Iran and The United States It Takes Two To Tango; Let The Dance Begin

Dr. Kam Zarrabi June 23, 2013 17
Iran and The United States It Takes Two To Tango; Let The Dance Begin

The election of Hassan Rouhani, a highly educated, moderate, reform minded cleric, is the signal we need here in the United States that the long awaited pretexts do finally exist to try a rapprochement with Iran.

 

by Dr. Kam Zarrabi

 

As reflected in my writings during the past several years, a preemptive military attack on Iran by the United States or Israel has never seriously been in the books, despite the bellicose statements that all options, including military ones, remain on the table.

My reason for steadfastly holding on to this opinion has been that taking such action would lead to many undesired and unintended consequences for all parties concerned, some quite predictably catastrophic, which would not be to anyone's advantage. Neither the United States, nor Israel, and certainly not the region as a whole, would benefit in anyway if such threats went beyond politically motivated rhetoric and put into action.

To repeat again, if a military attack upon Iran were ever viewed as strategically beneficial, the United States, with or without Israel's cooperation, would have taken that step under many conveniently packaged pretexts and with the full support of the neoconservative and pro-Zionist-driven US Congress.

That is not to say that promoting and helping to bring about a regime change in the Islamic Republic of Iran has not been the main objective of America's foreign policy, wisely perceived or not. Extended efforts were made to promote, establish and support a reasonably stable replacement for the current regime, which was expected to view the capitulation to the West, headed by the United States, as not only the safest option to ensure the security of the nation, but also the best way toward economic prosperity for Iran, just as was the thinking in the pre revolution Iran. This was a futile formula to start with. The Islamic Republic of Iran proved to be too stubborn a nut to crack.

With every passing decade since the Islamic Revolution, year after year to this day, the nation has managed to weather through extremes of economic and political pressures by the world's powerhouses, as well as the socioeconomic restrictions deemed by the state to be necessary to maintain Iran's independence, territorial integrity and national prestige. The biggest test has not been surviving against the increasingly more severe economic sanctions against the Iranian population, but the devastating eight-year defensive war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, which was, as everyone knows, encouraged and supported by the West in order to cripple the nascent Republic and weaken Iraq's own war machine.

Iran came out of that war broken and crippled, but alive and kicking. The reconstruction of the shattered infrastructure and the developmental projects during the following 25 years after what the Iranians call the Imposed War, have been historically unprecedented, considering all the attempts made by the United States – mostly on behest of the Zionist pressures – to isolate Iran and topple the Islamic regime. The result has been the gradual emergence of the Islamic Republic as the region's powerhouse and a symbol of defiance against external threats, as well as resilient adaptability and self reliance.

In my personal opinion, not until the inauguration of Mr. Obama as President, any serious attention was ever given by the US administrations to the Islamic Republic of Iran as a legitimate powerhouse in the Middle East to be reckoned with and to be brought into any equation that dealt with solving the region's problems.

Even this long delayed recognition could not and did not bring about the necessary policy shift toward a rapprochement with Iran, while the ball has clearly stayed in the US court to start the process, or at least respond in a positive way to Iran's gestures welcoming such rapprochement.

Two major obstacles hampered any progress by the Obama administration to negotiate the path toward a rapprochement with Iran. One was, and continues to be, the neoconservative and pro-Zionist influences in the US Congress, which includes both the Republican and the Democrat contingents; and the other, the powerful propaganda machine that has permeated and polluted the public mind through official, as well as the mass media, disinformation tactics. A book by the Rutgers University Professor, Deepa Kumar, titled, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, is a must read for anyone interested in exploring the subject.

