“The combination of hegemonic ambition, political madness and a nuclear weapon is an unacceptable and unbearable combination which endangers the entire world and against which the entire world must act with all its power.” Statement taken from Jewish newspaper ‘ynet’, as reposted at The Ugly Truth web site.
I completely agree with the above statement of Israeli President Shimon Peres; and I can think of a couple of countries to which that statement very obviously applies: the U.S.A. and Israel!
Unfortunately, in context Mr. Peres was not castigating his own country and its biggest ally; instead he was referring to Iran. 😆 The occasion was Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ending of diplomatic relations with Iran, calling Iran the “most significant threat to global peace and security”.
Mr. Peres, in his statement, agreed with Mr. Harper’s assessment of the situation: “Canada has proven once again that morals come before pragmatism,” the statement said. “Canada has demonstrated that policy must reflect principles and values… Iran is a source of global terror, a blatant violator of human rights and Iran aims to dominate the entire Middle East.”
As for anyone who believes those assessments of Iran’s supposed danger to the Middle East and the world, I would like to sell them some ocean front property in the eastern suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona! 😀
Iran has not attacked another nation in over 200 years, and it has not made any threats to instigate a war of aggression against any nation. The only ‘threat’ it has made is that it will make a ferocious response to anyone who attacks them first. If you leave Iran alone, Iran won’t be bothering you.
In addition, Iran does not have even one nuclear weapon, is not in the process of building one, and in fact has no intentions of building one. It is official Iranian policy, as promoted by Ayatollah Khamenei, that nuclear weapons are contrary to Islam because there is no way that they can be used to target only enemy combatants. By their very nature, they indiscriminately kill both civilians and military combatants, and thus are contrary to the teachings of Islam. Would to God that all other nations maintained the same moral principles!
In contrast, the U.S.A. and Israel are probably the most war-mongering nations on the face of this earth. I don’t think there is a period of 10 consecutive years in the history of the U.S.A. that we have not been fighting someone somewhere. Currently we have our military forces located all over the world, and are still engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan at the very least. In addition, we are giving at least technological support to the Syrian rebels, and are most likely financing the rebels and supplying weapons through indirect (‘money laundering’) means.
The U.S.A. and Israel are the ones who are constantly making threats against Iran – not the other way around. Iran only promises to retaliate with vehemence if they are attacked.
Israel’s very existence (in modern history, at least) began with aggressive warfare against the Palestinian people. They committed ethnic cleansing and murder, and destroyed Palestinian cities and crops. Since Israel initially stole the land from the Palestinians, there has been nothing but warfare in that area of the world. The Palestinians’ fight against Israel is most certainly in the category of self defense or legitimate retaliation against Israeli atrocities.
Both the U.S.A. and Israel have large stockpiles of nuclear weapons; and of course the U.S.A. has in fact dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan in the past. Israel notoriously has its “Samson option”, in which if Israel feels sufficiently ‘threatened’ it will unleash its nuclear weapons against the rest of the world and take out the whole world with it.
No, there is nothing more absurd than the statements Stephen Harper and Shimon Peres made against Iran. But the statements apply very well against the U.S.A. and Israel – they are the world’s greatest threat. I speak out against my own country in order to try to wake up some people, with the ‘hope against hope’ that the current Republican and Democratic administrations can be completely overthrown (by legitimate democratic means), and a new right-minded administration – which returns to the founding principles of this nation – may eventually be voted into place. Unfortunately, that hope seems to be pretty far-fetched.
While it gives me no pleasure to have to speak out against the Government of the country of which I am a citizen, justice requires that I do so. As the Qur’an says (and I’ll end with this quote):
(4:135) You who believe, uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your close relatives. Whether the person is rich or poor, God can best take care of both. Refrain from following your own desire, so that you can act justly – if you distort or neglect justice, God is fully aware of what you do.