Mitt Romney and Iran Foreign Policy
GOP Presidential Candidate Wants Genocide Incitement Charges
Though Mitt Romney’s efforts to indict Iran’s President for inciting genocide, now spanning over five years, have yet to yield any results, the former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate isn’t letting it go. In September 2007, he made the request in a formal letter to the UN Secretary General (seen below). He raised the matter again at the CNN Republican National Security debate on November 22, 2011, and most prominently, during the Foreign Policy debate with President Obama on October 22, 2012.
Romney’s entire case is based on Iran’s severely mistranslated and deliberately misreported anti-Zionist rhetoric. "Given his calls for Israel to be wiped off the map", reads a statement on Romney’s web site, "Ahmadinejad should be indicted for incitement to genocide under Article III of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide". Iran’s actual position, advocating the political demise of Israel, has been conveniently interpreted as a threat to annihilate the country and kill all of its people. Israel’s own Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed the faultiness of this narrative.
Is Romney’s understanding of the world based in reality? Consider some of his tangential statements. For example, Romney has repeatedly attempted to paint Barack Obama as a poor friend to Israel, implying that he has snubbed their leaders and withheld U.S. support. Yet rather than feel abandoned, most Israeli leaders have rated him very favorably. Ehud Barak, the Defense Minister and former Prime Minister, has even stated that of all U.S. Presidents, Obama is the strongest partner that his country has ever seen.
Romney also chastized the President for his 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt, calling it the “Apology Tour”. While Obama made some conciliatory remarks, no apologies whatsoever were offered. CNN’s post-debate Fact Check concluded, “Romney’s claim is false. The president...has never apologized or gone on an “apology tour.” Nevertheless, the Romney campaign is still betting on this canard, featuring it in a subsequent promo video.
Romney’s signature line of the night was his claim that America doesn’t dictate to countries, it saves them from dictatorship. Yet the two men had already agreed that Egyptian dicatator Hosni Mubarak in Egypt had to go, neglecting to mention that America had supported him for decades — and still would had the people not revolted. America’s extensive history of overthrowing foreign governments and replacing them with brutal regimes is well documented. Roll call: Patrice Lumumba, Jacobo Arbenz, Salvador Allende, Mohammad Mossadegh......
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