Help the Iranian People by Killing Them

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Thursday, July 02, 2009 at 9:38 am

The Iranian opposition movement has been brutally suppressed by a regime that has traded legitimacy for control. Facing dire straits, what’s left for it to do? Die in a maelstrom inflicted by the Israelis, according to John Bolton, a Bush-administration undersecretary of state and U.N. ambassador.

There’s a lot of stuff in Bolton’s new Washington Post op-ed about how negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program will fail — and, in all honesty, the case for that looks better now than it did before the June 12 election. But that’s all foreplay. Money quote:

Significantly, the uprising in Iran also makes it more likely that an effective public diplomacy campaign could be waged in the country to explain to Iranians that [an Israeli strike] is directed against the regime, not against the Iranian people. This was always true, but it has become even more important to make this case emphatically, when the gulf between the Islamic revolution of 1979 and the citizens of Iran has never been clearer or wider. Military action against Iran’s nuclear program and the ultimate goal of regime change can be worked together consistently.

Yes, the Israeli bombs will only kill the bad Iranians. When patriotic Iranians of the opposition see Israeli F-16s raining death from above on Iranian targets, Bolton actually expects them to think, “Boom shack-a-lacka! Here come our Israeli liberators! Let them bomb whatever they like, since even though Mir Hussein Moussavi supports a nuclear program as part of a consensus opinion, I believe Israeli propaganda that says it has our best interests at heart! That’ll show Mahmoud Ahmadinejad! Did you hear that, Aunt Marjam? Aunt Marjam…?”

If there’s one thing that a Bush official should understand, it’s that people under attack from a foreign enemy don’t rush to embrace their more moderate leaders.

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7 Comments

Mary
Comment posted July 2, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

And Israel has such a good track of only killing the bad guys as evidenced by today's report of war crimes committed in Gaza no doubt the Iranians are presently primed for Bolton's arguments. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/03/world/middlee…

And speaking of the Washington Post as neocon mouthpiece extraordinaire and their recent exposure as the worst kind of pay to play journalists, can someone look into whether the Israel Lobby has become a profit center for the Post? Because that would explain a lot…


Guanubian
Comment posted July 2, 2009 @ 5:52 pm

“If there’s one thing that a Bush official should understand, it’s that people under attack from a foreign enemy don’t rush to embrace their more moderate leaders.”

You see, this is where the repentant Iraq war-supporters and “reality-based liberals” in opposition to the neocons lose me. What you write here is as much of a reduction as Bolton's send-a-bomb-rather-than-a-man idiocy. You're absolutely right in reference to Iran, but you're absolutely wrong in reference to Iraq, which is whence this reflex of yours derives. Small wars can be won as well as lost. Didn't you learn anything from talking to David Kilcullen?


samigol
Comment posted July 3, 2009 @ 1:35 am

Thank you.


Goose
Comment posted July 3, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

I don't think he's referring to Iraq, he means the U.S. after 9/11.


albertogorin
Comment posted July 3, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

so it appear we blame israel
sound this story israely propaganda machine israel wil kill bull shittttt
if regime in iran does t be delete chnage maby chnage is on his way if some want to
and Ahmadinejad arabs hate the west hate way we live
Ahmadinejad is in power try to bomp israel who wil only try hard to destroy nuclair felicity
as hamas hezbolah and islamic jihad arab world want to bomp evry one in israel
and evry one of us in the west
we should support israel make shure west is save
some of us don t get it don t understand it
or easy to blame small country

with out israel we would t have better flying F 16 cell phones voise mail virus scaner


albertogorin
Comment posted July 3, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

1 day ago
And Israel has such a good track of only killing the bad guys as evidenced by today's report of war crimes committed in Gaza no doubt the Iranians are presently primed for Bolton's arguments. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/03/world/middlee

And speaking of the Washington Post as neocon mouthpiece extraordinaire and their recent exposure as the worst kind of pay to play journalists, can someone look into whether the Israel Lobby has become a profit center for the Post? Because that would explain a lot

bull crapppp
bull shittttttttttttt
ofcourse anny one can attack innocent israelies
can bomp them suicide bomps
if israel doing after 8 years under these rockets from iran
its war chrimes
war chrimes bullll shitttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
shri lanka is also war chrimes on tamil tigers
are no palstinens there no Palestine land its fake fraud
as obama
iran arabs hate us in the west.
hate us cause we are part of liberty and freedom


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