The lessons of Ahmadinejad at Columbia

[The Ahmadinejad visit to New York provided the media and its associated political class with yet another feeding frenzy to exercise their well developed talent for high-handed hypocrisy. Obviously it helps when the target is long preceded by and shrouded in obstinate ignorance and consequent confusion in a culture where history is only of peripheral interest, and where vociferous Zionism has a de facto chokehold on almost all critical institutions—from Congress to the media, and certainly academia. It also doesn’t help matters much that the Iranian leader—like most US imperial targets—is scarcely adept at juggling the symbols of American propaganda, and is often quite skilled at shooting himself in the foot. Like many smaller-power leaders who stand in defiance to probably the most hypocritical empire on record, they do not seem to fully understand the importance of communicating clearly and forthrightly with the US public above and through the curtain of thick distortions certain to be deployed by the corporate media and professional politicians (two sides of the same coin). And therein they miss fine opportunities to neutralize at least some of the poison being continuously spread around by these agents of imperial propaganda as they character assassinate the leaders and cultures marked for eventual physical attacks. It’s high time these leaders made an effort to understand and master this very special but essential language that could—up to a point—lessen the probabilities of such an attack.—Eds.]
[…..]The crowds were mainly pro-Israel groups from Columbia and bussed in from neighboring colleges. They were out for blood. They didn’t want the holocaust denier to speak in the first place. He was a sponsor of “terror,” unlike, of course, the United States and its 160,000 troops plus mercenaries in Iraq. Also, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was an anti-Semite because he did not approve of the state of Israel, which had inhaled Palestine, as the Nazis had the ghettos of Lodz, Krakow and Warsaw, not to mention most of Europe.

Worst of all, Ahmadinejad was pursuing what he said to be a program for nuclear power, but the protestors knew with absolute assurance it was for weaponry. Not unlike the 200 to 300 nuclear missiles Israel had built since the ’80s at their Dimona facility. It contained an underground plutonium separation plant that operated in complete secrecy. That is, until Israeli whistleblower Mordecai Vanunu, who worked at Dimona from 1976-85, spilled the beans on October 5, 1986 in the Sunday Times of London. Read all about it in my article, Israel’s nuclear double standard is no standard at all. It’s an eye-opener.

It also details the fact that while Israel was amassing nuclear warheads in 1981, the US had successfully managed to convince its then-boy, Saddam Hussein, to attack Iran, beginning an eight-year war that yielded a million dead and 2 million displaced. This was also around the time Israel’s Menachim Begin decided to bomb a French-built nuclear plant near Baghdad, which was supposedly building nuclear weapons to destroy Israel. This was also the world’s first air strike against a nuclear plant.

But then there were an undisclosed number of American built F-15 interceptors and F-16 fighter bombers to help destroy the Osirak reactor 18 miles south of Baghdad” on Begin’s order. And the Israeli/American planes all returned safely. Yet the 70-megawattt uranium-powered reactor wasn’t even finished nor had it been stocked with nuclear fuel so there was no danger of a leak, according to sources in the French atomic industry. Again, the reactor was to create energy for living not for death.

It is strange, too, that the US took part in this violent Israeli exercise, and stranger, as Ahmadinejad pointed out later, that if you have created the fifth generation of atomic bombs and tested them already, what position are you [the US] in to question the peaceful purposes of others who want nuclear power? We don’t believe in nuclear weapons, period. It goes against the whole grain of humanity. He added that politicians interested in nuclear weapons are backward, retarded. So for all the sanctimonious Mahmoud-haters who came to Columbia for an Oxbow-type hanging, sorry. If the shoe fits, wear it.

In answer to what would it take for Iran to engage in talks with the United States, Ahmadinejad said that if the US government recognizes the rights of the Iranian people, respects all nations and extends a hand of friendship to all Iranians, they will see that Iranians will be among their best friends. I would say that is a very generous response from the president of a nation who had its democratically elected President Mossadeq taken down by a violent coup in 1953. Why? Because he wanted to nationalize Iran’s oil and spread the wealth among his people.

As Iran stood then, 4 percent of its population controlled the majority of its wealth. Of course, Mossadeq was politically neutered by no less than Kermit Roosevelt and the CIA, so that the young Shah and his royal court could resume power and inhale the wealth and America could continue to get its oil. It was the oppression, the torture squads, the murders of the Shah’s retinue that led to his deposing in 1979, his statue pulled down by protestors as Saddam Hussein’s was by US soldiers.

In that year, the US-backed Shah and family flew the coop and exiled cleric Ayatollah Khomeini returned to establish the Islamic Republic of Iran. Does that sound so cruel and unreasonable? I don’t think so. The revolutionaries also stormed the American Embassy in Tehran and took the staff as hostages. As the standing president, Jimmy Carter was negotiating for their freedom, the would-be president, Ronald Reagan, and his running mate, George H.W. Bush, were negotiating a better deal for arms, ammunition, spare parts, and cash with the Iranians, so long as they would not release the hostages until after the election. Of course, the deal was taken. Carter lost. Reagan/Bush won. And the whole dirty (and treasonous) affair was later exposed in the Iran-Contra scandal read full article


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