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?