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Dershowitz in Sydney calls for quick little bombing run of Iran

Last night in Sydney – and what an event to miss! – Sydney Morning Herald political editor Peter Hartcher interviewed Alan Dershowitz. Hartcher is a perfect person, being a close friend of the lobby (along with receiving free trips to Israel).

Sounds like there were too many “highlights” to mention but this stands out:

Dershowitz said that the Israeli red line, a line which if crossed by Iran would invoke an attack, is six months ahead of America’s and he advocated a three day war by the U.S. to knock out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in order to maintain peace in a region threatened by Iran’s nuclear capability.

War is peace. Bombing helps stability. Zionism is all about love.

With 2000 people hearing Dershowitz at this venue and no doubt many of them Jews who love the idea of a Zionist who speaks about glorious Israeli democracy, occupation and bombing Iran, my religion is sick, perhaps beyond repair.

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  • Antony allow me to correct your egregious mistake.
     
    I was actually at the Dershowtiz evening last night and you have completely take his comments out of their context. His statement was that he rejected a bombing campaign on Iran and based on all available evidence, including Israeli sabre-rattling in The Atlantic article, they did not want to strike because there was no 100% guarantee that they would remove the threat without causing massive amounts of casualties (remember that many of these reactors and facilities are based near major population centres). Dershowitz spoke about the possible fall-out of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons including the threat of a nuclear umbrella that would shield terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah and the fact that it has already started an arms race in the Middle East (fearing an Iranian bomb Saudi Arabia has recently bought a number of high-tech weapons from the United States). Whilst Dershowitz stated that an Israeli or American (or combined) attack on Iranian facilities was a bad idea he stated that the greatest danger would be if Iran managed to successfully acquire nuclear weapons.
     
    I’m also confused as you’ve stated a number of times that you are a self-identified atheist and therefore Judaism is not your religion.

  • H

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    In response to a declaration of war and genocide, every country has a right to self defence, including Israel.

    Ahmadinejad regularly threatens Jews with genocide. Ahmadinejad could easily declare war on Israel. The regular threats of genocide already give Israel a right to self defence. A future declaration of war by Ahmadinejad would give Israel further rights to respond in self defence.

    That war would aim to “knock out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure” and prevent Ahmadinejad’s threatened genocide of Jews using Iranian nuclear weapons.

  • paul walter

     Raffe, on the phenomena of reactors built close to urban areas, how close is Dimona to anything?

     As they said on QA last night, it is ultimately absurd to deny Iran the bomb when so many others also on the flaky side already have it.

     As to Anthony and "Judaism", I'd have little doubt that Anthony understands full-well that his cultural inheritances and his natural intelligence allow him a unique position from which to view and describe events. It's his blessing and his curse, I'd suspect

     He understands "Thou shalt not kill" and the other commandments better than many who pride themselves on their religiosity, having freed himself of more tribal and essentialist trappings of religion in his search for underlying truths.

  • Andrew

    So what do people think that Iran will actually do once they have a nuclear bomb? (and that's assuming they are developing a nuclear bomb, a big assumption in itself) They're hardly going to trot off and drop one on Israel are they? Nuclear bombs are messy things, they'd definitely nuke their Palestinian and Lebanese friends too. The retaliation from the US et al would be so great, Iran would effectively be committing suicide as a nation even attempting such a thing.

    As for Iran threatening genocide of the Jews on a regular basis, I mean really. H should have a look at the Jews in Iran first of all. Have they been wiped out? No, they carry on their religious practices with relatively little interference. Bit difficult to get around that fact, eh H? The call Israel to be "wiped off the map" was a mistranslation that has been widely ignored. Now think whose purposes it serves to perpetuate that mistranslation, hmmm? Check this for starters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad_
    What about Palestine? Now there's a nation truly in danger of being wiped off the map

    But I digress, the demonisation of Iran is ridiculous, but dangerous and so very reminiscent of the demonisation of Iraq (hello, remember that?) prior to the invasion of Iraq. One million dead in Iraq. Will we be fooled yet again?

  • H

    Iran has expressed its genocidal threats many times.

     

    The following are comments by Iran's President and other important Government figures:

     

    Our dear Imam [Khomeini] ordered that this Jerusalem occupying regime [Israel] must be erased from the page of time. This was a very wise statement.

    The cancerous tumor called Israel must be uprooted from the region.

    The foundation of the Islamic regime is opposition to Israel and the perpetual subject of Iran is the elimination of Israel from the region.

    Soon this stain of disgrace [Israel] will be cleaned from the garment of the world of Islam, and this is attainable.

    The region and the world are prepared for great changes and for being cleansed of

    Satanic enemies [USA and Israel].

    [Jews are] a people falsified, invented, will not last; they must leave the territory [Israel].

    The Jews Are Very Filthy People

    The People Wish the Death of America and Israel

    Fight the Jews and Vanquish Them

    Israel should be wiped out of the face of the world. [statement by military]

    Israel must be uprooted and wiped off [the pages of] history. [statement by military]

    http://www.jcpa.org/text/ahmadinejad2-words.pdf

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Note to H;

    do a politics 101 course old boy/girl…you sound like another shrill Moriah College racist.

    The guff you're quoting re Israel & Iran has been debunked many times on these & other similar posts. Do some reading…visit Ahmadinejad on MSNBC on You Tube for a start…..don't waste our time with schoolboy/girl invective.

    Also, provide links for your claimed sources…or get lost.

    Raffe: you're way off beam man…I was there also….you had your Zionist bias ears on duty.

    For the real lowdown on Dirty Dershowitz's intellectual substance, watch his attempt to discredit N.Finkelstein on YouTube…..what a lighweight DD is.

    Regardless, he should have been banned from entering Australia due to his support for international terrorism…next time maybe…