Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Murky Metaphors from Mehr

This item, entitled "Israelis who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones: Asefi," is from Iran's Mehr News Service:
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here on Tuesday that Israel’s threats to attack Iran’s nuclear installations are only psychological warfare, asserting that Israel is like an extremely vulnerable “glass house”.

“We do not take these threats seriously since the Israelis are well aware they’re sitting in a glass house and those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others,” Asefi told a weekly press briefing.
The old saying about glass houses concerns vulnerability to criticism not vulnerability to attack, so what is Asefi saying? As usual, no Mehr story can go on for more than two paragraphs without mentioning the Holocaust:
Referring to the Holocaust, he noted that Israel should not misuse the issue of genocide or the massacre of Jews, be it based on correct information or not, to continue with its aggressive policies in the occupied territories.
I think the "massacre of Jews" in question is the one Israel is trying to avoid, not the one that happened in WWII.

Tags: ,

No comments: