Speaking of "wiping" countries off the map: NATO's New Middle East map
By Khosrow Jamshidi
I read Mr. Omid
Memarian's article in 12.24.06 issue of Payvand, entitled "Ahmadinejad: Wrong Man,
Wrong Place, Wrong Time!" I thought to drop you a feedback
note for him in case nobody else has. I normally do not react to
main stream media line of articles, because it
seems just too little too late to salvage any thing in the msm. Even
with this article, I would have been mostly fine, had I
not spotted this well-poisoning sentence tucked in
"Ahmadinejad's main agenda of
developing nuclear technology, denying the Holocaust occurred and wiping off
Israel from the map, have not brought any positive change to people’s
Items in this sentence have become
well established "shibboleths" of unkosher journalism. It can only be one of the
two cases: either he DOES know Ahmadinejad never said "Israel should be wiped off the map"
or he THINKS he must have because all msm outlets say
so, in other words he DOES NOT. For a journalist, I am
not sure which case is worse.
Assuming that he does speak and
understand Persian, it becomes particularly troubling that he seems either
he has never read the original Persian sentence or he has, but agrees
the above translation is correct. Again, I am not sure which case is worse.
I would suggest he (if not already) finds out which "Institute"
translates middle eastern news for msm outlets. That should give him a
hint why translations regarding Iran turn out to be so bizarrely
adulterated and journalists are not allowed to correct them even after the
truth is out.
Speaking of "wiping" countries off
the map, I wonder if he has seen the NATO's New Middle East
map? I think he should. It was presented at their last meeting. Here it
Middle East Map - Now (click here for high
Middle East Map - Future (click here for high
Iran will lose most of its oil,
gas, mountains, and water access shores and sources and gets some of
Afghanistan's barren deserts
(for learning poppy cultivation technology, I wonder!). The new
Iran would be just a tad
bigger than the new Afghanistan. I would very
much be interested to see OM's moral integrity and compassion
in defending countries threatened to be wiped off the map, once he
sees two continents' coalition active military forces in the region carry a
professionally printed map with most useful part of
Iran missing on it. I am not sure how
this map leaked out, but apparently Turkey's representative in the
meeting stormed out of the room after seeing the map for the first time. (I
wonder what the bright NATO generals expected Turkey to do;
come back with a "counter offer" ?!). What difference does it make that
OM's friend thought Ahmadinejad was clean,
but now she thinks he is crazy, when 80% of US naval forces is in and
around middle east right now? If hating Ahmadinejad a little more cuts
this 80% to 60%, I am in.
Nuclear technology industry in
Iran started in 60s. In
this forty years or so nobody has ever claimed (to my
knowledge) to have set it to be his "main agenda", not even Khamene'i,
who surely had known he had far longer time than four years, and far more
real authority than a president. Now is this a claim that Ahmadinejad has
made or is it OM's claim?
Either way a reference or substantiation would have helped.
Unlike in msm, in the real world there is a long process between the
accusation and the verdict. I certainly hope Ahmadinejad's
unrefined speech pattern was not the reason for this claim. It makes
far more sense to claim that Ahmadinejad with a PhD in Transportation
(whatever that means) has put the solving Tehran's traffic congestion problem as his
"main agenda". (I still would reserve my right to sustain a serious
doubt he could make a dent in it in four years!)
May be there should be a
certification process for those interested in getting engaged in
nuclear technology issues. Something to the effect of taking the
individual to Iran,
France, blind fold him, then take him
inside an ISO certified clean room high-tech facility, unfold him, let
him look around for three minutes, and then ask him to determine if he
is inside a nuclear facility. If passed, give him a certification number
to provide along articles or speeches he delivers. That way, I
believe, a huge amount of sensationalizing statements will surely be
cut down and people will get a chance to think in peace and
more rationally, as opposed to be constantly agitated by unverifiable comments
by public figures and activist journalists. When was the last time a nuclear
physicist from MIT was consulted on national TV in a calm educational
environment? It is always the politicians, think-tankers,
journalists, consultants, etc. who participate in public
discussions, but most likely fail to even tell the difference between
an aspirin manufacturing facility from a nuclear one. Some even think
"nuclear" is a corrupted spelling for "new killer"!
By the way, if Ahmadinejad is the
problem and not just an excuse, then why the same Iran's adversarial countries refused to talk
to the more erudite Khatami for EIGHT YEARS arguing
that "presidents in Iran do not have power"? And for
that matter, another eight years before him with Rafsanjani, who is a
businessman and a deal maker? Now all of a sudden "the Iranian president
must be taken seriously" because he wants to make atomic bombs (and needs
at least 400 thermonuclear war heads in four years) to wipe other countries
off the map. What gives ?
Regarding Holocaust, I do agree that
it is not a president's forte to make statements or get the government
of a country involved in this highly professional field.
This naturally goes for those heads of states who denounced it
too, out of fear of being labeled of course. Apparently, the foreign ministry
dragged its leg as long as they could.
My purpose of writing this note was
not to torpedo Omid's article or his politics, even if I could. I
really do not care which side of the aisle he stands, as long as he
does not treat his audiences as imbeciles who can not
tell AM from PM in a day without looking at their watch. I
am simply frustrated of so much incessant bombardment of sound bite
shallow campaign of National Enquirer caliber of opinionated news and
analyses; leading me to canceling all my msm sources of TV and
newspapers, even 15-20 years subscription of National Geographic, Scientific
American, etc., as the virus seems to be spreading into semi professional
publications as well. Hard to believe mal-naming Persian Gulf by NG was just a slip of
I take refuge in a few quality
websites on the net. I expect Iranians to be a bit more sophisticated and offer
more penetrating insights because they are uniquely qualified to do so.
Otherwise I do not see a shortage of tawdry standards of msm
reporting that is in dire need of Iranians'
Lastly, I would very much like this
piece serves as just a small pot hole on the road to
help Omid watch the road a bit more attentively, not a hefty
traffic ticket or something.
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