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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New York Times Editorial, "An Emerging Nuclear Deal With Iran": Toeing the Administration's Line

In an editorial entitled "An Emerging Nuclear Deal With Iran," The New York Times today claims that "Iran’s major nuclear installations are already monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency and watched by the United States." This is a lie. Iran is refusing the IAEA access to the Parchin military base outside Tehran. I have informed The Times of this "error," and let's see if they respond.

The Times also tells us (my emphasis in red):

"Bombing Iran might delay the nuclear program for a couple of years but it wouldn’t eradicate it, and the blowback — provoking Iran to speed up production of a nuclear weapon, fueling regional tensions — would be severe."

Surprisingly, David Ignatius writes today in a Washington Post opinion piece entitled "A compelling argument on Iran" (my emphasis in red):

"If the current talks collapsed, all these safeguards would disappear. The Iranians could resume enrichment and other currently prohibited activities. In such a situation, the United States and Israel would face a stark choice over whether to attack Iranian facilities — with no guarantee that such an attack would set Tehran back more than a few years."

The Times editorial concludes (my emphasis in red):

"Even if the deal is not perfect, the greater risk could well be walking away and allowing Iran to continue its nuclear activities unfettered."

By chance, David Ignatius concludes (my emphasis in red):

"The Iran deal is imperfect. As Count Metternich observed in 1807 about negotiations with the rising powers of his day, 'Peace does not exist with a revolutionary system.' But U.S. officials make a compelling case that this agreement is a start toward a safer Middle East."

Neither The Times nor Ignatius make mention of the fact that Iran stones to death women accused of adultery, hangs homosexuals, and persecutes Baha'is, Kurds, Sunnis and Christians. Both fail to observe that Iran and several of its current leaders were responsible for the bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994, which killed 84 people. Also no reference by either of them to Iran's control over Hezbollah, its support of Hamas or its backing of Houthi rebels who have overrun Sana'a, the capital of Yemen.

Great minds obviously think alike . . .

1 comment:

  1. All Obama's organs (and there are many of them) are toeing his line.
    I was thinking ... it works like this: Obama's people dictate directives for the next day. The next day, Obama checks the execution (he bragged that he starts his days with Politico - clearly one of his organs). Nice, traditional (didn't Stalin did the same), makes me feel secure. It isn't then surprising that the world is the world and Obama's reality is Obama's reality (I mean the world and Obama don't meet)
    Shouldn't there be some separation of press and power?