Will ‘Times of Israel’ publish such a survey ?
by Debbie Menon
Attacking Iran remains a key objective for the Likudniks and the Neocons in Israel and the United States respectively.
Gaining public support for their agenda is a relatively easy affair in the United States, as the experience with the invasion of Iraq on cooked up intelligence proved.
An ‘unbelievable’ Gallup Poll is being peddled by Times of Israel, with an over the top headline : “99% of Americans consider Iranian nukes a threat”
Either Gallup was polling the criminally insane on this one, or “push polling”, in which you choose a specific target demographic which insures a specific result.
No thinking person I know considers Iran’s nuclear energy program a threat.
They understand, completely, that Israel wants American military personnel to get maimed for life, or die, (WITH NO ISRAELI CASUALTIES, OF COURSE) as a result of a US invasion of Iran to “neutralize” yet another of Israel’s “existential threats” in the Middle East.
I would submit that far too much American blood and money has already been sacrificed upon the altar of potential Israel hegemony in the Middle East, and that it needs to be stopped, and right now.
Quoting our US-Iran issues editor, Dr. Kam Zarrabi: There is absolutely no evidence that the intelligence agencies here, as well as in Israel, are wrong in their assessment that Iran is not in the process of developing a nuclear arsenal. The International Atomic Energy Agency has never even detected any sign that Iran is diverting any of its perfectly legal, under the NPT, enrichment activities toward weaponization. And, above all, Iran’s supreme authority has issued a binding religious fatwa against the production of nuclear weapons. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Salehi, has also offered to establish a secularized version of the fatwa as a constitutional amendment.
To borrow ‘the quote of the day’ from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “Any suggestion to the contrary might have been found in the minutes of the meetings of the ‘Friends of Hamas’.”
Here are Links to the actual Gallup Poll, there’s no mention of “the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program” or 99% Americans for that matter…
Here is the article at Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/
And here are the poll results: http://www.gallup.com/
Everyone seems to have preferred to run with the Times of Israel hyper link!
Times of Israel: “The Gallup poll found that 99 percent of Americans believe the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is a threat” http://www.timesofisrael.com/
Infowars: According to a recent Gallup poll, a staggering 99 percent of Americans believe Iran’s nuclear program is a threat to the United States. http://www.infowars.com/iran-
Mondoweiss: A Gallup poll taken this month shows that 99% of Americans agree that Iran’s development of nuclear weapons is a critical or important threat to US interests over the next decade. http://mondoweiss.net/2013/
ICH: The Gallup poll found that 99 percent of Americans believe the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is a threat “to the vital interests of the United States” in the next 10 years. http://www.
Americans See Civilian Program as a Bigger Threat Than North Korea’s Actual Nukes
by Jason Ditz, February 20, 2013
A grim new poll from Gallup shows an overwhelming majority of Americans, indeed 99 percent of them, believe that Iran’s civilian nuclear program is a threat “to the vital interests of the United States.”
The poll reflects the near complete saturation of American opinion with politicians’ claims of the “threat” posed by Iran’s civilian program, in spite of repeated reports conceding that Iran isn’t presently developing nuclear weapons and that it may indeed never choose to do so.
This disconnect from reality is underscored when compared with other questions in the same poll, with only 97 percent viewing North Korea’s actual nuclear weapons a threat, despite North Korea itself spending a large amount of time trying to convince people that it is a threat.
This was the first time Gallup specifically asked about either nation’s nuclear program, and previously had only asked about their respective militaries. Past polls have showed Americans believing Iran to be their “greatest enemy,” though its military was not perceived as an enormous threat in and of itself.
The poll will likely be a complicating matter for the P5+1 talks with Iran later this month, as Iran is hoping to negotiate a solution which will end international military threats against it, but the popular sentiment seems to be clearly averse to Iran keeping its civilian program.
