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The Samson Option: Israel, America and the Bomb
The Samson Option: Israel, America and the Bomb
by Seymour M. Hersh
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is the Samson Option Local or Global?, 22 Oct. 2013
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I wanted to read this book because it deals with a very serious subject, namely the nuclear armament of the State of Israel. It was worth the read since there is now absolutely no doubt in my mind that Israel is a nuclear-armed nation.

The deceit that was required by successive Israeli politicians, diplomats, nuclear scientists and others was monumental in scope and detail. However, the Jews had just come through the Holocaust, and there motto was "Never Again!"

The vast number of nuclear missiles that Israel has developed over the years at Dimona is a source of anxiety for me, if not for anyone else. Its current ability to target all or most of the approximate 190 capital cities in the world with thermonuclear bombs means that Israel is a very dangerous country.

People tend to think that Israel will only use its nuclear arsenal on Middle Eastern countries which threaten it fatally. I do not agree! I consider that Israel will punish the whole world of Gentile nations for failing to ensure its survival in the ME. As the general population begins to disappear from existence, those in underground bunkers will trigger the Samson Option and release ICBMs to many, many capital cities.

The ensuing Nuclear Winter will be Israel's farewell revenge on non-Jews, who have persecuted Jews since 70CE. This, admittedly, is not spelt out like this in this book, and I have no evidence that Hirsh thinks/thought this way. However, the enormous productivity of the Dimona nuclear weapons manufacturing base, which he does describe so well, is far, far too large for a limited nuclear attack on fairly local Arab and Islamist countries.

Needless to say, the Nuclear Winter will depopulate the world globally.

There were times when reading this book was not easy, but so often the best books are not novels.

When Money Dies: The nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-Inflation
When Money Dies: The nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-Inflation
by Adam Fergusson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Money Dies: The Best History for this Period is Economic, 22 Mar. 2013
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I have just finished reading When Money Dies and my eyes have been opened. I will read it again because some of the economic concepts are not easy to grasp, and I persevered through these to gain the whole picture of the printing of currency from 1914 to 1924 and its aftermath. The whole picture of post-war and of pre-war Germany is fascinating.

I was shocked that the Reichsbank man, responsible for the printing of money in the 1920s until he died in November 1923, a Dr Haverstein, did not link the vast printing of marks to the progressive devaluation of the mark. Can you believe it? Frankly, it was fortunate that he died since his successor, a Dr Schact, realised this territying link and brought the printing presses to a halt and introduced the Rentenmark to replace the mark.

The way the Fed, the BoE and other central banks are printing their currency in QE makes me wonder if, perhaps, they are all Dr Haversteins and do not realise that when you print more of a currency, you reduce the value of the individual units already in existence.

O, the hunger and starvation! When the urban people had the marks to buy food, the farmers refused to be paid in hyperinflated marks so they stockpiled the food on the farms. So, no food was available to buy even though the people had the currency to purchase.

But then, once the currency had been stabilised with the Rentenmark from January 1924, the farmers brought out their food to market but the people did not have the currency to buy. O dear, O dear! How bloody stupid!

It seems to me that without hyperinflation, which resulted from the printing of marks from 1914 to finance the killing machine of the first world war and went on post war, Hitler would not have come to power. The pain of the economic deprivation was blamed on the Jews and anti-semitism was everywhere long before Hitler used it to unite the nation racially.

Indeed, after the currency got back to some sort of normality from the end of 1924 with the Reichsmark, there were two notorious and well-publicised legal cases of corruption going all the way up through the politicians and civil servants, even involving the President lightly. I mention this because these two cases were started by two Jews from Lithuania, and I couldn't help thinking that this would not have done anything but inflame the already existing anti-semitism.

As the middle class in Germany, Austria and Hungary were being wiped out of existence, they sold their precious valuables and sentimental objects to realise their national currency, though grossly devalued. Food better than sentiment! Well, who would turn up to the selling parties but Jewish women, who were willing to buy and who would be wearing objects they had previously purchased elsewhere from the dying middle class.

So, there is in this book, a thread of antisemitism linking the two world wars. It made the national antisemitism and the industrial killing of Jews from 1939 more understandable by the dreadfully psychologically traumatised Germans. One wise word would be that one particular group of people should not take economic advantage of a whole nation of people, who are in dire hardship.

I thought that Adam Ferguson put the occupation of the Ruhr by France and Belgium into perspective. It made a difference but it was not, by any means, the whole story. The Germans were to blame for their economic misfortune and not the invading victors of the war. Nevertheless, the stone hearted Poincare, PM of France, led his people into the lion's jaws because the hatred by the Germans of the French for their hardheartedness in the Ruhr in the 1920s was shown most terribly in the second world war, particularly when so many young Frenchmen were removed from France to work as slaves.

In fact, as I write, I realise that I am making a powerful argument for the EU and the Euro. Better not to have national currencies when a supranational currency can force the national governments to work together cooperatively.

I haven't plumbed the depths of this wise book, yet. I will gain even more from it on a further reading. I think that an economic history of Germany between the wars is, arguably, the best history for that period and that country. The consideration of the dark valley between these two wars is greatly helped by When Money Dies, in a way in which a non-economic book could never achieve.

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