Just look at the process through which the public gains access to information in this country. A perfect example was the mass media's coverage of Iran's presidential elections last week. For several days ahead of the event we were told that the CNN anchor, Erin Burnett, would be broadcasting live from Tehran, starting on Friday, June 14, the election day. She shined as usual with her professionally applied makeup and in her colorful "modest" dress, and a head scarf that barely covered her hair. Most ladies whom she interviewed were donned nearly as well, many speaking English fluently. They all wanted freedom from restrictions that hampered their aspirations, and Erin was understandably quite sympathetic with their pleas. What if, as fully expected, another radical ultraconservative like Jalili or Ghalibaf replaces Ahmadinejad, was the fear! But then, the ultimate decision about the affairs of the nation rests in the hands of the Supreme Leader, and he was believed to favor the radical hardliners. At one point I thought I heard her mention a ten-year Tehrani boy who just wanted the freedom to ride his skateboard. I wanted to run and grab my violin and a handkerchief, sobbing in sympathy!

In short, our gorgeous Ms. Barnett was, as usual, "charmingly" clueless!

On the following Sunday morning show on CNN, starting with the State of the Union program by Candy Crowley, followed by Farid Zakaria's GPS program, no mention was made of the precedent-setting election results in Iran announced officially the day before. I have no doubt that had either Ghalibaf or Jalili won the elections, both programs would have been devoted to the ramifications of the new "Hitlers" on the scene for the "world" to deal with.

Here I encourage the readers to click on the link below to Nima Shirazi's article for more details:

Looking for ‘a new devil,’ Israeli leaders and supporters left scrambling after election of moderate Rouhani — by Nima Shirazi

Another website, Flynt and Hillary Leverett's Going to Tehran page, and their ground-breaking book by the same title, are highly recommended.

I continue to maintain that at the highest Administration levels, i.e. the Executive Branch and its subsidiary organizations,  full awareness of the realities on the ground does exist. The problem has been in the implementation of plans to pursue policies in the Middle East, especially with regard to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which would serve America's honest best interests. This, in short, has been President Obama's biggest foreign policy dilemma.

I, as many other observers and analysts, understood Obama's hesitation and overly cautious approach in addressing the foreign policy issues during his first term in office. Any bold attempt to swim against the currents of an indoctrinated public's opinion, as well as  the unrelenting Congressional pressures, would have torpedoed his chances for reelection to a second term. As reflected in my previous writings, which those interested could follow on my website, I had predicted a gradual change of course toward a rapprochement with the Islamic Republic to  begin early in 2013 and reach the first visible signs after Iran's own presidential elections and the passing of the baton from Ahmadinejad to the new President, now only a few weeks ahead.

Hillary Clinton's departure as the Secretary of State, clearly to prepare for a presidential run in 2016, and the appointment of Chuck Hagel and John Kerry as Secretaries of Defense and State respectively, were all positive signs that change was to be expected. This, in spite of a continued effort by the neoconservative and pro-Zionist elements who always manage to find their way into the various committees and subcommittees of the House and Senate, slavishly passing anti Iran and blatantly pro-Israel resolutions as though on cue, to cripple any attempt by the Administration to ease the tensions.

It is also understandable that while attempting to ease these ongoing tensions, a veneer of suspicion, even animosity, toward Iran must continue to veil over the true understanding of the issues concerning the US/Iran relations. Additional sanctions against Iran continue to pass through the US Congress and enacted by the President, the last one targeting the Iranian currency. However, as has been the case with previous sanctions regimes, this measure will also fail to achieve its advertised goal of bringing about a regime change by pressuring the Iranian public.

It is time to acknowledge the realities on the ground in the Middle East 

The Islamic Republic of Iran is here to stay for the long haul. Any change in attitude or policy regarding Iran's foreign affairs, regardless of who the Supreme Leader or the President might be, will be gradual and on a reciprocal basis. Iran, unlike most its Arab neighbors, is a truly independent state and no longer subservient to the dictates of any superpower.

Iran's military capabilities and aspirations, whatever they might prove to be, have remained fundamentally defensive. Even its direct and indirect involvements and engagements cross borders in Afghanistan, Iraq, even as far as Syria and Lebanon providing weapons and training for its regional allies, have been in reaction to extra-regional attempts to destabilize the Middle East stage to pressure the Islamic Republic into submission. Here, as it must be quite obvious, I consider Israel as an extension of these extra-regional powers.

Iran's nuclear program is the inalienable right of the country under international law, whether or not, but even more so, since Iran is a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty. Iran's nuclear development has been solely aimed at power generation and medical uses, and there is absolutely no evidence to the contrary. That is not to say that the technical expertise or the capability to develop nuclear weapons does not exist. But, as it has been repeatedly declared by the Iranian regime, acquiring atomic weapons is not the policy of the state at this time. Iran is quite capable of deterring and responding to any military attack and inflicting serious damage to any hostile intrusion without the use of nuclear weapons.

The Islamic Republic has genuine security concerns considering covert, and sometimes even declared, sabotage and terror operations by Special Ops forces and even terrorist groups who are funded and directed by Israel, the United States and certain Arab states. Even though the Iranian government has thus far shown tremendous restraint in responding to the assassination of its nuclear scientists and other acts of sabotage by the Israeli Mossad and its operatives, such as the Mojahedin (MEK) terrorist group, such cautious restraint should not be viewed as weakness or complacency, but rather as a signal that Iran prefers to avoid exacerbating the regional unrest by fanning the fire of hostilities.

I am convinced that singling out Iran's nuclear issue, human rights violations and support for terrorism, have been highly exaggerated and used as pretexts to pressure the Islamic Republic to abandon its independent "rogue!" status and fall back into the West's fold. Rather than pursuing policies that might encourage Iran to willingly and for its own national interests opt for a mutually advantageous symbiosis with the West, the United States has been working against its own strategic interests by adopting counterproductive approaches toward the Islamic Republic. It is time for change.

Iran-Syria-Lebanon Axis

What has been termed "Jihadism" and militant Islamic radicalism do exist, not only in the Middle East, but in regions as far away from the Middle East as North and Central Africa, all the way through southeast Asia, and even the Caucasus. But labeling the Islamic Republic of Iran as a radical Islamic state, unpredictable and irresponsible, as have the Israeli leaders and many Israel firsters here in the United States, is in fact the politically motivated irresponsible act.

Similarly labeling Lebanon's Hezbollah as a terrorist organization simply because it has responded to Israeli terrorism and military assaults, is clearly bowing to Zionist pressures.

Syria has been a special case. Since its inception after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and after gaining its independence from the French rule, Syria has been home to an increasing population of mixed ethnicities, religions and languages. The dictatorial rule by one tribal group, the Alawites, has managed to maintain a level of stability among the diverse populations that also hosts a huge number of refugees from Iraq and elsewhere.

For Iran, Syria has served as a strategic ally, both during the Iraq/Iran war and afterwards monitoring Iraq's western frontiers while Iran was guarding its own border areas with Iraq during the American invasion of that country. Syria also served as a conduit for Iran's access to Lebanon (Hezbollah). While the Shei'ism connection with Iran has played a role in Iranian government's support for the movement that represents a large majority of Lebanon's population, the main reason for that support is no doubt more pragmatically strategic. Hezbollah has been a thorn on Israel's side and, like Syria, the first line of defense against any Israeli incursion into the greater Middle East.

Those familiar with the strategic blueprint drawn up for Israel's ultimate control over the region remember the resolution Clean Break; Securing the Realm drafted in 1997 for Mr. Netanyahu during his first term as the Prime Minister.  Shortly after, the same group of strategic thinkers, plus several other neocons and Zionist supporters formed the think-tank Project for the New American Century, with the purpose of pursuing the same policies, this time in the pretext of serving America's own imperial interests! And, that is how the war on Iraq began in earnest!

Lebanon and Syria were to be next, and then the Islamic Republic of Iran, no less. Even though the think-tank has been defunct for some years, the momentum of America's involvement in the Middle East, deliberately and erroneously termed war on terror, continues. A better term would have been war of terror to serve Israel's perceived interests!

