22 July 2008

Fax to the Prime Minister about that "wiped off the map" phrase

Prime Minister,

I was astounded to read in the British press this morning comments, which will be made by yourself today while in Israel.

According to the Guardian “The prime minister will tell Israeli MPs… “it is totally abhorrent for the president of Iran to call for Israel to be wiped from the map of the world” (1)

According to the BBC “In the first speech to the Knesset by a UK PM, he will call Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for Israel "to be wiped off the map" abhorrent.” (2)

I demand to know why, as my Prime Minister who works for me, you will be making a major speech and basing a major foreign policy on a falsity, a lie: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has never called for Israel "to be wiped off the map". This canard has been well and truly discredited over the last several years, and has been reported in the British press so it is impossible that the Prime Minister and his staff are not aware of this. (3) Consequently, he must himself know that this is a lie. He is consciously lying not only to the Israeli Knesset, but also to British and world public opinion. Apart from anything else, if Ahmadinejad wants to wipe out the Jews, why are there still Jews in Iran? Why are there Jews in Iran that are represented in the Iranian parliament? (4)

How the PM can stand before the ‘parliament’ of a country which has undeclared nuclear weapons, has never signed the NPT, has carried out uncountable military aggressions against its neighbours, has threatened Iran with attack (illegal under the UN Charter you claim to defend) and which the majority of European citizens feel is the greatest threat to peace in the world (5) and accuse Iran of this, is Kafkaesque in the extreme. Furthermore, you are supporting a government whose leader is accused of corruption.

Your predecessor, Mr. Blair, started a war of aggression on Iraq, the ‘supreme crime’ according to the Nuremberg Principles enshrined in international law and the UN Charter and which has turned into genocide. You will now be providing diplomatic cover based on falsities and lies for yet another aggression on a sovereign country, this time Iran, which will in all probability also become genocide if not stopped. Sir, have you no shame?

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(1) “Brown warns Iran to end 'totally abhorrent' threat to destroy Israel” Nicholas Watt in Jerusalem, The Guardian, Monday July 21, 2008

(2) “PM to warn Iran in Knesset speech”, BBC News website, Page last updated at 03:12 GMT, Monday, 21 July 2008 04:12 UK

(3) “If Iran is ready to talk, the US must do so unconditionally”, Jonathan Steele, The Guardian, June 2, 2006

Lost in Translation”, Jonathan Steele, The Guardian, June 14, 2006

(4) “Iran's Jews reject cash offer to move to Israel” Robert Tait, The Guardian, July 12, 2007

Israel’s Jewish problem in Tehran” Jonathan Cook, ICH, 08/03/07

(5) “Israel outraged as EU poll names it a threat to peace”, Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor The Observer Sunday November 2, 2003

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