The Forward's Dispatch from Iran

(World Affairs) Michael J. Totten - The Jewish newspaper The Forward just published a dispatch from Iran by Larry Cohler-Esses. Reporters should never take what police state apparatchiks say at face value, but Cohler-Esses does so more than once. He reports: "Pressed as to whether it was Israel's policies or its very existence to which they objected, several were adamant: It's Israel's policies." It makes no sense that Iran only objects to Israeli policy. Iranian leaders routinely scream "Death to Israel" and "Death to America." Hizbullah in Lebanon likewise shouts "Death to Israel" and "Death to America," and Hizbullah likewise says it's just objecting to American policies, but come on. The U.S. objects to plenty of Mexico's policies, but no politicians begin meetings by screaming "Death to Mexico" or appear at any "Death to Mexico" rallies. The U.S. doesn't even have "Death to Mexico" rallies. "We believe that the State of Israel must be changed, corrected and improved," Ayatollah Ardebili told Cohler-Esses, "and if that is not possible, and if the nature of the state does not allow for improvement, then the state must be destroyed."

2015-08-14 00:00:00

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