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GOP Mega Donor Sheldon Adelson Wants To Nuke Iran

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who is the biggest patron of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid, giving a reported $10m to a Gingrich-supporting Super Pac. Photograph: Vincent Yu/AP

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

There are several horrendous aspects to this video: 1.) Adelson being taken seriously as some sort of analyst on Iran 2.) The belligerent manner in which Sheldon Adelson calls for nuking Iran. 3.) The approving response of the audience. 4.) Rabbi Shmuley Boteach not challenging or rebutting Adelson immediately. All in all an epic moral failure.

GOP Mega Donor Sheldon Adelson Wants To Nuke Iran


The biggest donor to Republican Party political groups said Tuesday that the United States should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran to spur the country to end its own nuclear program.

Sheldon Anderson, the billionaire casino mogul, said on a panel at Yeshiva University in New York City that an initial blast, targeted to hit only desert area, would kill “maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever,� according to video posted on the foreign policy news website Mondoweiss.

“Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development.�

Adelson, a staunch Israel supporter, gave a whopping $92.8 million, along with his wife Miriam, to outside political groups during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending. He was a major backer of a super PAC that kept Newt Gingrich’s campaign aflat.

An audience member at the panel, titled “Will Jews Exist,� filmed Adelson’s comments. Watch below, starting at about 5:20:

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  • Jekyll

    Let’s conveniently forget that one of the oldest Jewish community in the world lives in Iran.

  • Guess

    Nuclear weapons has no place on living earth, even as ‘LAST resort’. It is definitely inhumane genocidal weapons, and should be completely BANNED from each corner of this earth.

  • Guess

    Great comments. And we should start shaming those who posses such genocidal weapon as genocidal maniacs. Otherwise, everybody would want one, for fear of being endlessly bullied by the maniacs that already posses them.

  • Rights

    Adding words is illegal in math, and indeed there is no logical escape from that. Just couldn’t resist saying that. But I do get your point.

  • Alejandro Rodríguez

    I like how there are Jews that appear all pro-freedom, pro-peace or anti-discrimination until the topic of Israel comes on, and they start talking like the worst of Republicans.

  • Rights

    Ugly, yes. But his thought, not the man. The nukes he so casually talked about do create the living dead of sorts.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    It should also be noted that he is one of the leading donors to the Islamophobia movement.

  • Jon Diamond

    This is what is wrong with the democracy in the United States. A few people who are wealthy can control what the the government does. Until there is campaign finance reform, this will continue to be a problem.

    Many people do not want war with Iran. This is for a variety of reasons. The primary reason is that we cannot afford another war. It will destroy the economy in the long run. Only a select few people and corporations will profit from this war. The rest of us will be in dire straits.

    Also, keep in mind that Iran is not Iraq. It is logistically, a much harder area to attack because of its topography. Also, Iran is has way better weaponry and China and Russia will not like us attacking them.

  • The greenmantle

    Unfortunetly he has been replaced on the Hazbara rota by Fickel Fat Cat . FFC does not appear to watch “Press TV” instead he prefers to tell us what ever Isreal does is the will of God .
    You will have to wait until Yitzhaks turn comes round again
    Sir David

  • Tanveer Khan

    OK thank you Reynardine. I am off to make some hot honey water right now (I don’t think we have the other stuff).

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