Shocking news today. In what the UN called “one of the worst military blunders in history”, Israel dropped two bombs at 4:30am local time, one each on the homes of Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, killing 48 people in total, most of them Romney’s numerous wives (He’s a Mormon) and Santorum’s 17 children (he’s Catholic and doesn’t believe in contraception). Both candidates luckily were out on the campaign trail and thus saved from the deadly attacks. Israel had received intelligence, from the same source who had ten years prior supplied the United States government with information that Iraq had made several large purchases of “yellow cake to make weapons of mass destruction from Africa”, that Romney and Santorum had several Iranian guests staying at their homes for weeks and that the candidates were in fact spies for the country of Iran and were planning an attack on Israel any day due to the fact that both men “were lifelong members of the NRA and had several “guns” in their homes, clearly a red flag that the State of Israel’s demise was imminent if they didn’t act quickly. When asked about the horrendous events later, both candidates stated that “although they would miss their wives and children very much, that they harbored no bad feelings towards Israel, that they backed Israel up one hundred and ten percent to defend themselves and saw absolutely no reason for Israel to apologize for the mistake they made, citing that it would imply weakness, something that a proud and powerful nation cannot afford to do in times of war and such rampant global terrorism.” Republican mouthpiece and last place contestant on the hit TV series The Biggest Loser, Rush Limbaugh, telephoned both candidates to offer his condolences to the men reportedly saying “Better this way guys if you really want to win that White House. You know Mitt’s wife was a slut.”
Today I almost cried talking during an interview to a journalist about how terrifying it is is to have family in Iran and hear how casually arrogantly and ignorantly these GOP candidates speak about militarily attacking this beautiful country, as if they haven’t a clue what they are saying, with no apparant human heart or public acknowledgement that there are living breathing people living there. They speak about being “pro-life” but with their views on capital punishment and pro-war stances it is highly unlikely that any of them know what being pro-life truly means. I cannot imagine how my wife feels every time our phone rings and it is one of her parents on the other end of the line. We never know if it’s going to be “that call”. The one where they tell us drone aircraft have begun bombing the beautiful city of Tehran where she grew up.
I agree with John McGlaughlin and Mort Zucerman’s appraisal this Sunday of President Obama’s speech as one of the best, wisest, most intelligent speeches weve ever heard from a US president. And no, he isnt “appeasing” “the enemy”. Wise words when he spoke of the importance of taking a serious look at and intelligent comsideration of all the ramifications of the potential for human loss on both sides. Listening to these local yocal repubs beat their chest about how if they were president they would send troops into Iran or bomb their nuclear facilities sounds a lot like innocently dumb little children talking shit because they dont no any better. With dumb children we recognize their weaknesses, use patience and wisdom and mature guidance to help them eventually grow up into a responsible adults. With dumb politicians we elect them to serve and lead us. Go figure.
It amazes that they still wonder, as Time magazine asked on a recent cover, why no one likes Romney… It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. It seems the only person asking the question as Time magazine reported is Romney himself. No one asks that about Santorum because its just so plain obvious, along with the fact that he will never be a US president, no one wants to rub it in or hurt his feelings… And thats the decent thing to do. But for God’s sake man, stop talking about killing people in the same breath as you speak about respect for life and liberty. He truly gives Christians, and Americans, a bad rap. And unfairly so. No one who practices the Christian faith regularly according to the words and works of JC as told in the four out of approximately twenty actual Gospels the wicked Roman Empire (by then calling itself “the church”) allowed to stay in the Bible would find it easy to reconcile classifying Santorum “one of us”. It is also why so many people have turned away from religion, of all kinds, this type of extremism, and helps explain why so many Americans register as Independents now.
As an Independent myself, who is slightly fearful of Obama – and therefore not a huge fan, I can at least say I admire his bold willingness to be the only person standing up and saying what the majority of normal folks are thinking. We don’t want anymore bloodshed. On either side. We don’t want anymore 22 year old American kids coming home dead in body bags. And we are all very tired of this incessant march toward war (whether literally or rhetorically) in the name of ________(fill in the blank/flavor of the month excuse ever since 9/11) to try to show you’re a tough guy. Real tough guys are very reluctant to start or send anyone off to war because they’ve been there and they know what a horror it is; and how ultimately no one wins in the end. Everyone loses. And what we lose besides respect and dignity is life itself. Diplomacy can work. Not always. But we are not being attacked or even threatened. And therefore it is a non-issue right now. Not to mention the fact that we are already doing great harm to millions of people through those economic sanctions.
