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The New York Times: Making Nuclear Extermination Respectable
James Petras
July 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 holocaust:
Irans leaders would do well to rethink their gamble and suspend their
nuclear program. Barring this, the best they could hope for is that
Israels 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 Israels 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
Israels 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
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 nonJewish
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 Morris totalitarian
genocidal policies to Israels public official threats and preparations
for nuclear war. There is no anti-nuclear campaign led by our most
influential public intellectuals to repudiate the state (Israel) 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 Hitlers 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 economic catastrophe.
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 US. 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 werent
notified, because it was written by an eminent Israeli academic and
was published in the New York Times.
Professor Petras latest book is Zionism, Militarism And the Decline of
U.S Power, (clarity press Atlanta) August 2008

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