For years, we have heard Benjamin Netanyahu try to push
America into a war with Iran. Just last month, while at the United
the “gravest threat” to the world, saying that defeating ISIS without also
“is to win the battle and lose the war.”
He said that he did not believe
Iran is actually opposed to ISIS even though Iran has had troops in Iraq fighting ISIS
Again, the next day, meeting with President Obama, it is reported that his main agenda was to “not let up on sanctions against
Referring to what he called a “global concern” about Iran’s nuclear program, he declared
that in order for diplomacy to work, those pressures must be kept in place.”
I remember John McCain, when running for president, responding to a reporter’s question as to what he would do about
Iran. Glibly, McCain referred to a popular singing
group, and with a smile said, “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.”
The same people who were so eager for us to attack
years ago, saying that it would be a “cake walk,” that our troops would be
greeted with flowers,” are at it again. They assured us then that a war with Iraq would cost
us nothing. It would pay for itself. Yet,
two decades later, we are still stuck in Iraq and paying an enormous price. It is amazing that none of the war-hawks who
are now saying, “no friendly relations with Iran.” are willing to admit that
was a mistake. Forget Iraq, they say.
I think an attack on
Iran would be foolish. Iran
is much stronger than Iraq.
Some say, twenty times stronger. If there would ever be a case of smacking the
tar baby, bombing Iran
is it. Some problems do not have a military solution. Attacking Iran could very
well cause more problems than it solves.
The problem is not
Iran, it is salafism. Salifism is a
radical Islamic fundamentalism which rejects everything modern and everything
Western. The salafist are not Shia nor Sunni. They hold no loyalty to any
denomination or nation. Their goal is to
force a society based on the seventh century world of Mohammad and sharia law.
Salafism is dangerous and a threat to many people, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.
But, it is an idea. You just can’t stop an idea with a bomb.
The analogy is often used that we must cut off the head of the snake. Sounds easy, but salafism is not a snake. Recent history shows that salafism is more like a star fish. Cut off the leg of a star fish and it just grows another leg, and the leg you cut off becomes another star fish. When Osama bin Laden and his salafist cohorts flew planes into the towers in
York and crashed into the pentagon, it was estimated
that less than one percent of the world’s Muslims would call themselves
salafist. Today, nobody knows how many
there are. Some estimate as many as 10 percent.
But this much is certain. Every
time we pull off an Abu Ghraib, a , or bomb another Muslim nation, the salafist
groups around the world go into a recruiting mode. Guantanamo Bay
It would be foolish to attack
Iran, but not only that, it would
We have often heard that Ahmadinejad threatened to destroy the State of Israel and annihilate the Jews. But, the quote referred to by
Israel’s Prime Ministers did not say
that Ahmadinejad threatened to drive
Jews into sea. Reading his words in the Farci language, what he actually said
was, “This regime occupying must disappear
from the pages of time.” This sounds more like a moral condemnation, that
a physical threat. Jerusalem
Another consideration when casually talking about a war with Iran is that back in 1982, when Iraq attacked Iran, even after more than 200,000 Iranians had been killed, “20,000 by poison gas launched by Iraq, 100,000 severely injured by nerve agents, even after the war, 55,000 people were being treated for illness from chemical weapons,” Iran did not retaliate:
The real reason for
to use chemical weapons was not the inability to formulate the necessary mix of
chemicals but the fact that Ayatollah Khomeini had forbidden it on the grounds
of Islamic jurisprudence.
Chemical weapons violate Islamic morality. Now here is the point. The same Islamic restriction against killing innocent people that applied to chemical weapons also applies to nuclear weapons:
Khomeini’s wartime fatwa prohibiting Iran from manufacturing or using chemical weapons and Khamenei’s 2003 fatwa against the manufacture, possession, or use of nuclear weapons – provided concrete evidence that religious prohibitions on WMD by the supreme leader have not been mere propaganda but have played a decisive role in determining Iran’s policy on both chemical and nuclear weapons issues.
For what it’s worth, there has never been an Iranian suicide bomber and in the past two hundred and fifty years,
Iran has attacked no one.
In 1988 the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian airline killing all 290 people. President Reagan announced that the
was under attack, that the airliner was not in its assigned corridor, that it
was descending, that its transponder made erroneous signals. Yet, when all of these
excuses proved to be false, Vincennes Iran
launched no retaliation.
I wish our media would give fair press to
Iran. In the days after 9/11, thousands of Iranians
poured into the streets of Tehran to hold candlelight
vigils for the victims in America:
In the meantime,
Israel assassinates Iranian
scientist and threatens to bomb its people.
Again, It would be foolish and immoral for the
U.S. to allow Israel
to pull us into a war with Iran.
For peace in the Middle East, it would be far more just and wise for the US to make a
serious effort to bring about a fair and moral solution toward the rights of
the Palestinians still under Israeli occupation.
October 12, 2014
 Jason Ditz, Netanyahu:
Iran Worse Than ISIS, ISIS
Equal to Hamas, Antiwar.com, September 29, 2014
’s Netanyahu Meets With Obama. September
30, 2014. Huffington Post, Israel
 See The Good Fight, by Peter Beinard, and The
for God, by Karen Armstrong. Battle
Flint and Hillary Mann Leverett, Going to Tahran, (Metropolitan
Books, New York, 2013.) .p. 19.
Their research is backed up by The Guardian, The Washington Post and the New York Times.
 Gareth Porte Manufactured Crisis, (Just Word Books,, 2014) p. 59.
 Ibid. p.63.
 Ibid., p.75.
 Leverett, Going to
, p,118-119. Tehran