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Iran Watch, part 6.
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Exactly, parsie. You sound exactly like your cohorts. It seems that you are mass-produced somehow. But do not worry - I am not going to write to you anymore. Indeed, it is a waste of time. However, whether or not I want to appear or not to appear on this page is up to me, and me alone. Bye, and it was nice knowing you!.
Thank you, Mariella! Thank you, my dear friend! By providing all these dissenting voices within Israel, you have proved, once again, that Israel is a vibrant democracy where people may, and do, voice their opinions, including the most important issues of national security. But... strange... somehow, we do not see the same in Iran. Everybody seems to follow the government's line there. Why? Do they not see where the reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons have brought Iran so far? The country is an internally pariah, its economy is in a shambles, it is now virtually beginning other countries to buy its oil - so much for "national pride" that this nuclear pursuit should have brought it. You would think that this would cause at least some people to say - 'Wait a minute. Maybe, it's not worth it. Maybe, we should change our policy?" Yet, you do not hear this. Why? H-m-m-- Could it be that people in Iran know that if they say these things they will end up in jail, or even killed, as happened many times in the past? I wonder. No, this is not a fascist state at all. Maybe, we should call it "People's Democratic Islamic Republic of Iran". Just as in "People's Democratic Republic of Koreas" - another paradise on earth, which, of course, blackmails the world with its own nuclear weapons.
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Julia, The real wider issue is how do we free Muslims from Islam and teach them that there Prophet is false, the Koran is not the word of God and to grow up and take responsibility for there life's and actions.
good luck trying to convince 1.6 billion Muslims their prophet is false.
I mean its much much easier than saving 12 million Jews from the cult of Zionism.
You are probably right Allen about the national self interest bit. What annoys me is when you get jerks like Alexander who bangs on about America needs to look after Israel. We Americans are broke as I said before and I would prefer it like many Americans I know if the president took care of us rather than Israel. If that makes me selfish, then I am. Charity begins at home.
Ahmad, I agree with you that the Western media do not give us accurate representation of the classical Persian culture. However, this is not limited to Persian culture. The Western media do not give us accurate representation of the highest, most sublime, achievements of the Western culture, either. This is simply because these media represent mass culture, which strives for the lowest common denominator. On the other hand, it is fair to say that the Iranian and Arab media do not give us accurate representation of the Western culture, either.
Mohammad, if you think that there is a contradiction between supporting Israel and sincerely extending peace wishes to those who celebrate Nowrouz, then you are in some kind of mind trap from which you have to extricate yourself somehow. In addition, your words are in complete contradiction to the Nowrouz spirit of reconciliation and peace of which Olijaan wrote in his beautiful message.
Most Israeli's want to and just live free, happy lives and don't want to live in a Muslim Majority or controlled country - would you or anyone else?
That's Zionism today, keep Israel free from Islam and keep it a liberal democracy, you cant argue with that.
This is what Bishop Desmond Tutu said about aparthed in Israel:
The system preserving this apartheid is more ruthless than that seen in South Africa, where the black were a labor force and could therefore also make a living. It is equipped with the lie of being "temporary." Occasionally, Israel's indifference comes up with allegations against the Palestinians.
Terry, you must be referring to me, but I am neither sad nor lonely. This was supposed to be a debate about the Iran nuclear weapons issue, but some have posted totally irrelevant information about the alleged Israeil racism, etc, thus hijacking the debate. They must be sad and lonely. But I am not going to get off because you said so. Look at Mariella, how many posts she sent before.
ALexander is still trapped in the irrationality of Iran's leader's mode. He must have posted at 10 posts to date. SO the entire regime or country can be reduced to an identifiable psychological characteristic, as defined by ALexander.
You really do make a lot of sense.
It's not a question of looking after Israel to the detriment of American people. America supports many countries around the world as does the UK, France and others, usually where it's economically or politically expedientand heck, sometimes because it's 'the right thing to do'. I wouldn't get too hung up on Israel!
Apartheid in Israel:
Here is what other prominent South Africans have to say about the issue of Israel and apartheid.
"I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about."
