The “Wipe Israel Off Map” LIE.
“The Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem (een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods) must vanish from the page of time (bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad).”
The word “wipe” does not translate to Farsi.
The word “map” was never used.
Ahmadinejad was not making a threat, he was quoting a saying of Khomeini and urging that pro-Palestinian activists in Iran not give up hope– that the occupation of Jerusalem was no more a continued inevitability than had been the hegemony of the Shah’s government.
Whatever this quotation from a decades-old speech of Khomeini may have meant, Ahmadinejad did not say that “Israel must be wiped off the map” with the implication that phrase has of Nazi-style extermination of a people. He said that the occupation regime over Jerusalem must be erased from the page of time.
STOP SPREADING THE LIE, PLEASE!
By Carl Herman
“Crimes against Peace” is the planning of a War of Aggression. It is illegal under several areas of law wherein all nations bound themselves to prevent the carnage of war: the UN Charter (treaty status), Nuremberg Principles (or London Charter, treaty status), and US military law. US political and media leaders continue war rhetoric to attack Iran, in direct violation of the most important law a nation should uphold (herefor encyclopedic background).
This article will provide:
1. The transcript of Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s October 2005 speech that Obama, McCain, Sarah Palin, Vice President Joe Biden, and corporate media contrive as Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map.”
2. Video and interview evidence of the extent of criminal political and media propaganda conspiring for mass murder of Iranians.
3. An analogy if these circumstances applied to China and the US.
4. The appropriate legal response of US military, law enforcement, government employees, and American citizens to protect and defend the US Constitution.
5. Request for citizen action for lawful acts under the US Constitution and international peace.
Transcript: from the New York Times (Oct. 30, 2005), from the outstanding report from Information Clearing House:
“They say it is not possible to have a world without the United States and Zionism. But you know that this is a possible goal and slogan. Let’s take a step back. [[[We had a hostile regime in this country which was undemocratic, armed to the teeth and, with SAVAK, its security apparatus of SAVAK [the intelligence bureau of the Shah of Iran’s government] watched everyone. An environment of terror existed.]]] When our dear Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian revolution] said that the regime must be removed, many of those who claimed to be politically well-informed said it was not possible. All the corrupt governments were in support of the regime when Imam Khomeini started his movement. [[[All the Western and Eastern countries supported the regime even after the massacre of September 7  ]]] and said the removal of the regime was not possible. But our people resisted and it is 27 years now that we have survived without a regime dependent on the United States. The tyranny of the East and the West over the world should have to end, but weak people who can see only what lies in front of them cannot believe this. Who would believe that one day we could witness the collapse of the Eastern Empire? But we could watch its fall in our lifetime. And it collapsed in a way that we have to refer to libraries because no trace of it is left. Imam [Khomeini] said Saddam must go and he said he would grow weaker than anyone could imagine. Now you see the man who spoke with such arrogance ten years ago that one would have thought he was immortal, is being tried in his own country in handcuffs and shackles [[[by those who he believed supported him and with whose backing he committed his crimes]]]. Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime [Israel] has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world.”
(source: www.nytimes.com, based on a publication of ‘Iranian Students News Agency’ (ISNA) — insertions by the New York Times in squared brackets — passages in triple squared brackets will be left blank in theMEMRI version printed next)
Translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), located in Washington:
“They [ask]: ‘Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?’ But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved. [[[…]]] “‘When the dear Imam [Khomeini] said that [the Shah’s] regime must go, and that we demand a world without dependent governments, many people who claimed to have political and other knowledge [asked], ‘Is it possible [that the Shah’s regime can be toppled]?’ That day, when Imam [Khomeini] began his movement, all the powers supported [the Shah’s] corrupt regime [[[…]]] and said it was not possible. However, our nation stood firm, and by now we have, for 27 years, been living without a government dependent on America. Imam [Khomeni] said: ‘The rule of the East [U.S.S.R.] and of the West [U.S.] should be ended.’ But the weak people who saw only the tiny world near them did not believe it. Nobody believed that we would one day witness the collapse of the Eastern Imperialism [i.e. the U.S.S.R], and said it was an iron regime. But in our short lifetime we have witnessed how this regime collapsed in such a way that we must look for it in libraries, and we can find no literature about it. Imam [Khomeini] said that Saddam [Hussein] must go, and that he would be humiliated in a way that was unprecedented. And what do you see today? A man who, 10 years ago, spoke as proudly as if he would live for eternity is today chained by the feet, and is now being tried in his own country [[[…]]] Imam [Khomeini] said: ‘This regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history.’ This sentence is very wise. The issue of Palestine is not an issue on which we can compromise. Is it possible that an [Islamic] front allows another front [i.e. country] to arise in its [own] heart? This means defeat, and he who accepts the existence of this regime [i.e. Israel] in fact signs the defeat of the Islamic world. In his battle against the World of Arrogance, our dear Imam [Khomeini] set the regime occupying Qods [Jerusalem] as the target of his fight. I do not doubt that the new wave which has begun in our dear Palestine and which today we are also witnessing in the Islamic world is a wave of morality which has spread all over the Islamic world. Very soon, this stain of disgrace [i.e. Israel] will vanish from the center of the Islamic world – and this is attainable.”
