Netanyahu in New York
Netanyahu in New York
by Stephen Lendman
He's not there yet, but he's coming. Three days of torment and venomous anti-Iranian propaganda are planned. Big Apple residents will need decompression time when he leaves.
His kind isn't welcome. He's toxic, deadly and destructive. Expect resentment to be expressed while he's there. It'll remain when he's gone.
He'll arrive on September 27. On the same day, he'll address the UN General Assembly. Why they let him in who knows. He's expected to meet Obama who'll also be there. Between them, they're a one-punch against freedom, equity, justice and peace.
He's an ambassador of hate and ill will. He's pure evil. Maligning Iran tops his agenda. He condemned Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's important NAM summit speech.
What he said bears repeating. He spoke honestly and forthrightly. He took aim at destructive US/Israeli policies. They include torture, assassinations, gulag injustice, imperial wars, and humanity threatening malevolence.
They spurn international law principles. Their demand their way or else. Their media disseminate lies, not truth. They promote war, not peace. America's 99% demands better. NAM solidarity against what they represent is vital. So is eliminating catastrophic weapons of mass destruction.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the use of nuclear, chemical and similar weapons as a great and unforgivable sin. We proposed the idea of 'Middle East free of nuclear weapons' and we are committed to it."
All countries are entitled to develop peaceful nuclear power. Israel's nuclear arsenal menaces humanity. Iran "has never been after nuclear weapons and will never give up the right of its people to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Our motto is: 'Nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none.' "
He called Palestine an "agonizing issue." European immigrants massacred defenseless people. They stole their country. Crimes continue daily. "This is one of the most important issues of the human community."
"Hardly a day passes without reports of murder, injury and arrests of the youth who stand up to defend their homeland and their honor and protest against the destruction of their farms and homes."
"The Zionist regime, which has carried out assassinations and caused conflicts and crimes for decades by waging disastrous wars, killing people, occupying Arab territories and organizing state-sponsored terrorism in the region and in the world, labels the Palestinian people as “terrorists”, the people who have stood up to fight for their rights."
Palestine belongs to Palestinians. Occupation threatens global peace and security. Exiled diaspora Palestinians are entitled to return.
Global conditions face a "crucial historical juncture." NAM nations must bond against "insecurity, war and hegemony." Cooperating for common aims is key. So is resisting global bullies. Khamenei's comments left no ambiguity. He took direct aim at America, Israel, and rogue partners.
Netanyahu responded predictably. He called honest comments "blood libel." He'll "go to the UN to tell (his distorted version of) the truth about the terror regime of Iran which poses the greatest threat to world peace."
Maybe attending leaders will greet him by walking out. He responds to justifiable criticism with lies and hate filled rhetoric. He and like-minded Israelis menace humanity.
Their agenda is corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic, and hateful. They espouse violence, not peaceful coexistence.
They endorse confrontation over diplomacy. They advocate strength through militarism, intimidation, and naked aggression. They're contemptuous of ethical and moral principles. They call non-Jews unworthy lesser beings. They consider Arabs and other Muslims Untermenschen.
Netanyahu's not welcome in polite company. Too bad he won't change his mind and stay home. New Yorkers won't exhale until he leaves. Pockmarks will remain when he's gone. Imagine what Israelis put up with at home. Perhaps they'll oust him next election.
Perhaps readers will denounce hateful scoundrel media editorials. The Washington Post's editorial board publishes some of the worst. On August 30, they again targeted Iran.
Baseless accusations followed. We've heard them all before. They long ago wore thin. The Post barely stopped short of urging war. Time's running out to eliminate the Iranian threat, it claimed.
Post editors know, but won't say, that Tehran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. It doesn't sponsor terrorism. It denounces it.
It promotes peace and mutual cooperation. It opposes war and divisiveness. It urges other nations bond against America's destructive agenda and house organ broadsheets endorsing it.
Pentagon Chief v. Anti-Iranian Propaganda
Baseless charges confront Iran regularly. War threats follow. Israeli bombast is worst of all. Netanyahu/Barak repeat it ad nauseam.
Lies and fake threats regurgitated enough times get believed. Current IAEA head Yukiya Amano represents Western interests. Washington installed him to lie. He hasn't disappointed.
His latest quarterly report claims Tehran increased its uranium enrichment capacity by 30% since May. It doubled it at its fortified Fordow facility. With no evidence whatever proving it, he claimed it's moving closer to weapon-grade material.
Mark Fitzpatrick is International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) non-proliferation and disarmament program director. He cites baseless reasons for concern about Iran's "increased tempo of enrichment, the larger stockpile of enriched uranium and, most importantly, the additional centrifuges installed in the deeply-buried facility at Fordow."
Amano heightened tensions further. He repeated previous false charges. He claims Iran's Parchin facility covertly conducts suspect explosives tests. He implied nuclear related ones.
Panchin is a conventional military site. Washington and Israel have similar ones. IAEA reports ignore them. They say nothing about the nuclear menace both nations represent.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Washington is "closely studying the details of (the IAEA) report, but broadly speaking it is not surprising that Iran is continuing to violate its obligations."
An unnamed Israeli official said Amano's new report "corroborates what (Netanyahu) has been saying for years."
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey downplays an Iranian risk. "I don't want to be complicit" if Israel attacks Iran, he said. He repeated the same sentiment earlier.
Attacking Iran's nuclear sites will delay, not destroy, its program, he believes. He added that he's unaware of Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Intelligence suggests no weapons development activities.
Dempsey represents Obama's position. Expect eventual war on Iran. It's longstanding US policy. Washington and Israel disagree on timing. Expect no hints until post-November. Electoral priorities come first. So does ousting Assad and isolating the Islamic Republic.
Washington's war on Syria rages. NAM's final document highlights mutual cooperation, resolving the Syrian conflict, Iran's legitimate nuclear program, Palestine, and world peace. Key is whether rhetoric becomes policy.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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