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February 9, 2012 12:57 pm

Buried by the Guardian: Iran Leader’s Religious Justification for Genocide

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The book, “Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America’s most important newspaper“, written by Laurel Leff, is an in-depth look at how The NYT failed in its coverage of the fate of European Jews from 1939-1945. It examines how The Times consistently downplayed news of the Holocaust, and how news of Hitler’s ‘final solution’ was hidden from readers, resulting in the minimizing and misunderstanding of modern history’s worst genocide.

Of course, in our post-Shoah world, the homage paid to Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide is nearly universal among the respectable media outlets and opinion leaders – pieties which are often observed, if often perfunctorily, by even the most shrill critics of the modern Jewish state.

Even the Guardian, arguably the most egregious example of the modern respectable left’s disenchantment with the national aspirations of living Jews, has a Holocaust page, and typically shows appropriate reverence for survivors and other expressions of Holocaust remembrance.

However, the Guardian also seems quite comfortable sanctioning voices which accuse Jews of exploiting European Holocaust-guilt to defend Israel, or even those who suggest a moral equivalence between Israel and the Nazi regime, and seem incapable of taking overt antisemitism in the Arab world seriously – even when such malign ideologies are espoused explicitly within the Palestinian territories, part of the region to which they devote a disproportionate degree of coverage.

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Similarly, the Guardian’s reporting on the Iranian nuclear threat, in both commentaries and reports, possess several consistent themes: Sowing doubt over evidence that the regime in Tehran is attempting to build a nuclear weapon; arguments that, even if they do aspire to acquire such weapons, the dangers of war with Iran to thwart their nuclear ambitions are not worth the risk; and, finally, skepticism that a nuclear Iran would pose any real risk to the Jewish state, and that Israel’s fears are overblown.

Of course, such consistent “anti-war” rhetoric, downplaying the threat posed by a nuclear Iran, creates a necessary journalistic corollary.  If Guardian readers are to head the calls from the Guardian’s London salon on the inherent madness of taking seriously the manufactured Iranian threat, then any evidence of the Islamist regime’s malign intent against the Jewish state must be buried.

Thus, nowhere on the Guardian’s Iran page will you find mention that a website with close ties to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khomenei has outlined why it would be religiously acceptable to kill all Jews in Israel – a doctrine, as reported by the Mail Online, which details why the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of all its people would be legally and morally justified, and in accordance with Islamic doctrine.

As the Washington Times reported:

“The article, written by Alireza Forghani, a strategy specialist in Khomeini camp, is now being run on most state-owed conservative sites, including the Revolutionary Guard’s Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses the doctrine.”

The government approved essay on Fars News Agency (seen here, which is in Farsi, though you can read it via Google Translate) cites the last census showing Israel has a population of 7.5 million, of which roughly 5.8 million are Jewish. Then it breaks down the districts with the highest concentration of Jews, indicating that three cities (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa) contain over 60 percent of the Jewish population that Iran could target.

The Guardian’s cadre of commentators and reporters, so sensitive to every conceivable inequity in Israel between Jew and Arab, Israeli and Palestinian, and so quick to frame every instance of racism as evidence of an endemic, dangerous national lurch towards political darkness, evidently doesn’t view a religious ruling by the highest authorities of the Islamist state, laying out a detailed plan of extermination to be relevant in properly contextualizing the drama surrounding Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

While the Iranian President’s record of support for wiping the Zionist state off the map is well-documented, Khomeini’s Koranic justification, a Fatwa of sorts on the lives of millions of Jews, crosses a line – a moral threshold.

There is, to be sure, the danger which some have succumbed to, of engaging in hyperbole about the Iranian threat.

No, this isn’t the 1930s, and hatred of Jews, which the German journalist Wilhelm Marr rhetorically sanitized as “anti-Semitism” – reflecting the scientific racism of his day – which, though proven resilient (having morphed and adapted to comport to the current political zeitgeist), certainly has lost most of its social grandeur in the democratic world.

Jews in the West are afforded protections unimaginable in centuries past, largely are no longer helpless victims of mob animus, and are not continually ‘the accused’ in diaspora’s trials.

Moreover, the Jews have a sovereign state.  For the first time in 2000 years Jews are masters of their own fate, and can exercise force, both diplomatic and military, in defense of both its interests and, far too often, its lives.

However, the requisite sobriety in assessing the vulnerability of the modern Jewish polity need not devolve into starry-eyed idealism, and the vice of the liberal egocentric impulse to impute reasonableness and good intentions to those whose malign intent towards Jews is undisguised and apparent to all who wish to see.

The stakes are not, and have never been, between war and peace. Whether sanctions, covert actions, or military force is required to assure the continued existence of Israel, at the end of the day we’re left with a stark moral choice.

