by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor
Some people have accused Vladimir Putin of playing in the hands of the powers that be by rubbing shoulders with pernicious people like Benjamin Netanyahu, a man who has been perpetuating lies from time immemorial.
For readers who are new to VT and do not think that the madman in Tel Aviv has never produced deliberate and categorical lies, let us take a brief look at his own book, Fighting Terrorism. Netanyahu said way back in 1995 (I was only sixteen years old and knew nothing of Zionism and subversive movements):
“The best estimates at this time place Iran between three and five years away from possessing the prerequisites required for the independent production of nuclear weapons.
“After this time, the Iranian Islamic republic will have the ability to construct atomic weapons without the importation of materials or technology from abroad…The first phase of construction and electrical work will be completed within three to four years.”
Fighting Terrorism was hailed as a breakthrough by the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Detroit News, etc. Yet seventeen years later, the New York Times itself documented that based on U.S. intelligence findings, Iran was not interested in building a bomb.
And even if Iran wanted a bomb, a 28-year veteran of the C.I.A. and academic Paul R. Pillar argues that based on the standards that the West is imposing on Iran, “we can live with a nuclear Iran.” Jewish scholar Avner Cohen has said pretty much the same thing.
So, when people see Putin shaking Netanyahu’s hand and trying to reach out to him, they seem to be thinking that Putin himself is part of the New World Order. Those people seem to ask, how is it that Putin hasn’t really exposed the madman from Tel Aviv for what he truly is?
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book Zionism vs. the West: How Talmudic Ideology is Undermining Western Culture. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.