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"Israel came to resemble more and more apartheid South Africa at its zenith -- even surpassing its brutality, house demolitions, removal of communities, targeted assassinations, massacres, imprisonment and torture of its opponents, collective punishment and the aggression against neighbouring states."
- Former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils from a speech at Israel Apartheid Week 2009.
"But what is interesting is that every black South African that I've spoken to who has visited the Palestinian territory has been horrified and has said without hesitation that the system that applies in Palestine is worse."
- Professor John Dugard, Former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine.
"Apartheid Israel can be defeated, just as apartheid in South Africa was defeated."
- Winnie Mandela
"When I come here and see the situation [in the Palestinian territories], I find that what is happening here is 10 times worse than what I had experienced in South Africa. This is Apartheid."
- Arun Ghandi
"As someone who lived in apartheid South Africa and who has visited Palestine I say with confidence that Israel is an apartheid state. In fact, I believe that some of Israel's actions make the actions of South Africa's apartheid regime appear pale by comparison."
- Willie Madisha, in a letter supporting CUPE Ontario's resolution.
Get a life, mate. We know who you are. You have said your piece. We know where you stand. WHy do you have to keep posting the same things over and over again. What you say is thoroughly boring and mind blowingly dull. Give others a chance to have their say. Posting the same stuff over and over again is not the way to win an argument. Mariella??. WHo is that? Do't know. Don't care.
Here is an excerpt from a speech Nelson Mandela gave on International day of Solidarity with the Palestinians.
The temptation in our situation is to speak in muffled tones about an issue such as the right of the people of Palestine to a state of their own. We can easily be enticed to read reconciliation and fairness as meaning parity between justice and injustice. Having achieved our own freedom, we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficulties that others faces.
Yet we would be less than human if we did so.
It behooves all South Africans, themselves erstwhile beneficiaries of generous international support, to stand up and be counted among those contributing actively to the cause of freedom and justice.
Even during the days of negotiations, our own experience taught us that the pursuit of human fraternity and equality — irrespective of race or religion – should stand at the centre of our peaceful endeavours. The choice is not between freedom and justice, on the one hand, and their opposite, on the other. Peace and prosperity; tranquility and security are only possible if these are enjoyed by all without discrimination.
It is in this spirit that I have come to join you today to add our own voice to the universal call for Palestinian self-determination and statehood.
I guess the Zionist diehards know better than Mandela. Please come forward and enlighten us.
All I know Allen is that we have got a heck of a lot of problems, and whenever I turn on the TV its like America is fighting another war for Israel. To me it just doesn't make sense. I suppose I could understand it if Israel was on our door step, but its not its thousands of miles away. What did we get from the Iraqis or Afghanis? We were at war with them too. You see I get the Brit Falkland thing; but the Israel, US thing, it does not make sense to me. But then who am I. I am just a regular guy.
Thank you, JJ and Freddie.
Mariella, the problem is not that you are not passionate in your defense of Palestinians. The problem is, rather, that you are 100% wrong.
Terry, I am not saying the same thing over and over again, each item has new factual information. And I am not preventing anybody from saying what they want, they can always do it and they have. Mariella is a blogger who has posted an incredible number of posts on this website. But I am not trying to take her right to post away from her.
So big boy has spoken. WHo gives a shxx what you think or what you say. Takes one to know one. SO I am a moron but you have sent me lots of messages. What does that make you. WHat's this nice knowing you crap. Are you on something. My preference is for the youthful ones, sounds like you had your time.
Again, a correction - "that you are passionate", of course
This comments page does represent an excellent source for those who want to debunk the myths about Iran.
The trouble is that the Zionist lobby are hard at work on this page doing their best to heap scorn and vitriol on anybody who dares to disagree with their version of events.
Chavs of the UK united. We rule the world. Rock on Parsie. You sound like a good geezer to me.
There's more of us than there are of you. Got me burberry bag today. It is well wicked.
Wouldn't it be nice to see for just once Mehdi Hasan aka 'Marielle' concede that each and every muslim state is a barbaric tyranny, military dictatorship or fanatic theocracy with grotesque human rights record, a propensity to commit genocide against their own muslim populations and some such as Pakistan and Turkey - the embodiment of Apartheid?
