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The Enlightened Canadian Lynch Mob: Toronto Sun publishes "We should nuke Iran" call!


By Rostam Pourzal (source: CASMII)

On September 2, the Toronto Sun, published an essay (We should nuke Iran, by Michael Corenadvocating the nuclear bombing of Iran because this "will save thousands if not millions of lives" in the endangered West and Israel. The columnist who penned the piece, Michael Coren, is a popular "pro-life" broadcaster and author based in Ontario. Coren devoted his column last week to building a false case against a presumed-irrational Iran with hate speech like this: "Comparisons to the Nazis in the 1930s are unfair -- to the Nazis. Hitler had the French army, the largest in Europe, on his border and millions of Soviet infantry just a few hours march away. Iran has no aggressive enemies in the region."


Especially worrisome is the fact that, although an estimated quarter million Iranian immigrants live in Ontario, the Toronto Sun felt free to publish anti-Iranian views reminiscent of  Ku Klux Klan's bigotry. "Frankly," Coren opined, "it would be churlish of the civilized world to deny martyrdom to [the Iranians] who seem so intent on its pursuance."

Hate speech that targets Jew and people of color is now commonly condemned in mainstream Western press. But with America's desperate Bigot in Chief equating Muslim militants with Fascists in this election season, Iranians are today's scapegoats. It is open season for the neocons and their Canadian co-horts to kick Iranian ass, so to speak, to avenge their failure in Iraq and Afghanistan. The logic seems to be that Iranians have asked for punishment by insisting on their right to develop nuclear technology under the NPT, just as Palestinians deserve starvation for having democratically elected Hamas. 

In Coren's warped outlook, "something revolutionary has to be done within months -- if not weeks -- if we are to preserve world peace" from the monstrous Iranians. Ironically, everything he attributes to Iran - from a massive arms buildup to intransigence to obsession "with all-out war against anybody it considers an enemy" --  perfectly describes the US-UK-Israel axis that neoconservatives so cherish.

To camouflage the fact that the US alone spends as much on its armed forces as the rest of the world combined, this Bush's little helper twists the facts to convince us that Iran's "spending billions of dollars on a whole range of" weapons amounts to belligerence on an unprecedented scale!! Coren's lament that "Iran and its allies seem only to listen to power and threat" is in fact a perfect description for the Bush Administration and its conservative Canadian counterpart. 

Coren tries to keep Westerners sleepless over an imaginary Iranian atomic bomb when his friends in Washington have 6,000 declared nuclear warheads. He dishonestly ignores the fact that Iran still allows intrusive inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, while the US, the UK, and Israel refuse the same. He also pretends not to have heard that years of IAEA inspections have not turned up any evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran.

Shame on the Toronto Sun for publishing such rubbish.


We should encourage dialog
By Shahram Mostarshed, California, USA

To: Michael Coren
Cc: Toronto Sun Editor

Mr. Coren,

You sound too bitter and scared to be a Canadian. What has Iran ever done to Canada to deserve such hateful comments from a Canadian citizen? Your call for limited genocide is not only irresponsible, but dangerous and criminal. People get arrested for inciting mass murder, so what makes you think that you are immune from international norms of conduct?

You say Iran has no aggressive enemies in the region. Oh really? Have you even bothered to read your local newspaper lately, the same newspaper that has chosen to print your megalomaniac ideas? If you did you would have known about the existence of US forces in the region surrounding Iran, from Afghanistan and Central Asia, to the Persian Gulf emirates, and of course Iraq.

You say Iran is worse than the Nazis, and yet Iran has not occupied any foreign territories, does not dictate the policies of other states, has not engaged in any aggressive military activities, has not invaded any of her neighbors, and most important of all, Iran respects international laws and treaties. I seriously doubt that you can make the same claim about the United States with a straight face.

Mr. Coren your heart wants peace, but your mind wants war. You can't have both. Contrary to what George Bush utters, war does not bring peace, it brings more bloodshed and chaos. It also brings lots of profits to the US war industry, and anyone else who rides the gravy train.

If you want peace, then join the millions of global citizens who oppose war as the means to an end. If you are worried about terrorism, then you should call for world powers to address to root causes of terrorism, rather than making irrational statements. To quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, we have nothing to fear but fear itself, and I would add that we also need to expose fear-mongers.

I certainly hope that the Toronto Sun will apologize for printing your incitement to hatred and mass murder of Iranians, and implement a more responsible editorial policy.


A call to genocide in the Toronto Sun?

By Daniel M Pourkesali, Virginia


Dear editor at the Toronto Sun,


This modern age of internet and webblogs has been both a blessing and a curse for freedom of speech.  The chuck-full-of-hate and provocative gibberish op-ed by Mr. Michael Coren calling to incinerate Iran is unfortunately of the latter.


The problem with the extremist nuts both on the left and right is total lack of credibility for making grandiose claims without supplying a shred of proof which is why their fanatic jargon is not taken seriously by most of the respected media outlets. I'm both shocked and disappointed to find such vulgarity and call for genocide passing as commentary in your well-renowned newspaper.


You've brought shame on to your publication and your readers deserve nothing short of a sincere and immediate apology.

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