Netanyahu: Don’t look here where we’re shooting children, look over there at Iran

by Juan Cole, Informed Comment

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a notorious warmonger, serial liar and supremacist racialist who used to lead the closest thing Israel has to a fascist party until parties even more extreme got elected to parliament, is attempting to bamboozle the clueless Trump into getting on a war footing with Iran.

Netanyahu’s breathless announcement that there was a potential weapons aspect to Iran’s nuclear enrichment program has been known for a decade and a half.

Netanyahu even seems to have provoked the White House to issue a communique falsely stating that Iran has a weapons program presently, which it promptly had to retract. The incident is so scary because it shows how easy it is to manipulate the erratic Trump and his not-ready-for-prime-time staff. That sort of thing, David Frum said on Twitter, can cause a war. And he should know.

But the retraction is incorrect, as well. Iran in the distant past had done some things that would be helpful if it had launched a full blown weapons program. It never did launch such a program.

Netanyahu instanced no evidence at all that Iran is out of compliance with the 2015 deal, and UN inspectors continually have affirmed that Tehran *is* in compliance. His allegation that Iran’s recent missiles are designed to be fitted with warheads is simply false.

So why try to put Iran on the front burner of American war-making? It is a desperate attempt on Netanyahu’s part to divert world attention from the ongoing Israeli Apartheid discrimination against the stateless Palestinians, which it militarily occupies (directly with jackboots and colonial settlers on the West Bank, indirectly with military encirclement and the sniping of innocent protesters in Gaza)…

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6 Responses

  1. So sad how so many are falling for this same BS again. Anyone arguing against it is labeled “mullah apologists.”

    I have lots of Iranian friends who don’t like their theocratic gov’t, but they don’t want war. They or their parents remember bombs/missiles falling on Tehran from Iraq in the 1980s.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I don’t normally follow Juan Cole, but in this instance he’s absolutely correct.

  3. Craig Murray:
    “Have I understood this properly? Israel, which possesses a massive stockpile of illegal nuclear weapons, is accusing Iran of possessing an illegal stockpile of documents?”

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