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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A bribe to prevent Israel from protesting too loudly?

Germany is providing Israel with a sixth Dolphin class submarine, at a discount of 135 million Euros. Why the discount? Here's a report that suggests that the discount is a bribe to convince Israel not to protest too loudly against German trade with Iran. And that it's not the first time it's happened.
One theory is that Germany "donated" the first two after it was discovered in Israel that the Scud missiles launched by Saddam at Israel had German parts that helped extend the range. It certainly is true that Israel quickly hid the remains of the Scuds after initially asking Americans to look at the foreign technology involved.

Does it mean anything that the deal for the sixth subsidized Dolphin was announced after a group of Israeli parliamentarians narrowly missed colliding with a group of Iranian parliamentarians in the Bundestag last month? The delegation of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee sent an angry letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle protesting the Iranian visit.

They did not note - but we will - that that the Iranians, accompanied by Iran's representative to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh and Iran's ambassador in Germany Alireza Sheikh Attar, spoke at a conference in the German Foreign Office and went to visit the German city of Weimar - sister city of Iran's Shiraz. While in Weimar, the delegation declined to visit the Buchenwald concentration camp, prompting the only saving grace of the whole debacle - the city fathers of Weimar refused to meet with the Iranians.

It begs the question: why are Iranian government officials hosted and feted by the German government? Germany is aware of Iran's pursuit of nuclear capabilities and long-range missiles, and multi-year deception of the IAEA. Why is Soltanieh, the chief deceiver, invited to speak by the German Foreign Ministry? Germany certainly is aware of the record number of executions this year in Iran, including public hangings and the execution of two minors. Why is Attar invited to speak instead of being called in for a demarche or a PNG?

Reasonable people should ask how the mullahs remain able to do what they do. There are international banking and trade sanctions that should have stifled Iran's ability to pay for its nuclear and missile programs and to pay for funding Hezbollah and Hamas - those things are not cheap. Yet Iran never seems to come to the end of its financial rope, never seems to be short. The United States is in the midst of a debt crisis and is planning to slash the defense budget, but Iran is testing new and better missiles.

Germany's $4 billion-plus trade with Iran (2010) must help.
Taking bribes from the Germans while they act as enablers of Iran's nuclear program strikes me as penny wise and pound foolish. Germany is Iran's top trading partner and has pointedly refused to do anything to change that situation. They seem to be downright infatuated with the Iranians. Instead of accepting bribes from them to keep quiet about it, we should be calling the Germans out at every opportunity. They've already perpetrated one Holocaust. Should we be complacent as they help in perpetrating another, God forbid?

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At 5:24 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

this trade is the only thing keeping the Germans and thus the rest of EU, out of the red!!


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