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America turns killing into public gambling

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, CASMII – US

Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran – US Chapter


To:       Senators Dianne Feinstein and Ted Kennedy and Congressman Ron Paul

Cc:       Editors:  New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times


On Tuesday, March 21st, 2006, CNN introduced a website called Tradesports; a website which wagers on death and destruction.  That is, money can be made by placing bets on when a joint US/Israel attack will kill Iranians.   During the program aired at 3 p.m. EST, CNN stated that they will use statistical odds developed by professional security groups. Gambling at its most exciting!


This is Western civilization with its grandiose ideals wagering on how much time an innocent child has left before her life is extinguished.  This is the “watchdog” media informing its public that financial gain can be made if you can guess when an old man will be hit by a bomb, or a woman buried under rubble.    What if, instead of Tehran, Kyra Phillips was talking about New York?  That was not the case thought .. the tone was too callous  --  this is only far-off Tehran or Bushehr (a city inhabited since the 4th Century) that was the target, not Manhattan or the Loop in Chicago, nor Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.  Iranian (soon to be) corpses were being gambled on, not American lives. 


In a press release, Alex Czajkowski, Marketing Director, in referring to Iran’s nuclear negotiations, had this to say:

"Everyday Americans are watching this crisis unfold and want the world to know how they feel. When people have the opportunity to wager on these types of events, they are also able to express their views on the matter; what they want to happen, what they think will happen. Everybody bets and everybody should be grateful that we live in a free country where we can express our opinions, either verbally or with the click of a mouse by betting on controversial topics." 


The unacceptable viciousness of this website, the lack of sensitivity is incomprehensible.  Whether it is hate or greed that motivates this innovation, it must not be given fertile ground to propagate.  Betting on human life, or its extinction, must never be seen as ‘sport’, and certainly not one to be profited by.  Tradesport is objectionable not only to Iranians, but to all humanity.  It must be taken down immediately and an apology extended to all Iranians.       



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