Thursday, December 1, 2011

Obscene: Using the Holocaust to Justify War With Iran

M.J. Rosenberg

The Huffington Post

Listening to Prime Minister Netanyahu's rhetoric and watching the mysterious explosions that keep occurring near Iran's nuclear sites, it has to be clear to the Iranian leadership that a nuclear attack on Israel would destroy Persian culture forever, not to mention the lives of tens of millions of innocent Iranian people. Against that is the absurd argument by neocons that Iranians are innately suicidal, driven mad by their faith.

The Holocaust argument is absurd and offensive. Israel is here to stay and Iran knows it. It also knows, as we need to learn, that Israel's ostensible fear of an Iranian nuclear attack is simply the understanding that a nuclear armed Iran would limit Israel's regional hegemony. At the moment, Israel has a free hand to do whatever it wants, whenever it wants to (like kill Iranian scientists with impunity or blow up suspected nuclear sites). But it would not be able to do all of these things, at least not as easily, if Iran has a nuclear arsenal.

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