The decision we’re presented with is whether to allow a regime openly committed to the Jews’ destruction the means to do so.

As Churchill remarked after Chamberlain returned from signing the Munich pact with Hitler:

“You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

If I’ve learned anything by studying the Guardian Left, it’s that when faced with a choice between war and dishonor they will choose dishonor every time.

And thus, my Jewish state will more likely face the grim prospect of war.

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  • Marina

    The Menace of Islamic Fascist Republic of Iran: its ideology, its actions and threats Contents
    * 1 DANGEROUS IDEOLOGY: WORLD DOMINATION / THREATENING ASPIRATIONS
    * 2 ‘PRACTICAL’ THREATS
    * 3 SOME OF IRAN, ITS QUDS/HEZBOLLAH CRIMES WORLDWIDE
    * 4 CRIMES ON ITS OWN PEOPLE

    DANGEROUS IDEOLOGY: WORLD DOMINATION / THREATENING ASPIRATIONS

    * The governments of the world should know that . . . Islam will be victorious in all the countries of the world, and Islam and the teachings of the Qur’an will prevail all over the world. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in January 1979
    * We must strive to export our Revolution throughout the world. Ayatollah Khomeini on March 21, 1980
    * We don’t shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world. . . . We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical borders, ethnic groups, and nations. It’s a universal ideology that leads the world to justice. . . . We must prepare ourselves to rule the world.” Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on January 5, 2006.
    * “Israel must disappear from the face of the Earth.” — April, 1991. Imam Mohsen Rabbani. (Iran’s representative cleric in Argentina, who became a “diplomat” 4 months prior to the 1994 AMIA massacre, which he was behind).
    * “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” — Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in January 2001
    * “One bomb is enough to destroy Israel. . . . In due time the Islamic world will have a military nuclear device.” “Israel is much smaller than Iran in land mass, and therefore far more vulnerable to nuclear attack.” …(explaining: a nuclear attack on Israel would obliterate the state, but the Israeli retaliation would only cause damage to the much larger Muslim world). — Iranian president Rafsanjani in December 2001.
    * “Rafsanjani Says Muslims Should Use Nuclear Weapon against Israel.” — December, 2001
    * “Israel must be wiped off the map.” — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on October 26, 2005
    * “God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism.” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on October 26, 2005
    * “Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come, and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started.” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 2, 2008, marking the 19th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini.
    * “Get ready for a world minus the U.S.” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 4, 2008
    * Ahmadinejad: “The pretext (Holocaust).. is false … It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim, This regime (Israel) will not last long. Do not tie your fate to it … This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end.” – September, 2009.
    * Iran’s president M. Ahmadinejad in August 2011: “Annihilate Israel.”
    * “Cancerous tumour that should be cut and will be cut.” — Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 3, 2012 Canada compared the Islamic leader’s remarks to Adolf Hitler’s racist book.

    ‘PRACTICAL’ THREATS

    * Iran’s supreme leader called to use nukes on Israel in December 2001.
    * In January 2007 its official (heading the nuclear program) threatend to use nukes (if conditions change).
    * In 2008 it threatend to attack US bases.
    * In May 2009, it tested missiles cabale of reaching Europe.
    * In February, 2010, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Ali-Akbar Salehi, declared: Attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities will spell the End of Israel.
    * In February 2010, it threatend Europe with missiles.
    * In April 2010, it threatened that nuclear devices will go off in the US.
    * In November 2010, France’s leader N. Sarkozy said that “Missile threat comes from Iran.”
    * Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Ayatollah: “Kill all Jews, annihilate Israel.” Planning of wiping out Israel in 9 minutes. Justifying genocide as a moral obligation. February, 2012.

    SOME OF IRAN, ITS QUDS/HEZBOLLAH CRIMES WORLDWIDE

    Some of Iran / its Hezbollah [which its idea was ‘born’ in 1978 Iran, to spread the Islamic Revolution crimes against humanity – around the globe:

    * Iran-Iraq war (1980, 1,000,000 dead, unleashing the horrific Basij militias who brainwashed children to join as martyrs, who used children to clear out mines).

    * Lebanon (killing French and American soldiers 1983;

    kidnapping and torturing of Westerners in Leabnon as well as Lebanese Jews 1982-1992;

    series of assassination of Christians including PM R. Hariri in coordination with Syria;]

    clashes in 2007-2008 initiated by Hezbollah)

    * France (bombing shopping centers in Paris, 1985/6).

    * Greece/Italy (1985, TWA hijacking).

    * Kuwait (1985, multiple targets)

    * Spain (1985, restaurant bombing).

    * Israel (katyusha-missiles [mortar] attacks on civilians since the 1980s, and the use of Lebanese as ‘human shields,’ when targeting Israeli civilians).

