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Iran pokes fun at Netanyahu graph

2012-09-28 09:00

New York - Iran on Thursday vowed to "retaliate" against any attack after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a "red line" to prevent the Islamic republic from acquiring a nuclear bomb, while Iran's UN envoy poked fun at a graph that Netanyahu used in his speech.

The graph showed a cartoon version of a bomb with a lit fuse.

"For the second time in the recent history of the United Nations, today an unfounded and imaginary graph was used to justify a threat against a founding member of the United Nations," Iran's deputy UN ambassador Eshagh al-Habib told the General Assembly of the UN.

It was an implicit reference to the "proof" of weapons of mass destruction that US Secretary of State Colin Powell used when making the case for the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

"In our increasingly inter-connected world and in the information age, it is hardly possible for nations to be fooled by such absurd means," said Habib. "No amount of slander, deception or smear campaign by the Zionist regime can cloud its dark history."

"The international community should live up to its responsibility and exert pressure on this regime to end all this irresponsible behaviour in a volatile region such as the Middle East," Habib said.

'Baseless accusations'

The envoy said Iran's nuclear programme is "exclusively peaceful and in full conformity with our international obligations".

Habib said his country "is strong enough to defend itself and reserves its full right to retaliate with full force against any attack".

He said Israel is a "regime which is based on terrorism and is the father founder of state terrorism in the world".

Al-Habib accused Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of making "baseless allegations" against Iran during a firebrand speech to the UN assembly earlier in the day.

Netanyahu called for "a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons programme" in his address to the 193-member assembly.

"The red line must be drawn on Iran's nuclear enrichment programme because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target," he said in a speech that accused Iran of backing terrorism around the world.

Habib said Netanyahu had "shamelessly and hypocritically" made the accusations, adding that Israel is a non-declared nuclear power. The Iranian envoy also accused Israel of organising operations in Iran that led to the murder of several of its nuclear scientists.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 09:09

    Netayahoo is a jester, he deserves to be mocked!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 10:33

      If the Iranians weren't dealing with rogue countries, I'm sure they'd be willing to give access to their military security installations, but that is not the case. The Iranians are smart enough to know that the US/Israel will come up with other excuses to establish a pliable government in Tehran. They will not rest as long as there are huge amounts of gas and oil sitting on Iranian subterranean. This is about securing the gas and oil of Iran for Europe and making Russia less important for the energy needs of Europe.

      bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-09-28 10:47

      just remember adam that international inspectors are also not allowed into Israels nuclear facilities...

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 11:04

      Actually Fidel, Iran has a valuable opportunity to expose the us and Israel of any bullsh/t, effectively embarrassing them infront of the world and turning the tides of global opinion on the matter. All they need to do is have some transparency... However they are clearly hiding things. If there is something to hide, then US and Israel have every right to feel threatened. No other country on this planet boasts such a violent rhetoric towards other nations. That leads me to believe that the problem isn't land or politics, but just a desire to wipe out an ancient enemy.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 11:45

      The tide of global opinion didn't save Iraq from being turned into rubble, nor the continued disposession of the Palestinians. Both Israel and the US are rogues and intl law means nothing to them! Nobody is able to gaurantee Iran that they won't be attacked, even if they gave up the so called nuclear weapons programme. Every time a terrorist attack takes place against Israeli citizens abroad, Iran is blamed and this blame game will continue until Iran is brought under western hegemony. The Iranians know this and it's quite perfectly explicable why they should look for a deterrent against this aggression.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 12:00

      "a deterrent against aggression" After all that, you could have said, "I truly believe it is not Irans wish to be in a nuclear war, and believe they wouldn't try and create such a destructive weapon." But you didn't deny it, which leads me to believe you secretly support Iran having nuclear arms... Back to the original point, it is MOST LIKELY that Iran are developing nuclear weapons, and are lying about everything to buy time until the day they can make threats. You probably know it to be true, and that means that US/Israel fears are completely justified. After all, the entire middle east are adamant on getting rid of Israel and openly express hatred and intolerance towards all Americans.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 12:22

      A nuclear detterence worked between the west and the Soviets. It's working between India and Pakistan. It has ensured that North Korea hasn't been attacked. Libya got rid of its nuclear programme and Nato rained bombs on that country. Seen in this context, one may intuit that some Iranians may hanker for the Dark Cold-War Logic of Mutually Assured Destruction, by way of a deterrence, MAD as it may seem to others. Arabs and their leaders may say a lot of things, but they will never be able to defeat Israel militarily, and the Israelis know this. The Iranians don't have a death wish despite all the main stream propaganda. You dont think much of the Israeli people do you? They have a world class airforce , the best equipment the US has, an esprit de corp second to none and a hundred bombs. Yet you think a third world country can annihilate/destroy them? Here is to the good people of Israel ..a lot smarter than some people think!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-28 14:25

      I'm-a-Jihad can mock while he gets blown out of his bunker...