Israel and the Zionist Connections

Israel's survival, indeed its very existence, depends on the support of its principle benefactor, the United States. Historically, the state of Israel resembles an organ transplant into a host body that would not tolerate that non indigenous, alien implant. It has required heavy doses of anti-rejection measures in the form of money, arms and diplomatic support by the United States, as well as subsidies from the post WWII Germany, to allow the implant to develop deeper roots in order to remain sustainable. Ethnically, culturally and historically, the Jewish state never belonged in that part of the world, and doesn't to this day. It is like having an independent state called New Mongolia for persecuted populations fleeing the oppressive communist regimes of post WWII period, by carved out a section of Wyoming, legitimized by claiming ancestral connections to the migrant North Siberians 14,000 years ago! This is not intended as a joke.

While the economic costs to Israel's chief benefactor have not been more than a fraction of one percent of America's GDP, the negative ramifications of America's unequivocal support for Israel, resulting in an increasingly skewed foreign policy toward the Middle East, have been immense.

The compelling forces that have been driving this inordinate and almost kneejerk support for anything that has to do with Israel are rooted in the volcanically active substrate underlying America's democratic, capitalistic, entrepreneurial  landscape. There is no need to go into details of how this capitalistic Petri Dish provided the perfect environment for the growth into, and later near complete domination over, America's sociopolitical life. America's mass media, i.e., the news/information and entertainment industries, the channel through which the public's mindset is formulated, have been controlled by a mere handful of corporations and individuals with clear pro-Israel sympathies. Any criticism of Israeli government's policies or exposition of its illegal or even heinous atrocities against the Palestinians, or aggressions against its neighbors, is discredited and portrayed as racially motivated anti-Semitism.  In other words, this ingeniously masterful tactic equates political Zionism with Judaism as a religion and an ethnic identity.

Another powerful and often-used manipulative tactic to tap into public's sympathy, done in some of the most subtle ways, is the claim of equivalency between Israel and the United States on moral, ethical and doctrinal values. And, of course, there is the tragic history of the WWII Holocaust, which continues to be used as a trump card so that we never forget to whom the entire world, especially the kind-hearted and guilt-ridden(!) American nation owes a permanent debt!

More significantly, the Zionist lobby and its many tentacles have long penetrated America's legislative bodies, the United States Congress. The Senate confirmation Hearing of Chuck Hagel as the new Secretary of Defense was the most compelling exhibition of Zionist power in America's political sphere.

In addition to Israel's direct influence over America's foreign policy in the middle East, there are other powerful manipulative factors that the Israeli regimes employs to pursue its agendas. From its establishment as a Jewish state, Israel has had three primary objectives: territorial expansion; invulnerability against external – and internal – threats; and comprehensive support at all levels by the United States. To ensure that its objectives remain viable, Israel's regional strategies have served very well:

Israel benefits from regional instabilities and unrest. These are portrayed to be threats to the West's and particularly to America's strategic and economic interests, therefore necessitating American indulgence, including military presence, in the region.

Israel has always needed an enemy or enemies who threaten to cause harm to the Jewish state. The bigger and badder the threat, the bigger and better the windfall of military and financial support for Israel from the United States.

In a Machiavellian way, Israel also benefits by grossly exaggerating the imaginary "existential" threats against itself to also appear as a threat to supposedly its own Arab ill-wishers, such as the Saudis and other Gulf emirates. This charade gives Pentagon the excuse to convince these oil-rich Arab states to buy tens of billions of dollars worth of military equipment from the United States, for which, considering budget shortcomings, our military/industrial complex is very thankful. Israel benefits from such theatrics by demanding even bigger and better gifts of military equipment in order to maintain its guaranteed military superiority over all its adversaries combined!

With "existential" threats against it, Israel has, we are told by our illustrious Congress, every right to defend itself, even preemptively, whether such threats are real, imminent or existential; and the United States is supposed to assist Israel to prevent any harm that might come its way as a result!

As perhaps the greatest bonus for Israel by masterminding this Machiavellian stage, while the world, particularly the United States, is dealing with the War on Terror, the Syrian dilemma that now threatens to spread throughout the region, Iran's nuclear "ambitions", problems in Egypt, etc., how could anyone pay attention to the Israeli/Palestinian peace process, the expansion of Illegal Israeli settlements and other Israeli atrocities in the occupied Palestinian lands?

