By Rostam Pourzal (source: CASMII)
September 2, the Toronto Sun, published an essay (We should
nuke Iran, by Michael
Coren) advocating the nuclear bombing of
Especially worrisome is the fact that, although an estimated quarter
million Iranian immigrants live in
Hate speech that targets Jew and people of color is now commonly
condemned in mainstream Western press. But with
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
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
Coren tries to keep Westerners sleepless over an imaginary Iranian
atomic bomb when his friends in
Shame on the Toronto Sun for publishing such rubbish.
We should encourage dialog
By Shahram Mostarshed, California, USA
Cc: Toronto Sun Editor
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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