Suppose we carry out another poll, asking a random 1000 people above the age of 18 the following questions:
1- Of the countries with known nuclear weapons arsenal, which ones, and in what order, are they most capable of wiping human civilization off the face of the earth:
a- The United States
d- Great Britain
i- N. Korea
2- If push comes to shove in international geopolitics, which country in the above list is the most likely and is more prepared to use nuclear weapons to carry out its political ambitions, thus threatening global peace and security?
3- Which country in the above list is least willing to eradicate nuclear weapons and agree to ban testing or improving its current arsenal?
4- Which country has nuclear weapons and means of delivery already deployed in strategic areas of the world, thus threatening the use of weapons of mass destruction if it so chooses?
5- Which country in the list above have significant stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, ready for deployment?
6- Which country or countries have already used weapons of mass destruction in the past 100 years?
7- Which country has deliberately lied about or “mistakenly” accused another country of posing a threat with its weapons of mass destruction, leading to the invasion and destruction of that nation?
8- How strongly do you feel that same country should be warned against repeating the same mistake, or hubris, costing precious lives and resources as the result of false accusations?
Given the true political climate in the United States today, the struggle to untangle the entanglement as we see it unfold in the Hagel nomination for Sec. of Defense hearings, I believe an overwhelming majority of the American public believe Israel is a threat “to the vital interests of the United States.” If polled, I dare predict at least 44% of Americans would support a war against Israel.
We must not allow anyone to push us into a war with Iran. Wesley Clark told Arianna Huffington about the push for war on Iran, “How can you talk about bombing a country when you won’t even talk to them?” said Clark. “It’s outrageous. We’re the United States of America; we don’t do that.”
“When we asked him what made him so sure the Bush administration was headed in this direction, he replied: “You just have to read what’s in the Israeli press. The Jewish community is divided but there is so much pressure being channeled from the New York money people to the office seekers.””
“For Clark, this is the biggest foreign policy issue facing the U.S. “I’m worried about the surge,” he said. “But I’m worried about this even more.””, Huffington wrote on her blog.
In his article, Eric Alterman warns about the push for President Bush to attack Iran. About Wesley Clark’s concern that the attack is being pushed by “New York money people,” Alterman writes, “I agree with Clark, but I agree that he also said what he said badly, though not anti-Semitically.”
Alterman warns, “The Bush administration is clearly attempting to create a pretext to attack Iran” … [this would result in] inciting worldwide terrorist attacks against Americans and their properties around the world, including inside the United States … this being the Bush administration, you can count on it being done incompetently and dishonestly.”
“Criticize the neocons for what they are actually doing — or even use the word “neocon” — and you’re an anti-Semite. That means they get to keep doing it even if it means they are acting on behalf of what they believe are Israel’s interests … rather than America’s.”
“We saw during the Lieberman primary that The Weekly Standard actually does care more about what’s good for Israel than for America — they said American Jews should behave that way, and so do Newsweek’s embarrassingly crazy Rabbi Gelman and Mona Charen and a few others. If anyone on earth thinks Marty Peretz cares more about the fate of the goyim in America than the heroes in Israel, I’ve never met him or her … if you read this excellent New York Times Magazine piece on Abe Foxman, you’ll get a small inkling of how the system works.”
On Bloggingheads, Alterman said, “Wesley Clark, used probably some incautious language, when he said that New York money men, which many people interpret to mean Jews, were pushing us to war with Iran. However, Jews, in New York, who have a lot of money, are in fact pushing us to war with Iran. It was a factually true statement. AIPAC is pushing us to war with Iran. AIPAC is the reason that no Democrats are coming out strongly against war with Iran. AIPAC’s funding is extremely wealthy American Jews and AIPAC is pushing for war with Iran. So, when people go to Democratic politicians and they say “listen, I don’t want you gettin’ out in front and opposing war with Iran, particularly since you have national aspirations,” they don’t say it in the New York Times.” – Wesley Clark and the anti-Semitism charge http://bloggingheads.tv/videos/1088?i…
Updated link to the segment (the old bloggingheads.tv link was broken)
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