Wednesday, April 22, 2009

An End to Hypocrisy Please

Today's post is about the European Union diplomats walking out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN Anti-Racism Conference in Geneva. I didn't really follow the crisis about the Anti-Racism Conference in Durban last year, my response being that a bunch of dictators and racists from around the world were criticizing Israel and Israel was responding with the usual self-pitying whining, running to hide behind the legs of the hypocritical brutish United States, making the whole thing an exercise in hypocrisy all around. All these UN things are hypocrisy because pretty much all states behave abominably. I'm kind of glad that harpercon Canada boycotted the Geneva conference this year because it means that I won't have to listen to anymore self-important, hypocritical blatherings from whatever moron stephen harpercon plucked from obscurity to attend.

Iran is a repulsive, oppressive theocracy. It is a regime of misanthropes, misogynists, closet-cases and morons, propped-up by an army of rapist thugs. (I still recall their sickening treatment of Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi and their callous disregard for justice on the matter.) Also, Ahmadinejad is a buffoon and a creep. For him to talk about the mistreatment of any other people given Iran's record on the Kurds, women, dissenters, is repulsive.

All that having been said, Iran has been directly targeted by the United States of America and Israel for years now. It has been subjected to an intense intimidation campaign which itself is also a stunning exercise in titanic hypocrisy. In a world awash in nuclear weapons and with a rogue "super-power" invading enemies and rivals almost at will, Iran is being targeted for a nuclear weapons program that could be seen as an insurance policy against a US invasion. I say "could be seen" because it appears that this nuclear weapons program doesn't exist.

EU diplomats, for the most part, come from countries complicit in this US intimidation campaign, as well as in other imperialist adventures, most notably Iraq and Afghanistan which are on Iran's borders. Furthermore, they're probably all racist scum-bags with past histories of imperialism and racist exploitation themselves.

Israel ought to remember the children's saying: "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me." The very thought that these EU diplomats are standing beside Israel as it faces a barrage of mere words from Ahmadinejad when Israel has just recently been engaged in crimes against humanity in Gaza, deliberately targetting innocent civilians with bombs as well as a sickeningly cruel blockade of humanitarian aid is repulsive.

Why we should give a shit that the great-grandchildren of the victims of the Holocaust are offended by Ajmadinejad when they themselves (or the state they support) is starving and murdering children is beyond me.

And the USA's recent and ongoing brutality and crimes in the Middle East are such common knowledge that real justice would compel any sane president to simply shut his fucking mouth about the subject.

Finally, Canada treats its own First Nations much like the Israelis treat their Palestinians. Given the tiny size and dense population of Israel and the Occupied Territories and the intensity with which many Israelis see Israel as the stronghold for the long-persecuted Jewish People, I believe they have a bit more of a right to be paranoid, violent chauvanists regarding the Palestinians than Canada's racists have to hate the First Nations. Canada is a huge, sparsely populated country and the settlers have taken 99.9999% of it. The First Nations comprise some 4.5 percent of the population, much less than the comparative numbers of the Palestinians and the Israelis. And yet, Canada's racist right-wing descends into such intense paroxysms of rage whenever First Nations activists step out of line. It beggars belief.


Anonymous said...

The 4.5% link gives a Bad Request error.

thwap said...

It's to a StatsCan study ...

have attempted to fix link as well ..

Sir Francis said...
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Sir Francis said... appears that [Iran's] nuclear weapons program doesn't exist.

No, but the States would be perfectly willing to consider a mid-90's microwave as a nuclear projectile and a big rubber band stretched between two palm trees as a delivery system if they could scrape together a casus belli therefrom.

As for Ahmadinejad, I rather enjoyed watching his comedy routine with Bush: each guy desperately tried to look like the straight man and failed miserably. That dynamic applied to the Bush/Chavez duo, as well. I wonder whether Obama will be able to top those acts…