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    Castro to Ahmedinijad - stop your bloody anti-semitism


    by Sunny
    8th September, 2010 at 9:50 am    

    I don’t have much time for some of the dishonest reporting that Jeffrey Goldberg does (search the blog for examples), but this account with Fidel Castro (if true) is interesting:

    Castro’s message to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, was not so abstract, however. Over the course of this first, five-hour discussion, Castro repeatedly returned to his excoriation of anti-Semitism. He criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and explained why the Iranian government would better serve the cause of peace by acknowledging the “unique” history of anti-Semitism and trying to understand why Israelis fear for their existence.

    Castro went on to analyze the conflict between Israel and Iran. He said he understood Iranian fears of Israeli-American aggression and he added that, in his view, American sanctions and Israeli threats will not dissuade the Iranian leadership from pursuing nuclear weapons. “This problem is not going to get resolved, because the Iranians are not going to back down in the face of threats. That’s my opinion,” he said. He then noted that, unlike Cuba, Iran is a “profoundly religious country,” and he said that religious leaders are less apt to compromise. He noted that even secular Cuba has resisted various American demands over the past 50 years.

    I think both points are spot on. Mahmoud Ahmedinijad is indefensible because he is a racist and anti-semitic quasi-dictator. But at the same time, Iranians are also paranoid about US-Israeli aggression and unlikely to give up attempts at pursuing nuclear weapons (if that is indeed the case) if aggression is the main tactic used against them. They’re not going to back down because they don’t trust US motives and expect the country to be turned into a military colonised hell-hole that Iraq has become.

    It’s bizarre that it takes someone like Castro to point out the obvious. I wonder if Goldberg himself will be intelligent enough to pay heed.


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    1. cjcjc — on 8th September, 2010 at 9:58 am  

      Hang on - according to Ben White he isn’t a holocaust denier!

      He needs to put Castro right!!

    2. Kismet Hardy — on 8th September, 2010 at 11:44 am  

      was Ahmadinejad’s reaction:

      ‘That man puts the Fidel in infidel’?

    3. Naadir Jeewa — on 8th September, 2010 at 12:21 pm  

      Castro has been attempting quite a reapproachement of late.

      Is this an effect of a combination of demographic change in the US sunbelt and Obama’s Cairo speech?

    4. Mick — on 8th September, 2010 at 3:01 pm  

      Sunny try to write a post without personal insults, it just makes you look really immature.

    5. Joseph W — on 8th September, 2010 at 3:51 pm  

      “Mahmoud Ahmedinijad is indefensible because he is a racist and anti-semitic quasi-dictator”

      Er, except he is defensable according to the person who wrote your last post on anti-Semitism:
      http://www.benwhite.org.uk/2006/01/10/history-myths-and-all-the-news-thats-fit-to-print/

    6. Shatterface — on 8th September, 2010 at 5:20 pm  

      ‘He criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and explained why the Iranian government would better serve the cause of peace by acknowledging the “unique” history of anti-Semitism and trying to understand why Israelis fear for their existence.’

      By that man a cigar! Even Harry’s Place have stopped commie bashing for a bit.

    7. jak — on 8th September, 2010 at 6:40 pm  

      This however is a-OK

      “How to Kill Goyim and Influence People: Israeli Rabbis Defend Book’s Shocking Religious Defense of Killing Non-Jews”

    8. Sarah AB — on 8th September, 2010 at 6:58 pm  

      jak - of course it isn’t a-ok.

      Neither’s this.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/07/gaza-mahmoud-zahar-hamas

    9. Niels Christensen — on 8th September, 2010 at 7:42 pm  

      Castro knows of course. Not a few leftwing jews lived in Cuba during the war. Many, many years ago I lived in a kibbutz, and their library was a gem for a young man turned left. Every important socialist book from the thirties was present printed in Argentine or Cuba.

      And Sunny : ‘Iranians are also paranoid about US-Israeli aggression’
      The iranian leadership is paranoid .. Hopefully not the people of Iran.
      From the times :
      Mr Gass was responding to a speech delivered to education officials on Monday by Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, an Iranian vice-president who falsely claims to have a PhD from Oxford.
      Mr Rahimi denounced countries that had supported the latest round of UN sanctions against Iran. He called Australians “cow herders”, and said that the South Koreans “should be smacked in the face until they become human”, but reserved his most venomous remarks for the British.
      “England has nothing,” he said. “Its inhabitants are not human, its officials are not responsible, and it doesn’t even have any natural resources. [They are] a bunch of thick people ruled by a mafia. They have plundered the world in the last 500 years and the young lad in charge now is even more stupid than his predecessor . . . It’s as if God has made this nation servants of America and Zionists.”

      Wonder why Reza Rahimi did fake a phd from a country, where the inhabitants aren’t human !

    10. cjcjc — on 9th September, 2010 at 7:36 am  

      I hadn’t spotted this bit:

      “Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, asked if Cuba’s economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Castro replied: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.”

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/08/report-castro-says-cuban-_n_709563.html

      Better late than never I guess.

    11. Ben — on 9th September, 2010 at 9:13 pm  

      “…But at the same time, Iranians are also paranoid about US-Israeli aggression …”

      Israel and the US had excellent relations with Iran until the advent of the Khomenei regime. This regime chose, for ideological and theological reasons, to advance a policy of antagonism and enmity towards the US, and has threatened Israel with destruction and extermination. Iran’s leaders are totally responsible for any enmity that exists, it is entirely their creation. They could start to bring this enmity to an end by discarding their policy of insults, unprovoked threats and unfounded accusations against the Great and Little Satans.

    12. jak — on 10th September, 2010 at 4:09 am  

      Ben
      “Israel and the US had excellent relations with Iran until the advent of the Khomenei regime. This regime chose, for ideological and theological reasons, to advance a policy of antagonism and enmity towards the US, and has threatened Israel with destruction and extermination. Iran’s leaders are totally responsible for any enmity that exists, it is entirely their creation.”

      Gee Ben do you think that emnity has anything to do with the US overthrowing the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadeq in 1953, because he wanted to nationalise Iran’s oil, and installing their puppet dictator the Shah who tortured and terrorised the Iranian people through the Israeli-trained SAVAK until he was overthrown in a massively popular revolution?

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