Gordon Brown has warned the Iranian government to suspend its nuclear ambitions. Addressing the Israeli Parliament, the British Prime Minister justified his warning on the basis that Iran has called for Israel ‘to be wiped off the map’.
The claim that Iran threatened to wipe Israel off the map is simply not true. It was deceitfully publicised in the media over a year ago and received widespread coverage despite the fact that no such statement was ever made by Iranian President, Ahmedinijad. The words quoted were twisted and manipulated from the original text and publicised as fact. For more information on this, please see my previous post: More revelations about the media
But it has since been established that this report was false and although the damage has been done and the wider public has fallen for the lie, Mr. Brown, assuming a leading role in dealing with Iran, must know better.
Lying to the public to win support is becoming a habit in western politics. In 2002 Tony Blair’s government (including Mr. Brown) issued the dodgy dossier on Iraq, plagiarising fabricated material to wage an illegal occupation. Mr. Brown seems to be continuing his government’s legacy by citing examples that are simply untrue to justify illegal ambitions. Excuses can be made for the ignorant public, but coming from the British Prime Minister, it’s hard to assume he was simply misinformed.
Furthermore, it is irony at its best given that Mr. Brown made this statement whilst addressing the Knesset, the parliament of an illegal state that has nuclear weapons and used them to terrorise the original inhabitants of the land. Perhaps Mr. Brown needs to be reminded that whilst the accusations against Iran’s alleged threat to Israel are untrue, Israel on the other hand has threatened to harm countries around it and already used chemical warfare against opponents. Just two years ago, the Israeli army chief of staff stated that they would target the Lebanese infrastructure and “turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years”. And they did.
And although I’m no supporter of Ahmedinijad, why is it that the British government and its allies are entitled to acquiring nuclear weapons whilst Iran is not?
Given Britain’s role in the creation of the illegal state of Israel and its government’s continuing support for this brutal occupation that has ruined so many lives, the least the British representative could have done whilst visiting the terrorist state is keep his mouth shut on the matter, if he is unable to speak honestly about the facts.
A video statement has been released claiming that one of the five British hostages captured in Iraq last year has committed suicide.
Gordon Brown called for the immediate release of the hostage stating that “these men have suffered enough.”
David Milliband, the British foreign secretary described the practice of hostage taking as ‘disgusting’. He also expressed concern for the families of those held hostage.
Two years ago, on 10th June 2006 three detainees held at Guantanamo Bay committed suicide in protest.
Mr Brown, there are hostages on both sides. This is a war that your government started, that you supported and continue to support. The detainees in Guantanamo have also ‘suffered enough’ – if not more for the past seven years. They are also hostages most of whom were caught simply because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Most of these hostages held at Guantanamo have not been charged and don’t even know what they did wrong, as neither do those who hold them captive.
And yes, Mr. Milliband, hostage taking is a disgusting practice, and it’s particularly disgusting at Guantanamo as these kidnappings are carried out with support from governments. Whilst you express concern for families of the British hostages in Iraq, you seem to have very little concern for the families of those at Guantanamo
Double standard… the sequel continues…