Wednesday, January 26, 2011

UN Secretary General to Troofers: Falk You



Well done. Falk's future rests with the Human Rights Council, a subsidiary group of 47 nations inside the UN umbrella.

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At 26 January, 2011 17:07, Blogger Len said...

"That's right," says the national security adviser, "did you read in the file I prepared that New York Times op-ed piece from February 1979 by Richard Falk, the professor of international law at Princeton? He visited Khomeini in France. His article complained that the ayatollah was maligned when Carter and Brzezinski 'until recently associated him with religious fanaticism.' Falk protests that 'The news media have defamed him in many ways, associating him with efforts to turn the clock back 1,300 years, with virulent anti-Semitism, and with a new political disorder, "theocratic fascism" about to be set loose on the world.' He explains to readers that Khomeini 'indicated' that non-religious leftists would be able to participate fully in an Islamic republic and that 'to suppose that Ayatollah Khomeini is dissembling seems almost beyond belief.' He adds that 'the depiction of him as fanatical, reactionary, and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false.' [8]

"The article is entitled 'Trusting Khomeini,'" you note. "I hope he doesn't write on 'Trusting Arafat' to convince Israelis to make concessions to the Palestinians. People will run into Sharon's arms after reading it."

"There's more," says the national security adviser. "Anthony Lewis then wrote a Times column chastising Falk for 'trusting in illusions'-things were getting increasingly repressive in Khomeini's Iran-and Falk insists that 'to single out Iran for criticism at this point is to lend support to that fashionable falsehood, embraced by Mr. Lewis, that what has happened in Iran is the replacement of one tyranny by another.'" [9]


8]Richard Falk, "Trusting Khomeini," New York Times, February 16, 1979
9]Richard Falk, "In Iran, a 'Balance of Hopeful Signs'" (Letter to the Editor) New York Times, March 28, 1979.

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=344

In a February 16, 1979, op-ed for the New York Times, Mr. Falk praised Ayatollah Khomeini and bemoaned his ill treatment in the American press. He wrote, "The depiction of him as fanatical, reactionary and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false." Nearly nine months later, student followers of Khomeini invaded the American embassy in Tehran and held 52 diplomats hostage for the following 444 days.

http://www.nysun.com/news/foreign/un-official-calls-study-neocons-role-911

Trusting Khomeini

By Richard Falk ();
February 16, 1979,
, Section , Page A27, Column , words

[ DISPLAYING ABSTRACT ]

PRINCETON, N.J. Part of the confusion in America about Iran's social revolution involves Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. More even than any third-world leader, he has been depicted in a manner calculated to frighten.

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30C13FA3A5D12728DDDAF0994DA405B898BF1D3&scp=3&sq=richard+falk&st=p

ABROAD AT HOME Trusting In Illusions

By Anthony Lewis ();
March 12, 1979,
, Section , Page A17, Column , words

[ DISPLAYING ABSTRACT ]

BOSTON, March 11--Shortly before Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran, he was visited in Paris by an American group that included Ramsey Clark, the former Attorney General, and Richard Falk, Professor of...

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50D13FF3A5511728DDDAB0994DB405B898BF1D3&scp=1&sq=richard+falk&st=p

Falk's reply to Lewis
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0C17F9355D12728DDDA10A94DB405B898BF1D3&scp=2&sq=richard+falk&st=p

$ 3.95 ea if you want to read more

 
At 26 January, 2011 20:16, Blogger Ian G. said...

Nice find Len.

I'm guessing Falk has never retracted anything he said about Khomeini.

 
At 26 January, 2011 21:27, Blogger CachorroQuente said...

Jeez -- somebody with the UN has some goolies. All my illusions done be shattered.

 
At 27 January, 2011 04:32, Blogger Triterope said...

News item:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37374&Cr=Human+Rights+Council&Cr1=

"I condemn this sort of inflammatory rhetoric," Mr. Ban said, referring to the comments made by Palestinian rights expert Richard Falk in a blog post this month. "It is preposterous – an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in that tragic attack."

That's right Truthers, the Secretary General of the United Nations just called you "preposterous." Now let's see that 84% you're always talking about.

 
At 27 January, 2011 12:12, Blogger WhyAskQuestions said...

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/25/us-wants-un-human-rights-expert-richard-falk-fired-for-9-11-comm/

Criticism has come from other quarters as well.

"But the professor doesn't limit his whackadoo world view to Israel. He recently blogged a complaint that not nearly enough attention is paid to the possibility that the Bush administration, and not Al Qaeda, destroyed the World Trade Center on 9/11 by means of controlled explosions," said an editorial in the New York Daily News.

Reacting to the storm of criticism, Falk wrote in the comments section of his blog today:
"My comment intended only to support the effort to investigate further unexplained gaps in the official version that have disturbed large number of persons who have looked into the facts."

 
At 27 January, 2011 12:14, Blogger WhyAskQuestions said...

Falk wrote in the comments section of his blog today:
"My comment intended only to support the effort to investigate further unexplained gaps in the official version that have disturbed large number of persons who have looked into the facts."


Gaps? WTF kind of gaps can there be? None!

Brian Good, where are you when we need someone to laugh at?

 
At 28 January, 2011 14:18, Blogger Triterope said...

That's right Truthers, the Secretary General of the United Nations just called you "preposterous." Now let's see that 84% you're always talking about.

Any time now, guys.

 

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