There is no freedom of expression in the West: Somebody Must Say It
Posted on April 8th, 2012
The so-called ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œfreedom of expressionÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ is nominally, one of the essential components of the caboodle of bogus value system of the American versions of democracy, human rights, law and order and other frauds inflicted on the developing world by America and the NGO movement. Attempts are made usually to set the high water mark in relation to these self-professed noble human virtues by what is happening in the ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œWestÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢: Such attempts are absurd, firstly in geographical terms (because it includes easternmost parts of the current version of the world map), and secondly because the ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œso-called ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œvaluesÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ are in fact a hotch-potch of social norms that have prevailed in the ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œEastÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ for eons. The vulnerability created by these factors from time to time bring down the faÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§ade of hypocrisy covering the conspiracy.
The reaction last week of the western Zionist movement to a poem published by the German novelist Guntor Grass in the Munich daily SÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¼ddeutsche Zeitung, was one such example. GrassÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ poem ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“Was gesagt werden mussÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â, translated as “Somebody Must Say It”, drew attention to Israel as a threat to an “already fragile world peace”, criticised western hypocrisy over Israel’s nuclear programme and the current threats that Israel will attack IranÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s nuclear facilities, with or without American help. Its publication coincided with the decision by the German government to sell to Israel a submarine capable of carrying nuclear warheads: the lyric argues that Germany should no longer deliver nuclear submarines to Israel that might carry “all-destroying warheads” in view of the looming Israeli aggression against Iran.
Through his poem Grass simply calls for both Israel and Iran to accept international obligations in respect of their respective nuclear programs. The difference between the nuclear programs in the two countries is stark: Israel is supposed to have around 200 nuclear weapons but has an official policy of “ambiguity” about them, and disallows international inspections; Iran on the other hand, has a nuclear program that is open to inspections and has always denied they are seeking a nuclear weapon.
Grass’ poem specifically criticises Israel’s “claim to the right of a first strike” against Iran, but also refers to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a “loudmouth”. Grass also takes aim at Germany’s reluctance to offend Israel ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ reproaching himself for his own silence on the subject until now, explaining that he was silent on Israel’s nuclear program because Germany committed “crimes that are without comparison” during the Second World War. But silence, he says, has become a “burdensome lie and a form of coercion”. He writes: “Why do I only speak out now/Aged and with my last drop of ink:/Israel’s nuclear power is endangering/Our already fragile world peace?” He answers: it must be said because “tomorrow might be too late”.
But Grass has been hard on himself: in an interview with Spiegel Online in 2001, he described the appropriation of Palestinian territory by Israeli settlers as a criminal activity, adding: “That not only needs to be stopped ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ it also needs to be reversed.”
GrassÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ self-evidently sensible comment and advice provided in the lyrical form has generated the usual barrage of what the Zionist network considers the ultimate of insults for anyone daring to express such honest views as an anti-Semitic, (arrogantly overlooking the fact that the Palestinians are also Semites). If such commentary makes one an ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œantisemitic, so be it: Grass had anticipated that obvious line of cowardly attack.
However, nothing can be more ridiculous than attempts to attack Grass for being antisemitic because the 84 year old Grass himself a Jew born in the Baltic coast: most famous for his novel (1959), he is widely regarded the moral conscience of Germany. Grass fits no other description than ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“a decent, intelligent human being with a justifiable concern for the state of the worldÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â: his literary depiction of the violence of the Nazi regime from a German perspective in The Tin Drum even earned him the Nobel-Prize (for what it is worth!). In his autobiography Peeling the onion (2006) he revealed that he was among the youths forcibly recruited to fight for the Waffen-SS in the final months of the war.
It is hardly surprising that Grass’ poem provoked indignation from the usual suspects: the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led the attack, asserting that “GÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¼nter Grass’s moral equivalence between Israel and Iran ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“shamefulÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â: but then, an attack by an arrogant thug armed to the teeth should be considered an accolade! The Israeli embassy in Berlin charged that Grass was keeping up with an “European tradition to accuse the Jews before the Passover festival of ritual murder.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ham it up a bit more!
