Thursday, August 9, 2007

'Israel's Jewish Problem in Tehran'

By Jonathan Cook ∙ Electronic Intifada · August 6, 2007

There is an interesting problem with selling the "Iran as Nazi Germany" line. If President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad really is Hitler, ready to commit genocide against Israel's Jews as soon as he can get his hands on a nuclear weapon, why are some 25,000 Jews living peacefully in Iran and more than reluctant to leave despite repeated enticements from Israel and American Jews? EI contributor Jonathan Cook asks, what is the basis for Israel's dire forecasts — the ideological scaffolding being erected, presumably, to justify an attack on Iran?


A young Iranian attends a rally for Palestine in Tehran, Iran, 20 October 2006. (Payam Borazjan/MaanImages)

Iran is the new Nazi Germany and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the new Hitler. Or so Israeli officials have been declaring for months as they and their American allies try to persuade the doubters in Washington that an attack on Tehran is essential. And if the latest media reports are to be trusted, it looks like they may again be winning the battle for hearts and minds: US Vice President Dick Cheney is said to be diverting the White House back on track to launch a military strike.

Earlier this year Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's opposition leader and the man who appears to be styling himself scaremonger-in-chief, told us: "It's 1938 and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs." Of Ahmadinejad, he said: "He is preparing another Holocaust for the Jewish state."

A few weeks ago, as Israel's military intelligence claimed — as it has been doing regularly since the early 1990s — that Iran is only a year or so away from the "point of no return" on developing a nuclear warhead, Netanyahu was at it again. "Iran could be the first undeterrable nuclear power," he warned, adding: "This is a Jewish problem like Hitler was a Jewish problem ... The future of the Jewish people depends on the future of Israel."

But Netanyahu has been far from alone in making extravagant claims about a looming genocide from Iran. Israel's new president, Shimon Peres, has compared an Iranian nuclear bomb to a "flying concentration camp." And the prime minister, Ehud Olmert, told a German newspaper last year: "[Ahmadinejad] speaks as Hitler did in his time of the extermination of the entire Jewish nation."

There is an interesting problem with selling the "Iran as Nazi Germany" line. If Ahmadinejad really is Hitler, ready to commit genocide against Israel's Jews as soon as he can get his hands on a nuclear weapon, why are some 25,000 Jews living peacefully in Iran and more than reluctant to leave despite repeated enticements from Israel and American Jews?

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2 comments:

  1. There is an interesting problem with selling the "Iran as Nazi Germany" line. If Ahmadinejad really is Hitler, ready to commit genocide against Israel's Jews as soon as he can get his hands on a nuclear weapon, why are some 25,000 Jews living peacefully in Iran and more than reluctant to leave despite repeated enticements from Israel and American Jews?

    This has been a recurrent issue throughout history. Scary enough..I'm not sure the Iran is the 'new' NAZI Germany. The Bush Cabal has many links to the Germans...all the way down to former Sen. Prescott Bush..HW's Daddy..w's grandpa. The entire family deals in war profiteering. Currently the "resident in the Oval Office" and the 4th Branch are ratcheting up the Drumbeat to war...Ridiculous...the US doesn't even have enough troops...Anyways. They drive me crazy...thats what forces me to write satire some days

    Same Players. Different Scandal.

    These people are subverting the entire world..Welcome to the Bush Cabal's NeWhOmeland. BOO

    America hears the ALARM...Hits Snooze One More Time
    http://newssophisticate.blogspot.com/2007/08/america-hears-alarmhits-snooze-one-more.html

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  2. Excellent info and link, NS. Thanks!

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