Sunday, July 13, 2014

Iron Dome and Deja Vu

While the Iron Dome is proving a remarkably effective defensive shield, it is worth recalling the article below I wrote about it on 20 November 2012. Less than 2 years after that conflict everything is repeating itself (down to the detail of Obama trying to stop Israel getting the job done) with the only exception being that both the number, range and accuracy of rockets from Gaza has increased significantly. And that is why my criticism of the very rationale of the Iron Dome is even more valid today than it was then. The more Israel depends on purely defensive systems like this, the greater will be the frequency and scale of assaults from Gaza (and now also Lebanon). Oh and by the way if you want to see what the terms of the ceasefire will be this time then you do not need to wait because here is how I called it the last time.

Iron Dome: short-term benefit, long-term catastrophe (written 20 Nov 2012)

Israel's 'Iron Dome' system has performed remarkably well in intercepting about 30% of the 2000 rockets launched from Gaza in the last two weeks. But as a long-term 'deterrence' mechanism it is a total catastrophe for Israel. Apart from the incredible expense - and the fact that the number of rockets that still get through ensure that daily life is no less disrupted - putting your faith in a system like this is an acceptance of permanent cowering of an entire state to a bunch of terrorists.

No other country in the world would accept, even in principle, the concept of the Iron Dome as a long term defence/deterrent, because no other country in the world would accept a situation where it is subjected to continuous unprovoked rocket attacks from a bullying neighbour. Don't believe me? Then read the following from a commenter on Debbie Schlussel's blog this evening:

“Back in mid-June, during the great Paris weapons show, the Rafael pavilion was absolutely the busiest around, and everybody wanted to look at the new, exciting, Iron Dome system, the greatest achievement in rocket defense ever. But by the end of the show, Rafael hadn’t made a single sale. The Arrow sold well, other systems did great – Iron Dome wasn’t moving. So they contacted their big clients, the serious ones, and asked what gives. And those clients told them no one except Israel has any use for these things. Because in any normal, sane country, if some hooligans were to start targeting civilians with rockets – the army would go and kill them.”

The Obama administration is right now trying to force Israel to stop a ground invasion with the promise of an extra 250 million dollars to pay for more Irone Dome batteries. This is the ultimate indication that Obama believes Israel has to simply allow the Islamist bully to carry on doing what the Islamist bully does best while Israel has to pay for the privilege of only being struck by 140 rockets a day rather than 200. This is back to the mentality of living in a ghetto under the Nazis. Obama is going to 'allow' Israel to have a half-baked defensive capability but no offensive capability. That's like allowing your 'friend' to wear a gum shield to protect him from the school bully but not allowing him to wear boxing gloves.

1 comment:

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