Friday, October 03, 2014

Code Pink in Iran: Birds of a feather...


Birds of a feather flock together. Medea Benjamin, the ubiquitous representative of Code Pink, just attended a conference in Iran with anti-Semites and 9/11 truthers (the Mossad did  it!). Iran's attempt to make a bomb? It's nothing but a "manufactured crisis" and "a pretext for the technological and economic isolation of Iran."

Benjamin took part in a panel discussing "The Gaza War and BDS[Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] Movement Strategies against the Zionist Regime."

Code Pink has a thing about "the Zionist regime." See this and this. Code Pink had a reality-check in Afghanistan, but it still sees the United States as the Great Satan. Benjamin wrote a book opposing the US's use of drones to kill terrorists, since the Great Satan doesn't have the right to defend itself. From the introduction to Benjamin's book:

Drones are of course the ultimate action-at-a-distance weapon, allowing the aggressor to destroy targets in Pakistan or Afghanistan while “hiding” thousands of miles away in Nevada.

Guess who that "aggressor" is? And it's bombing Iraq again!

Did Iran have a moratorium on hanging gays while Benjamin and other participants from the West were at the conference?

One of the co-founders of Code Pink, in an earlier visit to Iran, had this to say about then-president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “He’s really about peace and human rights and respecting justice.”

As is often the case, George Orwell identified this phenomenon during World War 2:

I think it's true to say that the intelligentsia have been more wrong about the progress of the war than the common people, and that they were more swayed by partisan feelings. The average intellectual of the Left believed, for instance, that the war was lost in 1940, that the Germans were bound to overrun Egypt in 1942, that the Japanese would never be driven out of the lands they had conquered, and that the Anglo-American bombing offensive was making no impression on Germany. He could believe these things because his hatred for the British ruling class forbade him to admit that British plans could succeed. There is no limit to the follies that can be swallowed if one is under the influence of feelings of this kind. I have heard it confidently stated, for instance, that the American troops had been brought to Europe not to fight the Germans but to crush an English revolution. One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool...

Thanks to Harry's Place and Commentary.

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