Readers Write: Skepticism on Iran deal, Israel, media
Letters to the Editor for the January 13, 2014 weekly magazine: Will the delay agreement become a Neville Chamberlain 'peace for our time' appeasement?; What of the media's double standard of silence on Israel's possession of nuclear weapons?; We should review the history of the lead-up to World War II and not repeat the same mistakes.
San Jose, Calif., Gallipolis, Ohio, and Amherst, N.H.
The Monitor's sanguine Dec. 9 editorial ("In Iran nuke deal, a test") is worrisome. That optimistic view of the agreement that delays Iran's nuclear program has a downside with catastrophic consequences that are exponentially worse. Jihadists will not be deterred by the possible mutually assured nuclear destruction that kept the Americans and Soviets in check during the cold war. Militant Islamist extremists appear to seek such destruction. Will the delay agreement led by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry become our Neville Chamberlain "peace for our time" appeasement?
Deal or no deal, I have never understood the media's effective double standard and general silence regarding Israel's possession of nuclear weapons. From the "unfair and unbalanced" Fox; to liberal media; to conservatives and neo-cons; to TV, radio, and daily/weekly publications; almost no one talks about it. Neither do people note that Israel is not a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Even the independent and objective Monitor appears to coalesce with such biased journalism. Noam Chomsky and others have pointed out the disconnect in heaping sanctions on Iran while doing little to protest Israel's occupation, annexation, and illegal settlement of Palestinian territories.
I am neither an Iranian nor a Palestinian. I just cannot suppress a sigh – and contempt – for such an apparent double standard.
As I read this Monitor's View, I see, in my mind's eye, superimposed upon it a 1938 photograph of Neville Chamberlain with his classic rolled-up black umbrella, proclaiming "Peace for our time" after reaching a deal with Hitler. (Yes, I am old enough to have been reading newspapers at that time.) I tremble when I recall that those who have not learned their history are doomed to repeat it. It would serve us all well to review the history of the lead-up to World War II, and not repeat the mistakes made in those perilous times.