Iranian op-ed defends US working class

'Teheran Times' piece slams delivery of advanced radar to Israel in the midst of the financial crisis.

October 15, 2008 10:44
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Iranian op-ed defends US working class

x-band radar 248 88. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Apparently springing to the defense of the impoverished American working class, an opinion piece published in an Iranian paper Wednesday slammed the US for its decision to deliver to Israel ahead of schedule an advanced radar system rather than divert funds to inner city neighborhoods. "If it were proposed that this fraction of the tax revenues should be allocated to reduce the pains in the hearts of one thousand owners of foreclosed properties in the working class neighborhoods of Chicago, or to improve the educational quality of the pathetic school systems in the South Bronx, Bed Stuyvesant of Brooklyn or Spanish Harlem, to cite just a few examples, no doubt the same senators who enthusiastically and unanimously voted for the bill would have rejected it outright with no hesitation or mercy," the writer, Ardeshir Ommani, said in the Teheran Times piece. Ommani proceeded to lash out at "the so-called democratic principals" in the US, "drilled daily into the heads of the masses by the media," and "the non-existent influence of the working class on the governing institutions of the land." The piece, titled, "US radar base in Israel under the radar," made the claim, albeit implicitly, that the X-band system, said to have the capability to track an object the size of a baseball from thousands of miles away, is a form of consolation prize delivered to Israel by an administration that has become bogged down on too many fronts and has come to the realization that it must "resign itself to a situation where it has to take other options off the table and begin a dialogue with an ever-stronger and more confident Iran." It is "common knowledge," Ommani contested, "that the US is quietly opening up to Iran," which, he said, "has become a huge source of anxiety for the Zionist ringleaders in Tel Aviv, who, like egotistical servants, feel abandoned by their masters in Washington or cheaply sold for the benefit of the US empire." The piece also made the claim that "the fact that the US deployed the new radar in separate parts and under the radar shows that the US gave lip-service to Iran, trying to avoid antagonizing it at a sensitive time." Finally, drawing a parallel to the year leading up to the attack against the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, the article implied that the IAF's decision to move several squadrons of F-16s to Nevatim Air Force base in 2003 could be construed a prelude to an Israeli strike.

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