I kid you not, the best that the brightest minds behind the Israel lobby could devise in preparation for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s upcoming appearance at the UN in New York is taking out this full-page ad in the N.Y. Times, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and saying the way to stop Iran’s ‘unquenchable thirst’ for nuclear weapons is to stop using oil. Well, OK, not all oil, we can keep guzzling good ol’ U.S. crude, but “foreign” oil is bad. And Iran is the worst oil of all.
Of course, the ad doesn’t tell you that with sanctions already in place we hardly use any Iranian oil. But hey, why quibble with a righteous cause? Facts would only get in the way, right?
What’s interesting about the ad is that it doesn’t just target Iranian oil. It targets big, bad Arab oil:
Our addiction to foreign oil…pours funds into the coffers of foreign regimes that hold anti-American and anti-Israel sentiments, support terrorists, and threaten America’s and Israel’s national security.
Who else could they be referring to? Saudi Arabia, of course. Those guys are really anti-Israel. Did you get a load of that nasty anti-Israel Saudi peace plan proposed by those jihadists? Man, imagine retreating to 1967 borders? How anti-Israel can you get? But what I want to know is how does S.A. “threaten America’s national security?” I thought we were allies? Did I miss something? Did I take a nap when Obama announced we were no longer friends?
Then of course there’s Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. We’ve been sucking up his oil far too long. Then there’s all those other anti-American countries whose black gold we import, like Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Iraq, the U.K. and Brazil! Just think of the sound of all those dollars being sucked out of our economy and transferred, as the ad quotes Bibi Netanyahu saying:
…To some of the world’s most odious exporters of terrorism and fanaticism.
Canada? Mexico? Britain?
What’s actually hilarious about this ad is that it manages to meld together a supposedly Green environmental message with pro-Israelism and national security, thus hitting the Trifecta! I feel so uplifted knowing via this ad that Bibi Netanyahu has become a Green warrior in pursuit of the cause of peace. Just listen to his wisdom here:
Reducing the world’s dependence of oil would help cleanse our world after more than a century of industrial pollution.
I tell you, with ads like this Iran has nothing to worry about. Its enemies will spend themselves into oblivion and have nothing to show for it except this histrionic, mind-numbingly dumb ad copy.
While we’re at it, let’s give credit where it’s due to the bright lights who associated in this car wreck of an ad. There are the usual right-wing suspects like Aipac, Conference of Presidents, ADL, AJC, Bnai Brith. But there are a few liberal groups as well who got into the act including Reform Judaism, the Reconstructionist movement, and Hadassah. Let’s give them all a big round of applause for a job well done in defending Israel’s honor from the Arab-Muslim hordes.