"Tweed jacket? Check. Black turtleneck? Check. Clenched fist? Check...my image as a Marxist wackademic is complete."
Tariq Ali, a Pakistani-born novelist, activist and Communist living in Britain, wrote this editiorial piece (for al-Guardian, natch). In it, he:
- defends Iran's rights to pursue nuclear weapons, but considers their efforts "primitive gropings"
- accuses Washington of "manufacturing" the crisis
- dismisses Iran's denial of the Holocaust and threats against Israel
"Nor is fundamentalist backwardness exhibited in the denial of the Nazi genocide against the Jews and the threat to obliterate Israel, a basis for any foreign policy."A "basis for any foreign policy"? Excuse me?
Mr. Ali goes on to make the completely unsubstantiated claim that "Plans were thus well advanced [for military action against Iran] before Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in the June 2005 Iranian presidential election."
Read the whole thing...but keep the Tylenol close at hand.