America's Dilemma

Having lost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars during the twelve years of the so-called War on Terror, and having basically destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents in the process, it is time for the United States to dig itself out of that quagmire, gracefully or not. Starting those wars was wrong to start, as many now say, not because we fell into them as the result of faulty intelligence about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in the wrong hands, but because the entire campaign was driven by other than America's best national interests. It is high time to get out of there as soon as possible.

There are irresponsible warmongers in our Administration who believe America hasn't done enough to stem the tide of anti-American terrorism and Islamic radicalism, and want to see more overt involvement and engagement by the United States wherever such threats exist. Some, as we have seen, are Zionist zealots, some owe their debts to the Zionist lobby for its financial and promotional support, others are flag-waving hyper patriots who refuse to admit the futility of trying to achieve some praiseworthy victory in an unworthy war, and still others are mindless ultraconservatives who seek lofty political positions in a rejuvenated Republican platform come next elections. The readers should not have a difficult time deciding who falls into which category.

The current situation in Syria is the best test of US Administration's brinksmanship that would determine the future course of America's policies in the Middle East.

President Obama is caught between a rock and a hard place here. He knows that the Syrian regime, contrary to what seemed inevitable a couple of years ago, is not going to fall apart. He also knows that without Iran's consent, plus Russian and Chinese cooperation, there will be no solution to the Syrian problem. He further knows that getting involved any deeper in that civil war will not only prove futile, it will also prove extremely unpopular with the American public. Supporting the various disparate rebel groups is yet another highly problematic proposition. Quite significantly, the region's chief troublemaker, Israel, would rather have the Ba'athist Alawite regime, the enemy they know, in charge rather than the militant Jihadi and terrorist groups that now form the main opposition forces against the regime.

This is exactly why the arming of the rebel forces in Syria by the United States and the EU is under great scrutiny, and the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria is put on hold.

America's, and especially President Obama's biggest dilemma is dealing with the Jewish state and keeping that troublemaker on a short leash. In spite of all the public gestures of brotherly love and unwavering devotion and support toward Israel by official US pronouncements, the true feelings at the highest levels of the Administration are not a well-kept secret. Whether in private conversations or when the microphones were mistakenly left on, the honest opinions among practically all world leaders are far from complementary toward the policies of Israel. For Obama, Israel is an unavoidable evil he, like his predecessors, has to deal with.

When Bebe Netanyahu jumps up and down like a clown, pleading for help from his benefactor and threatening to take unilateral action to defend the Jewish state against another Hitler and avoiding a new Holocaust, the American people, thanks to the mass media accommodators, pay attention. The Administration cannot discount such threats by exposing them for what they are: the usual extortion tactics by the Israeli scenarists who feign taking desperate actions against imaginary imminent threats, designed to fool the gullible American public into believing that they might have to drag the United States into another costly and unpopular war!! Through such theatrics, Israel portrays itself as a wonderful partner and ally that is willing to sacrifice its own best interests by refraining from taking necessary actions that might inconvenience its big benefactor, and for which we owe Israel big-time!

The United States and the Islamic Republic – What Next?

I have been of the opinion for a long time that behind the veil of accusations, suspicions and animosities between the two countries, there lies an understanding that a rapprochement, a mutually advantageous relationship, is not only possible but essential for the best interests of both the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

To begin, the biggest enemies of the United States, the sources of international terrorism, are also Iran's worst enemies and troublemakers. Having passed the trials by fire during the past three decades, Iran has shown to be the dominant force, economically and politically, in the region. It has also shown that its intentions have never been aggressive toward it neighbors or rivals. With its natural wealth in hydrocarbon and mineral resources, Iran can be the region's dominant economic and industrial power, if it isn't already. Absent all the radical groups who are encouraged and funded to destabilize the region, Iran could be the logical candidate to provide a measure of stability and tranquility in Afghanistan, Iraq and even Syria.

There remains one source of potential trouble that could disrupt any resolution between the United States and Iran, namely Israel. The Israeli government knows that Iran is not and cannot be a threat, existential or not, to the Jewish state. Iran and the United States also know that Israel will never make a mistake of launching an attack on Iran, which would open the gates of hell and devastate the entire region, including the aggressor and its supporters.

