Nobelist Grass Says Nuclear-Power Israel Threatens Peace
By Catherine Hickley - Apr 4, 2012 9:12 AM CT
Guenter Grass, the Nobel Prize winning author of “The Tin Drum,” attacked Israel’s nuclear capacity and the threat it poses to Iran in a poem published in today’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
In the poem titled “What Has to Be Said,” Grass says that Israel, as a nuclear power “is endangering already-fragile world peace.” He describes its nuclear potential as “out of control, because no one can examine it.”
He criticizes Germany for promising to deliver a submarine to Israel whose specialty is “directing warheads of mass destruction to a place where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven.” Israel, he says, maintains its right of first strike against the Iranian people, whom he describes as “enslaved by a braggart, forced into organized jubilation.”
Grass, who is 84, takes himself to task for his silence on the issue so far, saying his German heritage is “cursed with an indelible stain that prevents” him from criticizing Israel, a country which he says he “is and will remain attached to.”
The Israeli Embassy in Berlin said in a statement that Grass’s comment “is part of a European tradition to accuse the Jews of ritual murder before Passover.”
In a way he is correct. Without nukes Israel would get overrun, and grass and his friends would make sure nobody would step in to stop it. It would cost most of the arab world pretty much their entire military, but they'd be fine with that trade. After Israel was overrun, there would be the peace of the dead.