Saturday, September 22, 2007

What Will Walt and Mearsheimer Say?

If the apparently reliable information reported by the Sunday Times of London proves true, it will be interesting to see how Walt and Mearsheimer will react.

According to the article Israelis seized nuclear material in Syrian raid, "Israeli commandos seized nuclear material of North Korean origin during a daring raid on a secret military site in Syria before Israel bombed it this month." The information is attributed to "informed sources in Washington and Jerusalem."

According to the article, "samples taken from Syria for testing had been identified as North Korean. This raised fears that Syria might have joined North Korea and Iran in seeking to acquire nuclear weapons."

The implications are staggering. The value of the service Israel has provided America, indeed provided the entire civilized world, is incalculable. It demonstrates once again that Israel, besides being a true friend sharing core values with America, is also an invaluable strategic asset.

Walt and Mearsheimer have gotten a lot of attention lately with their supposed "scholarly" articles about the "Israel lobby." Their basic argument is that Jews and other supporters of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, have managed to get the United States to act contrary to its own interests by supporting Israel.

With this spectacular raid, Israel has once again demonstrated that Israel is a valuable strategic asset and the arguments of Walt and Mearsheimer, as well as those of former President Jimmy Carter, are basically unsupportable.

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