It saddens all who respect the distinguished Israeli historian Benny Morris to see him join forces with Vice President Dick Cheney’s neocon cabal, which dictates Middle East policy for the Bush White House, and AIPAC, which influences the majority of the U.S. Congress. The New York Times, the self-styled newspaper of national record, published the incendiary Morris op-ed article, Using Bombs to Stave Off War, on July 22 in its continuing effort to gin up a needless and dangerous war with Iran.
Morris, who has long fought for the humane treatment of the Palestinian people, is now trashing his reputation as a scholar when he repeats without proof a speciously false generalization like “every intelligence agency in the world believes the Iranian [nuclear] program is geared toward making weapons.” When talking about nuclear war, “belief and fact” are serious distinctions. The American National Intelligence Estimate, the report of 16 intelligence agencies, which compiled information from around the world, reported in 2007 that Iran had given up a nuclear weapons program in 2003. Even the Israeli Mossad can find no proof; if they could, they would shout it from the rooftops.
Morris now resorts to echoing baseless claims made by AIPAC, Pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel, and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CN) that call for the U.S. and Israeli militaries to launch an unprovoked attack against Iran––essentially committing a war crime—an unprovoked invasion of another sovereign nation. Was not the Iraq War––licensed by the Lieberman resolution––crime enough?