In a New York Times article today (August 30) claiming that President Morsi of Egypt is joining the consensus on bringing down the Syrian government “Egypt’s Morsi Pushes for End of Syrian Regime” the writers Thomas Erdbring and Rick Gladstone take jabs at Iran.
They write “on Thursday Ayatollah Khamenei made clear that Iran would never compromise on the nuclear issue.” Then in the very next sentence they quote the Ayatollah, “The Islamic Republic is not after nuclear weapons,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, “But we will never give up on our right to nuclear energy.”
Huh? Isn’t that a very big compromise? Maybe the IR is lying but it’s far different from acts carried out by Israeli regime which has in fact made hundreds of nuclear weapons.
Now, the NYT writers were calling for “compromise” (really submission) to five demands on Iran from the Security Council of the United Nations about nuclear issues. Would it be cheeky to mention that this is the same body that committed genocide in Iraq over charges that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and was a “danger to the world”. The sanctions were levied in 1990 and weren’t officially lifted until 2010. As the Los Angeles Times noted that year Iraq is now allowed to develop weapons of mass destruction and create nuclear power.
Needless to say the U.N. Security Council never apologized for the million or so Iraqi deaths. Kofi Anan who administered the genocide still is used by the Council most recently in Syria. In a better world he would have been brought to the Hague to answer for his actions.
And while I ruminate I wonder whether the Iranian government ever regrets its silence about the sanctions on Iraq. Certainly they had good reason to hate Saddam, but couldn’t they see where these U.N. sanctions were going. As Pastor Niemoller said, “First they came after the communists, etc. etc”
And why do they pursue dangerous nuclear power? Have they come up with the magic formula to handle nuclear waste? If the Israelis bomb Bushehr and kill thousands is the regime blameless for using such dangerous technology? Iran as we know has enormous amounts of oil. The usual excuse for developing nuclear power is that it doesn’t have enough refineries. So? Build refineries, or join the 21st century and build solar and wind.
Ex-Israeli prison guard Jeffry Goldberg is now a power columnist for Bloomberg News with top access to Obama and Netanyahu. He has written a column telling President Obama to come to Israel to assure Israelis of U.S. support against Iran. It’s not enough that Obama makes no rebuke as Netanyahu threatens immediate aggression. Oh no. He must do more! Goldberg starts his piece with what he must think is a funny beginning: “It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks in the Iran-Israel War, and it hasn’t even started yet.”
I wrote this comment which 12 hours later has yet to be posted:
Goldberg has it wrong even in the first sentence. Israel and the U.S. are already at war with Iran. They are assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, using computer “worms” to destroy equipment and helping dissident groups who carry out terrorist acts. See the some of the effects on the population of sanctions right now in this article from The Guardian of the UK.
Supposedly this is because Iran might be developing the “capability” to build nuclear weapons some day. And Israel which has killed tens of thousands in aggressive wars gets a pass because they don’t have any nuclear bomb (wink, wink).
Is there no shame? Wasn’t there a country called Iraq whose dictator was a “threat to the world” with his WMD.? A million civilian dead later and…oops…no WMD. Too bad. Faulty intelligence, but this time we got it right.
Just remember Iran is much bigger than Iraq and has not been yet starved by a decade of sanctions. It also could shut down the Strait of Hormuz with a few missiles. Yes, their dictators make ugly threats, but remember it’s Israel and the U.S. who constantly say that if they attack “nothing is off the table”.
Nuclear weapons and nuclear power are a threat to all humanity. Use our power to make the whole Middle East nuclear free.
Endless articles have been written about the attempt by a wife of one of the 11 Israelis who died because of the awful “Black September” attack at the ’72 Olympic Games to have a moment of silence at the start of this Olympics.
Jewish U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman spoke to the press after winning a gold medal on August 7 saying she would have supported such a moment of silence and won herself instant acclaim in Israel.
IOC President Jaques Roggue has been vilified for not allowing a moment of silence during the Opening Ceremony. He said it wouldn’t be appropriate. “IOC has officially paid tribute to the memory of the athletes on several occasions,” he said. He’s correct. Right at the 1972 games the Olympics were suspended and they held a solemn ceremony. Watch the German language video here. Note the Olympic flag at half-staff and the huge crowd in the stadium.
There was no moment of silence during the 2012 Opening Ceremony (which NBC’s coverage remarked on when the Israeli athletes entered the stadium), but Roggue did hold a ceremony for the killed athletes right at the Olympic Truce. This is a formal ceremony held just before each Olympics since ancient Greek times at which wars were suspended so that athletes could freely travel to the games. He even sat through an August 6 London ceremony about the massacre where he was personally condemned. Of course, this didn’t satisfy the Zionists and none of this was noted in the U.S. press.
In 2005 Steven Spielberg (and screenwriter Tony Kushner) did a memorial of sorts with their movie “Munich” humanizing the Israeli commandos who killed PLO figures in revenge for the Munich attack. He shows several of the commandos as having doubts and regrets (“they kill and they cry” as critical Israeli leftists put it) even though the book “Vengeance” on which the movie was based relates not one bit of regret or hesitation. By the way according to As’ad AbuKhalil few if any of the people killed had anything to do with the Munich attack. In the 2005 book Striking Back, author Aaron Klein contends that the Mossad got only one man directly connected to the massacre.
There was a different kind of memorial for those killed in Munich in Lebanon three days after the massacre. On September 8, 1972 the Israelis launched air raids against the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp and Palestinians in Rated and Rashayya al-Wadi, killing (according to Palestinian sources) 59 and wounding 40 persons. In Wikipedia sources list up to 200 deaths caused when Israel bombed “ten PLO bases in Syria and Lebanon” on that date.
There are massacres and mindless hatred on all sides of this conflict. Unknown in the “West” is the fact that the Zionists hold an enormous edge in the “medal count”.