Monday, January 02, 2006

Peace-Loving Germans Stand Up to Iran

“Berlin Demands a ‘Reaction’ to Ahmadinejad” ran the headline in … the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (12 December 2005). This sounded surprisingly forceful. But whoever read the small type quickly understood the actual meaning of the headline: “ Berlin demands a ‘reaction’ to Ahmadinejad from everyone else”.
After standing up for their eternal principles and speaking out forcefully against Uncle Sam in the Iraq crisis, those visionary forward-looking principled human rights protectors, the Germans, are standing up to Iran, we are informed by Matthias Küntzel. With all the force they can (cough) muster.
And what of Germany’s “Left” opposition? Should we not assume that privileging the most elementary human rights over the interests of the big corporations would be a special concern of the “Greens” or the “the Left” alliance? Far from it. Apart from some few exceptions, the “Left” has not been prepared to allow the Holocaust denier from Tehran to deprive it of its conspiracy theories and rage against “BuSharon”. “If the Iranian President Ahmadinejad did not exist,” writes, for example, the Berlin-based “Green” daily Die Tageszeitung (taz), “the USA and Israel would have had to invent him” (15 December 2005). Ahmadinejad’s words are only to be taken seriously inasmuch as they “provide a welcome pretext for the USA and Israel.”

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