German politicians from both left and right, traditionally funded and subverted by Israel, like in America, the UK, Canada and elsewhere in the ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œWestÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ criticised Grass, describing his work as “abominable”, “irritating” and “over the top”. The Bild, a paper better known for its tasteless depiction of topless models, complained of “confused poesie”. In Die Welt, a Jewish writer dubbed Grass “the prototype of the educated antisemite”. He added, for good measure, that Grass was “completely nuts”. Tom Segev wrote in the Guardian that the lyric was ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“rather pathetic”.
Grass noted in an interview with North German Radio that the tone of the criticism “didn’t just concentrate on the contents of the poem” but amounted to a scurrilous campaign to say that his reputation “had been damaged for all time”. He added: “The old cliches are used.
Amid the over the top criticism, a few voices came forward to defend Grass : “It’s got to be possible to speak openly without being denounced as an enemy of Israel,” said Klaus Staeck, the president of the Berlin academy of art. He called the “reflexive condemnation” by Zionists of Grass as an antisemite inappropriate, and insisted that Grass was merely expressing his concern about developments in the Middle East. “A lot of people share this worry,” Staeck added.
Predictably, Iran warmly welcomed Grass’s poem. Press TV, Iran’s state-owned English-language satellite channel, hailed it as a literary sensation. The Press TV report also observed: “Israel is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and it has never allowed IAEA inspections.
What the reaction against Gunter GrassÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ sensible observation and advice brings to prominence is the key factor that is ruining the ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œWestÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢: total control of expression by media and financial interests, killing counter opinions on financial, defence and economic matters, in each of the countries being ruled by juntas subverted by moneyed Zionist operators.
In countries like Canada for example, anyone who criticises military invasions or conspiratorial intervention in poor countries are subject to intimidation by phone tapping, web usage monitoring and by buying of the neighbourhood for intense surveillance through strategically parked motor vehicles and never opening garage doors of a house opposite! Occasionally, even a Murdoch press ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œjournalistÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ might show up on your drive way if you are lucky! In Sri Lanka they hire agents like Gamini Weerakoon and Van the Poo-ton to carry out propaganda and to watch others offering counter opinion.
This is the reason why there at least a few people in West, like Gunter Grass who believe that somebody has to say it despite threats. The best way of resistance is to reproduce the voices of people like Gunter Grass:
What must be said
Why have I kept silent, held back so long,
on something openly practiced in
war games, at the end of which those of us
who survive will at best be footnotes?
It’s the alleged right to a first strike
that could destroy an Iranian people
subjugated by a loudmouth
and gathered in organized rallies,
because an atom bomb may be being
developed within his arc of power.
Yet why do I hesitate to name
that other land in which
for yearsÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Âalthough kept secretÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
a growing nuclear power has existed
beyond supervision or verification,
subject to no inspection of any kind?
This general silence on the facts,
before which my own silence has bowed,
seems to me a troubling lie, and compels
me toward a likely punishment
the moment it’s flouted:
the verdict “Anti-semitism” falls easily.
But now that my own country,
brought in time after time
for questioning about its own crimes,
profound and beyond compare,
is said to be the departure point,
(on what is merely business,
though easily declared an act of reparation)
for yet another submarine equipped
to transport nuclear warheads
to Israel, where not a single atom bomb
has yet been proved to exist, with fear alone
the only evidence, I’ll say what must be said.
But why have I kept silent till now?
Because I thought my own origins,
Tarnished by a stain that can never be removed,
meant I could not expect Israel, a land
to which I am, and always will be, attached,
to accept this open declaration of the truth.
Why only now, grown old,
and with what ink remains, do I say:
Israel’s atomic power endangers
an already fragile world peace?
Because what must be said
may be too late tomorrow;
and becauseÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Âburdend enough as GermansÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
we may be providing material for a crime
that is foreseeable, so that our complicity
wil not be expunged by any
of the usual excuses.
And granted: I’ve broken my silence
because I’m sick of the West’s hypocrisy;
and I hope too that many may be freed
from their silence, may demand
that those responsible for the open danger
we face renounce the use of force,
may insist that the governments of
both Iran and Israel allow an international authority
free and open inspection of
the nuclear potential and capability of both.
No other course offers help
to Israelis and Palestinians alike,
to all those living side by side in emnity
in this region occupied by illusions,
and ultimately, to all of us.
GÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¼nter Grass, translated by Breon Mitchell
This writer couldnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t have said better himself!