Julian Assange said the release of classified US documents will cover “every major issue” in the world while Benjamin Netanyahu said material concerning Israel will not be the focal point of a new exposé by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. “Israel is not the center of international attention” declared a confident Netanyahu.
You can’t have it both ways fellows. Israel does stand at the center of every major issue in the middle east and in manipulating U.S. foreign policy. There will be nothing new revealed about the crimes of Israel but plenty about their ‘enemies.’ U.S. spying is featured but Israeli spying seems to be missing.
From the JPost … note that one of the first ‘leaks’ to come out and promoted by the Israeli press is about North Korea and linking them to Iran. Very convenient in light of the present North and South Korea ‘crisis.’
The document, dated June 2, 2009 and sent from the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, details Barak’s visit with a two Congressional delegations. It quotes Barak as saying that “‘no option should be removed from the table’ when confronting Iran and North Korea.”
“Barak asked rhetorically how a lack of firm response to North Korea would be interpreted by Iran’s leadership, speculating the US government would be viewed as a ‘paper tiger’,” the diplomatic cable reads.
The NY Times also puts Iran and North Korea at the top of the important ‘leaks.’
Already the speculation is on more war ….
To me, the most revealing parts of the Wikileaks diplo-docu-dump are about the Middle East. We already knew that the Sunni Arab autocrats cannot bear the thought of a Shiite nuclear bomb and are almost as worried as the Israelis. But now the evidentiary proof brings it home:
The Saudi king was recorded as having “frequently exhorted the US to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons programme”, one cable stated. “He told you [Americans] to cut off the head of the snake,” the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir said, according to a report on Abdullah’s meeting with the US general David Petraeus in April 2008.
The cables also highlight Israel’s anxiety to preserve its regional nuclear monopoly, its readiness to go it alone against Iran – and its unstinting attempts to influence American policy. The defence minister, Ehud Barak, estimated in June 2009 that there was a window of “between six and 18 months from now in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable”. After that, Barak said, “any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage.”
If we take Barak’s word for it, the Israelis could launch World War III within a month. And would carry much of the Sunni Arab autocrats with it. One notes that Saudi foreign diplomats and functionaries are more wary about war with Iran than the royals. But there seems little discussion about the momentous consequences of a third war launched by the West against a Muslim country in less than a decade.
We know where all this is going. The media will spin up the ‘threats’ of Iran and North Korea. The U.S. will be seen as doing as they always do and Israel will get a pass because as usual, they are the ‘victims’ and all their motives are ‘defensive.’
Wikileaks comes through again for certain intelligence services and Israel.