Posts Tagged ‘Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’

Iran’s Supreme Leader Issued Fatwa Against Nuclear Weapons

April 21, 2015

Earlier today I blogged about a report in yesterday’s I newspaper, that Tehran had gone back to verbally abusing and attacking America. The newspaper stated that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had condemned America for spreading myths about the country’s possession of nuclear weapons so that they could claim that Iran was a threat. Instead, Khamenei claimed that the real threat was America.

I pointed out that in fact, despite recent Republican propaganda and fearmongering, Iran possesses no nuclear weapons. Republican politicians and donors in America, such as Sheldon Adelson and one of the senators for Texas, are recommending that America should be prepared to launch a nuclear attack on Iran.

In this case, it would seem that the Iranians are correct: America is the real threat, at least to them.

Here’s another extremely interesting video from The Young Turks. It’s from three years ago in 2012, and is about a report in the McClatchy newspaper about Iran’s stance against nuclear weapons.

Yep, you read that correctly: Iran was against nuclear weapons.

At the talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme and the potential threat it may pose, the Iranian’s chief negotiator, Agha Jalili, appeared beneath a banner saying in Farsi ‘Nuclear Power for All; Nuclear Weapons for None.’

Furthermore, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons declaring them to be a sin.

The Turks’ Cenk Uyghur states that it could well be the case that Iranians ‘are just saying that’. On the other hand, he points out that their self-professed stance against nuclear weapons has been very little reporting in America. If the country had declared itself in favour of developing nuclear bombs, Uyghur states this would have been reported absolutely everywhere.

So Iran doesn’t have nuclear weapons, it wasn’t anywhere near developing any, and Obama’s negotiations with Iran have placed severe limitations on its nuclear programme. Plus the fact that the regime itself has condemned nuclear weapons.

But there are still elements within the Republican party pushing for an invasion of Iran.

We were lied to like this before, when Bush and Bliar invaded Iraq. They’re lying to us again, hoping that we’ve forgotten – forgotten that the death and chaos now enveloping the country is a direct product of that invasion. Forgotten that the real reason for the invasion wasn’t to free the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein, but simply to loot their country and seize their oil.

Now they want to do the same with Iran.

Let’s not give them that chance.

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Iran’s Anti-War Rhetoric and the Reality: Republicans Really Want War with Iran

April 21, 2015

Yesterday’s I newspaper reported that the Iranians’ supreme leader had returned to making hostile speeches about America. The article stated

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has accused the United States of creating “myths” about his country’s capability for nuclear weapons. The highest authority in Iran said: “They created the myth of nuclear weapons so they could say the Islamic Republic is a threat. No, the threat is America itself.”

The Islamic Republic’s attitude towards America, and the language it uses about the Land of the Free, has always been extremely hostile. Back in the 1980s and 1990s America was ‘the Great Satan’, and the regime staged mass demonstrations with protestors chanting ‘Marg Bar Amrika’ – ‘Death to America’.

This time, however, the Iranians are right. The Republicans in America and Israel’s Netanyahu have been lying about Iranian nuclear capability in order to provoke a pre-emptive strike against Iran. I’ve reblogged a report from The Young Turks about Netanyahu’s speech to the UN in 2012 arguing that the Iranians were on the brink of creating a nuclear bomb that was totally false. The Iranians had no such capability and no such ambitions. Mossad had told Netanyahu this. So had Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security service, and the chief of the Israeli armed forces.

I’ve also put up another video from The Young Turks on a speech by Sheldon Adelson, a multimillionaire donor to the Republican party, also stating that the Iranians were developing nuclear weapons. In his speech, Adelson makes the monstrous suggestion that America should threaten Iran with a nuclear strike unless they comply and close down their nuclear programme. If the Iranians refuse, they should be punished with a nuclear attack. The Americans should first drop a nuclear bomb on an uninhabited area to demonstrate the seriousness of their intentions. If the Iranians still went ahead and refused to comply, Adelson recommended that the next bomb should be aimed at Tehran, the nation’s capital.

Absolutely unbelievable.

But unfortunately, the Republican’s rhetoric of nuclear strikes has not diminished. In the report below, The Young Turks discuss a campaign video made by a Republican organisation against Rand Paul, for siding with Obama about trying to solve this issue with the Iranians through negotiation. Again, there’s the scaremongering about a possible Iranian nuclear attack on America.

The report doesn’t stop there. It also discusses the comments made about Rand Paul by other members of the Republican party, who also don’t think he’s sufficiently pro-war. Like a Republican senator from Texas, who states that Rand Paul needs to show his willingness to launch a nuclear attack on a Muslim country, in order to show his fitness for the presidential office. He qualifies his bloodthirsty demand by saying, ‘I don’t know how he would do this’. This does not diminish the enormity of the Repug’s demand. Here’s the video.

Nobody should be threatening anyone with nuclear annihilation. The world’s come far too close before to total nuclear Armageddon. If there’s one thing that should definitively rule out somebody from entering the Oval Office, it should be the willingness to use nuclear weapons.

After the Fall of Communism, for a brief moment it looked like the world would be safe. The terrible arms race between NATO and the Warsaw Pact was over. Nuclear missiles were being scrapped and the silos abandoned. The world and its billions could look forward to a brighter future, without the fear of a terrible death, and the absolute end of the planet.

Now it seems the Republicans are taking us back in that direction. Their extreme belligerence to Iran and by extension, the entire Islamic world, is taking us back to the era of the Cold War. It’s a betrayal of the dreams of peace that generations of campaigners, politicians and ordinary people had living for decades under the shadow of the bomb.

Iran also has its hard-liners, who also want a chance to fight a war against the Great Satan. And the Ayatollah Khamenei is a brutal tyrant, whose regime stifled any kind of humanitarian progress or change. In this instance, however, he’s right about the Americans and their scaremongering in order to provoke yet another war.