Once again, the neocons and warmongers, obsessed with Iran but not other repressive and dangerous countries such as Saudi Arabia, are calling for sanctions and war against Iran and forcibly preventing Iran from having a nuclear program. For some perspective on the current debate, see Justin Raimondo. I do not agree, however, with supporting Rand Paul and Barbara Boxer’s proposals, which Raimondo quotes Politico as suggesting the bill would “reinstate some sanctions” under certain circumstances.
Because I just don’t have that much time now, I am going to present a part of an article I wrote a little over a year ago on rejecting the national security state, which addressed the Iran issue:
How are public office holders and their media and pundit stenographers so easily able to bamboozle so many millions of people? They did it with Iraq in 1990, and with Afghanistan in 2001, and again with Iraq in 2003.
With Iran, the issue at hand is preventing the Iranians from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. The Israelis themselves won’t acknowledge their own many nuclear weapons, and they refuse to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Iran has signed.
But here is the main motivation underlying the fear-mongering: the former President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, and several Ayatollahs have allegedly stated their desire to “wipe Israel off the map.” The allegation is that Iran has been threatening to commit “mass genocide” of the Jews in Israel.
But if people did some fact-checking, they would see that Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah Khomeini whom he was quoting in 2005 were not referring to killing people, but referring to the “regime” or the government of Israel.
The U.K. Guardian stated in this 2007 article: “A more literal translation of the statement (Ahmadinejad) made in 2005, at The World without Zionism conference in Tehran, is ‘the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time’.”
So really they are talking about the ruling “regime” in Israel.
Now, as an anguished Jewish American, I am sad to report that many people are misinformed about Israel and the Western governments’ exploitation of the earlier plights of Jews in Europe. There is a lot of history that apparently most Americans don’t know about, and that Christians in particular should know.
If interested, readers can also check out Murray Rothbard’s article on the subject.
Regarding how Jews are actually treated within Iran, you can read this 1998 article on Iranian Jews who actually are tolerated by “the regime” there, or this more recent account by the New York Times‘ Roger Cohen who visited Iran and spoke to Jews there.
Some other points of propaganda the U.S. government militarists and their talk radio stenographers bring up, besides the “wipe Israel off the map” misquote, include how the “crazy” Iranian leaders and Ayatollahs have been funding and arming terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
But what do the media pundits ever say about U.S. government bureaucrats accepting financial payments by and publicly advocating on behalf of a designated terrorist organization the Iranian Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK)? (Oh wait, it seems that embarrassed U.S. government officials removed the MeK from their list of designated terrorist organizations once the officials’ providing “material support” for the MeK was revealed.)
And it seemed that the mainstream media wouldn’t inform the public about the U.S. government’s backing of al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations until recently, at least regarding Syria. But the neocons and talk radio crowd are worried about Iran, not U.S. government knuckleheads.
So, while the Iranian leaders and clerics’ worst crime has been their inflammatory rhetoric, in America we have a President with an extra-judicial, due process-free “kill list,” and who claims the authority to have anyone he wants captured and detained indefinitely, even renditioned off to foreign territories for torture by foreign regimes, without charges or any evidence provided against the detained. And that President has his “finger on the button”!
And America has generals like the one who heads the NSA with his “Information Dominance Center” intentionally built in the fashion of the set from Star Trek, including sliding doors that make a “whoosh” sound. And we have a former U.S. President who is now on a crusade to convert Jews to the Christian faith. (Good luck with that one, Dubya.)
While it is sad that the current Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei stupidly continues to use inflammatory rhetoric against Israel, he nevertheless refers to the Israeli “regime” and not to harming the actual people of Israel.
In contrast, the ones who have been openly advocating the bombing and murdering of innocent people are the vicious American neocons and pundits who want to kill innocent Iranians (such as this former UN ambassador, this U.S. Congressman, this billionaire political fundraiser, and this TV pundit).
But unlike the “crazy Iranians” who spoke of getting rid of a “regime” and not referring to killing people or referring to nukes, these so-called Americans are referring to killing innocent people and using nukes in the manner of a Harry Truman.
And further, like the sanctions which devastated Iraq throughout the 1990s, the current sanctions imposed on Iranian civilians by the Obama Administration are having a devastating effect on innocent civilians in Iran.
Sadly, there are too many ignorant and propagandized Americans whose “leaders” have bamboozled them, exploiting their prejudices, to serve the Rulers’ hunger for coveting foreigners’ natural resources.
So I really don’t know how optimistic one should feel in hoping to reach those people. Can the propagandized and bamboozled ever be open to hearing the truth about the national security state which feeds off their hard labor’s earnings?
And finally, here is Ron Paul making some great points on the Iran issue and sanctions, from 2012: