söndag 19 juli 2015

Big deal?

Big deal? Av Tomas Sandell

  • The Iranian leaders who are seen smiling alongside Federica Mogherini and John Kerry at the nuclear summit in Vienna represent a government that has vowed to wipe Israel off the world map — and this is non-negotiable. It remains a mystery that a UN member state that is openly committed to the destruction of another UN member state, is even allowed to be part of the international community, let alone be entrusted with a ”peaceful” nuclear programme. The same regime that is denying the Holocaust is now dreaming of repeating it — this time with a nuclear bomb.
  • Iran is not only persecuting its own people and violating their fundamental freedom and human rights, but is also the main sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world. Just a few days before the nuclear agreement was signed in Vienna, crowds were shouting ”Death to Israel” and  ”Death to America” in the streets of Tehran. Let there be no mistake: in Tehran, no crowd is free to shout anything if it does not have the support of the government. If we trust Iran to cooperate with the nuclear programme inspectors, we may as well believe them when they say ”death to the Jews”.
If any continent should be concerned with a nuclear Iran, it should be Europe. However, this does not seem to be the case. Is it merely a coincidence or is it perhaps a coordinated policy, that at the same time as the European Union is about to lift its sanctions against the Islamic State of Iran, it is preparing new measures to sanction Israeli goods produced in the disputed territories?
It will probably not be long before Iranian-sponsored terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, are taken off the EU blacklist of terrorist organisations as long as they promise not to target European and American security interests.
Europe should know better. We have trodden the slippery slope of appeasement before. The failure cost 6 million Jewish lives. But it did not stop there. Before the war against Hitler was over, 60 million lives were lost. The lesson is as simple as it is brutal. When a dictator openly states his goal to eliminate a people or a nation state, he will do everything in his power to achieve that goal. And to answer my friend, the senior EU official with whom I spoke on Holocaust Remembrance Day — it has everything to do with Israel."

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