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 16:00

      It is to Iran's credit that it supports resistance movements like Hezbollah and Hamas, the same way that Russia and China supported ANC guerillas.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 19:57

      What do you deserve when you believe and state on this website that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom?

  • willempieter.grobbelaar - 2012-09-28 09:20

    Whats even more funny is Iran's human rights record

      Mark - 2012-09-28 11:01

      Iran is now also blocking the world wide web from it's citizens. Just goes to show what a bunch of cowards the Iranian leaders are.

      nathalie.reynders.58 - 2012-09-28 11:06

      I assume you think the US, China and other security council members has better record. Let me remind you, Iran did not invade 2 counries and kill 100 000+ Iran is not keeping prisoners in Cuban prisons without the right to appear in court Iran is not using torture camps in different countries just to keep this out of their own country Iranian drones did not kill 1000's of innocent people in Pakistan and those committing these are the countries shouting for better human rights...what a joke these works have become.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 11:28

      Nathalie, could you possibly exaggerate more? You didn't supply enough bullsh/t to convince me.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 12:00

      Tony, you are not convinced, not because you are sceptical, but because you are a denialist. -Iraq invasion is a fact -Guantanamo is a fact -Rendition is a fact -CIA drones is a fact The US merely exports its worst excesses abroad and keeps its homeless in its prisons, aka Prison Inc.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:00

      Nathalie, you're making things up which makes your perspective irrelevant.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:02

      You are a living a strange delusion Fidel. You believe Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Your exact words on the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago. How can anyone trust what you think and see with this obviously wrong and deranged perspective.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-28 09:29

    Iran, the rest of the Arab world, and of course unbelievers are of the mistaken opinion that Israel should not exist and must "be wiped off the face of the earth". But, there is a higher power, and that is our Lord God (JHWH) who declared many centuries ago that He will return His chosen people back To Israel/Judea. That was a covenant made by the Almighty, and He does not break His covenants. Israel will never be driven out of their country that JHWH laid down the boundaries. Study the Bible and start realizing the facts. For it is written!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 09:36

      Whatever your God meant when he promised Abraham that "unto thy seed have I given this land", t is doubtful that he intended it to be used as an excuse to take by force and chicanery a land lawfully inhabited and owned by others. And this "JHWH" appears, from accounts in the Old Testament, to be a particularly repulsive entity, vain, jealous, given to fits of rage and directing his followers to massacre civilian populations, an entity who, if he existed, would be quite unworthy of the devotion of anyone with a sense of justice and morality. But this would not be the first time that documents written by humans were used to justify land grabs.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-28 09:56

      So sell your Jesus trinkets somewhere else, I'm here to read the news, not listen to you preach drivel.

      chris.steytler.1 - 2012-09-28 10:01

      is JHWH your gods postcode or something?

      martin.prinsloo.37 - 2012-09-28 10:32

      @Hugh - Oh, but you don't mind reading all the other nonsensical comments.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-28 10:47

      What are you on about Lamb? If someone writes an article about religion, fine, the comments are relevant. Using the Iran VS Israel "nuclear" threat does not make it a podium for people who want to peddle their religious preaches.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 11:36

      Oh geez, last thing we need is a bible rambling bafoon.

      The-Azanian - 2012-09-28 14:29

      Hahaha...stupidity reign supreme in some churches hey. Does the lord you are refering to know that Israel \the good kid\ kidnapped a country a.k.a palestine and they have a weapon to wipe out human race. Dont read the bible upside down dumb.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:03

      But then Fidel, you believe Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. You distort reality in strange ways.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:04

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what Fidel wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-28 09:34

    Soon the US will be called to action by their Zionist masters and Iran will be just another occupied Arab state. When will America free themselves from Jewish control?

  • bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-09-28 09:56

    There is need for tolerance here. There is need for co-operation here. The UN has to do something with these two warring nations or else we will see turmoil in the world. Israel has got all rights to exist in the middle east and iran doent have any right what so ever to threaten the existence of israel. Iran is so aggressive such that the world will make a big mistake if it gives Iran the green light to go ahead with its uranium enrichment. Today its Iran against Israel tomorrow it would be Iran against Russia. Don't ever trust Iranians.

