POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Iran has attacked no one in the modern era, although it has been attacked brutally, much to the joy of Washington and Israel.
Indeed, when America attacked Iraq, Sharon was constantly promoting the invasions of both Syria and Iran also.
Israel has attacked every one of its neighbors, some more than once, as with Lebanon where its efforts have killed in total on the order of 20,000 people.
Israel holds about 3 1/2 million people in virtual servitude. It is an apartheid regime as brutal as the old South Africa, and authorities like Bishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela have said so
Israel has nuclear weapons, having lied, cheated and stolen materials to get them. It lies to the world every day about their existence.
Israel kills people almost daily. They call them "militants," whatever that means, so the press doesn't question multiple extra-judicial murders.
Israel holds about 9,000 people in illegal detention, including much of the elected government of Gaza. It also tortures them.
Israel shared its nuclear technology with the old South African regime before its collapse. Undoubtedly there were favorable economic exchanges behind it. South Africa had produced a small number of nuclear weapons which were quietly removed by the U.S. after the government’s collapse.
I wonder how many clear-thinking people in the world would agree with Israel's characterization of Iran?
Israel is itself the ticking bomb. Always making new demands, always expanding its armed forces, always ready to make dirty behind-the-scenes deals in its favor, as in the case of South Africa or the invasion of Suez, always taking new property from decent people in the West Bank, and always blubbering about peace it doesn’t want.