Parsie, I am liking the way you speak man. You got depth. Wanna hook up. You, me???
having read all the posts here, my abiding conclusion is,
Julia has some major problems.
please please God help this deranged soul and bring her to the light
Excuse me, Ronaldo, I am not a "jerk? You can make your point without using insults. As for US standing by Israel, it was a quotation from Martin Luther King, Jr, it was not my statement. I am ready to listen to argument but they have to be expressed in a polite and respectful manner
It is important to get some perspective on the Iran/Israel US Nuclear nexus. This is what Carmichael said:Israel’s plans to Wage Nuclear War on Iran: History of Israel's Nuclear Arsenal
Hundreds of nuclear warheads under the control of Israel's defense establishment
by Michael Carmichael
Global Research, January 15, 2007
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In 1986, an Israeli civil servant who worked in the state-owned nuclear industry flew to London where he was invited to meet with reporters working for The Sunday Times. In these press briefings, Mordechai Vanunu revealed Israel’s top secret - the Israelis had gained control of a growing stockpile of nuclear warheads.
In the weeks immediately following these explosive revelations, Mr Vanunu visited Rome where Israeli espionage agents abducted him and forced his return to Israel. Back in Tel Aviv, Mr Vanunu was placed on trial for treason. Tried before a secret tribunal, Mr. Vanunu’s conviction was a foregone conclusion, and he served an eighteen-year prison sentence with eleven of those years in solitary confinement.
Released in 2004, Mr Vanunu was placed under orders prohibiting him from travel to other nations where he has been offered academic posts. Mr Vanunu is now living in the sanctuary of a Christian Church in Israel, but this refuge has not stopped his political persecution by the government of Israel. Since his release, Mr Vanunu has been arrested four times, and he is now facing 21 charges of contravening a lawful direction, a charge that carries a penalty of two years in prison for each count (ie. 42 years).
The European Parliament condemned the state of Israel’s persecution of Mr. Vanunu. Amnesty International published a report charging that Israel’s treatment of Mr. Vanunu was, “cruel, inhuman and degrading . . . such as is prohibited by international law.”
Since his exposé of Israel’s nuclear arsenal, Mr. Vanunu has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize a total of seventeen times. Even though Joseph Rotblat placed Mr. Vanunu’s name in nomination, Vanunu’s Nobel nominations have always faced systematic opposition organized by friends and supporters of the state of Israel who wield immense influence in the Nobel deliberations.
In 1987, Mr. Vanunu received the alternative Nobel Peace Prize (ie. the Right Livelihood Award). In 2005, he was awarded the Peace Prize of the Norwegian people and an honorary doctorate from the prestigious University of Tromso.
The state of Israel has consistently blocked Mr. Vanunu’s taking up his academic post as a Lecturer in history at the University of Glasgow. The Israeli government prohibits Mr. Vanunu from traveling beyond their borders apparently for fear that he will hold press briefings about their now well-known arsenal of nuclear weapons. Expert opinions vary but some now rank Israel third or fourth behind only the USA, Russia and possibly France in holding the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.
In addition to the nuclear devices themselves, Israel has a formidable arsenal of delivery systems. Israel’s Shavit rocket has been used to launch satellites into orbit, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reported that the Shavit could be converted to an ICBM with a range of 7,000 miles allowing an Israeli nuclear strike anywhere in the Middle East as well as eastern and western Europe and Central Asia. Additionally, Israel now has a fleet of Dolphin class submarines armed with cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reported that Israel may have developed nuclear artillery shells as well as nuclear land-mines that could be deployed in the Golan Heights to discourage Syrian designs on the region.
Even though the existence of Israel’s nuclear arsenal is now a well-established fact, the state of Israel has consistently refused to confirm its nuclear status. Furthermore, Israel refuses to become a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel’s adamant nuclear insularity and denials have created tensions – not only in the Middle East – but globally.