(source: http://memri.org, based on the publication of ‘Iranian Students News Agency’ (ISNA) — insertions by MEMRI in squared brackets — missing passages compared to the ‘New York Times’ in triple squared brackets)
And from Arash Norouzi’s clear reporting:
“So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in Farsi:
“Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.”
That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word “regime.” pronounced just like the English word with an extra “eh” sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase ”rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods” (regime occupying Jerusalem).
So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want “wiped from the map”? The answer is: nothing.
That’s because the word “map” was never used. The Persian word for map, “nagsheh” is not contained anywhere in his original Farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase “wipe out” ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran’s president threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” despite never having uttered the words “map.” “wipe out” or even “Israel.”
The full quote translated directly to English:
“The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”
Word by word translation:
Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).”
And now my interpretation: In his speech, Ahmadinejad says people once thought it was impossible to remove the Shah as Iran’s dictator, but it was done. He then said that people thought the Soviet government and Saddam’s government would never fall. He then quoted Ayatollah Khomeini’s words from speeches he gave encouraging Iran’s persistence to oppose the Shah’s government that translate awkwardly into English as, “erase from the page of time.” Unless Khomeini and Ahmadinejad were advocating for the destruction of their own country, the speech’s meaning is to encourage the Iranian people to persist for change in Israel’s government.
If you have friends and/or professionals fluent in Farsi, they can confirm this information for you.
Evidence of criminal acts in violation of international law: Any responsible person can conclude from the translation and speech context that Iran is not threatening Israel. Anyone who repeats the contrivance of threat from Iran to Israel is threatening peace. When the person repeating this war-threatening lie is a government official, the act becomes criminal violation of law.
This paper-thin propaganda is the same level of false rhetoric that preceded the illegal US invasions of Iran’s neighbors, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The criminal complicity to falsely justify a pre-emptive attack on Iran includes Barack Obama, in abject irony of his “Peace Prize”:
“There is no greater threat to Israel — or to the peace and stability of the region — than Iran…
The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear know-how to terrorists. Its president denies the Holocaust and threatens to wipe Israel off the map. The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat…
Its support for terrorism and threats toward Israel have increased. Those are the facts, they cannot be denied, and I refuse to continue a policy that has made the United States and Israel less secure… We will pursue this diplomacy with no illusions about the Iranian regime…Finally, let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel. Sometimes there are no alternatives to confrontation….I will make known to allies and adversaries alike: that America maintains an unwavering friendship with Israel, and an unshakeable commitment to its security…As members of AIPAC, you have helped advance this bipartisan consensus to support and defend our ally Israel. And I am sure that today on Capitol Hill you will be meeting with members of Congress and spreading the word.”
Mr. Obama escalates threat when promising “consequences” should Iran reject US unilateral orders in denial of Iran’s treaty rights to develop nuclear energy under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (here and here).
Vice President Joe Biden committed lies of omission and commission with the US responsibility to act consistent with international laws for peace:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But just to be clear here, if the Israelis decide Iran is an existential threat, they have to take out the nuclear program, militarily the United States will not stand in the way?
BIDEN: Look, we cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do when they make a determination, if they make a determination that they’re existentially threatened and their survival is threatened by another country.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You say we can’t dictate, but we can, if we choose to, deny over-flight rights here in Iraq. We can stand in the way of a military strike.
BIDEN: I’m not going to speculate, George, on those issues, other than to say Israel has a right to determine what’s in its interests, and we have a right and we will determine what’s in our interests.
If Mr. Biden were acting lawfully, he would correct the lie of omission and state Iran never threatened Israel, besides the absurdity of Iran threatening a nation with ~400 nuclear weapons and the most advanced US military technology to deliver them. Mr. Biden lies through commission by not stating that the US can certainly deny Israel over-flight rights in Iraq.
The videos below provide concise additional evidence of these lies throughout government and media “leadership.”
