Christopher Lee


The pundits should quit sneering. Ahmadinjad is no basket-case. He was the truth about another road the road to nuclear war


28 September 2012

The pundits sneered at Iran’s President Ahmadinejad as he gave his speech during this first, and most important, week of the United Nations General Assembly. As ever, the pundits got it wrong.  These are the pundits who sneered at him when he came to power in August 2005.  The people we are meant to believe said that he would not last.  They said the Supreme Leader with one flick of his little finger would have him dumped into the trash can of Iranian political show-offs.  Odd isn’t it that Ahmadinejad is still here.

And this week in what is probably (nothing in Iranian politics is harder than probably) his last Presidential speech at the UN, Ahmadinejad was the one to listen to – along with that other survivor, Benjamin Netanyahu of israel.  The Pundits dismissed them as predictable and hardly.

Never trust a pundit’s judgment. Mostly they are charlatans.

Ahmadinejad said the Zionists wanted to bomb Iran to rubble – true.  Netanyahu said Iran had to be stopped before it became a nuclear weapons power – true. That ladies and gentlemen of the international television studio haunting heavy paper scribbling community of pundits just happens to be the biggest threat to most of our futures.

Iran with nuclear warheads would be the biggest form of terrorism, the world could imagine and fear.  It would make the threats from Al Qaeda look like litter and jaywalking offenses in comparison. A face-off between Iran and Israel would drag in the entire Middle East and respective allies as far away as Washington and London and so create a global matrix of military and political instability that would be laid across the world’s economic, financial and strategic institutions and influences.

Imagine the simple disruption and chocking of the oil supplies from the Gulf that would surely follow. Nations with no part in such an Israeli-Iranian confrontation would be brought their knees. The UK for example has not much more than nine days oil stocks. The government would fall if roads went empty.

Israel could not bomb Iran into submission with help from the US and the UK. The latter two don’t want it to happen.  But in reality, Israel would be doing the whole world a good turn.  The whole world could never say so.

All this is the size of the biggest dilemma in the Middle East and there fore before the global council that is the 200 or so states of the United Nations which is, after all, nothing more than the sum of its 200 parts.

When Obama gets up and says we all have to take on terrorism or, Cameron says we have to support the Arab Spring and Africa’s fight against poverty then because of their global standing (or in Cameron’s case, imagined standing) we will listen and says that makes sense.  When the Iranian President with his basket-case rep and Netanyahu with his Dayan-style integrity get to the podium, delegates go for skinny latte and pastries.

Pundits head for the $100 appearance money network studios and tell us one’s a headcase with no real power and the other rattles too many sabres. But, just remember, the head-case wants us all to think Iran is building nuclear warheads that can hit downtown Zionism and the man with the sabres knows the rules of Mossada.

Netanyahu does not have 100 percent Knesset backing for his view (and the US is hoping he won’t get it).  Ahmadinejad has to go next year.  So two questions in reverse: when Ahmadinejad goes what happens to the nuclear program? What happens when Netanyahu convinces the Israeli Cabinet that with a new Iran president, nothing has changed.

Message to pundits: go back and read both UN speeches and think, rather than sneer about it.

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