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New threat to Middle East

U.S. to give giant bombs to Israel

'Bunker busters' seen as targeting Iran

By Deirdre Griswold

Israel is to receive 5,000 new bombs from the U.S., including 500 of the huge "bunker busters" the Pentagon has used in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the authoritative Israeli daily, Haaretz. The transfer is to take place right after the U.S. elections in November.

News sources in all the imperialist capitals are interpreting this arms deal as a direct threat to yet another Middle Eastern country, Iran. They point out that "bunker busters" can penetrate 15 feet of concrete, making them a weapon of choice to destroy Iran's nuclear industry, now in development.

The bomb transfer is being called a "sale" worth $319 million, but Washington is really giving the weapons to Israel, since it makes readily available to its client state both the money and the arms. Funding for the sale will come from U.S. military aid to Israel, the largest recipient of such aid in the world.

Israel has attacked its Muslim and Arab neighbors many times before in military aggressions coordinated with the secret services of its imperialist allies. In 1981, Israeli planes bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor, showing no concern for the possible nuclear contamination of the area. Israel is widely acknowledge by Western military authorities to secretly possess nuclear weapons itself, but has never been taken to task for it.

The transfer of these bombs points to a major escalation in the epic struggle between imperialism and the peoples of the Middle East, who are trying to finally take control over their own resources and wealth before the precious oil under their ground has all been siphoned off to the benefit of foreign capital. This struggle has been boiling in Iraq, where resistance to imperialist occupation and control is taking on both the old colonial power in London and the neocolonial superpower in Washington.

While the mood among the people in the imperialist West is against spilling "blood for oil," the capitalist-dominated political process euphemistically named democracy is insuring that the governments of the U.S. and Britain are ready to defend the oil companies' profits to the last drop of their young soldiers' blood.

These new bombs are also a direct threat to the continued struggle of the Palestinian people to retain their national identity and their land, which is being chipped away daily by new Israeli settlements. In addition to the 500 one-ton bunker busters, the deal includes 2,500 other one-ton bombs, 1,000 half-ton bombs and 500 quarter-ton bombs, Haaretz said.

This is just one more sign of things to come after the capitalist election. New and more urgent challenges lie ahead for the anti-war forces all over the world.

Reprinted from the Sept. 30, 2004, issue of Workers World newspaper

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