What if these circumstances applied to China and the US? I have a hub article with all articles related to false rhetoric for war with Iran. I am among hundreds of writers making these facts clear. However, domination of corporate media and “leadership” of both political parties cause most Americans to be as confused as Germans during Nazi “leadership.” Let’s try this analogy:
In 1953, China’s version of our CIA overthrows the Eisenhower presidency and installs a vicious dictator (as US CIA did in Iran under Operation Ajax). This dictator remains in brutal control until 1979, when Americans overthrow the dictator and put a Christian religious leader in power (let’s call him Billy Bible). During the dictatorship, Mr. Bible was in forced exile, but delivered messages of resistance to Americans, developing the slogan, “We’ll be back. This regime will be terminated.”
In 1980, China supports their puppet-government in Mexico with weapons and information to invade the US (including illegal chemical and biological weapons). In the next eight years, over a million Americans are killed defending our nation (the US supported Iraq in their War of Aggression against Iran from 1980-1988). In 1990, China invades Mexico keeping their dictator in power. They invade again in 2003 for regime change and occupation just after their 2002 invasion of Canada and occupation. Beginning in 2003, China escalates rhetoric that the US, a non-nuclear power, is developing nuclear technology in secret locations and has a government run by religious zealots. After a US speech in 2005 where the US defends Palestinian rights using the phrase, “Palestine will be back. The Israeli regime will be terminated,” China claims that the US is threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Israel demands the US be tried for crimes against humanity, threatening another Holocaust, and expelled from the UN. China and Israel participate in war games and openly discuss war with the US over the US nuclear threat as “on the table.”
The US tries to distinguish their legal nuclear energy development that allows full inspections from IAEA from illegal nuclear weapons. China uses the ambiguous phrasing of the US “nuclear program,” repeats with their corporate media that the US threatens Israel’s existence and wants to wipe them off the map. China ignores and won’t discuss the terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty where the US is allowed to develop nuclear energy, choosing to conflate nuclear energy and nuclear weapons in the minds of their citizens. Chinese news programs show the world a new 30,000 pound bomb to penetrate US underground targets.
China also insists their “Surge” in Mexico has decreased Mexican terrorism, Mexico and the world is better off from their invasion, and China will increase troop presence in Canada to defeat the “Maple Leaf” terrorist cells, who are a threat to Chinese national security.
The Chinese public is increasing aware of the facts, using the Internet and alternative media for communication. The Chinese government threatens to close the Internet for “national security” needs, should they arise.
Legal response required under law: All officials with the legal power to arrest persons who have committed a crime should do so. The US House of Representatives and US Senate have additional actions to isolate and repudiate such criminal behavior against peace within their own bodies. The House can impeach members of the Executive Branch, past and present, who threaten peace. The US military, law enforcement, and government officials are trained to disobey and stop unlawful orders. Given that wars with Iraq and Afghanistan are illegal Wars of Aggression because all justification for invasion were known to be lies at the time they were told, all US officials should immediately act within their legal authority to end criminal complicity with current illegal orders and acts, and prevent extension of criminal War of Aggression in Iran.
For example, the U.S. Army’s Law of Land Warfare (Field Manual 27-10) states:
498. Crimes Under International Law Any person, whether a member of the armed forces or a civilian, who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment. Such offenses in connection with war comprise:
a. Crimes against peace.
b. Crimes against humanity.
c. War crimes.
Citizen response: Under the 1st Amendment, Americans should act:
Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Lawful Americans have a grievance: unlawful US Wars of Aggression and illegal threats for more mass murder and war in Iran. Americans with legal authority should arrest those involved in their origin and continuance. Those who have sworn to protect and defend the US Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, should take all legal action consistent with their oath (the US Constitution explicitly gives US treaties the same power as US law, which includes the UN Charter and London Charter [Nuremberg principles]).
So far the critical mass of Americans has been like educated Germans during Nazi Germany: ignorance and tolerance of mass murder outside the homeland. How do you want to be known to others, your posterity, and to yourself in face of the clear and overwhelming evidence?
Americans do not “just follow orders.” Your and my forefathers crushed that paper-thin excuse 60 years ago. Americans are a people who act under the law, and demand enforcement of the law, especially against our highest government officials whose acts are exponentially multiplied with our tax dollars. Americans must stand for our values of inalienable rights and Constitutional law or witness the fall of our republic. As a history teacher, I remind you our Founding Fathers predicted the need for future generations of Americans’ vigilance.
A possible policy response to keep in mind, because criminal complicity is among the leadership of both parties, is Truth and Reconciliation.
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