Friday, November 10, 2017
Another Final Solution? Be Careful What You Wish For.
Here is a little story from personal experience for all those people so anxious to see the next "final solution".
In the 1980s I worked as a quality control engineer in a branch operation of a major control valve manufacturer. The main facility of this company was "N" stamp certified and built both commercial and military nuclear systems. Our branch operation was not. All of our manufacturing orders were forwarded to us by the main plant.
We were given a VERY large order for valves. The statement of work required that all equipment was to be "manufactured in accordance with but not certified to ASME SEC. III". The main plant also assigned additional QC staff to assist us in meeting these requirements as the amount of additional paperwork for material certification, welding certification, manufacturing, assembly and testing procedures was exponentially greater than that required for your typical commercial coal fired power plant.
The reason for all this additional work became abundently clear when when the job was completed, boxed up and ready to go. It was not until then that were finally received the final shipping instruction, and US Customs officials arrived to lock and secure the shipping containers. From there everything had to be sent via a customer contracted trucking company to a specific port and specific vessel. The ship to address on all crates and containers was "Demona Israel via Tel Aviv". The "manufacture in accordance with but not certified to" instruction was simply a means of circumventing prohibitions on the exportation of nuclear technology.
My point being is not that this order was large enough to outfit two nuclear reactors plus spares but that the State of Israel was founded on one simple principle, "Never Again". A concept repeated by every Israeli government from 1947 to the present day. The Israelis did not build the Negev Nuclear Research Center to keep the lights on in Tel Aviv and Haifa. If another war comes and it approaches a point where the Isralis are facing destruction IT A SURE BET THAT THEY WILL OBLITERATE THEIR ENEMIES ONCE AND FOR ALL. Nuclear fallout across the Middle East will be the last of their concerns.
The Israelis have been preparing for this possibility for at least half a century. They will not be subjected to another annialation alone. I would venture to guess that the Israelis have told the House of Saud that they will not be exempt from their wrath and crackdown on the extremist Wahabbi elements and a backdoor alliance is as much about self preservation as it is about economic restructuring, or political and/or religious reform.
The hatreds in the Arab and Muslim world are manifold. Centuries old tribalism is rife across the region. The hatred between Arab and Persian predates even that between the Sunni and Shia divide in Islam and is as much if not more virulent than either of thems hatred of Israel.
I sincerely doubt that the new Crown Prince is great visionary or a Muslim Martin Luther. He has been tasked to make sure the House of Saud remains in control and he's setting about doing that with ruthless efficiency so far. Any deal making between SA and Israel must been seen in that light. And if that undermines Iran and their Shia allies in Lebanon all the better for them.