December 17, 2012 | 'count on America to ride to the rescue'

Thomas L Freedman (‘My President is busy…’ International Herald Tribune Monday 12th November) advises Israelis not to ‘count on America to ride to the rescue.’

Well, America may need to.

The British Sunday Times (Sunday 11th November) reported Netanyahu saying he was prepared to strike Iran without the support of America. The Israeli opposition had a poster [...]

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November 18, 2011 | Proliferation

Letter to an official – 24-10-11

I am not at all IN FAVOUR of proliferation, but I am sorely alarmed at the now quite immediate dangers that ANTI-PROLIFERATION is presenting – even worse now both the President and the Secretary of State have been giving credence to this latest (presumably CIA? charade. With the CIA [...]

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May 30, 2011 | Letter to Defense News - 27th May 2011

In your leading article – SIZING UP THE FUTURE – May 23, 2011 – you write of “high-end forces needed [by the US] to fight against a sophisticated nation-state like China”.

Surely no-one in the US is contemplating fighting a war “against a sophisticated nation-state like China”?

It took the Soviet Union and the United States [...]

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April 12, 2011 | China

Your leading article, CHINA THE ENABLER (International Herald Tribune 4/5 – 12 – 10) asks “What is China thinking?”
I guess China is thinking “What is the United States thinking, sending a nuclear-powered, nuclear–armed, aircraft carrier, and other warships, and announcing, and conducting, along with its ally South Korea, live-fire exercises, in disputed waters, close to [...]

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January 7, 2011 | Unpublished letter to International Herald Tribune re-Israel and non-proliferation

The article by Chester Crocker, Scott Lasensky and Samuel Lewis – “An American jolt for the Middle East”, November 24th 2010 – reminds me that neither the Obama Administration nor Mr Netanjahu (nor indeed Messrs Crocker, Lasensky and Lewis) seem to have any notion of how broad – or how disastrous – an effect American [...]

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November 10, 2010 | The Israel/Palestine Problem

The problem is alas simple: way back in World War One, the Balfour Declaration established the concept of a home for the Jews being established in Palestine, provided the existing inhabitants were not disturbed.

This was asking for trouble: Palestine was not ‘a country without people’; and the Jews, ‘without a country’, turned out to be [...]

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November 10, 2010 | Deterrence

Nuclear deterrence hasn’t worked too badly for us all since 1945: it has stopped fools thinking they could attack nuclear-weapon states with impunity. Iran, encircled as she is by nuclear weapons on all sides, is guaranteed, surely, to think of some kind of deterrent – nuclear or otherwise.

With Israel and the United States claiming [...]

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November 10, 2010 | The Iraq War

The process that led UK to war was based, we now know, on a pack of lies. Indeed if Saddam Hussein had actually had a “45 minute missile strike” to hand, Deterrence would surely have operated and Tony Blair – and possibly even George W. Bush – would have been “deterred” from attacking. Other governments [...]

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November 10, 2010 | Circumcision and Paranoia

Remembering a book I’d read about male circumcision by an American Jewish doctor whose name I foolishly forget and can’t find, it struck me that the answer to why Americans are so panicky, might lie there.

30-50 years ago, apparently a vast majority – some 80% – of American boy babies were circumcised – at [...]

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