In response to a particularly heartless link offered by a right-wing reader of this site showing the corpse of Iranian assassinated nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, I wanted to feature this happier image of the man with his baby son. If I were a hacker or expert in the type of breaking and entering activities of the Mossad, I would plaster this image on every website page and in every office in Mossad headquarters. Not that it would cause a sudden attack of conscience for any of those responsible for Israel’s black ops war against Iran. They see themselves the way citizens of a particular European nation saw themselves during the last World War–loyal cogs doing their duty to their country.
But on the presumption that even state-sponsored killers are human beings, I’d like them to see the face of the man they’ve killed along with the now fatherless son his wife will now be forced to raise. I want Israeli nuclear scientists to see this image as well and think: “there but for the grace of God go I.” Again, very few Israelis will have the moral conscience to feel any of these emotions. For some reason, Israelis are particularly anesthetized to such introspection. But perhaps there are a few.
Maybe we can even sneak this image into Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s offices. Let them see the result of an orchestrated policy by which Israel provides the covert terror muscle and the U.S. fronts the cash (remember Bush’s $400-million allocation to fund the anti-Iran terror war?) and the sanction regime designed to grind the average Iranian into the ground and kill the young and vulnerable as happened in Iraq during the Saddam regime. All in the name of imposing our will on a sovereign, independent country which seeks to define its policy without the overbearing bullying of Israel or the U.S.
None of what I’ve written means I support the current Iranian regime. But what I DO support is the rule of law, respect for international law and the sovereignty of nations, even ones we dislike. I support diplomacy and not “bang, bang, boom, boom” as a CIA officer called Israel’s covert war against Iran when Mark Perry interviewed him.