At the Crossroads of Israeli-US War on Iran:
Do NOT Say You Were NOT Warned
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 6, 2012
Last week The New
York Times published an opine by Ronen Bergman, who answered his own
question in “Will Israel Attack Iran?”
“After speaking with many senior Israeli
leaders and chiefs of the military and the intelligence, I have come to
believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012. Perhaps in the small
and ever-diminishing window that is left, the United States will choose to
intervene after all, but here, from the Israeli perspective, there is not
much hope for that. Instead there is that peculiar Israeli mixture of fear —
rooted in the sense that Israel is dependent on the tacit support of other
nations to survive — and tenacity, the fierce conviction, right or wrong,
that only the Israelis can ultimately defend themselves.” 
only Israel can save itself or destroy itself, for as a Hebrew prophet once
warned that those who live by the sword will die by it too.
Bergman began his
oped with the missed opportunity to educate the reader with the failure to
respond with facts to Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak after he said,
“The Iranians are, after all, a nation whose leaders have set themselves a
strategic goal of wiping Israel off the map.”
In 1948, Israel
began to wipe Palestine off the map by ethnically cleansing over 500
Palestinian villages and towns.
In 2006, Virginia
Tilley, Professor of political science explained:
October 2005 speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad never used the word 'map' or the term
'wiped off.' According to Farsi-language experts like Juan Cole and even
right-wing services like MEMRI, what he actually said was 'this regime that
is occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.'
speech to an annual anti-Zionist conference, Mr. Ahmadinejad was being
prophetic, not threatening. He was citing Imam Khomeini, who said this line
in the 1980s-a period when Israel was actually selling arms to Iran, so
apparently it was not viewed as so ghastly then.
had just reminded his audience that the Shah's regime, the Soviet Union, and
Saddam Hussein had all seemed enormously powerful and immovable, yet the
first two had vanished almost beyond recall and the third now languished in
"So, too, the 'occupying regime' in Jerusalem would someday
be gone. His message was, in essence: 'This too shall pass.'"
Bergman instead mentions “to Barak the
opinion voiced by the former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and the former chief of
staff Gabi Ashkenazi — that the Iranian threat was not as imminent as he and
Netanyahu have suggested and that a military strike would be catastrophic
(and that they, Barak and Netanyahu, were cynically looking to score
populist points at the expense of national security), Barak reacted with
uncharacteristic anger. He and Netanyahu, he said, are responsible 'in a
very direct and concrete way for the existence of the State of Israel —
indeed, for the future of the Jewish people.'”
In 1986, Israel’s
Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu, acted on conscience to alert the
world about Israel’s clandestine seven-story underground weapons of mass
destruction facility in the Negev Valley so as to avert a nuclear holocaust
and ‘for the future of the Jewish people’ as he wrote in his first of 18
years in prison for telling the truth:
I Am Your Spy
I am the clerk, the
technician, the mechanic, and the driver.
They said, Do this, do that,
don't look left or right,
don't read the text. Don't look at the whole
are only responsible for this one bolt. For this one
This is your only concern. Don't bother with what is above
Don't try to think for us. Go on, drive. Keep going. On, on.
So they thought, the big ones, the smart
ones, the futurologists.
There is nothing to fear. Not to worry.
Everything's ticking just fine.
Our little clerk is a diligent worker.
He's a simple mechanic.
He's a little man.
Little men's ears don't
hear, their eyes don't see.
We have heads, they don't.
Answer them, said he to himself, said the
the man with a head of his own. Who is in charge? Who knows
where this train is going?
Where is their head? I too have a head.
Why do I see the whole engine,
Why do I see the precipice--
there a driver on this train?
The clerk driver technician mechanic
He stepped back and saw -- what a monster.
it. Rubbed his eyes and -- yes,
it's there all right. I'm all right. I
the monster. I'm part of the system.
I signed this form. Only
now I am reading the rest of it.
This bolt is part of a bomb. This bolt is
did I fail to see, and how do the others go on
bolts. Who else knows?
Who has seen? Who has heard? -- The emperor
really is naked.
I see him. Why me? It's not for me. It's too big.
