Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

CNN gives the mike to Iran’s foreign minister, again

I’ve seen reporter Christiane Amanpour often. She always has the sharpest questions but when the interviewee talks, she seldom has any follow-up.

In this case, Iran’s FM gets the unhindered opportunity to broadcast his fairytales. Unopposed total fabrication for the American public. Terrible!

On top of this, we may assume that the average US viewer does not know that in Arab culture, image building has a much higher priority than reporting dry technical facts. It’s a Western viewpoint to call that lying. In Arab culture, it’s easily a defense of one’s image and dignity, not trickery.

However, this diplomat doesn’t do any of that. He’s just lying. Just as we got used to by Trump: several lies per every sentence.

The formerly respectable JPost sees hope in his words. (It’s a plant from Reuters.) What do calm words mean from someone who tries to kill you?

In a follow-up, the JPost/Reuters duo continues to underline the hoax.

Even its senior quality war correspondent interprets the diplomat talking from both sides of his mouth as “giving in.” It’s, surely, rather just smoke and mirrors while they continue building a nuclear arsenal. Why stop now?

But also a quality publication like the Times of Israel sees value in these ironic words spoken in total insincerity as if they could have any meaning.

And so does a headline from the generally superbly informed Algemeiner.

If you escaped a violent home, you know that you can’t appease ruthless abusers. You can only corner them when they have no escape route.

Biden therefore must help create an international coalition swiftly that puts the economic squeeze on the Iranian Junta before it is too late.


Here the same senior CNN reporter talks with the same FM, three years ago, and in the beginning, she does contradict him. But soon, she lets him talk for minutes on end. (You can tell he’s lying full speed when he changes his tone to “sweet fatherly,” like at 10:55.) He portrays his regime as the only serious fighter of ISIS. In fact, Iran is the world’s number one supporter of terrorism, but she lets him talk freely as the defender of civility.

He gets to speak freely, comes across as a decent man and not a terrorist leader, and so, they gladly use this interviewer.


Seven years ago, she interviewed the Iranian president himself. His smile! You can tell he’s not someone bent on genocide or cruelty. Just kiddin’.

Instead of the third degree, she conducts a therapist interview. Talk about what you feel and think. I’ll listen, I’m interested. (I’m a fool and so safe.)

He says, stone-faced: “The entire world must recognize that Iran does not and will never seek nuclear weapons.” She says: “Many people don’t believe that, sir, so what can you do to inspire confidence?” She should have said: “That’s a bold-faced lie because, for peaceful use of nuclear energy, you don’t need the degree of uranium enrichment you seek.” Not saying that is dishonest and collusion with the big Iranian lie. He says: “Why is Iran singled out for mistrust? What is Iran different from other countries?” She doesn’t answer! She doesn’t say: You threaten to wipe Israel off the map. You infiltrate a dozen regional countries with terrorists. I skipped the rest. She gives him the last word to say: “I bring peace and friendship from the Iranian People to the American People.” Too ridiculous for comment as words by a dictator who can’t even talk for the Iranians.

With the Al Jazeera option, Western media have no single good reason to cozy up to these antisemites/terrorists and to grant them respectability.


Instead of flooding the viewers with a whole stack of lies, they are much better served by some clear, truthful sentences on what is going on.


Trump would never bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities to stop them from reaching nuclear capability. He didn’t even give Israel the bomb he had to destroy the mountains that hold their offensive weaponry. But he would have let Israel do the dirty work.

Biden is not like that. He doesn’t have an antisemitic fiber in his body. Just like Andrew Yang. So, we may rest assured that the US under Biden will not let Israel go it alone. I’d advise him to wear a bullet-proof vest. The US tends to do away with Catholic presidents a bit early on.


Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole violent regime of Iran was neutralized and the Iranian People liberated from its oppressors and able to march to prosperity and freedom, dignity and health?

Iranians are no antisemites and have only a warm heart for Israel. Remember that.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
Related Topics
Related Posts