As the aftermath of the Israeli raid on the “Free Gaza” flotilla continues, a false comparison is already being drawn up by politicians, activists, and most of the others jumping on the anti-Israel pile-on. That would be the assertion, stated here by Glenn Greenwald, among others, that the United States and the international community would be irate and protests would break out across the world if it was Iran that had attacked an aid ship instead of Israel.
Exactly what on earth is that supposed to mean? There have been protests and a world response…in fact, the world is so busy focusing on Israel that its seemingly no big deal that an unapologetic, genocidal country like Turkey — that is involved in a brutal repression of its Kurdish population — is leading the “international condemnation”. And yes, President Barack Obama has “remained silent” on the situation, but he also remained silent when the Iranian government unleashed a ragtag band of army rejects (the “Basiji”) with guns, knives, and clubs on unarmed students last year. Ironically, many of the so-called “peace activists” — as well as their right-wing allies like Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan, praised his approach to “non-intervention” at the time. Am I going too far by suggesting that these people aren’t really interested in “peace” and instead have their own agenda that involves hatred of Israel and sympathy the “Islamic Republic”?
Let’s go back to the Iran-Israel comparison. About a month ago, the UN elected Khamenei’s Iran –yes, a society that stones women and forces them to cover their heads — to the “Women’s rights commission”, effectively slapping not only the Iranian people in the face, but also anyone who has ever cared about Iranian democracy. This was the UN’s response to images of Basij smashing iron rods and truncheons down on the heads of young Iranians, including many women (I’m starting to wonder if the “elite” Basij and Revolutionary Guards trained the “peace activists” on board the Gaza flotilla in the art of clubbing and other stupid acts of violence). Therefore, if Iran attacked a civilian vessel in the Persian Gulf, they would probably be elected to an anti-piracy commission or something like that. I wouldn’t hold my breath for a second expecting a UN Security Council summit.
I’m not saying the Israelis did not botch this raid…but the way I see it, this “international outcry” crumbled and went up in flames before it even got off the ground. There is no way for this to be taken seriously when despotic, third-world regimes and genocidal nationalists are leading the charge. Reason has been drowned by hypocrisy in this sad world…because only without the former could countries like Turkey and Pakistan — two “occupation” states responsible for carnage far, FAR worse than anything Israel has ever done — criticize Israel, let alone lead global criticism and preach to the world about human rights. Turkey tried to conquer the entire Middle East before World War I (yes, including Palestine) and Pakistan is a fundamentalist state carved out of India — in other words, an “occupation”. Its culture of intolerance was brought out in full display just days ago when armed men in suicide vests shot up two mosques in Lahore and ruthlessly culled 100 people who did not follow the “correct” interpretation of Islam (yesterday, several of the attackers who escaped during the assault attempted to storm a hospital and finish off some of the wounded). Has anyone seen any global protests against this? Because I haven’t…
Now these two countries and others are going before the United Nations. Between Iran’s ascent to the “Women’s rights council” and the world body’s obsession with hating Israel, the UN’s current actions are rivaled only by its “oil for food” debacle in Iraq and the shameful acts of its “peacekeepers” during the Rwandan Genocide.