You have to read this NBC News article (by Richard Engel and Robert Windrem) about the group United Against Nuclear Iran. It’s pretty informative about the group’s efforts, yet disturbing in that typical MSM way–hardly any challenge of UANI’s narrative, barely a word from opponents of the sanctions, and, of course, not a single word about how ordinary Iranians are suffering under the sanctions regime so vigorously pressed by the likes of UANI.
But the part that is just brimming with irony is the discussion of how this group, manned by the Israel lobby’s close friends and counting on its advisory board a former head of the Mossad, has parallels to the anti-apartheid struggle–
The public shaming is a familiar strategy — with a twist. Activists demonstrated and demanded U.S. pension funds and university endowments divest stock in South African companies during the dying days of apartheid in the 1980s and ‘90s.
and how it pressured Caterpillar to stop supplying Iran. You can’t make this stuff up:
“UANI also says it forced Caterpillar, the huge U.S.-based construction company, to stop supplying equipment to Iran. After a letter-writing campaign failed, UANI bought a billboard opposite the company’s headquarters in Peoria, Ill., showing a piece of earth-moving equipment alongside a photo of Ahmadinejad and the words, “Today’s work, tomorrow’s nuclear Iran.” As soon as the company halted the sales in February 2010, the billboard came down.
“At the time, Caterpillar said it did not have extensive business dealings with Iran, and that it couldn’t control sales in the secondary market. But it did bar non-U.S. subsidiaries from accepting orders that it knew were destined from Iran.
For years activists who are working against apartheid have sought to shame Caterpillar for its sale of bulldozers to Israel, including the bulldozer that crushed Rachel Corrie to death in 2003. Has NBC ever published a fulsome piece on their human-rights campaign? Somehow I doubt it.