Jewish Chronicle asks readers if Iran should be bombed

The Jewish Chronicle on its website is currently asking its readers to vote on whether Israel should ‘take unilateral action against Iran’. Can you imagine the reaction if the situation was reversed and a paper such as the Muslim News asked its readers to vote on whether Iran should take unilateral action against Israel? They would be denounced as irresponsible inciters of war and violent fanatics. Something, of course, that one would never accuse those who publish the JC of being.

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3 Responses to Jewish Chronicle asks readers if Iran should be bombed

  1. Brendan says:

    Inayat, you’re quite right to draw attention to an obvious ‘double standard’. Double standards always exist for a reason however. Not many in the UK will be too bothered about this JC poll given the Iranian regime is generally regarded as our enemy. If it was about France or Holland there might be a bit of consternation. As for Israel its hardly surprising they might be considering a pre-emptive strike given the constant apocalyclypic language that comes for senior figures in Iran and reinforced with Shia theology of end times etc. Ahmadinejad said in June, 2008: “(Israel) has reached the end of its function and will soon disappear off the geographical domain.”, and that’s one of his more mild statements! It’s always hard to read Iran because of the various factions and power vacuums, how do does one discern Ahmadinejad’s hyperbole from real threat? One thing I’m fairly sure of however is Iran’s other numerous Muslim enemies are secretly praying for this supposed attack to happen as it would no doubt give them some piece of mind!

  2. Brendan: I think Ahmadinejad was merely reiterating what is a very popular view throughout the Muslim world. Namely, that Israel is a state whose very foundation was built on a tremendous injustice – the dispossession of the native Palestinian people, and that injustice will sooner or later be reversed. Mehdi Hasan wrote a very good piece for the Guardian website yesterday in which he gave convincing reasons why the Iranians could be seeking nuclear weapons capability. Not least, to deter Israel which already has nuclear weapons.

  3. SKhan says:

    Salaam Alaykum.

    As corrupt, bloodthirsty, and hypocritical as Iran’s government is, Ahmadinejad actually never said that he wanted to “wipe Israel off the map”. What he actually said was that he wanted to get rid of “the regime that is occupying Jerusalem”, not bomb Israel. Also, Iran’s past (Grand Ayatollah Khomeni) and present (Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) Vilyat Al Fiqh (read: Supreme Leader), have made it clear that Iran will not build nuclear weapons, because WMD’s are against Islam. I will agree with you that Iran’s government has MANY problems including Holocaust denial, using Hezbollah as a proxy, and silencing other Islamic scholars (e.g. Grand Ayatollah Ali Montazeri, may Allah have mercy on his soul) who point out their corruption and their hypocrisy in calling themselves an Islamic government.


    In any case, Israel is not making things any easier. I hope that the Israeli government changes its policies towards Palestinian refugees, illegal Israeli settlements, and the West Bank Wall, and consents to an independent Palestinian State. Otherwise they will only aid in strengthening the anti-Israeli case presented by groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

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