All Israel really wants is a continuation of financial, military and diplomatic support by the United States, and the freedom to do what it wants with regard to the Palestinians, whether it be bringing them peacefully into submission, or forcing them out into Jordan or elsewhere. The United States can and will provide the first, and Iran will not stand in the way of the second. So, let the clown throw his temper tantrums, feed the monster, he'll get over it!

The election of Mr. Rouhani as the new President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a huge surprise in the West, signified two important points: Iranian elections are, in fact, fair and honest; and the Supreme Leader is not the sole and ultimate decision maker as has been portrayed here by the Western media. Iran's "system" of governance is quite sophisticated and has greater "depth" than many believe. The system is not going to fall apart should Ayatollah Khamaneh'i pass away, as he surely will some day.

The election of Hassan Rouhani, a highly educated, moderate, reform minded cleric, is the signal we need here in the United States that the long awaited pretexts do finally exist to try a rapprochement with Iran. The Iranian people are also ready. There is a new optimism among even the skeptical North Tehranis, especially now that Iran's national soccer team is headed to Brazil after defeating South Korea.

My Final Farewell

This time I am serious.

For two reasons I have chosen to stop writing opinion articles dealing with political issues.

1- I have already said everything I needed to say regarding the United States/Iran relations. And I am proud to say that my analyses and predictions in the past 10 years, ever since my articles were posted and published, have not been far off the mark. Going back, I wouldn't revise any of my writings; and writing any more articles on this subject would prove to be a repetition or regurgitation of the same old stuff.

I do have great hopes, even expectations, that the US/Iran relations are due for a positive turn and before too long. I expect to see meaningful changes, such as the lifting of many sanctions, to begin as early as this year.

2- The time I have left I would prefer to devote to completing several manuscripts and getting them ready for publication, none of which has anything to do with politics!

17 Comments »

  1. Merlin Miller June 24, 2013 at 1:42 am - Reply

    An insightful and accurate report, Dr. Zarrabi!  I will be sure to share with many.  Thank you for your efforts for peace and understanding and may God bless you in your future endeavors. 

    • Debbie
      Debbie June 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you Mr. Miller for taking the time to kindly respond to Mr. Zarrabi's heartfelt appeal to try a rapprochement with Iran.  Best of Luck in your striving.

       

      Dear Readers,

       

      Mr. Miller was a Presidential Candidate, in case you didn't know.

       

      Please click on the URL below to listen to Mr. Miller underline that the US foreign policy reflects the Zionist lobbies’ demands:

       

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qqoYEKHlohw#t=2s

       

       

      • Mehdi June 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        Yes I think I did see Mr MIler on PressTV before US elections  

  2. Patty June 24, 2013 at 6:28 am - Reply

    many thanks for this insightful article. m,any Americans feel that dropping the "evil Israel" relationship would be in the best interest of the American people who seek peace and justice, especially for the Palestinians.

  3. zen shaman June 24, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    insightful, and well thought out. I have suspected for several years now that the bellicosity of the USA and Israel towards Iran, and the non threats, are a ruse. I see alot of people making money from these threats, and it seems Tehran and Tel Aviv are the benefactors. money for the defence industry, and threats to keep the citizenry in line. One must always look at the end goals, and not the moves on the chessboard. ALL governments seek to enslave their peoples, and corporations, especially defence contractors, are all too happy to oblige. corporate profits up, people down. everyone happy.

  4. Rexw June 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    In the final farewell by this active writer, Kam stated that he thought there would be a positive turn in Iran / US relations. There would be one or two points I would make on this statement:

     

    Firstly, if it involved any compromise for Iran in their interest in the development of nuclear material for whatever purpose, then they should turn their back and walk away. We have seen the world’s most active spy, Israel, steal nuclear secrets from the US for decades and having done so, produce up to 200-300 nuclear devices* for their armoury. (*US Air Force assessment.) Why should Iran leave itself exposed to the arrogant threats from Israel, a country with a never-ending desire to rule the Middle East and steal other land from Lebanon and Syria as they are doing daily in Palestine with the concurrence of the US. They don’t try and hide that fact.