America’s acquiescence to the Israeli nuclear arsenal may have encouraged India, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other states now known to be capable of developing nuclear capabilities. For instance, in 2003, leading members of the government of Saudi Arabia announced that due to worsening relations with the United States they were considering the development of nuclear weapons. The worsening relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States are predicated upon the policies of Israel: its rogue nuclear arsenal and its harsh treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. Some reports indicate that India has secretly provided Saudi Arabia with nuclear weapons.
In the early 1990s, one of America’s premiere journalists, Seymour Hersh, published a best-selling book, The Samson Option, detailing Mr Vanunu’s testimony. Hersh’s book contained a great deal of new information about Israel’s vaunted nuclear defense capability.
Since 1986, the overwhelming majority of the global population has known about Israel’s nuclear arsenal, but many Americans remain completely unaware of the existence of hundreds of nuclear warheads under the direct control of the Israeli defense establishment. In the mid-1990s, Michael Moore – a person who is not known for his conservatism nor for his reflexive support for the policies of the state of Israel - made disparaging remarks during an interview that touched on the existence of the Israeli nuclear arsenal. Moore made this gaffe because – even though he is usually well-informed – it was obvious that he was oblivious to either Mordechai Vanunu’s testimony or Mr Hersh’s bestselling book.
In the reports linked below, The Sunday Times have now revealed new evidence that Israel is currently planning to launch a nuclear attack against Iran. Aimed at destroying the embryonic Iranian nuclear industry, the Israeli missiles armed with nuclear warheads will be delivered via conventional jet fighters. The Sunday Times reported that Israeli jet pilots are already undergoing advanced training to fire the nuclear warheads at targets in Iran - – in a tactical replay of their attack that destroyed Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor at Osirak in 1982.
In The Sunday Times coverage, no reference was made to the possibility of a nuclear strike from Israeli submarines that have been equipped with cruise missiles that could be armed with nuclear warheads. Military experts have been reporting the presence of Israel’s Dolphin class submarines in the Persian Gulf for the past two years ostensibly to support US naval operations in case Iran attempts to close the Straits of Hormuz.
Two years ago, Seymour Hersh began publishing a series of papers in The New Yorker detailing a vast planning project in Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon to attack and wage war on Iran. In the interim, many other authors have now reported details of the highly publicized policy of the Bush-Cheney White House to use military force to compel Iran to abandon any ambitions she might have to develop nuclear weapons. These American military options involve the use of nuclear weapons sometimes called bunker busters that are designed for striking deeply embedded underground locations such as Iran’s nuclear laboratories.
It is worthy of note that Elizabeth Cheney, the eldest daughter of Vice President Richard Cheney, is the US government official at the State Department responsible for a budget of circa $100 million per year to encourage “democracy” inside Iran – ie. covert operations designed to construct a fifth column inside Iranian society that is hostile to the existing government.
From a lengthening series of reports, it is now clear that the Bush-Cheney administration has been severely weakened by the recent midterm elections, and they apparently no longer feel capable of launching a direct nuclear strike against Iran using American forces, American weapons and America’s formidable nuclear arsenal. In negotiations that took place in Washington between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President George Bush - as well as in the highly publicized negotiations between Vice President Dick Cheney and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - it would now appear that the joint planning to strike Iran has altered only slightly from the grandiose schemes originally designed by Donald Rumsfeld prior to his abrupt retirement on the day after the midterm elections last year.
(Prime Minister Ehud Olmert)
According to The Sunday Times, there has been a slight re-calibration of the plans for the war against Iran. Rather than a direct American nuclear strike against Iran’s hard targets, Israel has been given the assignment of launching a coordinated cluster of nuclear strikes aimed at targets that are the nuclear installations in the Iranian cities: Natanz, Isfahan and Arak.
What remains to be seen is whether the American media - now ranked 53rd on the International Press Freedom Index - will cover the story, and whether the American people will be informed of the intimate collaboration between the Bush-Cheney White House, the Olmert government in Israel and other governments now known to be involved in the military planning to contain Iran’s still nascent nuclear development.
Following The Sunday Times’ detailed coverage of Israeli’s plans to launch a nuclear strike against Iran, the government of Israel issued an unconvincing denial. One Israeli official made an ambiguous statement when he said that the story could have been leaked intentionally in order to prevent the nation of Israel from doing something, “crazy.” When Israeli government officials offer praise – even in this odd manner – it is time to take note that a political realignment may be taking place in Tel Aviv.
