Sunday, April 23, 2006

Mossad planning assassinations?

Tehran Times Opinion Column, April 23, By Hassan Hanizadeh

Israel’s state-sponsored terrorism

TEHRAN, Apr. 22 (MNA) -- The April 22 edition of the Israeli daily Haaretz quoted Zionist security officials as saying that the Mossad is plotting to assassinate Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

The daily also quoted Israeli security affairs analyst Amir Oren as saying that Zionist security organizations are planning to assassinate the Iranian president and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.

Oren also claimed that Israel will not face very many problems or serious reaction from the international community after the assassination of these two figures.

Haaretz stated that the final decision on the assassination of Ahmadinejad and Haniya would be taken upon the approval of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The publication of such news in the Israeli media and the explicit statements of the Zionist security officials about the assassination of prominent figures indicate that Israel is still vigorously pursuing a policy of state terrorism while the international community, and particularly the United States and its Western allies, the self-proclaimed standard-bearers of the global war on terrorism, have failed to take any measures against this ominous phenomenon.

Also, in the past, Israel has assassinated a great number of Palestinian and Lebanese figures, including the famous caricaturist Naji al-Ali, and a number of fighters including Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyyad), Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), former Islamic Jihad secretary general Fat’hi Shaqaqi, Palestinian political leader Kamal Adwan, and former Hezbollah secretary general Seyyed Abbas Mousawi.

It should be noted that after all these assassinations, international organizations took no appropriate measures against the Zionist regime for these despicable crimes.

Obviously, when both the United States and its Western allies encourage Israel to commit such crimes and to intensify its state-sponsored terrorism, we cannot expect to see global terrorism eradicated. Violence always begets violence.

Flouting international law and enjoying the financial and propaganda support of the United States and its Western allies, Israel, which as the center of international terrorism has trained hundreds of agents to assassinate prominent political figures throughout the world, is trying to suppress the worldwide anti-Zionist movement through the use of force and terror tactics.

Yet, if state-sponsored terrorism, which the Zionist regime is trying to develop, is not addressed, it will eventually become a directionless blind terrorism that will threaten global security.

International organizations, and particularly the United Nations, should immediately condemn the Zionist regime for its threat to assassinate the Iranian president since ignoring such problems will lead to the law of the jungle ruling the international community.

Although the Zionist regime will never dare to assassinate the Iranian president, its explicit threat to assassinate President Ahmadinejad will increase Islamic nations’ hatred of Israel, eventually to the point where the United States and its Western allies will no longer be able to control the situation.

Zionist officials should be prosecuted by an international tribunal for carrying out acts of state-sponsored terrorism because the Middle East will definitely witness a new wave of insecurity if these threats continue.

The publication of such threats is an explicit violation of international law. The United Nations should take serious action to confront this so that no other regime will ever dare to try to deal with its opponents through the use of force and violence.


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