Re: MP James Lunney’s comments about Iran in a story in the Oct. 16 edition of The News.
Since the 1979 Iranian revolution and the downfall of the U.S puppet ruler the Shah, Iran has been an Islamic state. In that interval of time Iran has not invaded anyone. People of all religions live in peace in Iran, even Jews, who find life so comfortable in Iran they refused an offer by the government of Israel to emigrate.
In the same period of time, Israel attacked Iraq in 1981, bombing the power station at Osirik, claiming it was a clandestine weapons factory. Subsequent examination of the ruins following the 2003 invasion proved Israel had lied.
In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. This led to the Massacres at Sabra and Shatilla.
In February 2003, Israel staged incursions into Gaza and Nablus.
In September 2007, Israel bombed Syria, again insisting they were destroying a clandestine weapons laboratory. Again there was no evidence to support Israel’s claims.
In 2006, Israel attacked Lebanon, killing 1,200, mostly civilians, several UN observers, and littering the landscape with land mines on their way out.
In February 2008, Israel again raided Gaza, killing more than 100 people. HAMAS agreed to a cease fire and kept it for six months until Nov. 4, when Israel again attacked without warning, killing six Hamas members, and launching operation Cast Lead, in which 1,300 Gazans, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel lost 13 soldiers.
Violations of international law included the use of white phosphorus incendiary bombs against civilians and non-military targets. The UN investigated, but Israel refused to cooperate. In May, 2010, Israel attacked an international aid flotilla bringing food and medical supplies to Gaza in international waters. Nine people were killed, including an American from New York.
So, who is the danger to world peace?
Derrick P. Grimmer