Iran Guilty, Facts Be DamnedSubmitted by CRinMI on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 23:36
How one reports the news is more important than the actual content, with many readers only scanning headlines before moving on to the sports or entertainment pages. An article by Yeganeh Torbati of Reuters that appeared on July 1st caught my eye, “Iran threatens Israel; new EU sanctions take force.” The tale of how Iran has threatened to destroy Israel has been told often enough even though there is no evidence that any Iranian leader has actually said such a thing in quite that way. In this case, the full text of the article states that “Iran…threatened to wipe Israel ‘off the face of the earth’ if the Jewish state attacked it…” The key qualifier is, of course, the “if” clause. The actual statement (in translation) attributed to Revolutionary Guards General Amir Ali Hajizadeh was provided later in the article: ”If they take any action, they will hand us an excuse to wipe them off the face of the earth.” Iran is clearly talking about retaliation for a military attack by Israel which has been its line consistently, not a preemptive or unilateral attack by its own forces. In any event, Hajizadeh does not have the authority to order the use of Iranian armed forces, a decision that must come from the country’s civilian leadership.