This article shown below illustrates why often blogging is better, and more harmonious, less divisive than the mainstream media – no incentive to be divisive. As a blogger I will now analyse the lofty heights of the lazy; articles like that of journalist Mr Burns below.
I have, of course, not requested permission from Robert Burns, the AP National Security Writer, who wrote the below in Israel April 21, 2013 (AP)
My comments are in italics to the slightly abridged article.
He starts> “U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the United States and Israel see “exactly the same” threat from Iran, but differ on when it may reach the point of requiring U.S. or Israeli military action.”
WHAT bloody threat!? Not one utterance of a threat has been made. This is not journalism. It is propaganda, and government-speak. Has nobody learnt from the disgraceful way the press propagated that there were “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq?
“Hagel used his first visit to Israel as Pentagon chief to highlight his view that Israel must decide for itself whether and when to pre-emptively attack its neighbor.”
Absolute disgrace. Israel must not be allowed to decide which country it feels like attacking whenever it feels like it.
“Hagel acknowledged that while Israel and the U.S. share a commitment to ensuring that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon, there “may well be some differences” between the two allies on the question of when Iran’s leaders might decide to go for a bomb.”
“In an interview on an overnight flight from Washington, Hagel repeatedly emphasized Israel’s right of self-defense and stressed that military force — by implication, Israeli or American — remains an option of last resort.”
Iran has NEVER attacked anyone. The only country it was FORCED to defend itself against was Iraq. What about Iran’s right to a deterrent against Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and, oh yeah, Israel?
“In dealing with Iran, every option must be on the table,” he said.”
Then start by treating them like human beings.
“Hagel, 66, came under intense fire from Republican critics, prior to his February Senate confirmation hearing, for some of his past statements on Israel. His critics painted him as insufficiently supportive of the Jewish state.”
May I remind readers and Mr Burns that Mr Hagel, apparently, works for the American government, not the Israeli one.
“During his two-day visit to Israel, Hagel is expected to put the final touches on a U.S. arms deal that would provide Israel with missiles for its fighter aircraft, plus KC-135 refueling planes that could be used in a long-range strike on a country like Iran, as well as V-22 Osprey transport planes. He called the proposed sale a “very clear signal” to Iran.”
Yes, a clear signal that if I was Iranian would make me WANT to have enough weapons to defend myself with.
“The bottom line is, Iran is a threat — a real threat,” he said, not only for its nuclear ambitions and its stated goal of destroying Israel but also for its alleged sponsoring of terrorism.”
Since WHEN has Iran been ’threat? Iran has NEVER, EVER had a stated goal of destroying Israel. EVER. Iranians have repeatedly talked about the evils of Zionism, which they have said must be stopped. Iran and Israel shared a longstanding friendship, despite Israel’s blatantly increasing Zionist leanings. Iran has 20,000 Jewish citizens in Tehran. Israel repeatedly harrasses them with offers of $10,000 + house and land if they emigrate to Israel. Why is THAT never discussed?
And yes, “alleged” is the key word here.Iran spends a lot of energy trying to reign in and control groups in neighbouring countries bent on causing trouble. Iran is pretty pissed off having an unstable Afghanistan and Iraq on it’s borders, as well as Pakistan, almost a failed state and Israeli best friend, the hopelessly corrupt dictatorship of Azerbaijan, and the dictatorship of Turkmenistan, ex-favourite of Bush and new favourite of Putin.
“Hagel said U.S. and international economic sanctions are “hurting Iran significantly,” but he said they do not guarantee that Iranian leaders will be persuaded to stop what the West sees as their ambition to become a nuclear power. Iran asserts that its nuclear program is designed entirely for non-military purposes.”
Are you listening? Iran has a right to nuclear energy, like everyone else does.
“Hagel suggested he holds hope that Iran’s presidential election in June might change the trajectory of its nuclear drive.”
What “drive”? Iran is not an unstable country where people ride in horse carts. Get informed and find out about Iran from neutral sources. We got rid of their democratically-elected government in the 1950s, and, oh yeah, they have a lot of oil. The ’7 Sisters’ – 7 biggest oil companies world wide, that have basically controlled many aspects of Western’ foreign policy worldwide have been trying to destabalise Iran for years and years.