I would just love to see in our lifetime someone do this to us, here, now, so some of these people could have a real world experience of what it’s like to be bullied in such a fashion day in and day out, so they thought more before they speak or take action.
I also find it sad and insulting that not one of these people who speak of the danger of “Iran’s nuclear threat” have ever been to Iran, spoken to the Iranian government, or know anything about their nuclear program, let alone their reasons for it. Which I’ll cover in more detail in a future post in the Transcendene Diaries. But as both Presidents Ahmadinejad and Khatami told me in person, “Don’t you find it ironic that the primary opponent to our country’s desire to build nuclear energy facilities, claiming that if we have this technology we will use it build nuclear weapons in order to attack others, is the only country in human history to ever use nuclear bombs against another nation? Killing over half a million innocent people?” A powerful question. But no sir, not ironic. More like ELUCIDATING.
The other thing that bothers everyone who has had the privilege to go to Iran and meet with their government and talk about their nuclear energy plans, is that no one who speaks about wanting to bomb Iran to destroy their nuclear plants has ever spoken to anyone in their government about it, nor attended a conference by the IAEA to discuss it. They’re going on hearsay at best; or worse and more likely, talking out of their ass in a lame attempt to appease certain small groups of radicals or Political Action Committees or dumb Americans filled with fear and loathing for anything not American.
I have had this privilege, and after attending a conference held by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Tehran — attended by over sixty other countries around the world who do not oppose Iran’s sovereign right to harness nuclear energy for themselves, I walked away with many thoughts and opinions. Some mixed. But fear was not one of the feelings I walked away with. In order to speak about something I believe one should have actual experience or at least knowledge about the subject, or else it’s just hot air, or worse, a very stupid and dangerous person taking up valuable time and oxygen. In future posts I will share what I did walk away feeling and thinking.
Fact: There are more Jews living in moder day Iran than in any other country in the world today EXCEPT for Israel. (considering how many Jews live in the United States, this is probably a per capita statistic, or refers only to the Middle East). They are not Muslim or Islamic. They are Jewish. They practice Judaism. They have more synagogues there than anywhere in the middle east. They are happy. They are even allowed to drink wine during their service because they have freedom of religion, even though non-Jewish Iranians are not allowed to drink alcohol. The same goes for Christians. We visited many synagogues as well as Christian churches. What none of the war Mongering Republican candidates or politicians or others will ever bother to tell the American people is that if we bomb Iran we will be killing Jews, Christians, Buddhists AND Muslims. Along with Sufis, Hindus, and Zorastrians as well. Things are never as they seem in politics, especially American politics where the country is so young that the people have not yet toppled the government a few times to teach them who’s really boss. It’s all tricks and mirrors, puppets and circus acts. With the media playing into it nearly as much for ratings and access.
I’ll never forget being in a synagogue in Iran after celebrating a Friday sabbath service and being surrounded by about a dozen beautiful little angelic Jewish Iranian girls… All of them about ages six to twelve. A middle aged man peeked into our little circle and introduced himself. I looked up at him and asked “Are you happy here sir?” “Yes, very much my friend. Did you enjoy the service?” “Yes I did. Thank you. Let me ask you, you’re free here? You can practice judaism freely, and be a Jew? And you aren’t afraid or anything?” “Why would I be afraid? You Americans…” he laughed. I felt embarrassed by how misinformed we are in the United States. “If you are free, then why don’t you leave? Why don’t you go to Israel?” I asked. It was an honest question, or so I thought. “Leave?!” he responded almost angrily, “why would I leave? This is my home. This is my country. I am Jewish. But I am Iranian. There is no difference between the two except my religion.”
Obviously I could do or say no more but just sheepishly smile. Lesson learned. more later. Peace Love Freedom Beauty Humor and Happiness,