The former head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan publicly warned for months of an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. He hopes to prevent a catastrophe: "You have to think about what happens after that day." An attack on Israel is terrible, a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. (See Spiegel 45/2001, p 110)
The Nobel laureate Günter Grass also gave the public a sense the day after. His "poem", actually a brief analysis, a document of great concern for world peace but also a proof that a friend finally in the public's patience has run out. Grass is to thank for that.
A few days ago the leaders of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) were in New Delhi at their annual summit urged to adjust the threats of war against Iran and Syria. They support the embargo policy against Iran and the escalation of pro-violence rhetoric and called for giving a compromise and dialogue space.
For months, specifically for years, war scenarios, military action is mainly in the U.S., but also discussed by the German media, called favorable time window for a first strike, called for, demanded. Foreign Policy magazines, think tanks and experts want to make the unthinkable thinkable and possible appear, the dead last digit, which was brought to Israel to play calculated, all 300 (!) Intolerable dead in a strike against Iran. The War players always hide it in their sand boxes but the possibilities of a domino effect in the Middle East, in which all the voltages old scores could unload and - more importantly - the unpredictable dynamics in a war Russia or even China's intervention.
Is surprising that the media actually surprised that here Someone once raised his voice, not just the usual applied in the User Comment feature in such articles.
It was and is this activity illegal under international law: not only wars of aggression itself, especially the preparation thereof are outlawed. As an excuse for this breach of laws and conventions have alleged threat of "new Hitler of Iran", is said to have threatened Israel with annihilation again and again to serve.
People justify the bellicose rhetoric and incitement to war with these (alleged) Iranian threats, of course, have to cling to their version as castaways on a wooden beam. You will not let go of the wooden beams, even if they were told that other translations are that the Zionist regime and not the state itself was meant by that statement of "Madman of Tehran". They will continue to dig into the bar, even if you daraufhinwiese that has the "new Hitler" a good chance to be voted out soon in his home.
To the moronic and unscrupulous propaganda for war-related public personalities with a certain radius have been silent for far too long in Germany. The related failure of the elites in Germany and their cowardice is a subject in itself. Grass that finally broke the silence, the beginning and made his fame threw into the ring, he deserves thanks.
Grass is in good company: he takes the side of those Israelis, which their own government has become scary and for which survival instincts rain: Recently launched a young Israeli, a Facebook campaign , "Israel-loves-Iran", "Iranians we will never bomb your country. We love you "(see illustration above).
The Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry had enough of the war rhetoric and his government stepped off an avalanche that is gaining more and more popularity. Approx. 57,000 people have joined his campaign since the end of March and it is growing every day. And above all: more and more Iranians respond and establish a dialogue. It is this dialogue is denied by the officials. For Bibi Netanyahu, there is now no easier to maintain by the ongoing civil campaign, he spoke for all Israelis.
However Grass's critique also goes against the double standards, public hypocrisy and permanent, by default assumed especially in Germany perception disorders: Here uncounted, no international inspection per importuned actual nuclear weapons to zero topic to be made there is that of the U.S. intelligence agencies only recently again denied the existence of an Iranian bomb breaking point and simply taken are an opportunity to see reason over the world kidney fire. In this case, Iran signed in 1968, a year before the Federal Republic of Germany, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel has never done along with India, Pakistan and North Korea.
Grass it does not want to make more easy. In Germany it is simply silent for years when again pending a submarine deal and just say that just ruling Israeli government is identical with Israel or the Israeli people as such. A monolith. Not criticized. The areas of the German history and of Germany in particular "responsibility".
The truth is simple: If one takes responsibility, it is rational, forward-looking, considering the end, warns, if necessary, or has no tolerance at all. If not, then is the alleged "responsibility" a rhetorical flourish that you can smoke the pipe, or just one of possibly only feigned by Henryk Broder identified "oases" interest and sympathy, even self-adulation.
Grass is to thank for that he obviously real responsibility and not only inexpensive and verbal takes the provided Spanking plugging in Germany. However, of those who stand on the side of the irresponsible Netanyahu, not of those who are on the side of Meir Dagan and Ronny Edry.
The embarrassing German pack journalism still has not noticed that the beautiful, simple equation no longer comes up: arms exports, nuclear-capable submarines, beautifully simple paid by German taxpayers with the nice simple reference to the special German responsibility ... brain death in Germany, in the Middle East but possibly really deadly. Namely, when the German policy will continue to engage with their (nuclear-capable) submarines into their oases.
From there it was about the usual: too lazy to think, irrelevant Unit opinion, Empörungsrituale, word bubbles.
Grass was purely stung. One may hope that it will be more in Germany. In an attempt to save the world and peace in particular Israel, it should be worthwhile to insert beatings, even if it does not get thanked and is assigned to the A-word. A - such as anti-Semitism or even just Amargeddon ...
Grass's poem in full:
"Why I am silent, keep silent for too long,
what is obvious and in simulations
was practiced at the end as survivors
We are at best footnotes.
It is claimed the right to strike first,
of the subjugated by a loudmouth
and directed to organized cheers
Iranian people could wipe out,
because in the sphere of construction
a bomb is suspected.
But why do I say to myself,
to mention that other country by name,
in the years since - even if kept secret -
a growing nuclear capabilities available
but out of control because no test
The general concealment of this fact,
which my silence has subordinated
I find incriminating lie
and coercion, punishment is in prospect,
when it is disregarded;
the verdict of "anti-Semitism" is common.
But now, because, from my country
of the innate crimes
that are without comparison,
Time to time is obtained and taken to task
and in turn purely businesslike, even if
declared with nimble lip as restitution,
another submarine to Israel
should be delivered, whose specialty
consists in all-destroying warheads
there to steer, where the existence
is a single nuke unproven,
but want to be as afraid of probative
I say what must be said.
Why but I said nothing so far?
Because I believed my origin,
is afflicted by never tilgendem blemish,
forbid this fact as pronounced truth
the land of Israel, to whom I am indebted
and wants to stay, reasonably be expected.
Why do I say only now,
aged, and with the last ink:
The nuclear power, Israel threatened
the already fragile world peace?
Because it must be said,
what might be too late tomorrow;
also because we - as a German burdened enough -
Suppliers of a crime could be
is predictable, which is why our complicity
through any of the usual excuses
would be to pay off.
And yes: I will be silent no more,
because I was the hypocrisy of the West
'm tired, also is to be hoped
there may be many free of silence
the cause of the apparent risk
call to renounce violence and
there is an unobstructed and continuous monitoring
the Israeli nuclear potential
and the Iranian nuclear facilities
by an international body
is approved by the governments of both countries.
Only then is all the Israelis and Palestinians,
more, all the people in this
region occupied by the delusion
live cheek by jowl enemies
and, ultimately, to help us. "
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