by Frank Scott
If the continuing propaganda barrage succeeds in casting Iran as a global menace, and Ahmadinejad as a global monster, there is no possible
outcome but an even more dreadful global failure than in Iraq .
While many insist that only oil is at stake in the middle east , the zealous core of opposition to the Islamic and Arab world remains Israel and its rabid supporters in the USA. Even as oil’s importance is acknowledged, the enormous power of the Israeli lobby over American policy can continue to be denied only by those dense enough to deny climate change.
The power of the lobby has long gone unquestioned, in fear of its political wrath , but also in guilty silence lest past tragedies befall the
Jewish people again. The horrible experience of world war two has
often distorted any sense of present reality. In deference to memory of
a terrible time for european Jews, we have allowed a much longer period of terror for those who had absolutely nothing to do with that war .
Israel’s pristine status in American consciousness has meant near
obliteration of the Palestinian people, and most of the Arab and
Islamic world as well . A great mass of humanity has been reduced to
terrorists or religious fanatics , as they are depicted by Jewish organizations and the American political and media establishment .
The major rationale for Israel’s existence is the holocaust, the fanatic
persecution of European Jews by the nazis in world war two. Perpetuation of the memory of this dreadful history has become a powerful movement accorded the status of religious faith, to be unquestioned by any and ritually acknowledged by all. This has led to intellectual pogroms in Europe where those who dare to question any parts of the holocaust story are charged with heresy and imprisoned. Revenge is not only visited on the Palestinians, who had nothing to do with it, but on europeans who
use supposed democratic freedoms in order to question history.
Treating a material event as a sanctified subject open to no investigation but that of true believers is theocratic fanaticism. Where profoundly powerful biblical myths are all subject to intellectual challenge, this historic event is placed beyond the human pale and any questioning of its substance treated as political blasphemy.
If this irrationalism were limited to a few individuals currently in prison, it would be dreadful enough. But when it is moving us toward potential nuclear war , it must be confronted before it leads to even greater human sacrifice than it has already brought about .
Iraq and Saddam Hussein were deemed threats to Israel, and its USA
supporters played a major role in bringing about the destruction of that nation and its leader. This was to protect a state still seen as a haven for a threatened people, even if the threats are neuro-psychiatric and only become material as a result of its pariah behavior in the middle east. But present claims that Iran poses an even deadlier threat to Israel, which induce near unanimous support from the American government, means this irrationalism in the service of one group's neurosis needs to be confronted before it destroys collective sanity, and civilization as well.
Portraying Iran as a nuclear menace to Israel , even though it has no nuclear weapons and Israel has hundreds, is not merely a sign of dementia . It indicates near imbecility in a society which can be repeatedly manipulated into believing such totally crackpot notions that have no foundation in the material world but exist only as murderous psycho fantasy.
While many Jewish groups have been terrifying their members by depicting Ahmadinejad as bent on exterminating them, the Israeli lobby has been doing the same job on our government . This has brought congressional leaders and future presidential candidates to join in support of this preposterous fiction. The purveyors of this notion are delusional, but rather than being sedated and institutionalized, they exercise frightening influence over American consciousness and could once again lead it to act in clinically ignorant support of their murderous hallucinatory fears .
Part of this dementia involves a warped ethnocentric idea; that jewish suffering is and will always be a central aspect of
human history, and must not only be endlessly acknowledged as such,
but also endlessly atoned for as such. No criticism of this idea, especially as it involves the holocaust, can be treated with anything but contemptuous disregard for the rights of any who fail to toe this ethnocentric line. After Ahmadinejad dared to have Tehran host a conference on the holocaust, where critical revisionists who might be imprisoned in Europe were allowed to speak their minds openly in Iran, he and his nation became a greater menace to that ethnocentric folly than Iraq and Saddam ever were.
When a supposedly enlightened civilization is threatening, again,
to attack another nation in great part because of its alleged menace
to the Jewish state , there can be no further denial on the
part of the majority who will pay a terrible price. It is time to
confine biblical and metaphysical belief systems about
the past to the imagination and the church, and face material reality before it is too late. Unless objective, scientifically verifiable conditions are confronted and dealt with, irrational and nearly stark raving lunatic fears could bring about greater suffering for humanity than past ignorance
has already caused. That rational analysis of our world leads to an
A European, racial supremacist, anti-democratic state in the middle east, and its extremist supporters in the USA, are a major threat to the global
future. Israel, not Iran is the problem. Face it, and deal with it.
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Frank Scott writes political commentary which appears in the Coastal Post, a monthly publication from Marin County, California, on numerous web sites, and on his shared blog at: http://legalienate.blogspot.com