Two People and What They Said

Writing this soon about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  is not a desirable thing. But something he said  ties in all too well with the comments of  a former U S foreign policy official and even draws in the infamous or renowned Congressman Joseph Wilson as  a bonus.

Ahmadinejad  is on record with his denial of the Holocaust that took place during World War II, an event so horrible a s to almost defy description. ( For some excellent historical fiction that deals with the Holocaust, I heartily recommend the works of Daniel Silva. Back to the denier or liar if we can be so forthright. He said today that he is proud to cause international outrage with his comments on the Holocaust. This as he heads back to the UN  for a Wednesday speech, his 5th in four years. He is doubtless aware of the controversy that awaits him; those who maintain his  election was  a fraud prompting  a push by Human Rights Watch and others for UN action. All of this aa a  backdrop for US – Iranian talks due to start October 1.

Those talks of course will have a heavy nuclear emphasis. What is Iran trying to  do; weapons or no weapons, etc. During a  Friday speech in Iran, he perhaps  attempted a diversionary tactic by reiterating his denial claims adding the tidbit that it was a pretext by the Jews aimed at tricking the west into support of an Israeli state. He said it was created out of ” a lie and a mythical claim.” Of course, we called it “hateful” and Israel called it  shameful among other things. But, what does it matter to him when he says “the anger of the world’s professional killers is a source of pride for us.”

So, he  has really set the stage up well, has he not. Now, against that backdrop, consider the following by a former foreign policy advisor to President Carter and currently a Johns Hopkins professor. He said these words. if Israeli jets were to overfly our airspace in Iraq bent on attacking Iran, we should shoot them down. I have read this a number of times and must admit I don’t get it. What do you think they would do if we shot down one or more of their planes? Turn around, say sorry, and go home. Highly unlikely, Sherlock. Oh, almost forgot to identify this individual, Zbigniew Brezinski. Wonder if his advice is still sought or heeded , don’t  know. I do not have much of a response, quire frankly.

So, to summarize, we have  a contented liar from Iran headed for the UN and A  foreign policy expert who thinks shooting down the planes  of an ally might be a good idea. Ahhhh.


September 21, 2009 - Posted by | History, International politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. So is allowing Israel to attack Iran (hence implicitly giving its approval) a better path for the US gov’t to take? Would not violating a sovereign nation’s air space (although Iraq is hardly sovereign and doesn’t even control its own airspace) in order to attack another country in an aggressive manner clearly be grounds to repel the attacker’s aircraft and if necessary shoot them out of the sky? I imagine that if the hypothetical situation was reversed and it was Iranian jets crossing Iraq to attack Israel there would be no qualms about using every means necessary to stop them. Granted Israel is an ally of the US and Iran is far from it, but ally or not It seems that the resulting unpredictable chain of events such an attack would set in motion for the broader geopolitical concerns of the US would trump ally status. Israel is useful to the US up to a point, but there are larger considerations at stake than the sanctity of the Jewish state. I am sure that policy officials in all three countries are aware of this reality, despite the rhetoric that is espoused. Brezinski was just speaking the truth, albeit a truth about a senerio that has almost no chance of actually manifesting.

    Comment by Theo | September 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. Israel is America best ally in the Middle East not Iran understand Theo!

    What happened to the US deadline on Iran?
    THIS PAST July, when the G-8 announced that the opening of the UN General Assembly “would be an occasion for taking stock of the situation in Iran,” most international observers understood that there was a hard September deadline that Iran had to meet to begin serious negotiations. Obama himself stated at a July 10 press conference after the G-8 meeting: “We’ve offered Iran a path towards assuming its rightful place in the world. But with that right comes responsibilities. We hope Iran will make the choice to fulfill them, and we will take stock of Iran’s progress when we see each other this September at the G20 meeting.” The G20 will be convened September 23.

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | September 22, 2009 | Reply

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