Iran: Not Cuddly, And Getting The Bomb Won’t Improve It
Published on: July 3, 2012
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  • Susan

    Fringe anti-Semitism the US is limited to the laughable fringe?

    Among the instiuions of higher learning such as Columbia University, deplorable anti- Semites, ie Ahmadinejad’s 2007 lecture, are welcomed and applauded for their sophisticated intellect.

    How about Penny Prizker -Obama’s 2008 direcor of campaign finance-who allowed her NYC Hyatt Hotel to host a lovely dinner in 2008 for anti-Semite leader Ahmadinejad for his desire to co-exist peaceful religion.

    And the United Nations, they adore anti-Semitism.

    Yes perhaps anti-Semitism in the US is limited to the laughable fringe.

    Question is, why do these laughable fringe supporters of anti-Semitism in the US have so much power, money and status?

  • I know a gay couple who’s manifest happiness gives pleasure even to a superannuated heterosexual observer such as myself. One is Persian, and while not the proverbial Persian boy, a young man in the full vigor of his youth. It was announced that he had received his permanent residency – the equivalent of a Green card in the US – and would not be forced to return to a country where gays are hanged. I went up to him and said congratulations and burst into tears, and he said thank you with tears in his voice. I don’t think this has a lot to do with the condition of being gay and a great deal to do with the condition of being human. And with the abject wrongness of the Iranian regime and the cowards in the West who continue to excuse it, enable it and allow it exist.

  • Well said Susan! The tick of Antisemitism has its head well and truly buried in the halls of Academe. I immediately think of Mearsheimer and Walt’s New York Times best seller The Israel Lobby. Harvard, University of Chicago, The New York Times. Is there a pattern here Brothers and Sisters?

    As a retired academic who has experienced the opprobrium of his colleagues for daring to question ‘The Orthodoxy’, I think WRM has great courage to so publicly espouse a right of center critique of all that is right and good and Volvos.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    We should strategically bomb Iran’s entire soft target energy industry, putting all Iranians on foot and in the dark, as an example to all our enemies that America can deny the comforts of modern civilization to all of them if pushed to far.

  • WigWag

    Adam Garfinkle has a fascinating post up about this same subject on his blog. The post is entitled,

    “What Should We Make of Iranian Anti-Semitism?”

    It is well worth a look.

  • Richard Tasgal

    Let me take issue with one point (though I agree with most of the article). This doesn’t actually seem so new. See, for example, Daniel Pipes, The Hidden Hand, p. 108: `Khomeini blamed Tehran’s high drug consumption on a superpower scheme, reasoning that “a heroin addict cannot think about politics” and would be useless in time of military invasion.’ OK, in this case it’s not the Jews being blamed, but Khomeini (and much respectable opinion in Iran, and more widely) blamed the Jews for a zillion other nefarious things already. If the regime is cocooned, it’s a large and not very new cocoon.

  • Mrs. Davis

    There is little evidence to believe Dinnerjacket has misunderestimated the current occupant of the White House. A sign of how heavily cocooned Americans are is that how to handle the Persian possession of the bomb is not going to be an issue in this fall’s election. Yet the victor’s term could start with American troops in Afghanistan being cut off with fallout raining down on them from the successful test of the second Muslim bomb. Call Elphinstone for advice

  • Externality

    Ms. Davis says: […]A sign of how heavily cocooned Americans are is that how to handle the Persian possession of the bomb is not going to be an issue in this fall’s election.

    What difference does it make? Woodrow Wilson ran as an anti-war candidate in 1916, as did FDR in 1940, and LBJ in 1964. And yet, once re-inaugurated, they immediately set about dragging the US into WW I, WW II, and Vietnam, respectively. In 2000, George W. Bush campaigned against “nation-building” and advocated a “humble” foreign policy; once he took office, his administration began (even before 9/11) conniving with the neocons to invade Iraq. President Obama ran as an anti-war candidate, only to subsequently escalate the war in Afghanistan, attack Libya, support anti-government terrorists in Syria, and engage in the extrajudicial killing of Americans and others in Yemen.

    If American East Coast elites want a war, there will be a war. If not, not. What the American people do or do not want is irrelevant. So why bother asking them?

    To quote Hermann Goering:

    Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.

    Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

    Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
    (emphasis in original)

  • Tom

    I’ll take Hermann Goring’s word for how American politics works when I start believing Noam Chomsky.

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