     

    Iran is a threat to the Israeli psychotics because it has thousands of years of peaceful history, a strong culture and all developed by its own resources, over time. Israel on the other hand has blackmailed, stolen, and threatened to get their assets. Hardly a single item that has been acquired by any other means. As well, there have been more threats against Iran from Israel than any other country in Iran’s long history. Israel is a pariah state that dishes out threats as standard practice. Iran has more right to do their own thing than any other country. Iran is a member of the NPT. 

     

    After all, the nuclear countries such as India and Pakistan, the UK, Russia, US and Israel and perhaps, North Korea, are hardly stable governments, the worst example being the US, governed as it is by a Senate and Congress with little interest in peace. The last twenty years should demonstrate this by any measure and as we all know, looking for the next war even now. Ask yourself this. What did the US achieve in Afghanistan. Back it goes to the Taliban in 2014, while providing weapons to al Qaeda in Syria in 2013. It is a diplomatic and military whore, nothing less, selling to the highest bidder. It is the nature of the US, 200 wars on the record. 900 bases and on the lookout for more.

     

    Secondly, the Iranians are hardly likely to forget many things. A recent minor example was the fiction that became the movie ‘Argo’, a product of Hollywood under the obvious directions of the US government, propaganda itself. The extra-judicial assasinations of Iranian scientists, we know who especializes in assasinations on a sovereign country's soil. But even more so, the cruel and in many cases inhumane sanctions they have and are still receiving, the first dirty weapon in the US armoury, dished out at the drop of a hat. Ask Cuba, forty years of it, Korea as well, inhumanity in Iraq which killed 600,000 children alone and now sanctions in Iran and probably more to come. Something like a ‘no-fly’ zone but designed to really hurt people and no doubt it has done this. The US cares little about the results of such sanctions. ‘Collateral damage’, a favoured phrase as with the disgrace that is drone warfare. Irresponsible but as with all their other actions, they only have to justify these actions to themselves, to the Congress, to the Senate, all tarred with the same brush.

     

    However, the Iranians have survived the injustice and will continue to do so. They are strong people, the likes of which the US has never ever understood and never will. Arrogance does not allow them to consider that any other country has any merit. They are used to dealing with the UK, Canada, Australia, all of whom are only too willing to do their bidding and who in turn are doing Israel’s bidding. What a vicious cycle. Big mistake there.

     

    The US ground to a halt in Korea, raced home but left 30,000 troops on deck sending them into even more into bankruptcy; in Vietnam, whipped, with their tail between their legs; Iraq now a social / cultural wasteland and will be forever, Afghanistan a disgrace, back to the future; Cambodia / Laos, mass murder and thousands of mines still causing deaths, daily. Does the US care? Hardly. Have they cleaned up their dirty mess ever? Hardly. What proud achievements. But that is how bullies behave. They are used to seeing anyone from any other part of the world as easy to control, to dictate, to attack, to sanction or vote against in its own little playground, the timid UN Security Council where it has shown little Palestine how unimportant they really are by voting 70 times at the request of their controllers, Zionist Israel to ignore what the rest of the world sees as inhumane. What a performance from a once respected nation. No longer credible. So for those cultured and proud people back in Iran, remember one thing:

     

    Do not become dependent on anything from the US, any product, any service or any assistance and certainly any agreement. It can be removed at a whim by a Zionist Senate or Congress. Imagine if you will, your future being in the hands of McCain or Graham or Obama or another Bush or Cheney or Rumsfeld. That should sober your thinking. In the US, integrity is a dirty word. Be independent, be self-sufficient and use this change to a new government to make Iran what it should be, the most progressive, respected and intelligent country in the region. You do not need America as it is a fair weather friend with no conscience when it comes to their own self-interests. Proven a hundred times and then some. Ask around. Try the era of the Shah; US made chemical weapons used against you by Iraq. Need more than this? History has shown the US character in spades, wars after wars and casualties spread around the globe. They just don’t give a damn about you or your future well-being.

