A Disaster for the Whole Region and the World!
“The Israeli attack seems imminent. Richard Silverstein circulates a leaked “shock and awe” strategy of Netanyahu Barak hard zionism to decapitate, paralyze Iran; and Alon Ben Meir (an expert on Middle East politics specializing in peace negotiations between Israel and Arab states) says Israel is not bluffing. Israel may prefer an attack with the USA (Romney? Obama after elections?), but may go alone…
“An attack will trigger responses from the Russia China core. What Israel may gain in Saudi Sunni support they may lose in more important parts of the world, in diplomatic and economic relations. .. There is also the real danger of a world war… with nuclear powers divided…
“Iranian devastating responses will come before decapitation… Israelis are clever at destructive work, but may also be underestimating their enemies. On the other hand, they seem to have no qualms about plunging the region and the world into a holocaust far beyond what they suffered themselves.
“Israel would be wise to consider an old Jewish proverb: “The best way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends.” Bombing Iran would win Israel no true friends, neither in Iran nor the rest of the world. It would only ignite Iran’s desire to develop nuclear weapons, with full understanding from most of the world.
“Of course, the Iranians should prove themselves by opening their nuclear facilities to unimpeded inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency-IAEA. But the Israelis should do the same. The double standard, “We have a right to possess nuclear weapons, you don’t.” is untenable… Rather, a Middle East nuclear free zone that includes Iran and Israel. 64 percent of Israelis are in favor; like in Iran, provided Israel participates. Negotiate an agreement of that type and there would be a sigh of relief all over!–and both countries would be embraced.
“The background is a 1953 CIA MI6 (U.S./British) coup that ousted Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh and brought in a 25-year Shah dictatorship. Apologies might go far toward solving the “nuclear crisis,” which will get worse unless a miracle happens… The onus is mainly on the West and on Israel…
“Israel can attain lasting security only through peace with its neighbors… Better than massive killings only to find no nuclear bomb program in Iran disproven like the USA in Iraq and NATO in Afghanistan. “
Johan Galtung, has been a visiting professor of peace studies at UH Manoa and is rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU. He is author of over 150 books.
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Aloha Not Hate & War!
1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
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