Christiane Amanpour: Iran Negotiations Could be This Century's "Defining Issue"

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN and contributing global affairs anchor for ABC, talks about the reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran from Middle Eastern leaders, and what it tells us about their interests and the deal's shot at success.


Christiane Amanpour

Comments [38]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Mr. Bad of Trollistan,

I wish you a Happy and Eternal Nakba!

Nov. 27 2013 01:23 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

I just want to remind WNYC that all of the comments that they delete and keep for posterity are preserved forever in mine own archives. Here is a quote un quote progressive "" railing against my middle ground position. Just left click and highlight between quotes. Keep it up. When I'm done you will be exposed completely. I'm happy that you keep protecting Right Wing ideologues, I've almost got enough to bankrupt you the next time you have a pledge drive. Fair warning is given. And thanks for deleting my genuine wish for a happy Hanukkah to my own adversaries, you'll no doubt profit in the short term. I do wish all AMERICAN Jews a happy and healthy Hanukkah.

Nov. 26 2013 07:59 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

We usually just hear from Brian - the dishonest leftist media voice for the Obama regime.
But, today, we heard from Amanpour - the dishonest pro-Palestinian voice of Islamic Jihad.
LOL, aren't American press freedoms wonderful?

Nov. 26 2013 01:40 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Mr. Bad again

If the US came to blows with Israel I'd have to decide who I felt was at fault, and if I thought it was Israel I'd fight against Israel to change their government, as Americans did against Japan and Germany. But there were a handful of GErman-Americans who did go to Germany just before the war to fight for the Third Reich. All Japanese-Americans stayed in the US, but then Japan did attack the US whereas Germany declared war days afterwards.

But my honest answer is, it would depend who I thought was right and who was wrong. Many Americans refused to fight in Vietnam and ran to Canada. Some even visited North Vietnam in sympathy. So the answer to you is, IT DEPENDS!

Nov. 26 2013 11:34 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Mr. Bad again

Demography is NOT destiny. Israel was Jewish land when there were only 6 Jews remaining in the country. It does not matter how many Jews live in Israel, it remains Jewish tribal land forever regardless for as long as a single Jew is left alive on earth. So you have your work cut out for you, as did all the others who tried to bury us.

Nov. 26 2013 11:25 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ jgarbuz from Queens

And so if the USA and Israel come to blows which side are you on? Not saying it would ever happen but hypothetically, whose side? Moreover, what about espionage? Would you spy for one country for another? One cannot be a servant of two masters...

Nov. 26 2013 11:23 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Mr. Bad

Israel is just a colony for Muslim Arabs. It is Jewish tribal soil occupied by Muslim Arabs who bow low towards Mecca in Arabia (their true tribal homeland) and not towards Jerusalem.

Nov. 26 2013 11:20 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Sheldon

Under Jewish Law, a Jew must be loyal and patriotic to any country that gives Jews refuge and equality under the law. In the synagogues there are prayers for the President and the country on every holy day. But just because someone is born a Jew, or a Navajo, or born into any tribe it should not mean that one should have to choose between loyalty to your tribe or to your country. It's like asking someone to choose between loyalty to one's spouse or one's parent. It is a false choice.

Nov. 26 2013 11:17 AM
Jinx from NYSEE

Rouhani won an election in which ONLY candidates approved by the Grand Ayatollah were even allowed to run. He was chosen by the Grand Ayatollah to put a more friendly face on Iranian desires to KILL ALL THE JEWS. The Grand Ayatollah has been very clear about his objective all along.

The agreement is BS. Iran will suddenly announce it has a bomb, just like North Korea, and then a nuclear war will happen, just like the Grand Ayatollah has already predicted.

Why doesn't WNYC get guests who are critical of Iran??

Nov. 26 2013 11:11 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Fair enough JG, after centuries of pogroms and the holocaust, I don't blame your Mother for her correct wisdom.

I will not tell you or anyone, where your loyalty should lay but please don't tell the rest of America to accept it.

Nov. 26 2013 11:03 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To SHeldon

People have the right to consider themselves whatever they want. But as my mother taught me long ago, it doesn't matter what you think you are; others will remind you. Many Jews in Germany really thought they were Germans. You'd think so after 1,700 years in a country.

Nov. 26 2013 10:54 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

JG, I could care lees that Israel has nukes, she must look out for herself and her security but I have a problem with you always linking "Jews inventing the bomb" to America owing "Worldwide Jewry" something.

It's as though you are implying that US citizens who happen to be Jewish, should never consider themselves American.

Nov. 26 2013 10:51 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

The US benefited from the Brain Drain that Europe experienced when scientists of various backgrounds fled nazi threatened and later dominated Europe.

