"I’ve said this before: Sanctions won’t work."
Well, Roger, you've said a lot of things before, including "Iran is not totalitarian", all of which were proven wrong. Are you are now trying to demonstrate that even a broken clock is correct twice a day? Not in this instance.
You continue to rely on your guru, Tayekh, who "worked on Iran with Dennis Ross at the State Department before losing his job last month" and who called for economic, security and diplomatic concessions to Iran, i.e. appeasement.
The bottom line:
- Iran persecutes its largest non-Muslim minority, the Baha'is, in much the same way the Nazis persecuted the Jews, i.e. murder, imprisonment without charges, desecration of religious sites, destruction of cemeteries, restrictions involving higher education, and the list continues. It should come as no surprise that Cohen has never given the Baha'is more than a sentence in his entire series of op-eds about Iran.
- Iran publicly hangs homosexuals.
- Iran actively supports genocide in Darfur.
- Iran discriminates against women.
- Iran violently discriminates against its Sunni Muslim minority.
- Iran violently discriminates against its Kurdish minority.
- Iran persecutes and sometimes hangs members of its tiny Jewish minority.
- Iran stones to death persons accused of being adulterers while their children watch.
- Iran during its war with Iraq sent tens of thousands of children, holding plastic keys guaranteeing entry into heaven, to their deaths in suicidal waves against the Iraqi lines.
- Iran has called for the obliteration of Israel from the face of the map.
- Iran questions the sovereignty of Bahrain.
- Iran murders political dissidents, as witnessed and already forgotten by Cohen himself.
Permit Ahmadinejad to develop nukes? If so, let's just hand them out wholesale to all the world's bullies and lunatics and see what's left in another month.
Today, as in the past, Cohen could not possibly write an op-ed without dragging Israel into the story: "Israel, which introduced nuclear ambiguity in the region . . . ." Along these same lines, Cohen, in his prior op-ed concerning Germany, "The Miracles of Dullness", wrote in his penultimate paragraph:
"The demon of instability, German-prodded, moved to the Middle East, where another modern nation state, Israel, in turn upended the order of things."
The New York Times published this notwithstanding its irrelevance vis-à-vis Germany and the resulting enmity and anti-Semitism which in no way contribute to understanding or peace. But more to the point, Cohen today continues to foist the preposterous claim that the Iranian drive for nukes is tied to Israel. Consider, however, why Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are demonstrably troubled by Iranian development of nukes, but ignore Israeli possession of these weapons. All three of these countries have announced their intention to develop nuclear weapons if Iran is not stopped.
After this latest in a series of farcical series of op-eds on Iran which have gone unchecked by The New York Times, we can only wonder about the demons floating around Cohen's head.
Query: When does The New York Times put an end to this folly?