Free Books Competition 219


The media is in a frenzy about Iranian “suspected” nuclear weapon development, with virtually every article and broadcast also referencing Israel’s view.

A free copy of The Catholic Orangemen of Togo for every one who first points out each mainstream media reference to Israel’s own massive illegal arsenal of nuclear weapons.

I don’t anticipate giving away a single book.


219 thoughts on “Free Books Competition

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  • Graham Derrick

    Which is why we must all incessantly email all the mainstream media outlets every time they omit to mention the implicit threat to Iran by Israel’s nuclear weapons. Please join me – and don’t stop ! GD

  • Guest

    “Israel’s own massive illegal arsenal of nuclear weapons.”
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    Yes, very worrying. The west seems not to see the danger.
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    “Professor Martin Van Crevel said Israel had the capability of hitting most European capitals with nuclear weapons.
    We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets of our air force.”
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/30/nuclear-powers-weapons-spending-report

  • Ed Davies

    Or even Britain’s rather dubiously legal arsenal?

    Under the NPT we’re supposed to be working towards nuclear disarmament. To propose spending multiple billions on a fleet of submarines which are completely useless for any other purpose rather sticks a finger up to that, doesn’t it? So we can’t act all surprised if others don’t take the NPT too seriously, either.

  • mary

    Also O/T ‘Tim Goodwin , the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (Met), has accepted a new job in the private sector and will depart in the New Year.’
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    Into the private sector just like all his predecessors then. Miffed he didn’t get the top job.
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15646319
    ~~~~~
    Murdoch Jnr returns to the DCMS committee on Thursday with a new set of denials.
    {http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4d5fbe38-0a33-11e1-92b5-00144feabdc0.html}

  • Nick

    In yesterday’s Guardian:

    Avner Cohen, an expert on Israel’s own nuclear arsenal and a professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, said: “I think it’s 70%-80% bluff that we are planning to attack.

    even hawks did not believe that Iran would use a nuclear weapon against Israel, but they believe it might be necessary to go to war to preserve Israel’s relative power in the Middle East.

    “Ultimately this is a fight over the Israeli nuclear monopoly in the region,” Cohen said.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/iran-working-on-advanced-nuclear-warhead

    And there are previous stories about the Israeli nuclear programme on the Guardian website, e.g.:

    The memos and minutes that confirm Israel’s nuclear stockpile
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/23/israel-south-africa-nuclear-documents

    Also letters to the editor from last year about suspected Israeli nuclear tests:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/13/evidence-of-israeli-nuclear-test
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/16/israels-nuclear-weapon-status

  • Nick

    In yesterday’s Guardian:

    Avner Cohen, an expert on Israel’s own nuclear arsenal and a professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, said: “I think it’s 70%-80% bluff that we are planning to attack.

    He said they thought that even hawks did not believe that Iran would use a nuclear weapon against Israel, but they believe it might be necessary to go to war to preserve Israel’s relative power in the Middle East.

    “Ultimately this is a fight over the Israeli nuclear monopoly in the region,” Cohen said.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/iran-working-on-advanced-nuclear-warhead?INTCMP=SRCH

    And there are older articles on the Guardian website about Israel’s nuclear weapons, e.g.:

    The memos and minutes that confirm Israel’s nuclear stockpile
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/23/israel-south-africa-nuclear-documents

    Also two letters to the editor last year about suspected Israeli nuclear tests:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/13/evidence-of-israeli-nuclear-test
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/16/israels-nuclear-weapon-status

  • Duncan McFarlane

    i’ve read references to Israel’s nuclear arsenal in the Guardian fairly often, though i’ve not checked if there’ve been any since your post – and i already have a copy of Catholic Orangemen – though i suppose if i find a reference and get another it would make a good Christmas present for someone

  • Duncan McFarlane

    i do find it amazing that so many governments and much of the media keep talking about the “threat” from Iran getting nuclear weapons, when the real “threat” is to their aims to overthrow the Iranian government and replace it with an Iraq style one dependent on them to hand out cheap oil contracts on terms ridiculously favourable to western firms.

    The only other “threat” is that they would lose a bogeyman to scare people with if Iran got nuclear weapons because it would rapidly become apparent that the Iranians only wanted them as a deterrent to prevent the constantly threatend attacks by the US, Israel and their allies.

    North Korea (run by a government that make Iran’s repressive semi-theocracy look like well adjusted friendly kittens by comparison) already have nuclear weapons plus an ally with nuclear weapons. Strangely the US and its allies never mention the North Korean “threat” any more, the way Dubya did in 2002 when he added them to the ‘Axis of Evil’ (and to be fair a government that leaves most of it’s population to starve while the senior party officials eat lobster dinners – and has people tortured and killed in work and re-education camps, probably deserves to be called evil)

  • mike

    Apparently, Iran has computer models of how a nuclear trigger might work. That obviously means they want to nuke Israel. Jesus wept if this is the casus belli the neocon fascists are drooling over. To say it’s piss poor proof is an understatement.

