April 27, 2006
It is becoming clearer with each passing day that Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has much to learn.
It all started in October last year when the newly elected Iranian President told a conference called "The World without Zionism" that "there is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world."
The Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres immediately responded by a call to the UN to expel Iran from the United Nations. "Since the United Nations was established in 1945, there has never been a head of state that is a U.N. member state that publicly called for the elimination of another U.N. member state" adding, "there is no place in the world body for such a country." The then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a kind hearted gentleman of great standing in the Israeli history, too joined this humane call by saying, "a state which calls for the destruction of another people cannot be a member of the United Nations." How true.
The little matter of Israel having historically trampled upon more than 60 resolutions of the same august body that it has appealed to not withstanding, this is a pristine example of how responsible leaders of responsible nations talk. Ahmadinejad needs to learn.
Also, if one’s memory serves right, Ariel Sharon is the same considerate gentleman who in an interview with General Ouze Merham in 1956, said, "I don't know something called International Principles. I vow that I'll burn every Palestinian child (that) will be born in this area. The Palestinian woman and child is more dangerous than the man, because the Palestinian child's existence infers that generations will go on, but the man causes limited danger. I vow that if I was just an Israeli civilian and I met a Palestinian I would burn him and I would make him suffer before killing him. With one hit I've killed 750 Palestinians (in Rafah in 1956). I wanted to encourage my soldiers by raping Arabic girls as the Palestinian women is a slave for Jews, and we do whatever we want to her and nobody tells us what we shall do but we tell others what they shall do." The most charitable sentiment, indeed, if there ever was one that one has had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Ahmadinejad needs to learn.
Sharon is also probably the same gentleman who, much before the arrival of Ahmadinajad on the scene on November 8, 2002, in an interview given to the New York Post, said that the U.S. war on terror should not end with Iraq. "As soon as Iraq is dealt with, I will push for Iran to be at the top of the 'to do’ list . . ." he added. Now who would call that statement as 'destruction of another people’? Judging by his past altruistic pronouncements about the Palestinian people, he seems to be a man of great compassion. One is quiet sure Sharon was suggesting nothing more than a massive one-time delivery of the combined milk of human kindness to the Iranian people. Ahmadinejad needs to learn.
The Iranian President, on the other hand, seems to have perfected the fine art of taking potshots at his own feet. The fact that his feet are now raw pulp and very soon he may not have them to even stand on, does not stop him from shooting off at a tangent with his runaway bombast. Here is his latest;
"Some 60 years have passed since the end of the second world war. Why should the people of Germany and Palestine pay now for a war in which the current generation was not involved?" Mr. Ahmadinejad said during a recent press conference in Tehran, "this fake regime cannot logically continue to live."
The tit for tat came from the outgoing Israeli defence minister Shaul Mofaz, who told a Tel Aviv conference that "of all the threats we face, Iran is the biggest. The world must not wait. It must do everything necessary on a diplomatic level in order to stop its nuclear activity. Since Hitler we have not faced such a threat." Unlike the Iranian President’s dangerous swagger, please note the peaceful emphasis on the words 'diplomatic level’ by the esteemed minister. Ahmadinejad needs to learn.
It is another matter that any one who has had even a chance encounter with Israel’s 'diplomatic skills’ either, sort of, does not live to tell the tale of the Israeli finesse in the department, or else does not exactly want to recall the moment. The Palestinian would be the people who could tell the world a little bit about Israel’s 'diplomatic skills’. Other than them, we may have to rely solely on our imagination about the 'diplomacy’ the Israelis would like to dish out to a contemporary Hitler. They do not share that secret with the world a la Ahmadinejad. He needs to learn.
The aforementioned kindhearted gentlemen, however, are not the only Israeli philanthropists harboring such benevolent thoughts. Israel’s history is replete with such towering personalities and their stellar ideas. As far back as 1948, another great Israeli from the yore, David Ben-Gurion, once said to his General Staff, "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population." Then is the example of the one time Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s statement on Gaza who, just before signing the Oslo Accords, said, "If only it would sink into the sea".
Likewise, Benjamin Netanyahu, in a speech at Bar-Ilan University in 1989, stated, "Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories." Yet another distinguished Israeli was the Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv. In October 1983, he pronounced, "We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves." Now these are faultless examples of responsible statements from responsible leaders. Ahmadinejad needs to learn.
Similarly, Israel Koenig noted in 'The Koenig Memorandum’ that, "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population." Not to be left behind was Ehud Barak, the Prime Minister of Israel at the time, who very kindly observed, "The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more" as reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000. Then the one time Israeli Prime Minister Menahim Begin in a speech to Jewish settlers, as reported in The New York Times of April 1, 1988, observed that the Palestinians" would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls." A quick connection of the words 'grasshoppers’, 'heads', 'smashed', 'boulders' and 'walls' throws up a subtle hint of the Israeli 'diplomatic skills’. Ahmadinejad needs to learn.
Last but not the least, and to make some sense of Britain willingly acting as the gun dog for the Neocons, let us remind ourselves of the words of that most venerated of all the British gentlemen, the one time Secretary of State at the British War Office, one Winston Churchill. He, while authorizing the use of Chemical weapons on rebelling Iraqis in 1919, very nicely observed, "[I advocate] using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes [and] against recalcitrant Arabs as an experiment. [I do not understand] the squeamishness about the use of gas [...] We cannot in any circumstances acquiesce in the non-utilization of any weapons which are available to procure a speedy termination of the disorder which prevails on the frontier."
Now no one in his right mind can ever suggest that 'since the United Nations was established in 1945’ the above quoted statements from 'responsible leaders of responsible nations’ ever called for 'destruction of another people’ and that, therefore, 'there is no place in the world body for their countries’. Not me.
The Iranian President Ahmadinejad has much to learn, and faster too, or risk the booting out of his country from the hallowed halls of the United Nations, it seems.