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Israeli Apologist Exaggerates Iranian Threat to United StatesGeorge Beres for Salem-News.,com
Americans benefit by understanding a few simple dynamics in the historic conflict between Palestine and Israel.
(EUGENE, Ore.) - Iran and Iraq have much in common, including having fought a devastating war-- against each other-- through the 1980s. Neither has been a threat to wage war against the United States, though one might not blame them for harboring warlike thoughts, because the U.S. armed both during their war.
Despite efforts of Israeli propaganda to create a fear of Iran in Americans-- reflected in a syndicated Los Angeles Times commentary of late April-- there is little justification for such concern. The article by Israeli historian, Benny Morris, chooses to focus on Iran as a potential nuclear threat. It is an extension of contrived Israel paranoia we've previously read from him.
Maybe Israel is threatened because its stockpile of atomic weapons builds fear and enmity among all other Middle Eastern nations. But for the U.S. to be targeted is an empty threat built up through propaganda by apologists for Israel who want it to seem our safety is at stake.
We've heard it before. In the lead-up to the 2002 invasion of Iraq, neocons (remember them?) at Israel's behest urged the U.S. make a pre-emptive attack on Iraq because it supposedly had "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD) that threatened the U.S. Their main voices, self-proclaimed Zionists, were Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, who used a once-respected military leader, Colin Powell, to unwittingly advance that lie for our government before the United Nations.
Now the issue is the potential for having WMD, as Morris proclaims, in nuclear weapons being developed by Iran. What is ignored by news media which help him feed that fear is the fact that most of the world knows that one Middle East nation, Israel, already has a stockpile of many atomic bombs, long used like hundreds of U.S. bombs to intimidate other nations.
Should it be any wonder then that many question where the U.S. and Israel gain the right to say others-- and which others-- ought to be prevented from having nukes? We claim we want to stop proliferation of nuclear weapons. If we were serious about halting the spread of nuclear bombs, we long ago would have heeded advice of the father of the bomb, our Robert Oppenheimer. After fathering the bomb in the Manhattan Project, he sought to prevent a nuclear arms race.
Arrogance-- how else can one describe it?-- saw us instead choose to strut our nuclear dominance until others like Russia developed their bombs, or some, like Israel, have had secrets funneled from us. Israel's nuclear identity fits in with what happened on 9/11. Osama Bin Laden, generally recognized as mastermind of the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, is reported to have said from the start: "We did this because of United States support for Israel's destruction of Palestine." While the weapons brutalizing Palestine have not been nuclear, Bin Laden and other Arab leaders know Israel's atomic power-- and its threat to use it-- come with full approval from the U.S.
Morris complains that ineffective sanctions by the West mean "Iran will continue on its deadly course." He then makes the contradictory statement that President Obama's "prohibition against an Israeli pre-emptive strike is immoral." Such a strike, he admits, "might harm U.S. interests." He believes it could hurt our access to oil supplies, but doubts "it would cause direct attacks on U.S. installations, troops or vessels."
How easily he forgets when Israel herself attacked our ship, the U.S.S. Liberty, off Sinai in 1967, killing 34 American sailors and injuring 177. When rescue planes were sent from a carrier, President Lyndon Johnson ordered them back rather than "embarrass an ally." That was the clearest example of how neocons in the service of Israel control our Middle East behavior.
Morris wrote: "I take it personally that Iran's president wants to murder me, my family and my people." It is about time Americans begin taking it personally and seriously when Israeli promoters of war encourage us to shed our blood to advance the aims of another nation.
George Beres has been a resident of Eugene, Oregon, since moving here from Chicago (Evanston) in 1976. He was manager of the Speakers Bureau before retirement. George is a Journalism graduate of Northwestern University. Carrying on the journalistic tradition, his two sons are television newsmen in Nashville, Tennessee, and Madison, Wisconsin.
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