Skip to comments.Hypocrisy and hope: How the media fools itself about Iran
Posted on 02/09/2014 12:11:37 PM PST by Nachum
Last week I attended a discussion with Irans Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif and witnessed his ability to mesmerise his listeners. The event took place at the German Council of Foreign Affairs in Berlin.
Mr. Zarif succeeded in dazzling his audience about 250 foreign policy experts with commonplace sentences such as: global security is indivisible, dialogue is necessary or war is not a good option. He came across as an Iranian Gorbachev, a good-hearted reformer defying the powers of darkness.
Yet a few days earlier he had bowed his head before the grave of a particularly sinister figure Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh who was not only responsible for the 1983 suicide bombing that killed 241 U.S. soldiers in their barracks building in Beirut, but is also considered the inventor of Islamist suicide bombing.
This was not mentioned in Berlin. Zarif presented his country instead as a status quo power and an island of moderation within a sea of extremist violence. We do not support terrorists, he claimed with a mischievous smile. We do not fund them. We will never start a military operation against anyone. The audience hung on Zarifs lips, nobody laughed. The fact, that Irans Revolutionary Guards interfere in Iraq and Lebanon and recruit and instruct Shiites from all over the world to conduct military operations in support of Assad was obviously forgotten.
The Berlin audience preferred to believe what Zarif claimed. It willingly surrendered to Zarifs smile and sonorous bass and rewarded him with applause.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.timesofisrael.com ...
The Iranian threat to acquire nuclear weapons and to leave the Nonproliferation Treaty contradicts the Geneva Agreement of November 24, 2013, which in its opening sentences states that Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons.Meanwhile, the attendees at the German Council of Foreign Affairs were cheering the open stating of this threat.
The media is composed of Journalism majors - far from being the brightest bulbs in the box.
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