Benjamin Netanyahu - Caricature
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Caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
What can you expect from the usual suspects?
The "usual suspects" in this instance are headed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, many Republican members of Congress and a few Democrats who have expressed their reactions over the deal reached with Iran that has them suspending and severely limiting most of their nuclear development program for 6 months while receiving a slight reduction in the severe economic sanctions placed on them.
Netanyahu denounced it as a "bad deal" and a "historic mistake". Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. who is making a run for the Senate, equivocated the deal with Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler in 1936. Thank you Tom for those words of insight, not.
But again, none of these reactions were unexpected. Saudi Arabia hasn't weighed in as this is being written but surely will condemn the deal.
The Saudi's and Israel form what can be best described as an "unholy alliance" against Iran but the same could said for the American Jewish right led by AIPAC in alliance with the fundamentalist Christian right with its apocalyptic visions of Armageddon ever since the establishment of Israel in 1948.
And of course there's the focus of the corporate media in the U.S. emphasizing Iran's capitulation to the deal for it to slow and eventually halt it's enrichment of uranium but always insinuating Iran's ultimate aim is to reach bomb grade levels.
All this despite Iran being a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which Israel declined to sign yet has some 200 nuclear warheads in its arsenal which everyone knows exists but goes unacknowledged by the Israeli's and the U.S. revealing the hypocrisy and brinkmanship by the two countries on who they decide is permitted to have a nuclear program. Then there's the reality of U.N. nuclear inspectors on the ground in Iran permitted to inspect Iran's nuclear facilities, the Ayatollah Khamenei issuing a "fatwa" rejecting the development and possession of nuclear weapons as being un-Islamic saying Iran has no intention of building a nuclear weapon plus the certainty that if Iran proceeded with enriching uranium to bomb grade levels it couldn't be hidden not only with inspectors on the scene but would be picked up by satellite imaging revealing the enrichment upgrade. Yet we have this persistent drumbeat against Iran that it would precipitate a worldwide conflagration rather than the other way around particularly with Netanyahu constantly issuing threats to pre-emptively attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
Meanwhile the "threat" of a nuclear Iran acts as a convenient distraction away from Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and its overall apartheid policies over the occupied Palestinian's.
Israel's settlement expansion has always been declared illegal and condemned by the U.N. since it began after the 1967 war but continues unabated and defended by the U.S. government, despite "official" verbal denunciations at times. But this is just administration dissembling and another form of mockery of the U.N. Charter against such practices.
Lastly let's remember the economic sanctions placed on Iran primarily from the U.S. are an act of war. But you'll never see it depicted that way from the U.S. corporate media shills.
Though Iran has been systematically demonized as the enemy it isn't the threat it's made out to be. That distinction belongs to Israel's Netanyahu, the ultra right wing yahoos in the U.S. Congress, the Israeli apologists led by AIPAC, as well as the U.S. president who keeps saying the military option is still on the table.
For the time being the momentum for diplomacy with Iran has the upper hand but the recent deal is still only preliminary and a long way from being finalized.
The "long knives" of Iran's antagonists are still being wielded, but for the moment not as menacing.
That could change. Let's hope the long ago words of Winston Churchill will be heeded. It's better to "jaw, jaw" than make "war, war" and diplomacy will ultimately prevail.