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Iran Blames Israel for Syrian Uprising

Monday, 22 Aug 2011 07:54 AM

To hear Iranian officials describe the violent crackdown against protesters by the Syrian al-Assad regime, is to think that the clashes in Syria are all about the Arab-Israel conflict. One might be led to believe, from statements coming out of Iran, that the Syrian protesters are friends of Israel, protesting the Syrian government’s intransigence toward the Jewish state. Of course that’s absurd. Such sentiments have never been a factor in the Syrian protests.

In fact, to hear Iranian officials describing virtually any event of significance occurring in the world today, would be to think that Israel is somehow central to the events in question.

“The interests of the Muslim people command that we mobilize ourselves to support Syria as a center of Palestinian resistance,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chief of the foreign affairs committee within the Iranian parliament, recently said.

The Arab-Israel conflict has nothing to do with the popular uprisings in the Middle East (labeled, somewhat hopefully, the Arab Spring). In fact, Israel generally has nothing much to do with the various issues percolating around the globe at any time, any more so than any other nation.

Except, of course, in the eyes of those obsessed with Israel and obsessed with bringing about her downfall, should we permit it.

The Arab uprisings have everything to do with the basic issues of Arab governance over the past century: namely, despotism, denial of fundamental human rights, denial of women’s rights, and denial of religious freedom and civil rights generally, to say nothing of not allowing free and fair elections and democratic processes to take hold.

Those in Tehran see all world events, and all history for that matter, through the prism of Israel and Jews: specifically, through the prism of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. “If somewhere a movement is provoked by America and Zionists . . . we are on the opposite side,” said Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a statement he issued this past June.

This obsession with Jewry has occurred before.

During World War II, the Nazis diverted resources necessary for their war effort against the Allies, in order to employ them in their genocidal campaign against the Jews. For Hitler, everything boiled down to destroying the Jews. All else was secondary. Hitler refused to reduce the number of cattle cars, carrying Jews from all over Europe to concentration camps and crematoria, despite their monopolization of key rail lines. In order not to slow the rate of his butchery, Hitler compromised on German effectiveness in the war effort.

A rational military commander would have insisted that those railways carry the strategic war materials to their appointed military destinations. Hitler chose instead to continue the slaughter as quickly as possible. He preferred genocide to military advantage.

The world didn’t heed Hitler’s crazed anti-Semitic sentiments, boldly announced by him many years before he actualized his aspirations. He was clear in his anti-Semitic ravings, so brazenly expressed in Mein Kampf. Today, if we refuse to heed the obsession of Tehran’s leaders, we do so at our own peril.

This crazed obsession must be countered by every means at our disposal.

The future of the Arab Spring depends on it. For, if manipulated by those bent on Israel’s destruction and twisted into an element of the Arab-Israel conflict, the Arab Spring is doomed. It will then have lost its ties to freedom, democracy, human rights, women’s rights, and liberty. It will have been hijacked by those with a demented, contrary agenda.

The future of Israel also depends on it. For, if legitimate democratic aspirations of its neighbors are diverted to the cause of war on Israel, those legitimate democratic aspirations will dissipate and be lost. And Israel needs more democracy and peaceful neighbors along its borders, not less.

The future of the entire West depends on it as well. For, without an eventual free and democratic Middle East, Europe’s future is dim. If Iran were to achieve regional dominance, with or without Russian or other aid, Europe’s outlook would be far bleaker. And the impact would certainly be felt in the United States as well.

We’ve seen this obsession with Israel and Jews before. We must pay attention to history and fight to ensure that past tragedy is never repeated.


Jeffrey Katz is an attorney who comments frequently on Middle Eastern affairs.

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