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Response to shira (Reply #45)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 10:44 PM

46. You must not have paid much attention

It is right there, in the poem:

"... in addition to which it is to be hoped
That this will free many from silence,
That they may prompt the perpetrator of the recognized danger
To renounce violence and
Likewise insist
That an unhindered and permanent control
Of
the Israeli nuclear potential
And the Iranian nuclear sites
Be authorized through an international agency
By the governments of both countries."

As to the rhetoric of Iranian leaders and why he focused his criticism on Israel, not Iran, Grass said in an interview with Tom Buhrow, ARD (German television):

1. Iran is constantly being criticized, and rightfully so. I have also made contributions in this respect.
2. The nonsense and lies by Iran's leader, I call him a loudmouth - from holocaust denial to the threat of wiping Israel from the map - are well known. (In the poem) I am talking about things that are never mentioned, or not often enough.

9.47 - 10.38 min.

http://tagesschau.vo.llnwd.net/d3/video/2012/0405/TV-20120405-1911-5601.webl.h264.mp4


BTW, when he speculated that "the alleged right to the first strike ... could lead to the annihilation of the Iranian people", Grass may have had in mind the following quote from the New York Times, I guess: "an Israeli nuclear strike to prevent the Iranians from taking the final steps toward getting the bomb is probable".

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