In America, there is no doubt whatsoever that a major political realignment has already taken place. The American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) and its cheerleaders are concerned that the trend to criticize Israel is now intensifying both on the left and in the center of the political spectrum in the US. The government of Israel’s support for the disasters brought about by the neoconservative ideology has triggered an American political backlash in the wake of years of disappointment over the war in Iraq – a war that was to have been the crowning achievement of the Bush-Cheney administration.
Former President Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid is now standing high on the bestseller lists even though he has faced a firestorm of protest from the Israel-Firsters led by Abraham Foxman, the formidable propagandist of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
You have clearly got a lot of time on your hands. You come across as a sad lonely person who has got nothing much going for you in your life. I genuinely feel for you mate. You could try getting out more. As for Marella, who, what. Your losing it mate. Failing that, get a pet.
WHo said anything about Israel. WHat is your point?
"The trouble is that the ANTI- Zionist lobby are hard at work on this page doing their best to heap scorn and vitriol on anybody who dares to disagree with their version of events."
What a hypocrite..
Why Do Israel And America Fixate On A Nuclear Iran?
Matt Steinglass's guess:
It seems to me that the American and Israeli obsession with Iran's nuclear weapons programme proceeds from a misguided messianic-apocalyptic streak in both countries' political cultures. There's a temptation to imagine the world of foreign policy as a broad extension of a Robert Ludlum novel: a desperate time-constrained race to stop evil madmen from committing atrocities. This vision is morally clarifying and inspiring. But it has little to do with reality, and it distracts the public from the actual challenges of foreign policy, which are usually messy and often involve actual sacrifices in order to achieve publicly valuable goals
Thank you for your compassion, or sympathy, Terry, but I do not need it. I am more than busy in real life. To tell you the truth, when I saw that many bloggers here would not even listen to any rational argument, I decided not to participate any more, since this would be a waste of time. But when I saw clear falsification of facts here, I told myself that I cannot remain silent because this page is open to anybody and somebody may think that what is falsely stated is, actually, true. It is for them that I am writing for, since I have given up hope to convince diehard fanatics a long time ago.
Agoodwood - As your spiritual leader and mentor, I am pleased that I have stuck in your mind.
I am eating away at your subconsciousness, removing your left wing diseased thoughts and replacing it with extreme centre truthfulness...
Why the "Israel First" Meme Matters
By M.J. Rosenberg - February 3, 2012, 2:26PM
I certainly set off a firestorm with my use of the term "Israel Firster." Other people use it too but I was the guy who popularized it recently and who used it hundreds of times. The others who utilize the term did so occasionally, often citing me. So I am the main "miscreant" on this score.
And I am proud that I created the controversy because it is an important one. It is important because the underlying issue is not whether the term is polite (it isn't, merely accurate) but whether or not America is going to end up at war with Iran.
First, Andrew Sullivan's short definition of an Israel Firster. In a piece called, "A Plainly True Idea," Sullivan says "When an American sides with a foreign government against his own president in a foreign country, what does one call that? Apart, that is, from disgusting."
There is no need here to describe who the Israel Firsters are. They are those people (of whatever ethnic background) who invariably support Israel's policies over those of the United States.
The Israel Firsters are represented in Washington by AIPAC, which is Israel's lobby in the United States. As this video demonstrates (just look at who is in attendance), it is perhaps the most powerful lobby in Washington and invariably gets what it wants. This past May it even got the United States to veto a U.N. resolution on illegal Israeli settlements that reaffirmed the decades-long official U.S. position on settlements! Now, take a look at its website's obsession with Iran.
It is important to note that AIPAC represents only its 100,000 members and not 6,000,000 American Jews. Newsweek/Daily Beast reported last week, basing its finding on an American Jewish Committee poll:
Every four years, Republicans vow to use Israel to pry Jews from their nearly century-old allegiance to the Democratic Party. And every four years, they fail. The reason is that only about 10 percent of Jews actually vote on Israel (a country most American Jews have never visited).
