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Peace plan for Syria – first steps

A quick comment – expressive of a slight frustration.

It doesn’t even occur to the reporter – the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Beirut – that she is talking about international aggression. Can everybody just use Syria for whatever games they please?

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Comments to Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Today Charles Krauhammer – a well-known extreme rightist usually advocating war – writes in the Washington Post under the headline “The Iran deal: The anatomy of a disaster”. My comments under the article goes:

The day Mr. Krauthammer will write about
• sanctions on Israel for its nuclear weapons and international law violations;
• anytime/anywhere inspections in all nuclear weapons countries including Israel (does he really believe that any country in the world would accept that?)
• the relentless attempts at regional dominance by the U.S. and also look at Israel’s and Saudi-Arabia’s ambitions (i.e. apply a minimum of fairness),
• how and why Iran’s status of non-nuclear country promotes a nuclear arms race more than the only nuclear weapons power in the region…
– I for one would think Krauthammer was interesting to read.
Now he repeats himself, doesn’t do analysis or real commentary but promotes Iranophobia (has he recently visited the country he has such negative views about?).
It’s all sadly indicative of the real purpose – not nuclear issues but keeping Iran down forever. If we in the West are getting isolated, not Iran – perhaps he should ask what the reasons could be?
It would be great and promote honest debate if Mr. Krauthammer could write about these issues and reveal a willingness and intellectual capability to connect dots and apply a comprehensive analysis of the issues and the region.

Comment to Israel’s defence minister in Washington Post

Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon writes in Washington Post under the headline “Current Iran framework will make war more likely”
When I wrote my comment there were already more than 1100 comments – so here it is:

“Israel’s defence minister is an echo of PM Netanyahu. Nothing new, Israel’s official views are well-known, beamed out a thousand times more effectively than Iran’s to the world, not the least thanks to leading U.S. free and plural media.

What makes you, Mr. Ya’alon, think that this whole discussion can go on forever as if Israel was not the main problem because of its military/militarism and its nuclear weapons?

Your military expenditures are about the same as Iran’s, a country with about 10 times more people to defend. While you continue to hold occupied territory and fight wars for it – and you are a military man who mentions what he has been forced to do during war – you omit mention of the fact that Iran has not invaded anyone for more than 200 years.

Israel, sadly, pursues law-defying policies and decades long ethnic cleansing instead of taking one step in the direction of trying to live together in a democracy-for-all state. You’ve got more power to change Israel’s policies than most Israelis.

Morally – and I take you to be a moral man – you cannot contribute to punishing 80 million people (sanction, bombing threats, agents, propaganda, etc) who have done nothing wrong – i.e. Iran has no nuclear weapons and is a member of the NPT – where you are in the opposite, deplorable situation.

Who threatened you when, in the 1960s, you acquired nuclear weapons? Iran? No, Israel sought to help Iran to get nuclear weapons.

So, dear defence minister, come down from your high, morally handicapped, horse and dialogue (don’t let Netanyahu continue with his arrogant manners).

Take a trip to Iran and talk with your opposite number there. It’s a civilisation, an educated people and a place of amazing culture and hospitality as good as Israel.

As minister of defence you may know everything about war but peace is obviously not your profession. If it were – you would write another type of article here and have better arguments for a future Middle East of peace.