About That There “Utter Rejection”

As of this morning, the governments of Iran, the US and EU advertise themselves as being close to an agreement: Iran makes concessions on its nuclear program, the other countries lift economic sanctions.

There’s good reason to be skeptical about the deal, first and foremost among them that the US shouldn’t be in the business of telling Iran (or any other country) what it may or may not do.

Apparently the big news, though — and I can’t imagine why, given its “dog bites man” content — is that Israel “utterly rejects” the deal.

My take on that is “umm … who cares?

Per the CBS News article linked above, “Israel believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.”

First of all, horseapples. Israel’s intelligence community believes no such thing.

Secondly, Israel lacks standing to complain even if Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, given Israel’s refusal to place its own nuclear arsenal within the purview of international law, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, etc.

And finally, of 242 countries on earth, Israel ranks 96th in population. They’re a little more than 1/10th the size of Iran, 1/37th the size of the US, etc. Has anyone asked the rulers of Burundi, the Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe or Kazakhstan what they think? Or  for that matter, has anyone consulted the local officials of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, home to half again as many people as Israel?

No, they haven’t. Nobody cares what they think. Based on Israel’s stature in the world, Benjamin Netanyahu is entitled to one hot, steaming cup of STFU. Which is exactly what he should get.

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