They also fail because Jews are consistently liberal and have been mainstays of the antiwar movement since Vietnam.
But the question still arises? Why is the issue of the term "Israel First" significant? For one reason: it is the same reason that the people I call Israel Firsters are hysterical over it.
The reason is simple.
Right now, there is only one interest group in the United States that absolutely opposes any diplomacy to avoid war with Iran and which insists that the United States expressly state (as it has) that war with Iran is definitely "on the table."
In fact, that interest group, AIPAC, actually got Congress to pass a bill, which President Obama signed, that bans any diplomacy with Iran without express approval of four Congressional committees in advance — as if AIPAC will ever let that happen.
Just read this AIPAC-drafted language that is now law:
(c) RESTRICTION ON CONTACT.-No person employed with the United States Government may contact in an official or unofficial capacity any person that-
(1) is an agent, instrumentality, or official of, is affiliated with, or is serving as a representative of the Government of Iran; and
(2) presents a threat to the United States or is affiliated with terrorist organizations.
(d) WAIVER.-The President may waive the requirements of subsection (c) if the President determines and so reports to the appropriate congressional committees 15 days prior to the exercise of waiver authority that failure to exercise such waiver authority would pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the vital national security interests of the United States.
Frankly, this makes me sick. Banning diplomacy almost guarantees war with Iran, a war that must not be fought.
I oppose war with Iran unless Iran attacks the United States directly. Period.
I do not want America to be dragged into a war that Netanyahu provokes and which the United States would then be dragged into. I favor diplomacy, unconditional diplomacy, with all issues on the table.
I oppose war because we lost 4400 men and women in Iraq, a war built on lies and false premises, most conveyed by the self-same people promoting war with Iran. I don't think we should lose even one solider in a war against a country that does not directly threaten the American people.
A digression. A few months ago, on a beautiful Saturday, I was walking on the grounds of the Walter Reed Army Hospital here in Washington. (A friend got me in.) There were dozens of young guys being pushed around in wheel chairs by parents, wives, girlfriends, buddies, etc. They looked like injured members of the high school football team, except that so many were missing limbs.
I approached an officer and said that these boys seemed cheerful considering their situations. He said, "These soldiers are the lucky ones. They lost limbs and, worse, often testicles [from IED's]. But not their minds. In that building over there are the brain injured. Their parents visit too but you won't see them out on the grounds like these soldiers."
And I oppose war because it would almost surely lead to missile attacks on Israel and to wider regional war that could ultimately lead to Israel's destruction.
As for an Iranian nuclear weapon, we should use diplomacy to prevent its development. But if Iran gets the bomb, we are fully capable of containing a nuclear Iran the same way we contained the Soviet Union, which for 50 years had a massive nuclear arsenal pointed our way and whose leader constantly said, "We will bury you."
I believe that pointing out who is pushing for war makes it a little less likely war will occur. If the neocons succeed in banning the term (that is their unachievable goal), they might be tempted to believe that if war starts no one will know that we were led there by Commentary, Binyamin Netanyahu, John Bolton, Jeff Goldberg, the Washington Post editorial page and, most of all, AIPAC.
I often write about the memo Steve Rosen, AIPAC's then-director of research — who was indicted for espionage (the charges were dropped) — wrote to me on my first day at work at that institution. (I broke with AIPAC after Oslo when they worked to undermine President Clinton and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's peace efforts.)
Rosen wrote: "MJ, always remember. A lobby is a night flower. It thrives in the dark and shrivels in the sun."
The term "Israel Firster" is my flashlight.
NOTE: This year AIPAC's huge Washington conference will be almost exclusively dedicated to pushing war with Iran. It takes place the first week in March.
Mehdi has provided a wonderful platform. he has a long record on anti racism. It is a shame that those twisted ones want to spoil it. Mehdi is a shing example to all those who believe in justice. Three cheers to Mehdi.
The above article by Michael Carmichael is outstanding. There are so many points in the article which are worthy of discussion. I want to pose two questions:
1.If Israel is such a brillient democracy why has Vanunu been persecuted for his politicla and religious beliefs.
