Obama & Merkel visit Buchenwald concentration camp: We will do everything we can so that something like this never happens again

Propaganda Alert

compiled by Cem Ertür
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
7 June 2009

1) Transcript of the Interview of US President Obama with Justin Webb of the BBC (2 June 2009)
2) Transcript of Foreign Minister Hillary Clinton’s interview on ABC’s ‘This Week’ (7 June 2009)

3) Obama and Merkel visit Buchenwald concentration camp (5 June 2009)
4) UK Prime Minister Brown’s words at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp (28 April 2009)

5) Statements by Obama, Merkel and Brown made during their visits to Israel(March-July 2008)


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excerpt from: Obama interview: the transcript

BBC, 2 June 2009

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2009/06/090602_obama_transcript .shtml

BBC: What the Israelis say is that they have managed to persuade you at least to concentrate on Iran and to give what’s — behind the scenes they’re calling it a bit of an ultimatum to the Iranians: By the end of this year there must be some real progress.OBAMA: Well, the only thing I’d correct on that is I don’t think the Israelis needed to convince me of that, since I’ve been talking about it for the last two years.


excerpts from: Transcript: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on ‘This Week’

(transcript of ABC-TV’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ programme on 7 June 2009)

ABC News website, 7 June 2009

CLINTON: […] I don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that, were Israel to suffer a nuclear attack by Iran, there would be retaliation.ABC: By the United States?CLINTON: Well, I think there would be retaliation. And I think part of what is clear is, we want to avoid a — a Middle East arms race […] and we want to make clear that there are consequences and costs.Now, let me just put it this way: If […] they [i.e. the Iranians] believe that the United States might attack them the way that we did attack Iraq, for example…

ABC: Before they attack, as a first strike?

CLINTON: That’s right, as a first strike, or they might have some other enemy that would do that to them, part of what we have to make clear to the Iranians is that their pursuit of nuclear weapons will actually trigger greater insecurity, because […]

ABC: Because Israel will strike before they can finish?

CLINTON: Well, but not only that. I mean, other countries, other Arab countries are deeply concerned about Iran having nuclear weapons. […]


Obama and Merkel visit Buchenwald concentration camp: “We will do everything we can so that something like this never happens again”

“It is therefore incumbent upon us Germans to show an unshakeable resolve to do everything we can so that something like this never happens again.”

[Germany’s Prime Minister Angela Merkel, Buchenwald concentration camp memorial, 5 June 2009] [1]

“This place teaches us that we must be ever-vigilant about the spread of evil […]. And I want to express particular thanks to Chancellor Merkel and the German people […] [for showing] determination that they will stand guard against acts like this happening again.”

[US President Barack Obama, Buchenwald concentration camp memorial, 5 June 2009] [1]

“When you see the gas chambers, the concentration camps, […] [t]hese memories can never leave you, but it makes you absolutely determined that we should not ever allow this to happen again.”

[UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, interview at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, 28 April 2009] [2]

from the archives:

“Ladies and gentlemen, the threats directed against Israel and the Jewish people by the Iranian President are without doubt a particular cause for concern […]. If Iran ever acquires nuclear weapons, the consequences will be disastrous.”

[Germany’s Prime Minister Angela Merkel, Israeli Parliament Knesset, 18 March 2008] [3]

“The threats to Israel’s security […] [include] an Iranian regime that sponsors terrorism, pursues nuclear weapons and threatens Israel’s existence.”

[US Presidential candidate Barack Obama, Sderot, Israel, 23 July 2008] [4]

“And to those who mistakenly and outrageously call for the end of Israel let the message be: Britain will always stand firmly by Israel’s side.”

[UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 21 July 2008] [5]



[1] Remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Concentration Camp Survivor and Humanitarian Elie Wiesel at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial

Federal News Service, 5 June 2009


[2] PM’s words at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

Number 10 (website of the UK Prime Minister’s office), 29 April 2009

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/israeli-prime-minister-we-will-not-allow-holocaust-deniers-to-carry-out-another-jewish-holoca ust/

[3] Speech by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Knesset in Jerusalem on 18 March 2008

Bundesregierung Online (website of the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany), 18 March 2008


[4] Obama’s Speech in Sderot, Israel

New York Times, 23 July 2008

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/quotes-on-iran-by-obama -brown-sarkozy-and-merkel/

[5] Speech by the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the Knesset, Israel

Number 10 (website of the UK Prime Minister’s office), 21 July 2008



from the British press:

A powerful rebuke to Israel’s enemies

by Tony Paterson, Independent, 6 June 2009

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/a-powerful-rebuke-to- israels-enemies-1698161.html

Obama sends message to Iran and Israel on emotional Buchenwald visit

by Roger Boyes, Times, 6 June 2009



related links:

Israeli diplomats told to take offensive in PR war against Iran

by Barak Ravid, Haaretz, 1 June 2009


Obama: I understand why Israel considers Iran an existential threat

by Jon Meacham, Newsweek, 17  May 2009


CSIS report: Turkey would be the optimum route for a possible Israeli attack on Iran

by Abdullah Toukan, CSIS, 16 March 2009


excerpts from: “Wiped Off The Map” – The Rumor of the Century


by Arash Norouzi, ICH, 18 January 2007

Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran’s President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, “Israel must be wiped off the map”. […][…] [W]hat exactly did he [i.e. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad] want “wiped from the map”? The answer is: nothing. That’s because the word “map” was never used. […] Nor was the western phrase “wipe out” ever said.Yet we are led to believe that Iran’s President threatened to “wipe Israel off the map”, despite never having uttered the words “map”, “wipe out” or even “Israel”.



President Obama Visits Buchenwald Concentration Camp

June 09, 2009

The President comments after touring Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Weimar, Germany on June 4, 2009.
(public domain)


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