Nov. 26 2013 10:46 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To SHeldon

I don't care about antisemitism, because just like anti-black racism, it will go on forever. Love is fleeting; Hate is eternal. But the Jewish state will not allow those who want to raise a nuclear sword over its head to be able to do so no matter what!

Nov. 26 2013 10:44 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I understand many of the scientists were emigres, many of them, who happened to be Jewish - not all.

Your logic that America owes Israel, or the "Jewish people" something because of this, is dangerous and feeds into Anti-semitism.

Nov. 26 2013 10:40 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Here is an oldie but goodie.

2007, Columbia University Presdient Lee Bollinger introducing Ahmadinejad.


"Why have women, members of the Baha’i faith, homosexuals and so many of our academic colleagues become targets of persecution in your country?

Why in a letter last week to the Secretary General of the UN did Akbar Gangi, Iran’s leading political dissident, and over 300 public intellectuals, writers and Nobel Laureates express such grave concern that your inflamed dispute with the West is distracting the world’s attention from the intolerable conditions your regime has created within Iran? In particular, the use of the Press Law to ban writers for criticizing the ruling system.

Why are you so afraid of Iranian citizens expressing their opinions for change?"

Nov. 26 2013 10:39 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

But actually the worst spy was a German:

"Klaus Fuchs – German-born British theoretical physicist who worked with the British delegation at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. After Fuchs' confession there was a trial that lasted less than 90 minutes, Lord Goddard sentenced him to fourteen years' imprisonment, the maximum for violating the Official Secrets Act. He escaped the charge of espionage because of the lack of independent evidence and because, at the time of the crime, the Soviet Union was not an enemy of Great Britain.[14] In December 1950 he was stripped of his British citizenship. He was released on June 23, 1959, after serving nine years and four months of his sentence at Wakefield prison. He was allowed to emigrate to Dresden, then in the German Democratic Republic.[15][16]"

Nov. 26 2013 10:33 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Yes, Sheldon, there were Jewish spies who gave the Bomb to the SOviet Union as well. Both owe their nuclear deterrents to Jewish scientists.

Nov. 26 2013 10:30 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

JG, you always say that "Jews invented the bomb for America" So, by that logic, are you going to acknowledge "Jews promptly gave the bomb to the Soviets"? Or does your ethnic booster acknowledgements just go in one direction?

Nov. 26 2013 10:27 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Can anyone show examples of Israel holding military parades with missiles tagged with slogans like "Death to Iran"

as Iran does with its missiles tagged with "Death to Israel", "Death to America", "Death to the USA"?

How does Christian Amanpour explain the Iranian backed Hezbullah militias performing oustretched Nazi salutes?

Google Images "arab nazi salute".

Nov. 26 2013 10:25 AM
April from Manhattan

Since everyone knows Israel has nuclear weapons, why does the MSM, including WNYC, not acknowledge them? I asked Ethan Bronner of the NY Times how many nukes had. 100, wrote he, on the next to last page of the Arts Section. Weird art form! Haaretz, where I get my Israeli news, covers their nukes openly. One blast from the past, so to speak, was a story about Moshe Dayan wanting to use them. Fortunately for the world, Golda Meir said no. Brian, call 646 829-4000 and listen to my predictions of what you'd say on your show at about eight thirty, then thirty five. I did pretty well.

The big question, since Israel does have nukes, do they think Iranians are more irrational than they, and would nuke Israel starting WWIII. Get Ben Ami of J St on. He's for Kerry's policy. Why you don't let him on. Last time you did, you only allowed calls from ultra orthodox in Brooklyn, who were extremely violent verbally. I knew you wouldn't take my call today. You're so predictable.

Nov. 26 2013 10:24 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Israel wasn't "allowed" to get the bomb. The US was against ISrael getting the bomb. Jews INVENTED THE BOMB! Germany would have had it first had Hitler not been determined to kill every Jew on the planet and considered nuclear physics as "Jewish science" and thus had no belief in any such bomb!

Nov. 26 2013 10:22 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

The basis of global strategic security is actually very simple. The MAD based nuclear deterrence program that has been policy throughout the Cold War means "tit for tat", you nuke me I nuke you. It really is nothing more than that, everything else is technical implementation. The Shia Crescent provides a counterweight to Isreali militarism and the Arabian peninsula oil states who meddle in the politics of the region and (as shown in Yemen in Syria) have no problem with starting wars they cannot finish in the service of their regional ambitions. Then we get called in to put out the fire. It has to end.

