One of the more interesting cable news reactions following Benjamin Netanyahu‘s speech before Congress today was from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. The Israeli prime minister’s remarks contained nothing new, she said, and were mostly evocative of a dystopian world on the brink of nuclear apocalypse.
“There was nothing new,” she told Wolf Blitzer. “You were all worried and reporting that perhaps there would be some details of the [Iran] negotiations that would be leaked or that there were some things that none of us had known in the public sphere that we might know after this speech. But that doesn’t seem to have been the case.”
She then touched upon the stark tones of the speech, likening Netanyahu’s vision of the world to the one contained in Stanley Kubrick‘s 1964 Cold War-era black comedy Dr. Strangelove:
It was a very dark Strangelovian speech painting the picture of a dystopian world, raising the spectre of a genocidal nation, a genocidal regime spraying nuclear weapons to annihilate the whole world and the whole region. Now, obviously many people are very concerned about Iran and there is a deep lack of trust, but surely the same was said of the Soviet Union all those years ago.
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
And for good measure, here’s the famous Dr. Strangelove monologue:
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