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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 26.12.07 | 02:59 (IST)

    Billions for defense is only sound so long as those billions are necessary. The Soviet Union spent billions for defense until it destroyed itself by profligate waste. The United States is determined to follow the Soviet down the toilet of history. Israel, unlike either the Soviet Union or United States has a very real need for a relatively large defense force. But that does not change the fact that Israel could bankrupt itself. Or the far more dangerous threat that it will continue to expend money which could improve society, education and increase the industrial development of the nation. Mr. Sneh's squawk is the ravings of a paranoid or the plea of a greedy opportunist. To pretend that Israel can benefit from eternal warfare, however, is to doom it in the long run. That is what destroyed the great empires of Europe.

    from the article: Sneh: Budget fails to address security threat to home front
    First published 00:00 25.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 25.12.07
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