2. WHy is Vanunu prevanted from leaving the country. Not he is seeking sancturary in a Christian CHurch.
3 WHy is Israel refusing to become a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
5 Has America’s acquiescence to the Israeli nuclear arsenal encouraged India, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other states now known to be capable of developing nuclear capabilities.
I do not see how it is hypocritical to refuse to accept hook line and sinker the Israeli/ Zionist narrative. Like other readers to this blog, I have an intellect and part of having an intellect requires possessing the ability to critically evaluate information put in the publci domain and pose questions.
Julia that's very reassuring.
You might as well have said the vast majority of human begins want to live free happy blah blah blah. which we all do.
Your not human if you dont want to live under these conditions.
You make it sound like Israelis are somehow special for wanting that.
And zionism isnt protecting the Jews, its creating the conditions for another culling of the Jews, why don't you ask the growing evangelical Christians in America and find out exactly why they really support Israel.
Mohammad said something about"Islam hating thugs". Not to mention the obvious objectionability of the word "thugs", since I did not say anything that should, objectively, cause him to reach the conclusion that I hate Islam, I assume that it is my support of Israel that caused this remark. If I am wrong on that, I am sorry.
Israel is only a "democracy" for a subset of less than half of the people who live within its borders. Israeli arabs and Palestinians in the occupied territories surrounded by settler communities have no freedom of choice. This is an incredible fantasy of Israel being a democracy. I encourage you to seek out some of the human rights groups in Israel and study their websites, you will soon see that Israel is an apartheid state and most of the world already knows it.
Mordechai Vanunu has already served eighteen years in an Israeli prison. Why does the Israeli government persist with the persecution of this nuclear scientist. If Israel is the brilliant democracy that is claimed, let Vanunu live in peace or leave the country.
The US has deemed that it is OK for Israel to have the nuclear bomb, but not Iran.
Surely Israel's nuclear weapon system needs to be dismantled and the entire region should become a nuclear free zone.
Why does Israel not agree to this?
Mariella's keep digging slogan endlessly repeated is aimed at the Israelis 'keep digging your graves' is what she wants to say, such is her hatred for Israel and the Jews living there.
"Ok. This is getting BO-RING."
Then why did you start this farcircal Iran Watch column? It seems its sole purpose is for you to conduct Fisking wars with rival journalists.
I don't for a minute believe that you, Rentoul or Guido Fawkes are interested in an informed debate about options in relation to Iran's nuclear programme.
Surely you must admit the ENTIRE purpose of this column is to engage in the games you now find boring?
Though for what its worth, you're right about what Ahmadinejad said and Rentoul is wrong. That much is clear. When Ahmadinejad leaves office next summer it really will be an irrelevant debate.
TRUE OR FALSE:
Recent reports in the media have claimed that Iran has been using mechanical diggers around the Parchin site. The clean up it is alleged is to cover up the clandestine nuclear devlopment going on. Preiously we were told that Iran's nuclear programme was buried deep underground and it would be difficult to bomb.
WHy in that case would Iran and with the existence of sateliite technology carry out an open and public clear up of the site.
It does not make sense to me????
You seem to have a persecution complex. Next time take the trouble to read what was said instead of jumping on the bandwagaon. Why is it that Muslims are not allowed to express an opinion.
The word is out: Alexander's take on Ghandi and Mandela. Listen up folks!!
OMG. SHock!! Horror!! Revelation!!
Alexander states that I am 100% wrong on the Palestine issue.
The word according to Alexander states that being passionate is OK as long as you are passionate in support of my side of the argument.
Go on do another one of your searches. Your capacity for reasoning knows no bounds. The comments you made about Mandela and Ghandhi are priceless. Alexander has greater polticial insight than Ghandi and Mandela.
Keep digging. You are becoming an expert on whom we have all come to rely.
Muslims under Islam or Sharia are not free in anyway, not mentally or physically, so yes they are special in the region, didn't you know?
@ Uncle Sam, have you ever visited Israel? Its a great vibrant country, its demonized in the press, the reality is something amazing. Your little sound bites that your quoting don't make sense, your just repeating stuff you've heard without knowing the truth.
Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.