Iran, the only country in the region whose government is actually the result of a successful political uprising by its own people is deeply flawed but also committed to its own survival, that is very clear, and can be expected to continue to make sound strategic choices. They are a good partner to deal with and aren't driven, like the Israeli's, by a paranoid persecution/doomsday mania or like the Saudi's whose legitimacy is based entirely on bribery, graft and US military protection.

Nov. 26 2013 10:21 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Taher

Only after the 56 Muslim countries fully recognize the Jewish state and apologize for occupying Jewish soil and desecrating the Temple Mount.

Nov. 26 2013 10:19 AM
MikeInBrklyn from Clinton Hill

Isn't this a bit of treating the symptom not the cause. If Iran has interest in pursuing nuclear weapons, is it not spurred onby the fact that Israel was allowed to get the bomb? Why is it that this issue is not also on the table?

Nov. 26 2013 10:19 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

If Iran has no desire to harm the Jewish state, it should recognize and make peace with the Jewish state, as the Shah had before the Supreme Fuehrers came to power.

Nov. 26 2013 10:18 AM
Elaine from Baltimore

Arab caller is in error. The countries around Iran, and in the majority of the Middle East, were created after WW1 by France and Britain. Most of these countries, like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq etc were artificially created after the Ottoman empire was defeated.

Nov. 26 2013 10:18 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Does Christian Amanpour believe that Iran respects and abides by the NPT, Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, or behind closed doors laugh at it and does everything that is counter to the NPT.

I hope you cover the Shia belief in the 12th Mahdi - the Shiite "End Times", Armageddon belief.

Nov. 26 2013 10:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

If Iran gets nukes, so will Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, et al. Saudi Arabia can argue it is threatened by Iran and needs a nuclear program just like Iran, and Egypt can make the same argument, as can Turkey and others. If Iran cannot be stopped, nobody can be stopped.

Nov. 26 2013 10:17 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

The entire Middle East needs to be a nuclear weapons free zone, including Israel. No, exception.

Nov. 26 2013 10:16 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

If Iran can get nuclear weapons, so should Cuba and certainly Mexico. And Venezuela. And Brazil. Etc.

Nov. 26 2013 10:14 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Mr. Bad

I believe that Muslims have the same right to Jewish land that Jews have to Muslim land. Judah and Samaria are occupied Jewish lands. Palestine is east of the Jordan river.

Nov. 26 2013 10:13 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Kumru

Jews invented the atomic bomb FOR America, thereby saving 100,000-300,000 US GI lives by not having to invade Japan. Israel's nuclear program came about because the US never gave Israel a formal treaty alliance as the US has with Germany and Japan, and because Khruschev in 1956 threatened to rocket Israel. Israel is not a signatory to the NPT and therefor has the same right as India and Pakistan to have the bomb. And only after 56 Muslim countries make peace and accept the right of the Jewish state to exist in peace will Israel even think of sitting down in disarmament talks with the Muslim countries.

Nov. 26 2013 10:11 AM
Bob from Flushing

Netanyahu, according to Amanpour, is looking for Iran's "complete capitulation," complete abandonment of its nuclear program. Would he accept similiar terms? Would he even admit that Israel has a nuclear program?

Nov. 26 2013 10:10 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Does Christiane Amanpour believe that the Islamic Republic of Irans nuclear development is Peaceful or a nuclear weapons program.

Can Iran be trusted considering that the government is a theocratic dictatorship based on Shia Islam?

One of the ayatollahs has said that nuclear weapons are "un-Islamic", but how does that explain fellow self described Islamic Republic of Pakistan having nuclear weapons. Is Pakistan "un-Islamic" and would Iran be OK as being "un-Islamic"?

What were the roots of the 8 year Iraq/Iran war which resulted in the deaths of one million people?

Is it true that Iran used children, carrying plastic keys to "heaven", to clear mine fields after the Iraq/Iran war? That any Iranian child killed by a land mine was a "hero"? How many Iranian children died during the land mine detection operation?

How should the US and Israel and other Western nations view the call for death to America and Israel?

Search Youtube with terms "iran death america israel" for examples.

Should the US and Israel believe that Iran is working to develop nuclear bombs and when it acquires them will launch them at the US and Israel and Sunni countries?

Will the world be more or less safe if Iran acquires nuclear weapons?

Will Iran acquiring nuclear weapons set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East?

Nov. 26 2013 10:08 AM

Be a good journalist: Discuss Israel's nuclear capacity!

Nov. 26 2013 10:07 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

If Iran is allowed to keep enriching, then Israel must be allowed to keep settling.

Nov. 26 2013 10:06 AM

Peace in our time (for the next six months)!

Nov. 26 2013 04:59 AM

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