Author: Zaid Jalini
The deal struck between P5+1 countries and Iran has earned global applause, and cheers were perhaps loudest among Iran’s 77 million people themselves, who have long sought closer relations with the West and a de-escalation of tensions.
But in the United States, an assorted group of right-wingers denounced the deal, using over-the-top rhetoric to warn about the dangers supposedly associated with a successful diplomatic plan. Here are some of the most absurd reactions:
The Deal Is Worse Than Talking To Hitler: Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk didn’t go for the usual Obama-is-Chamberlain routine comparing Iran diplomacy to appeasing Hitler. He upped the ante, saying, “Neville Chamberlain got a lot of more out of Hitler than Wendy Sherman got out of Iran, referring to a State Department negotiator.
The Iran Deal Is Like The Iraq War: Israeli columnist Ari Shavit took to the pages of Politico Magazine to say that the Iran deal, which involves no bloodshed, is like the Iraq war, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 21st century.
The Iran Deal Is Like Tearing Apart The Statue Of Liberty: The Israel Project, helmed by former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) flack Josh Block, published a dramatic video to Facebook showing the arm of the Statue Of Liberty literally falling apart in response to the deal:
The Iran Deal Has Those Sneaky Iranian Americans Are Gloating: Bloomberg’s Eli Lake decided to respond to the deal with a xenophobic slur against one of the deal’s proponents: Trita Parsia of the National Iranian American Council. “The Iranian-Swedish con man is gloating,” he tweeted. Parsi’s family moved from Iran to Sweden when he was a child but he has spent most of his life in the United States.
The Iran Deal Involves No Concessions From Iran At All: The Israeli government put out a bizarre statement in response to the deal. “The smiles in Lausanne are detached from the wretched reality where Iran refuses to make concessions on the nuclear issues and continues to threaten Israel and the rest of the countries of the Middle East,” said that country’s intelligence minister. The fact is that Iran is giving up 97 percent of its enriched uranium stockpile and sharply reducing centrifuges.