Iran Nukes

Published on 04/07/2007 | by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: Iran Nukes


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It has been reported that the Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to withhold nuclear fuel from the Bushehr nuclear plant he was building in Iran. The flimsy excuse is that the Iranians are behind in their payments. It has also been reported that Putin has started to withdraw Russian nuclear technicians from Iran, supposedly slowing the completion of the nuclear plant.

Why do I feel that there is another truth buried somewhere in the lies? Consider the fact that most of the construction and technology has already been completed and Putin doesn’t want to be blamed for what Iran is about to do. One is reminded of the French nuclear plant in Osirak, Iraq, which was just awaiting the nuclear fuel rods to go live. The Israelis bombed the Osirak plant in 1981 before the nuclear fuel was installed in order to avoid radiation spread among the civilian population.

In the world of nuclear science there are hundreds, even thousands of nuclear engineers from Europe ready to be paid for their services at handsome salaries. Some from North Korea, China, France and the Netherlands have already been working in Iran.   The withdrawal of Russian technologists may look good but I suspect it is merely a ploy, so Russia will be held blameless when — not if — Iran brings the Bushehr plant on line and would be one of the main targets for strikes by the U.S. and Israel.

There is also the matter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s credible threat to send a nuclear missile or two against Israel. You can connect the completion of the Bushehr plant and the ability of Iran to construct a nuclear warhead for its missiles, with Putin’s distancing himself from what could be a nuclear catastrophe in Israel.

Another problem Putin wishes to avoid is namely the “KEGS” (Suitcase Nukes) which went missing from their Soviet inventory. Some will recall General Alexander Lebed’s statement on TV that approximately 100 KEGS were unaccounted for and presumably sold by Soviet generals to the Russian Mafia who re-sold them to Iran and other terrorist groups. If any of those smaller nukes just happened to explode in American cities, courtesy of Iran or Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda, Russia would have its fingerprints all over them as their source.

Be assured that Putin, no friend of America, would NOT weep over the carnage.   He would be concerned that the U.S. would respond with ICBMs, in addition to making Iran glow for a few hundred years.

While the Arabist State Department is crowing over Putin’s seemingly dragging his feet in the completion of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant, they also know all — and more —  of what has been explained above. Putin may also know — or have been informed — of plans by the U.S. to take out Iran’s nuclear productions facilities should it be forced to take such action.

Perhaps to ingratiate himself with the Iranians and Syrians, Putin sold Iran Russia’s most advanced ground-to-air missile defenses and the radar to back it up. Clearly, Putin has returned to his Cold War KGB ways, if he ever really left.

Putin may have thought he was getting even for the collapse of the Soviet Union through Perestroika but, much of his tinkering is turning into what the Intelligence community calls “Blow-Back” or the force of unintended consequences. Russia also may be a target for Iranian nukes especially if Iran transferred them to the Chechen front.

So, don’t be too quick to applaud Putin’s trivial withdrawal from completing Bushehr. It will be completed — in two months. Presently, Russian spokesmen are denying the reports of Putin withdrawing Russian technicians and scientists as well as withholding critical nuclear fuel.

Where are the competent investigative reporters when you need them the most?

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Manny Winston, my late husband, flew from Chicago to Israel to volunteer during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He arrived with US secretary of state Henry Kissinger’s first ceasefire on October 21; I followed on October 30th.

Manny was picking grapefruit at Kibbutz Dalia when his friend, the artists, Sol Baskin called with a permit to enter the war zone. They drove to meet Gen. Ariel “Arik” Sharon at the Suez Canal. “Shalom” Baskin was part of the Mahal volunteers from America to the IDF, and a commissioned officer in Mahal. He was Arik’s commanding officer during the 1948 War of Independence, and they remained friends.

Manny brought his two Leica cameras and photographed an outstanding photo exposé on October 29 and 30. He saw and smelled the “killing fields” He met with Sharon, the young soldiers who had survived the destroyed tanks and he saw how the blown tank turret, flipped upside down destroyed the lives of those brave souls inside.

Manny did see these effects and, because he was a true Renaissance man, a graphic thinker who was a painter, sculptor and political analyst, he envisioned a solution to the weak point of the tank. He described a technique to conquer that weakness to Sharon, who sent him to Maj.-Gen. Israel Tal, the developer of the famed Merkava tank.

Manny’s “leap of imagination” created what became “Blazer” or “Reactive” Armor. He designed rectangles of hollow metal boxes with an explosive charge inside. These ‘so-called’ “skirts” were placed around the neck of the tank turret so that when hit, the explosive charge therein would push the incoming ballistic missile out, thereby saving the tank and its crew. This was compatible with the primary goal of Gen. Tal’s Merkava tanks: Defense of the Tank Crew.

That, along with speed, maneuverability, effective shooting and protection against damaging desert sand, were what made the Merkava “The Tank a Jewish Mother Would Love,” as Manny called it.

He also designed a better bridge for crossing the Canal – easier to carry and assemble, and less susceptible to the huge holes the tanks had already created on the day’s existing bridge.

Manny continued to submit creative concepts for defense and offense to Israel’s military industries – for which he received his Israeli citizenship and security clearance. Many of his concepts and ideas were adopted throughout the years. He never asked for credit or remuneration but even today, I see his concepts being used, either in action or in military articles. Someday I hope to publish the “WINSTON DEFENSE DESIGNS,” either online or in a book – a very big book, with his original drawings.

The Yom Kippur War was a seminal turning point in Israel’s history. We did win. It was a miracle, given the forces mounted against us, in number and backed up the Soviet Union.

We have 40 mounted color photographs by Emanuel A. Winston, ready to show at a traveling or permanent exhibition, which will enhance our appreciation of what our men and generals went through and achieved.

The Yom Kippur War was also a seminal turning point in the lives of the Winston family. It was our second trip to Israel. We had tried to make Aliyah in 1962 but didn’t succeed. I made Aliyah on November 7, 1979. Manny died on June 12, 2012, and is now buried on the Mount of Olives.

I sold the home he built in Highland Park, Illinois, in August 2012, and brought his manuscripts and published papers, to the home I built in Israel in 1992. Two of our sons and their families also live in the Jewish state.

My heartfelt message for you, the reader, is to invite all my friends, family and Internet friends to come to Israel. This is where a Jew can be truly Jewish.

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