Friday, September 24, 2004

eTaiwanNews.com "it is the Arabs who should be worried by Israel's might. "

eTaiwanNews.com/Iran is just following Israel's lead: "Since its 1979 peace treaty with Israel, Egypt has reduced its defense spending from 22 percent of its GNP in 1974 to a mere 2.75 percent in 2002. Syria's has fallen from 26 percent to 6.7 percent. The combined defense expenditures of Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon amount to only 58 percent of Israel's. Indeed the shoe is on the other foot - it is the Arabs who should be worried by Israel's might.

Israel's nuclear weapons are both politically unusable and militarily irrelevant, given the real threats it face. But they have been very effective in allowing countries as diverse as India, Pakistan, Libya, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, North Korea and now Iran to think they too have good reason to build a nuclear deterrent. "