Iran War Can Trigger WW III – Nobel Laureate

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German Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass defends his remarks against Israel warning that a Tel Aviv’s military strike on Iran could spark World War III.

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Press TV – “If Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear sites, presumably with conventional bombs and warheads, that could trigger a third world war,” dpa quoted Grass as saying on Thursday.

In a controversial poem titled “What Must Be Said” which was published in Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Wednesday, Grass expressed concern over the consequences of Israel’s possible attack on Iran.

“Why do I say only now … that the nuclear power Israel endangers an already fragile world peace? Because that must be said which may already be too late to say tomorrow,” Grass wrote.

Grass said on Thursday that calling Israel a “nuclear power” is a taboo in Germany but he no longer wished to join in “the general silence.”

The poem has provoked the ire of the Israeli regime. The Israeli embassy in Berlin issued a statement on Wednesday, saying Israel is “not prepared to assume the role that Gunter Grass assigns us.”

In sympathy with the Israelis, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle blatantly accused Iran of seeking “a nuclear weapons program” and described the country as a “threat to Israel and the entire region.”

The Nobelist said he had received “piles” of supportive messages following the publication of the poem and criticized his country’s media for trying to launch a smearing campaign against him.

“The attitude across the board has been not to discuss the content of the poem, but to mount a campaign against me and claim my reputation has been trashed,” he said. “The old cliches have been reused. Some of it is very wounding,” he said.

Grass won the Nobel Prize in 1999. His 1958 novel, The Tin Drum, was an indictment of the German mindset in the Nazi era.

Never in the history of postwar Germany has a prominent intellectual attacked Israel in such a brave way as Günter Grass with his controversial new poem. Metaphorically, the Nobelist has delivered a lethally lyrical strike against Israel.

Israel is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and it has never allowed inspections of its nuclear facilities nor has it joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity.

According to a survey conducted in 2011 by the Berlin-based Friedrich Ebert Foundation, more than 50 percent of the European people believe Israel is the most serious threat to global security.

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