[H/t to Jewlicious]
The U.S. House of Representatives urged the U.N. Security Council to charge Iran’s president under genocide conventions.The non-binding resolution, initiated by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), passed Wednesday by 411-2. It cites an Oct. 27 speech in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad allegedly called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” in its call for the Security Council to charge him under its 1948 convention for the prevention of genocide.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) attempted to have read into the record alternate translations of Ahmadinejad’s remarks that suggest the Iranian leader was calling Israel to come to an end through democratic means, and not through violence.
The two Representatives who voted against the resolution were Ron Paul (R-TX) and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), both running for President who doubted the translation of Ahmadinejad’s comments. Kucinich cited faulty information leading up to the Iraq War as grounds for concern about the accuracy of Ahmadinejad’s comments. In other words, Kucinech and Paul thinks that this is all part of a new “war with Iran” propaganda.
Rep. Rothman asserted that Ahmadinejad had expressed the desire to “wipe Israel off the map” in an October 2005 speech and had made subsequent comments of a similar nature. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), expressing her support for the bill, stated: “Let us be clear, [Ahmadinejad] is calling for the genocide of Jews.” Under the 1948 Genocide Convention, “direct and public incitement to commit genocide” is illegal.
[read more at Jewlicious]
Here are a couple of choice comments posted by the Paul’s supporters:
“can’t the jews fight their own wars?”
“AIPAC has bought and paid most American politicians, and honest politicians like Ron Paul and Kucinich are gonna have to deal with smear tactics of AIPAC, who want America to deal with Iran for Israel.”
These comments by Ron Paul’s minions are emblematic of a disturbing but predictable political phenomena, the convergence of the far left and far right. Disturbing because both display elements of what historian Richard Hofstadter termed “the paranoid style in American politics” but predictable given the weakness and marginalization of the political extremes in the United States. Thankfully, neither Paul nor Kucinich has a chance of winning the election. But the candidates “no” votes–and the comments of their boosters–show that populist isolationism still has some support in the U.S.
The National Jewish Democratic Council recently named Paul one of the “the worst of the worst for the Jewish community in the 109th Congress.” This is not only due to his routine anti-Israel votes and rhetoric, saying nonsense like “Israel is not an ally of the United States.” He also contributes to anti-Semitic left rags like “Counterpunch” and is highly lauded by the fascists at the “National Vanguard.”
He does not seem to care for African-Americans either. Back in 1992 during the Los Angeles riots, his “Ron Paul Survival Report” newsletter had an article titled “Los Angeles Racial Terrorism.” In it, Paul described African-Americans as “barbarians” and called the rioters “thugs and revolutionaries who hate Euro-American civilization”.