came under fire during Israel’s war on their country back in the summer of 2006.  I have written of that very war with pictures included for titled, “Come to think of it, who are really the terrorists now?” I want all that read this piece to look upon the innocent victims of Israel’s wrath and you tell me who the terrorists are.  Iran did not do this, but Israel did.  Yet, this nation will side with them time and time again, and frankly it is obscene.  Now just suppose if you will that Israel decided to use a nuclear weapon or nuclear weapons as they attacked Lebanon since they have a nuclear stockpile which contains 400 nuclear warheads.  But, my goodness we are so worried concerning Iran’s capability for building any such weapon.


Israel is a terrorist state whenever they decide to launch an attack upon innocent people such as the Lebanese and Palestinians.


You will be sickened to read this article from Global Research as you read that the, “Israeli cabinet minister, Jacob Edery, has now confirmed that "the Israeli army made use of phosphorous shells during the war against Hezbollah in attacks against military targets in open ground." Now please pay attention here that any use of these weapons, “The use of chemical weapons against civilians or against military targets in civilian areas is outlawed by the Geneva Conventions.” Oh that is right, we no longer pay attention to the Geneva Convention when we ourselves have used water-boarding.


As I have been reading this article of the weaponry used by Israel not only on the Lebanese people, but the people of Gaza, I want to confront every single U.S. politician and presidential candidate who is siding with Israel at the expense of innocent people.  The weaponry used against these people is lethal and for Gates to defend Israel is unconscionable.

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These weapons already used by the Israelis are not the big-boy mushroom cloud weapons that they have in their stockpile, but ones that are just as deadly and cause cancers such as leukemia.  If this is not terrorism, I do not know what else is.


Israel along with the United States has turned this region into a toxic wasteland, yet no one in Washington cares.  In fact, dare I say the American people by and large do not care?  Someone has to care for these innocent people. There are some, but not nearly enough to end this madness.


When Gates was asked at the Manama Dialogue conference if Israel posed a threat, his response was, "No, I do not." For humanity’s sake, Mr. Gates, please open your eyes.

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I try to find at least one humorous point within any article I read or a blunder and here is exactly the blunder I speak of in responding to the article in which Gates defends Israel: “Israel is widely assumed to have the region's only atomic arsenal, but declines to confirm or deny it. Washington has long avoided pressing Israel to go public with its capabilities.”

In one such article I wrote: Note to Prime Minister Olmert: We already knew that Israel had a nuclear stockpile.  As I wrote in that article, “It is no secret and has not been for years as to how many nuclear warheads Israel presently owns as one reads Israel has now over 400 nuclear warheads.  The cat has already been let out of the bag as one reads, “According to retired US Army Colonel Warner D. Farr, M.D., Israel is the fifth largest nuclear superpower in the world.  By 1967, Israel already had 15 atomic bombs in its arsenal. In 1976, their nuclear arsenal grew to 15 to 20 nukes, and by 1980 jumped to 200. According to Farr, in 1997, Israel now has over 400 nuclear and hydrogen weapons.”


Yet with Israel’s propensity for invading and attacking knowing full well the weaponry they do have which they do not own up to having, our government must be made up of the Key-Stone Cops. That is the only opinion I can come up with regarding our government’s support of Israel.


I have been waiting to comment on the recent news article citing that Iran halted their nuclear weapons program for some days now and perhaps the Gates article was the right catalyst for me to comment on any threat Iran poses towards us and the rest of that region.  While Iran does have weapons, Israel has the big guns.  I will compare it with Iran having a 22 caliber pistol and Israel having a fully automatic SKS.  You tell me who the threat truly comes from.


Gates must think that the world will be suckered by his comments or that he has a bridge to sell us if he opines no threat comes from Israel.  P.T. Barnum who was one of the co-founders of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus once said, “There is a sucker born every minute and two to take him.” And Gates just proved Barnum correct. The thing that bothers me as well is that this belief is held by most of our politicians beholden to AIPAC and most of our presidential candidates.  The lone people of sanity are Congressman Ron Paul and former Senator Mike Gravel.


Note to both Republicans and Democrats alike: I challenge you to vote Paul and Gravel in your primaries instead of the top-tier candidates who are blowing smoke when it comes to any threat posed by Iran and no threat coming from Israel.  Americans for the most part are tired of being played for suckers.

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