Morris is afraid of Iran… but Israel need not fear.

Benny Morris, the Israeli historian, wrote an op-ed in the LA Times today which is really dissappointing. In it he says:

Itake it personally: Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wants to murder me, my family and my people. Day in, day out, he announces the imminent demise of the “Zionist regime,” by which he means Israel. And day in, day out, his scientists and technicians are advancing toward the atomic weaponry that will enable him to bring this about.

This sort of irresponsible talk coming from one who has done such ground breaking work on the history of Zionism is very disenheartening. His take on the situation, or the take he is trying to sell, is flat out false. It has been shown over and over again that he imminent demise of the Zionist regime that Ahmadinejad is referring to means the system of government in Israel and it’s ideological framework.  The whole concept that one people can come in and subject another people to their whims and drive them out of their homes and kill and pillage and terrorize Palestinian arabs is what Zionism is all about to the people in power in Israel.  Morris knows this. He wrote about it extensively in his history texts. Now he is trying to say that the demise of the Zionist regime predicted by Ahmadinejad means he wants to bomb Israel with nuclear weapons.

Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector said it well when explaining the nature of Iran’s threat to Israel:

The media hype concerning alleged statements made by Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has created and sustained the myth that Iran seeks the destruction of the State of Israel. Two points of fact directly contradict this myth. First and foremost, Ahmadinejad never articulated an Iranian policy objective to destroy Israel, rather noting that Israel’s policies would lead to its “vanishing from the pages of time.” Second, and perhaps most important, Ahmadinejad does not make foreign policy decisions on the part of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the sole purview of the “Supreme Leader,” the Ayatollah Khomeini. In 2003 Khomeini initiated a diplomatic outreach to the United States inclusive of an offer to recognize Israel’s right to exist. This initiative was rejected by the United States, but nevertheless represents the clearest indication of what the true policy objective of Iran is vis-a-vis Israel.

Morris goes on with the tired rhetoric which compares our time to 1938 in Europe:

The American veto may ultimately consign millions of Israelis, including me and my family, to a premature death and Israel to politicide. It would then be comparable to Britain and France’s veto in the fall of 1938 of the Czechs defending their territorial integrity against their rapacious Nazi neighbors. Within six months, Czechoslovakia was gobbled up by Germany.,0,6295075.story

It is unfortunate that this kind of crap gets printed in the widely read LA Times.  Perhaps Morris would do well to go back and read the history of the current Zionist regime… which he wrote.  Then read the history of Iran’s foreign policy towards Israel. He would come away quite comforted I think.


1 Response to “Morris is afraid of Iran… but Israel need not fear.”

  1. 1 Forest Simmons April 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I remember vividly when Kruschev took off his shoe and pounded it on the table at the UN to punctuate his statement, “We will bury you!”

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