    * Argentina (1992 Israeli Embassy, AMIA building massacre 1994).

    * Panama (1994, airliner).

    * Somalia (aiding al-Shabaab “fighters”).

    * S. Arabia, Khobar Towers attacks (1996).

    * Iraq (bloody hands in aiding Shiites’ attacks, via Hezbolah/Quds forces. at least since 2007).

    * US, embassy attack (holding hostage for 444 days, 1979);[99][100] ‘9/11’ (aiding the Arab-Islamic hijackers of the 9/11/2001 massacre of 3,000 people).

    * Afghanistan (invloved in terror attacks via Hezbolah/Quds forces at least since 2007).

    * Syria (2011-2012) involved in massacring Syrian civilians [ethnic cleansing of Sunnis] at the stand off against the brutal totalitarian Baath-Alawite Assad regime.

    CRIMES ON ITS OWN PEOPLE

    * Fascism:

    The term Islamofascism, has been boosted in 1981 with the Islamic Revolution fascism.

    * Oppression and crimes against humanity:

    Since its Islamic Revolution, it is been regraded as one of the most oppressive regimes on earth.

    A special report has been published: Report on Crimes Against Humanity Committed in Iran on the Orders of Mr. Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of the Islamic Republic.

    Iran’s terrible human rights record has been widely documented. There was more scrutiny at the 2009 brutal crackdown.

    * Discrimination, racism, apartheid:

    Notwithstading Iran’s tightly-closed prison satate. Reports still come out. For example, in 2010, UN anti-racism panel finds Iran discriminating against Arabs, Kurds, other ethnic minorities.
    Real (not as in the slanderous slur) Apartheid

    From the U.S. Congress in 1998: In Iran, those who believe in the Baha’i faith are forcibly repressed by the Iranian Government. They are denied the right to assemble and elect their religious officials, their property is confiscated and they are denied basic civil and legal rights. More than 200 Baha’is have been killed in Iran since 1989. Christians and Jews likewise face persecution in Iran, including discrimination, imprisonment, and death. One Christian human rights groups describes the treatment of Christians and Jews as “Religious apartheid.”

    Since the Islamic Revolution veritable apartheid was created an ‘Islamic apartheid.’

    Iran has long been accused of Anti-Arab disctimination, persecution and apartheid.

    UNPO declared Iran an, “Unknown Apartheid,” in its bigotry towards minorities.

    Iranian students say: The Islamic Republic is ‘a political apartheid.’

    Bahais decry: “String Of Human Rights Atrocities, Apartheid Policies Against Iranian Baha’is.

    Iranians speak up: “Islamic apartheid Regime in Iran can’t stop our wish for freedom.”

    The atrocities of Islamic Apartheid has been around long before they took power in Iran in 1979 Revolution.
    There’s a deep religious apartheid in Iran.

    A ‘special’ anti-Christian apartheid. and an anti-Bahai bigotry which includes an academic apartheid.

    Sources include: Reuters, AP, BBC, NYTimes, LATimes, US GOVT., etc. and others, compiled at:
    http://lightonthings.blogspot.com/2012/02/case-against-iran-menace-of-islamic.html

  • Rebbeca

    The Guardian is doing the same things with the Coptics in Egypt, as well.

    There was an article on their comment page praising Egypt [during Mubarek era] for its tolerance – towards its Christian minority.

    While on the same week – there was a US /or other religious freedom report – that cited the institutional and systematic – persecution of Copts. Pointed out that the majority of crimes and pogroms against them – were carried out with impunity.

    Broad daylight attacks – on Christian homes and businesses – sometimes lasting a week or more – that often appear on youtube for any one to see.

    But according to the Guardian writers – its all going well! And instead, the Egyptian state [read Islam] should be praised.

    In addition around the time, this nether article appeared – the Copts were issued a statement from the Azhar mosque – Egypt’s highest religious authority – reminding them of their dhimmi status – that the [native] Copts’ citizenship was on the condition of respect for Islam.

    The Guardian is clearly on the wrong side of history – this time. Because it looks like things are going to get visibly worst. They’ll probably hand these ‘sensitive’ issue articles over to one of their Muslim writers, who will pretend that the same sorts of things aren’t happening, under Islamic based laws, in places like Pakistan as well.

    • Lolita

      You are right. The Guradian like the BC is appeasing for bigoted Islamism and racist Arabism. It’s just that hThe Gurdian is even worse. It also promotes the racist Arab “apartheid slur” which was invented (in 1961) by henchman of the Ex-Mufti (Hitler’s buddy al-Husseini) Ahmad Shukairy, who in 1961 identified himself with Neo-Nazis in Argentina.

  • Steve Goldman

    Great report. I hope it gets the attention it deserves.

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