Friday, April 02, 2010

The Bomb-Bomb-Iran 'Parlor Game'

By Robert Parry
April 2, 2010

Normally, if two countries with powerful nuclear arsenals were openly musing about attacking a third country over mere suspicions that it might want to join the nuclear club, we’d tend to sympathize with the non-nuclear underdog as the victim of bullying and possible aggression.

Read on.


Historyscoper said...

When it comes to Iran, a country whose leaders openly talk about turning Israel into a graveyard, there's nothing normal about the situation, sorry. Ever since 1979 Iran has been asking to be bombed and invaded by "Great Satan" U.S. and its ally "Little Satan" Israel, and it's way too late now. Study the Winslow Plan for Defeating Islam to see how we can make the world safe for our grandkids.

Dean Taylor said...

Zionists desecrating the Shoah, or..."Guilting the Goyim for Fun and Profit!"

Middle-East analyst Philip Weiss ( followed the instructive events unfolding at the recent AIPAC conference in NYC. Included among the panicked Zionists in attendance treading bad PR water post-Cast Lead as well as other "supporters of Israel (read: on the take) there was the following observation:

"This is not to say that the Israel lobby will not win on the issue it most cares about: the happy work of applying 'crippling' sanctions to Iran, followed no doubt by U.S. military action. Scores of congressmen were on hand to affirm that position in public letters to the president, as were Senators Schumer, Lindsey Graham, and Evan Bayh and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Speakers routinely invoked the murder of Jews in the Holocaust before describing Iran’s nuclear plans as an 'existential' threat to Israel and the Jewish people—notwithstanding the fact that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, sitting at a front table, has said specifically that an Iranian bomb is not an existential threat to Israel" [Weiss; stress added].

"We're only as sick as our secrets"--or...the guilt that dare not speak its name"

Right--the Holocaust Industry [q.v., Finkelstein] as geo-political card (bludgeon?) to sustain Zionist expansionism cum taboo--i.e., the tacit application of collective guilt to non-Jews is alive and well but, typically, a third rail, i.e., it's there doing its work, but non-Jews speaking about "it"--i.e., "it" being the Holocaust, collective Goy guilt, the Jewish implied "they owe us!," etc.--is verboten. This is the always-destructive game of emotional blackmail writ large--i.e., so large, in fact, that it may occasion a global nuclear calamity vis-à-vis pushing Iran into an untenable political corner.

The subtext of the Shoah is a useful political tool routinely trotted out by the Israeli right wing and quite effective in sustaining the folie à deux of US/Israeli hegemony in the Middle East as the perennially guilty parties--non-Jews in the West--dare not speak its name. The irony of it all is that it is--ahem--Jews themselves (i.e., those who do not scruple to participate in this disgusting opportunism) who desecrate the memory of the Event by turning it into mere vulgar imperialist acquisition.

Tables were cleared in the main ballroom and the Jewish Two-Step was then enacted by all attendees--"we're geniuses!/we're just like you," "we're Chosen!/we're just like you," "we want as much as we can manage!/we're after nothing," "we're exceptional!/we're prosaic," "we're outstanding!/we do not stand out," "we're demi-gods!/we're just a nation-among-nations," etc. The Jewish ego--i.e., those Jews who endorse and sustain the racist hegemony in the Middle East--and the horrific memory of the Event (and anti-Semitism in general) are at loggerheads.

What to do, what to do...K Street/J Street largesse (plus venal DC "legislators") will find a way where a moment ago there was no way.

Dean Taylor said...


see also...

victims are predisposed to become victimizers...

Kate said...

Shameful that Mr. Parry deems it necessary to omit certain facts that are key reasons why the world needs to be more concerned about Iraq's nuclear power than Israel or the U.S. First is that Iran's leader has on several occasions openly and aggressively declared his intent to annhilate Israel and sacrifice 15 million of his own people to fulfull some made Koranic/biblical Armaggedon prophecy. That he be taken seriously should be evident in the brutal way in which he crushed his own people over their dispute with the legitimacy of his election. Secondly, Iran is the number one sponsor of world terrorism and the likelilhood that he will share his nuclear capabilities with the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah and Al Queda will bring nuclear terror well beyond the middle east. Thirdly, he's got his Arab neighbours worried and they don't want him to have the ability to threaten them with nuclear annhilation after he finishes with Israel. Fourthly, if Iran continues to threaten Israel, Israel will have the absolute right to defend itself from Iran if they complete their nuclear bomb and any strike against Iran will have devastating results for the entire region, perhaps the entire world. Putting Iran's position on a level playing field with Israel and the U.S. isn't just stupid, it's dangerously naive.

Dean Taylor said...

From Uri Avnery (Gush Shalom; 3 April 2010):

"Whatever the rantings of Ahmadinejad, the real rulers of the country, the clerics, conduct a cautious and sober policy and have never attacked another country. They have many important interests, and Israel is not among them. The idea that they would sacrifice their own glorious homeland in order to destroy Israel is ludicrous" [Avnery; stress added].

So why the war drum beat? The net effect is to gain support for the lesser evil, i.e., sanctions. Even so, Avnery notes, China and Russia will not fall into line on that outlet as they and Iran are engagée, and not about to disrupt or damage their own relations with Iran--not even at the behest of the current assembly of Ivy-League dopes running DC.

Avnery concludes:

"The simple truth is that there is no way to prevent the Iranians from acquiring a nuclear bomb. Better to think seriously about the situation that would be created: a balance of terror like the one between India and Pakistan, the elevation of Iran to the rank of a regional power, the need to start a sober dialogue with it.

"But the main conclusion is: to make peace with the Palestinian people and the entire Arab world, in order to draw the rug from under any Iranian posture of defending them from us."

John L.Opperman said...

Kate, the US (that's us) is the greatest terrorist in the world, challenging #1 spot in history, with Israel in the running for most persistent in modern times.

Ahmadinejad hasn't the clout to attack anyone, as was said -the clerics run the show. Many more rational people read him to say the Zionist regime must go, not the country. All accept Israel is here to stay. The best, and likely only solution being a single Palestinian-Israeli state with full equality for all.

While none of the "terrorists" have clean records, they are All result of our own actions, and recruit on that basis. If you want to stop terrorism, stop doing it...
~John L