  • Yonatan

    Israel is trying to paint Obama into a corner so that he has to attack as a matter of domestic politics – Israel would be more than happy to provide the trigger incident. Of course, when it all goes wrong the Repulicans can use that as an excuse to increase military spending even more. Meanwhile the Palestinian issue will disappear from view and Israel can get on with its own solution – more building and removal of Palestinians. Netanyahu knows that Obama hates his guts and that he will have less sway should obama get a second term.

    On October 31, Barak was reported in Haaretz as follows:

    “Barak said that the Israeli public should not be concerned about the Iranian threat. ‘I refuse to be intimidated, as if Iran could destroy Israel,’ Barak said. ‘Israel is the most powerful country, from Tripoli to Tehran. There is no reason to be afraid of anything.’ ”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/barak-israel-has-not-already-decided-to-strike-iran-1.392936

    Is there any way to get this deception into official government record – Minister’s questions or whatever it is called?

  • craig Post author

    Jonangus

    Buggered if I’m going to advertise the Frontline Club after they so very rudely bumped me from their whistleblowers debate.

  • edwin

    On Wednesday there was the test-firing of a new, long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead as far as Iran;

    Ok – so I got part way there. No mention that there is a massive illegal arsenal, only this oblique reference to Israel’s nuclear weapons.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/threat-or-scare-tactic-israel-signals-that-attack-on-iran-is-possible/article2224954/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=World&utm_content=2224954

    Craig, I think you should up the anti slightly and offer autographed copies.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    The central theme of the leaked IAEA report centers around 2008/2009 reports. In 2008 the report said, ‘[17] (d) With reference to the document describing experimentation in connection with symmetrical initiation of a hemispherical high explosive charge suitable for an implosion type nuclear device, Iran has stated that there have been no such activities in Iran. Since the Director General’s previous report, the Agency has obtained information indicating that the experimentation described in this document may have involved the assistance of foreign expertise. Iran has been informed of the details of this information and has been asked to clarify this matter.
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    The latest leak from the IAEA report mentions an ‘a hemispherical aluminum shell’ according to WaPo, a ‘mind seed’ to suggest it could be mounted on a delivery system probably the Shahab 3.
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    The whole contentious issue concerned records of plans to build a nuclear warhead, which the CIA said it found on a stolen laptop computer supplied by an informant inside Iran. In July 2005, US intelligence officials showed printed versions of the material to IAEA officials, who judged it to be sufficiently specific to confront Iran. They were all in the English word except for a crude Power-Point presentation and rejected as forgeries and ‘rubbish’ by Tehran. The IAEA refused to reply to my emails when I asked them to confirm the authenticity of the laptop information supplied by a dissident Iranian group whose nuclear expertise was a young Iranian nuclear physics post-graduate living in Milton Keynes.
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    This miniaturised ‘fat-boy’ is a joke on one hand – a prelude to war on the other; Israel’s nukes are not. We remember Israel’s Dimona Plutonium breeding nuclear reactor and fuel cycle/reprocessing plant and fuel was supplied by France starting in the 1950s going through the mid-1960s. When DeGaulle finally shut off aid, the UK stepped in supplying materials to the Israeli program. Later the Israelis also used shell companies to gain supplies of Uranium and other materials. One report suggested that the Israelis got HEU via “theft” assisted by “sloppy bookkeeping” by the USN from a USN run facility in the U.S..

  • Jonangus Mackay

    Friend of mine says, ‘Maybe Wikipedia should be awarded a free copy of Murray’s book.’
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    Not quite. Wikipedia may be multinational & read by millions, but that it ain’t mainstream is one of its virtues — amid much to make the pernickety wince.
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    For those who may require a handy filtration pump, to counter the steady flow of war-mongering Zionist bilge yet to pump forth from the ‘mainstream’ cloaca, I pass on his links. Send them to everyone you can think of. As the Buddha didn’t say, but should have, ‘Ultimately there is only one disease: ignorance.’
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_and_Israel

  • Jonangus Mackay

    @Michal. Not such an ‘easy one.’ Hardly current. You’ve had to trawl back to 2008. And the other BBC link above, heaven help us, is from 2003.

  • TK

    The Sunday Time published in 1985 Israel’s clandestine nuclear programme. Who can forget Mordechai Vanunu? However, we are very good at ignoring the obvious.

  • glenn

    The odd mention, necessitating a trawl going back years, is hardly the point. If there was a mention of Israeli WMD for every 100 mentions of the “Iran, Iran, Iran” war mongering talk, I’d be astonished. We’re being blanketed with discussions ranging from how to attack Iran, to who should be doing the attacking, to how quickly it should be done. Just like we did over Iraq.
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    Why Iran should be attacked is obvious – it might get WMD at some point, no further explanation is required. The fact it’s not attacked another country in over 200 years is never brought up. Notions of Iran’s own right to self defence, in the face of an aggressive (well armed and supported) neighbour are not allowed to trouble people. The fact that the aggressors are the usual suspects with a long track record of unprovoked attack, occupation and war crimes left unmentioned.
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    Russia critisises the IAEA release:
    http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article531352.ece

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