      The-Azanian - 2012-09-28 14:16

      Bheki=stupid

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-28 17:04

      Bheki = very stupid

      warren.moore.7545 - 2012-09-29 03:48

      Mbeki=very very stupid.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-28 09:58

    It's all about the money. You can fling religion and territory etc at it all you like - but at the end of the day it's all about the moola.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 10:24

      Exactly, I often tell simpletons here that the salient point to realise is that intl relations is about commerce, and all the other bluster about spreading human rights and democracy is propaganda used to keep donkeys on side, who rely on paid commentators to do the thinking for them. It was spreading Christianity and civilisation in the past centuries, and its democracy and human rights today. How do you bomb people to give them their human rights.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-28 10:25

      The petro dollar is dying. This will be the last attempt to keep it afloat.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 10:35

      That $15 trillion of real stuff (oil) comes in handy when you've debased your own currency to being as worthless as writing paper.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-28 10:37

      The whole monetary system is a sham anyway, I mean lets face it - the Federal reserve just prints money out at a whim, then holds the world ransom to it with debt. Barclays bank in the UK a prime example. The Michael Tellenger case against Std Bank here in SA a prime example of the fact that people are waking up slowly but surely. The Petro-dollar is definitely going to collapse, countries are starting to go back to trading their own currencies and gold will play a major role by the looks of things.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 10:58

      It is the Iranians who are challenging this petro dollar hegemony by refusing to trade their oil in dollars and instead accepting a basket of other currencies, a cardinal sin to the money changers in New York and London. "Creation of worthless paper assets by using influence and control over the world's economic centres constitutes the greatest abuse of history, and is considered a major contributor to global economic crisis," Ahmedinejad

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:05

      Fidel you challenge all good sense when you believe Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Your exact words in the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago.

  • tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-28 10:30

    1. "Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he had never 'seen a shred of evidence that Iran has been weaponizing, in terms of building nuclear-weapons facilities and using enriched materials.'" 2. Ahmadinejad's alleged comment about "destroying" Israel has been shown to be a mis-translation. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/did-ahmadinejad-really-say-israel-should-be-wiped-off-the-map/2011/10/04/gIQABJIKML_blog.html 3.Iran has the right to enrich uranium under the NPT and UN sanctions are only permissible if Iran were a credible military threat, which it is not. http://brillwebsite.com/writings/Irannuclear.html 4. No fraud has ever been proven in the last Iranian presidential election. http://brillwebsite.com/writings/iran2009election.... That's enough for me.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:07

      You're still out of touch. The IAEA said just two weeks ago there are now clear signs the Iranian regime intends developing nuclear weapons. This is the same agency that tried to dissuade the US from invading Iraq. Look it up. It's been widely reported.

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-28 10:33

    nutjobyahoooo,is too hilarious!!!he is making a fool of himself

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:07

      Gcodi, are you going to reply to the question posed to you in the other thread?

  • bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-09-28 10:51

    Look they both as bad as each other, you punch me I punch you, old military guys never die and will never back down, only the civilians will suffer in the end.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-28 10:55

      So true.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-09-28 10:52

    Habib said Israel is a "regime which is based on terrorism and is the father founder of state terrorism in the world". Definetly you're so damn right

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-28 11:07

      Explain.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 11:14

      Spot on, it was that terrorist menachem begin that brought terrorism to the world. Israel was founded by terrorists using terror to chase Palestinians from their homes. They have continued this terrorism by killing their political opponents in foreign capitals, using fraudulent passports, not forgetting their terror bombing of Lebanon and Gaza.

      The-Azanian - 2012-09-28 14:22

      What is terrorism? Carrying secret attacks on a state or public to bring disrepute. And based on remote control bombs Israel an US has been using to kill Iran scientists, they make Iran to look like Tibet to the international community.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-28 17:17

      @adam.jackson - The mufti met with Adolf.. hello! Israel was 'CREATED' in 1948; Hitler committed suicide in 1945.. Are you perhaps referring to Palestine? btw, there were no problems between Arabs and Jews prior to 1948. The problem started when zionist from Eastern Europe displaced millions of Palestinians.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-28 17:20

      @Fidel - I love your explanations. Menachem Begin was the terrorist; he killed innocent British women and children and others. He bombed them to death. The British government had a reward on his head. This reward was never lifted. Did Begin ever enter England, No...

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 18:03

      You are 100% spot on! The Sephardic Jews never had trouble with their Arab brethren until the arrival of the Ashkenazis from Europe, who brought their racial bigotry with them. The former lived at peace with their neighbours, and the latter are terrorists!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:08

      This from a person who believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. He is totally wrong on both counts, believing the most ludicrous ideas.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 20:10

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys. Buti, unfortunately you;re making yourself redundant by believing stale lies sold to you by unelected dictators and Jihadists. The new generation 100 million strong has seen through the lies and is moving forward, joining the freer modern world. You haven't.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-28 14:10

    Im sure obama was embarrassed to death when his 1st grade student netanyahoo didnt know how use an american invention powerpoint presentation or mimmick obama's HD glorious speeches...instead he showed up with his pre-school drawing of a bomb. That was embarrasing! What happened to all to those aid money washington secretly pumped into Tel Aviv? Oh netanyahoo, i'm sure amedinejad or ayatolah had a box of popcorn laughing that night while watching repeats UN Sesame Netanyahu delivered.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-28 17:12

      The only thing missing from this picture; we need to see a chicken swinging above netanyahu's head.

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