Rise and cry out. Rise and tell the
people. You can.
I, the bolt, the technician, mechanic? -- Yes, you.
You are the secret agent of the people. You are the eyes of the nation.
Agent-spy, tell us what you've seen. Tell us what the insiders, the clever
ones, have hidden from us.
Without you, there is only the precipice.
I have no choice. I'm a little man, a
citizen, one of the people,
but I'll do what I have to. I've heard the
voice of my conscience
and there's nowhere to hide.
The world is
small, small for Big Brother.
I'm on your mission. I'm doing my duty.
Take it from me.
Come and see for
yourselves. Lighten my burden. Stop the train.
Get off the train. The
next stop -- nuclear disaster. The next book,
the next machine. No.
There is no such thing.
The New York
Times gave print to Barak’s alarm and also provided an opportunity I seize!
Barak said if the world waits to act on Iran, “It will not be
possible to use any surgical means to bring about a significant delay. Not
for us, not for Europe and not for the United States. After that, the
question will remain very important, but it will become purely theoretical
and pass out of our hands — the statesmen and decision-makers — and into
yours— the journalists and historians.”
And well war
should be in the hands of historians and journalists who act in the
interests to avoid it for the sake of ALL people and Mother Earth.
"I would never have
become an historian if I thought that it would become my professional duty
to go into the past and never emerge, to study long-gone events and remember
them only for their uniqueness, not connecting them to events going on in my
little history of US-Israel nuclear insanity
as understood by
“You cannot talk like sane men around a
peace table while the atomic bomb itself is ticking beneath it. Do not treat
the atomic bomb as a weapon of offense; do not treat it as an instrument of
the police. Treat the bomb for what it is: the visible insanity of a
civilization that has ceased to obey the laws of life.”-1946
6th and 9th will mark the 67th anniversary of the most brutal acts of
terrorism upon innocent people; America's atomic bombings of Hiroshima and
On Armistice Day, 1948 General Omar Nelson Bradley warned,
"We live in a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants, in a world that
has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. We have
solved the mystery of the atom and forgotten the lessons of the Sermon on
The Mount. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about dying
than we know about living."
In 1995 and still in Ashkelon
Prison, Vanunu noted: "A radioactive cloud
consumed rubbed out Hiroshima...A live nuclear test sentenced you. A nuclear
laboratory…children women trees animals in and under a nuclear
mushroom…burning… burned…flattened to ground radioactive
ash-Hiroshima...Nuclear weapons gamblers win against you…Hollywood doesn't
know you - you are not a Jewish Holocaust."
Barak went on:
“The moment Iran goes nuclear, other countries in the region will feel
compelled to do the same. The Saudi Arabians have told the Americans as
much, and one can think of both Turkey and Egypt in this context, not to
mention the danger that weapons-grade materials will leak out to terror
groups…And if a nuclear Iran covets and occupies some gulf state, who will
liberate it? The bottom line is that we must deal with the problem now.”
Israel is a nuclear
state that covets and also occupies other gulf states properties so, why NOT
deal with THAT problem which is the root cause of WHY Israel feels so
And as Vanunu explained,
“Many journalists come here to the American Colony, from CNN and NY Times.
They all want to cover my story, but their EDITORS say no...CNN wants to
interview me; but they say they can't do it because they don't want problems
with the Israeli censor. BBC is doing the same thing.
Minutes from the United States from the beginning they wanted to do a
program, but because of the censor situation they decide not to do it.
Also big media from Germany, France, Italy, Japan. None of them wants
problems with the Israelis."
is a team of inspectors from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency,
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Iran and on Sunday, Iranian
parliament speaker Ali Larijani said the IAEA's visit is a "test" for the
agency, adding that Iran would cooperate if the IAEA acted "professionally"
and not as "a tool of the West."
State of the Union Address
last week, President Barack Obama warned Tehran, "Let there be no
doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,
and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal” and he
reiterated America’s commitment to Israel’s security.
The only option
conscience can allow is to demand of Israel what is demanded of Iran and to
work for the establishment of a Nuclear Free Middle East and World.
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