Violations or suggested violations of that vaunted treaty led, more than any other lie, to the Iraq war. Since then, successive Israeli governments have constantly purported that Iran's obligations, as being a signatory to that treaty, and the possibly mythical perceptions that Iran is violating the treaty, are enough reason to bomb the latter country in such a way as to eliminate its capability to produce such weapons, without regard to what damage nuclear debris might cause Iranians and adjacent countries.
Israel's official position on its own nuclear profile is to farcically insist that it is a unique country, in that it has a right to claim an ambiguity on its nuclear weapons, by refusing to acknowledge what has been obvious for a generation - that it possesses one of the most devastating first strike thermonuclear capabilities on the planet. Yet they demand our country wage war against others who might seek a deterrent against a country that has repeatedly and - often without substantial provocation - attacked each of its adjacent neighbors, and other countries as well, including the USA.
Here is what the President said:
Whether we're talking about Israel or any other country, we think that becoming part of the NPT is important," Obama said. "And that, by the way, is not a new position. That's been a consistent position of the United States government, even prior to my administration.
Already, members of congress, being fed foreign-originated talking points, are preparing to defend that same foreign country against our president's concerns on this matter. This past week, Alaska Democratic Party Senator Mark Begich co-signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that sought to undermine the president's ability to stop expansion of Zionist settlements, in violation of international law and US policy, in lands the USA and all countries except Israel consider to be occupied.
This coming week, Sen. Begich will probably be approached by these foreign agents' cutouts to sign a similarly scripted letter admonishing Obama or one of his employees for daring to demand Israel put up or shut up regarding the treaty's importance.
Should you and I start saying "Enough already!" to this bullshit?
This is an important enough issue to me that thinking about the dissonance of baying at the behest of a foreign country by leaders of the party I've chosen to join makes me physically ill.
Here's my poll question:
Should Alaska Democrats support the president in his efforts to demand Israel join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty?
If the margin for supporting the president be substantial, I may consider going to Sitka and bringing this issue up at the floor of our 2010 convention.
I'd also like to challenge my colleagues in the Alaska blogging community and progressive audiovisual community to join me in this effort by linking to this poll.
I put the odds of getting help from my colleagues on this - or from my party - at about 75 to 1 against help.
Prove me wrong.
Update - 2:10 a.m: I've changed the odds to 40 to 1, based on comments.