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Iran, Israel and the threat of nuclear war
Saudi Gazette, November 24, 2013
By RAY HANANIA
When it comes to the safety of the world, there is absolutely no doubt that every effort should be made to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. But, Iran isn’t alone on that list. When it comes to nuclear weapons, Iran, Israel and hypocrisy are all wrapped up together.
Iran is a rogue state that uses faux-democracy and rigged elections to create the perception of freedom. Iranians are allowed to vote and elect candidates approved by the ayatollahs who have lesser powers.
Iran’s leaders have openly backed not just violence but extreme violence including suicide bombings by young children who have been sent to destroy everything from peace in the Middle East to disrupting neighbor states including Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and other countries in the region. Iran is a threat to the entire Middle East, but its “elected” leaders embrace “lace curtain” diplomacy, the appearance of civility that their colleagues, like the late dictator Saddam Hussein, lacked.
Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad is also a lace curtain tyrant, a phony teetotaler in expensive tailored suits who shuns the Fidel Castro military khakis of his father and predecessors. He showcases his wife the way President John F. Kennedy put the spotlight on Jacqueline Kennedy 50 years ago, nurturing political capitol in the eyes of the public. But Asma Al-Assad is no Jackie Kennedy and is a partner in a Middle East Mafia crime conspiracy that glories in stolen wealth and oppression.
Iran is too religious to turn to wife-showcasing, however. Their extremism is demonstrated in how their people live. “Great Satan” is how Iran refers to America, a bastion of its own double standards and hypocrisy. Human and civil rights are violated all the time in America, but the process involves little or no violence. In America, if they hate you, they ostracize you, exclude you, deny you your rights and ignore you. If in your banishment from society you try to strike back by using violence, they put you in jail and label you a terrorist.
Israel is modeled after America, although honestly, I don’t know which one is the “Mini-Me” of the other, Israel or America? Modeled after America, Israel has one significant difference: Israel embraces a form of racist discrimination just short of apartheid, a term Israel’s emotionally enraged and ineffective critics scream and trumpet ad nauseam.
Israel also has nuclear weapons. But the United States, since 1970, refrains from pushing the issue because Kennedy’s successor President Lyndon Baines Johnson was fearful that if he made too much of Israel’s nuclear capabilities back then, the Arab countries who did sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty would back out.
Every nation in the world has either signed or in some way agreed to the NPT, except five nations, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and South Sudan. America is pressuring North Korea, more diplomatic with ally Pakistan, and is openly seeking to punish South Sudan. But India and Israel are given a free pass for political reasons.
Unlike Israel, Iran signed the NPT under then Western-backed tyrant and dictator Reza Pahlavi, the “Shah of Iran” who took power in 1941. Even though the people of Iran finally rose up against his tyranny and ousted the Shah in 1979, the West continues to apply the NPT to Iran’s radicalized religious megalomaniacs, the ayatollahs. The ousted tyrant the Shah was protected by the West until his death.
The Shah came to power as a direct result of the United States CIA and Britain’s MI6 intervening to imprison the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh. Why? Why else? Mosaddegh threatened to nationalize the oil companies. Ooops! Mosaddegh was murdered while in prison three years later. Oh yes, democracy was eviscerated in Iran by the very country that today hypocritically cries for democracy for the people in the Middle East.
Israel is well aware of all this history and has a specific strategy to deal with it. While the hapless lame duck President Barack Obama tries to orchestrate an agreement with Iran in the fashion of Neville Chamberlain who sought to appease the Nazis in 1938, Israel is using its clout to undermine Obama. Members of the US Congress who are in Israel’s back pocket are already pushing to block anything Obama does.
This hypocrisy is what allows Iran’s dictators to survive in this world. Israel is the textbook of hypocrisy and double standards. It permits rogue nations like Iran and Syria to conduct themselves with impunity.
In a fair and balanced world, the West would actively push to free the people of Iran from the religious tyrants there. But in a fair and balanced world, they would push for democracy and freedom and nuclear non-proliferation in Israel, too.
But this isn’t a fair world. It never has been.
– Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist. He can be reached at www.TheMediaOasis.com or follow him on Twitter @RayHanania
- Iran deal: U.S. losing superpower status (motls.blogspot.com)
- Israel denounces ‘bad’ Iran nuclear deal, says will review all options (haaretz.com)
- If Sanctions Work Against Iran, Why Not Israel? (veteranstoday.com)
- The “Iran nuclear crisis” is over. The “Israel nuclear crisis” has officially begun (uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com)
- Israel, European Officials Meet on Iran Deal (abcnews.go.com)
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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