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There is Stupid…and then there is the Cape Times

Those of us hoping for a fair deal from the media when it comes to Israel are used to being disappointed. Partisanship, the endless recycling of distortions, exaggerations and outright lies are part and parcel of the media scene. These basic propaganda tools are supplemented by marginally more sophisticated techniques like selective reporting, decontextualisation, use of charged images to discredit an argument, slanted adjectives, tricks of rhetoric and many others. In the polarised and one-sided environment so created I have not been entirely innocent of such transgressions in defence of Israel, not something I am proud of.

Rarely, however, have I seen a once respected newspaper descend to the kind of primitive rant expected only from totalitarian tyrannies as displayed by the Cape Times editorial today (13 April). It is a chilling foretaste of what one can expect from the kind of society envisaged by the newspaper and its owners. It highlights the enormous abyss which lies between even imperfect democracies and the multiple brutal tyrannies which dominate the peoples of the Middle East and massive areas of North Africa.

In its abysmal ignorance the Cape Times used the phrase “long night of the generals” to end the rant. It sounded strange and then the penny dropped. They are referring to the “night of the long knives” when Adolf Hitler turned on the people who helped bring him to power but then constituted an obstacle to his exercise of unlimited authority.

How that got transmuted into “the long night of the generals” only the addled mind of the Cape Times will know, but  from that editorial none of us can be in any doubt about the kind of South Africa the Cape Times has in mind. Be warned!

Cape Times Editorial 13 April 2015

THE people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in particular, are to be warmly congratulated for the nuclear deal concluded with the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK and the US). US President Barack Obama has hailed it as historic.

The South African government has also welcomed the outcome of the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Iran and the P5+1 have taken a historic step in laying down the foundations of a final negotiated settlement to the Iranian nuclear dispute. The South African government gives its full encouragement and support to the negotiators in the weeks ahead as they work to conclude a comprehensive agreement by June 30, 2015,” said the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.

“South Africa has consistently recognised Iran’s inalienable right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

“South Africa has always maintained that the dispute over the Iranian nuclear programme should be resolved peacefully. The successful agreement on a political framework once again demonstrates that diplomacy and negotiations are the only way to find sustainable solutions to international conflicts.”

It is thanks to the steadfastness of the Iranian people in resisting the tough sanctions the US and her allies imposed on them to break their country’s will to insist on its right to use nuclear power for peaceful means.

Sanctions are to be lifted once a final deal is struck by June 30.

This is a spectacular victory for all Iranians and for peace-loving people around the world. It is a crushing defeat for the war-mongering Zionist generals who had been hell-bent on bombing Iran’s nuclear capability to smithereens.

The South African government said: “A successful resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue will also provide a major boost to the efforts to reverse the deteriorating security situation in the Middle East.”

Just like the settlement of the apartheid occupation of Namibia propelled a settlement of the South African question, we may hope this deal will do the same for Palestine.

Can the long night of the generals be far off for Israel?


5 responses to “There is Stupid…and then there is the Cape Times

  1. Charles Smith April 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    The distortions, which turn the reality on its head, will be obvious to those who have followed the negotiations even superficially.
    Unfortunately, 80 – 90% of the readers will know nothing about the matter aside from what the Cape Times tells them, and in three short sentences, this will be:
    (a) There is no reason on earth why the Iranians shouldn’t develop a nuclear ability
    (b) A perfect outcome of negotiations has removed the cruel, unjustified sanctions which the P5+1 imposed on the Iranian people to prevent them from this absolutely normal activity.
    (c) The bloodthirsty Jewish State has thus been foiled in its barbarous ambition to blast the Iranian people’s project to Hell, or, another unholy crime against humanity, planned by the Jews, has been prevented.
    While the article doesn’t deserve any serious attention at all, truth is that it should really be attacked paragraph by paragraph so that the other 80 – 90% learn the truth.
    But who’s got the strength to do that, and how would it get to the target audience?


    • Mike Berger April 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Charles and other commentators. The best short reply to the Cape Times comes from Sydney Kaye:

      “Your editorial “A victory for the peace-loving” in your haste to proclaim victory over Israel , which is anyway only peripherally involved, confuses the people of Iran with its leaders, the nature of those leaders and the facts and politics behind the outline deal.
      Firstly it is not US sanctions but UN sanctions and it is the UN’s IAEA that has accused Iran of lying over the years with respect to its bomb building. Secondly in lauding aging despots you overlook the fact that Iran is a religio-fascist regime that represses its people, kills and imprisons its opponents, rigs elections and exports terrorism, and as in all totalitarian states it is the people who the are the main victims. Iran is behind the Syrian war, supporting Assad who has gassed and killed 200000 of his own people ( including Palestinians) , and numerous other terrorist organizations in the region.
      More importantly you, in common with a desperate President Obama , want to believe that Iran is in good faith when in reality it is not looking for an agreement but only for the means to continue business as usual. Note that the very next day the Head Ayatollah said : “sanctions must be removed on signature and no inspections will be allowed on military sites”.
      So that’s fine then: although Iran has been lying to the international community for decades (even according to the UN) the sanctions that forced Iran to the table should be lifted without any verification that it has complied, and no peeping will be allowed at any place Iran chooses to characterise as a military site, where presumably and obviously the secret stuff is hidden. The time to proclaim a “victory for the peace-loving” will only be when Iran genuinely gives up its ambitions to build a nuclear bomb and desists from its warmongering threats and activities in the region”


  2. montlasky April 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Blatant anti Semitism just drips off this publication. It would be interesting to know the name of the contributing journalist or editor


  3. Malcolm Smith April 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Maybe SA doesn’t need the ‘secrecy bill’ if the press is the annoited mouthpiece of the ruling party.


  4. Geoff Boner April 13, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Unbelievable stupidity. Unfortunately there are people who believe this.



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