November 14, 2006
The Holocaust Pt. 2?
First there was Rush and Jay's bizarre PSA, and now this. Coincidence?
LOS ANGELES - Drawing a direct analogy between Iran and Nazi Germany, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu asserted Monday that the Iranian nuclear program posed a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire western world. There was "still time," however, to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, he said.
I've been kinda out of the loop because a) there's lots of interesting new hip-hop shit out (peeped that new Nas and Jay yet?), and b) I've been busting shifts at the BGM everyday since last Friday. Fucking holiday season.
Apparently Ahmadinejad stumbled onto some plutonium or some such, which is key to making nuclear weapons. (My younger readers may want to rent the original Back to the Future). The thought is that if Iran gets a nuke, it's going to blow the fuck out of Israel.
It looks like what we've got going on here is two separate issues: a) Israel's tendency to conflate its own problems with everyone else's problems, and b) Israel's tendency to invoke the Holocaust and especially the name of Adolf Hitler anytime it's politically expedient. Godwin's law, anyone?
When I saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on "60 Minutes" earlier this year, he didn't strike me as some crazed serial killer. Does this mean he's not a raging anti-semite? That's a trick question - all Arabs hate Jews; it's in their DNA.
That said, I wonder what's the likelihood of him setting off a nuke right there in his own back yard, especially if he doesn't have to. For what it's worth, Israel has had its own nukes now for a minute, and I think we all know how they get down.
Also be sure to check out my previous story on why Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is almost certainly not "the next Hitler."
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