By Noam Chomsky
Barack Obama is recognized to be a person of acute intelligence, a legal scholar, careful with his choice of words. He deserves to be taken seriously – both what he says, and what he omits. Particularly significant is his first substantive statement on foreign affairs, on January 22, at the State Department, when introducing George Mitchell to serve as his special envoy for Middle East peace.
Mitchell is to focus his attention on the Israel-Palestine problem, in the wake of the recent US-Israeli invasion of Gaza. During the murderous assault, Obama remained silent apart from a few platitudes, because, he said, there is only one president – a fact that did not silence him on many other issues. His campaign did, however, repeat his statement that “if missiles were falling where my two daughters sleep, I would do everything in order to stop that.” He was referring to Israeli children, not the hundreds of Palestinian children being butchered by US arms, about whom he could not speak, because there was only one president.
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U.S. media talking heads continue to use the, already thoroughly debunked, “wipe Israel off the map” phrase, when they want to demonize Mohammed Ahmadinejad, or the Iranian people in general.
video: Ahmadinejad DID NOT threaten to “wipe Israel off the map.”
This phrase was frequently used during the Iranian hostage standoff and it was also used on one of the episodes of The View, when Rosie O’Donnell (god forbid) openly defended a non-Zionist stance on the middle eastern situation.
Each time the mainstream media utilizes this hoax, they further diminish what little credibility remained, bringing their credibility just below the supermarket tabloid level at this point. It is astonishing that so many Americans still believe this lie and use it to fuel their hatred of Iran, a nation that has done absolutely nothing to the United States of America.
These so-called journalistic “professionals” should be ashamed of themselves, for putting words into someones mouth, for attempting to falsely influence public opinion, for promoting senseless hatred and for taking the side of the blood-thirsty Zionists on nearly EVERY issue. Indeed, they are bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby, and few in the west seem to take issue with it enough to tune out.