President Obama, ‘Just say no’ to Israel on Iran
Monday, the eagle landed and President Barack Obama welcomed
his least favorite person: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I use
Obama’s full title to remind myself and him that he is the President of the United States and Netanyahu is Prime
Minister of Israel. And all of these pressing Bibi words, “You are us,
we are you” are a faux fraternity that needs to stop. We are two nations
and Iran is definitely not a threat to us.
Netanyahu’s bad dream of being crushed by the billions of Muslims
surrounding him has not changed Israel’s behavior one whit. The
oppression and now indefinite military detention of Palestinian
dissidents continues as a form of torture for those people.
What’s more, despite the fact that AIPAC (American Israel Public
Affairs Committee) will martial its forces into Congress, sending
shivers of fear of non-reelection to Republicans and Democrats alike,
these actions should not daunt us. This is the Congress of the United
State of America, not the Knesset of Israel. What’s more, our military
tells us Iran’s military is no match for the U.S.’s vast machine.
Nevertheless, a third conflagration in the Mid-East would be of
little profit to us. It would be a major expense to the U.S. as well as
to Iran, especially as it now stands, with our fleets in the Strait of
Hormuz, and U.S. soldiers being delivered from various nearby lands.
Additionally, a continued loss of American blood and money, both
seriously needed for U.S. reconstruction, is the prime factor to keep in
mind. AIPAC’s attempt to buy Congress, aside from the ethical void it
creates, is a tragedy in the making for American Jewry and pushing
As to the root of Netanyahu’s nightmare, a nuclear bomb dropped on
Israel by Iran, it is the Israelis that hold 200 to 400 nuclear warheads
at their leaky plant at Dimona in the Negev desert. So it’s a bit of
the pot calling the kettle black. If their backup strategy to Obama
“just saying no” is to use their nuclear arsenal to try and take the
world down, it’s a cataclysmic mistake in logistics and human life.
Netanyahu has to ask himself if attempting to destroy the world in
doing this is worth it. How could it be? Just continuing to marginalize
and destroy the Palestinians any and every which way he and his country
can is a tragedy. Thus, the U.S. should not, cannot, be pushed into a
nuclear confrontation with Iran. The old rhetoric of “We are you, you
are us” is just that and holds no prize for sailing into 80 million
Iranians with our own nuclear arsenal. Also, consider Russia and China,
India and Pakistan waiting in the wings with their nuclear arsenals, Mr.
President. It’s a world on fire.
And for what—so that the four million Israelis can destroy the two
million remaining Palestinians before our eyes as they have been for the
past 62 years. There is no rationalization for this Iran/U.S.
confrontation or nuclear attack. It is a totally irrational act any way
you look at it. Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, though
a recalcitrant U.S. did not. Iran put their money where their mouth
was. Also, giving Israel a $3 billion credit for buying American weapons
each year for many years has had the same effect. It’s like bad
child-rearing. Our bad habits have become their expected behavior from
us. The Israeli’s have been told many times that the nuclear development
in Iran is for medical research and electric production. It would take
them several years, according to military accounts, to build just one
New Iran Leadership promises no nuclear attacks on Israel
In Iran’s most recent internal power shift,
Iran News reports, Iran’s most senior spiritual leader, “Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, has emerged the de facto winner of the legislative elections
which were held on Friday.
“His allies won a majority of seats in parliament, reinforced by a reportedly high turnout (64 percent).
“This has been interpreted as boosting the legitimacy of the country’s religious leadership.“
In fact, “accusations of fraud marred the presidential elections in
2009,” compounded by the fact then that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed
victory. Can that give Netanyahu any relief? That Ahmadinejad will be
gone? I hope so. Obviously, the Iranian people had their worries, too,
over the economy, and perhaps the personality of Ahmadinejad.
“Moreover, it reflects deep discontent over Ahmadinejad’s economic
policy, with an inflation rate, according to Tehran, of 21 percent
(though unofficially it is 50 percent).
“Now comes something that has never happened: the president has been
summoned to appear before parliament to answer for his government’s
performance and corruption allegations. If Khamenei gives his consent,
Ahmadinejad might even be called on to step down.”
So, if nothing else, that should represent a change in management as
well as possibly toward Israel. Certainly, it’s not a hostile act.”
And certainly, all of this should give our oft-waffling President
Obama the strength and conviction “to just say no” to Netanyahu and
AIPAC as well, even though it is an election year. You can’t throw the
world like a pack of hotdogs on a nuclear grille just so you can win an
election, even if John McCain and his fellow idiot, Joe Lieberman, are
lobbying intensely that we drop the big one on Iran. It’s a no-win
situation, guys. And you know it has to be a bad idea if the two
above-mentioned loser clowns are advocating it to get a little media
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer, life-long resident of New York
City. An EBook version of his book of poems “State Of Shock,” on 9/11
and its after effects is now available at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. He has also written hundreds of articles on politics and government as Associate Editor of Intrepid Report (formerly Online Journal). Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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