The New York Times: Making
Nuclear Extermination Respectable by James Petras /
July 30th, 2008
On July 18, 2008 the New
York Times published an article by Israeli- Jewish historian, Professor Benny
Morris, advocating an Israeli nuclear-genocidal attack on Iran with the
likelihood of killing 70 million Iranians — 12 times the number of Jewish
victims in the Nazi
Iran's leaders would do well to
rethink their gamble and suspend their nuclear program. Barring this, the best
they could hope for is that Israel's
conventional air assault will destroy their nuclear facilities. To be sure,
this would mean thousands of Iranian casualties and international humiliation.
But the alternative is an Iran
turned into a nuclear wasteland.
Morris is a frequent
lecturer and consultant to the Israeli political and military establishment and
has unique access to Israeli strategic military planners. Morris' advocacy and
public support of the massive, brutal expulsion of all Palestinians is on
public record. Yet his genocidal views have not precluded his receiving
numerous academic awards. His writings and views are published in Israel's
leading newspapers and journals. Morris' views are not the idle ranting of a
marginal psychopath, as witnessed by the recent publication of his latest op-ed
article in the New York Times.
What does the publication by
the New York Times of an article, which calls for the nuclear incineration of
70 million Iranians and the contamination of the better part of a billion
people in the Middle East, Asia and Europe,
tell us about US politics and culture? For it is the NYT, which informs the
`educated classes' in the US, its Sunday supplements, literary and editorial
pages and which serves as the `moral conscience' of important sectors of the
cultural, economic and political elite.
The New York Times provides
a certain respectability to mass murder, which Morris' views otherwise would
not possess if say, they were published in the neo-conservative weeklies or
monthlies. The fact that the NYT considers the prospect of an Israeli mass
extermination of millions of Iranians part of the policy debate in the Middle East reveals the degree to which Zionofascism has infected the `higher'
cultural and journalist circles of
the United States.
Truth to say, this is the logical outgrowth of the Times` public endorsement of
Israel's economic blockade to starve 1.4 million Palestinians in Gaza; the
Times' cover-up of Israeli-Zionist-AIPAC influence in launching the US invasion
of Iraq leading to over one million murdered Iraqi citizens.
The Times sets the tone for
the entire New York cultural scene, which
privileges Israeli interests, to the point of assimilating into the US political
discourse not only its routine violations of international law, but its
threats, indeed promises, to scorch vast areas of the earth in pursuit of its
regional supremacy. The willingness of the NYT to publish an Israeli
genocide-ethnocide advocate tells us about the strength of the ties between a
purportedly `liberal establishment' pro-Israel publication and the totalitarian
Israeli right: It is as if to say that for the liberal pro-Israel
establishment, the non-Jewish Nazis are off limits, but the views and policies
of Judeo-fascists need careful consideration and possible implementation.
Morris' New York Times
`nuclear-extermination' article did not provoke any opposition from the 52
Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations (PMAJO) because, in its
daily information bulletin, Daily Alert, it has frequently published articles
by Israeli and US Zionists advocating an Israeli and/or US nuclear attack on Iran. In other words, Morris'
totalitarian views are part of the cultural matrix deeply embedded in the
Zionist organizational networks and its extensive `reach' in US cultural and
political circles. What the Times did in publishing Morris' lunacy has taken genocidal discourse out of the limited
circulation of Zionist influentials and into the
mainstream of millions of American readers.
Apart from a handful of
writers (Gentile and Jewish) publishing in marginal web sites, there was no
political or moral condemnation from the entire literary, political and
journalistic world of this affront to our humanity. No attempt was made to link
totalitarian genocidal policies to Israel's public
official threats and preparations for nuclear war. There is no anti-nuclear
campaign led by our most influential public intellectuals to repudiate the
and its public intellectuals who prepare a nuclear war with the potential to
exterminate more than ten times the number of Jews slaughtered by the Nazis.
A nuclear incineration of
the nation of Iran
is the Israeli counterpart of Hitler's gas chambers and ovens writ large.
Extermination is the last
stage of Zionism: Informed by the doctrine of rule the Middle
East or ruin the air and land of the world. That is the explicit
message of Benny Morris (and his official Israeli sponsors), who like Hitler,
issues ultimatums to the Iranians, `surrender or be destroyed' and who
threatens the US, join us in bombing Iran or face a world ecological and
That Morris is utterly,
starkly and clinically insane is beyond question. That the New York Times in
publishing his genocidal ravings provides new signs of how power and wealth has
contributed to the degeneration of Jewish intellectual and cultural life in the
To comprehend the dimensions of this decay we need only compare the brilliant
tragic-romantic German-Jewish writer, Walter Benjamin, desperately fleeing the
advance of totalitarian Nazi terror to the Israeli-Jewish writer Benny Morris'
criminal advocacy of Zionist nuclear terror published in the New York Times.
The question of Zionist
power in America is not
merely a question of a `lobby' influencing Congressional and White House
decisions concerning foreign aid to Israel. What is at stake today are
the related questions of the advocacy of a nuclear war in which 70 million
Iranians face extermination and the complicity of the US mass media in
providing a platform, nay a certain political respectability for mass murder
and global contamination. Unlike the Nazi past, we cannot claim, as the good
Germans did, that `we did not know' or `we weren't notified', because it was
written by an eminent Israeli academic and was published in the New York Times.
a former Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University,
New York, owns a 50-year membership in the
class struggle, is an adviser to the landless and jobless in Brazil and Argentina, and is co-author of
Globalization Unmasked (Zed Books).
Petras' forthcoming book, Zionism
and US Militarism, is due from Clarity Press, Atlanta, in August 2008. He can be reached