     

    And if you and the rest of the world don’t know that by now, on your head be it.

    • Mehdi June 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Mr. Williams! Your comment was impressive. I believe every Iranian should listen to your advice and what you had to say. Absolutely enlightening. Thank you!  

  5. Florence L June 25, 2013 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Rexw- Thank you for addressing Dr. Zarrabi's too-optimistic view of US Congress.

     

    Trita Parsi as well as the Leveretts have pointed out on numerous occasions that there is neither mechanism nor history of US Congress ever rolling back sanctions, citing Iraq as the prime example.

     

    Furthermore, (so-called) diplomats from US who negotiate with Iran have neither the authority to make decisions and commitments at the table, nor the capacity to fulfill commitments once made.  On the other hand, Iranian negotiators have the full faith and authority of their government to make decisions at the table, with the knowledge that their commitments will be honored by their government — that is part of the Iranian value set, and has been so from ancient times.

     

    From treaties with US indigenous peoples to Wilson's betrayal of Fourteen Points promises to Arab states in former Ottoman Empire to Algiers accords, the US has demonstrated that their treaties are not worth the paper they are written on. Americans should be extremely concerned that such a government as is theirs bases its dollar on the "full faith and credit of the US government."  

  6. Rabbitnexus June 25, 2013 at 1:40 am - Reply

    100% endorsement of the last two comments.  The article lacks a few relevant factors which should change a few assumptions. Such that any no-fly zone was either possible or ever on the cards.

     

    The Corpse Media has been spinning the no-fly zone, no real suggestion has been m,ade by the WH or Pentagon, because they know what the Corpse Media is censoring in their co-ordinated efforts. Syria already has the S-300 installed and has had for a while now.  Assad recently said so, confirming what was being quietly stated by independent intelligence sources.

     

    This means the stories of Israeli planes firing missiles at Damascus from F-16s was rubbish. Anyway the vids leave no doubt, the rate of explosions and sound of incoming artillery shells is undeniable. This frankly rules out any air attack or no-fly zone and they know it. However if the peeps knew it they'd never allow any suggestion of sending their precious criminals of the sky into such certain danger, just to kill some more Muslims. Better to stick to killing Muslims where thery're not so well able to defend themselves. So the truth is being withheld by the Tribal Corpse Media whilst they try to gin up a war.  

  7. Kam Zarrabi June 25, 2013 at 6:19 am - Reply

    I hope Mr. Miller realizes that we are in agreement on all accounts with regard to America's foreign policy debacles in the Middle East, and the Zionist influences and pressures that continue to push the United States in the wrong direction.
     
    Where we disagree is in ways and means of creating an environment in the Middle East, with Iran at its strategic center, where the Islamic Republic could breathe more comfortably and to dedicate more of its attention to internal growth and development.
     
    As I have said many times before, mutually beneficial understanding and cooperation between a global superpower and a regional powerhouse does not entail naive or recklessly gullible acceptance of the more ominous power's potentially manipulative and deceptive tactics. The Iranians are two wise to fall for such things.
     
    Mr. Miller should understand that the main objective in my suggested points in my many articles has never been to teach the superpower a lesson in proper behavior or attitude; or worse, to show support for the Iranian nation to undertake that "education" through their own suffering and sacrifices.
     
    Instead, I have tried to reason and demonstrate three main points:
    1- The policy toward the Middle Eastern affairs, and particularly regarding Iran, has been detrimental to  America's own best interests.
    2- This miscue is the direct and indirect result of influences over the Administration principally by pro Zionist and Israeli activists.
    3- A rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran would be strategically beneficial for the United States, and would also benefit Iran economically. This mutual understanding should not be viewed as a love affair or passionate attachment, but simply as a tolerable and maintainable symbiosis.
     
    To put it more simplistically, I don't want the Iranian nation to pay the price for cutting the errant superpower down to size!

    • Debbie
      Debbie June 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Mr. Zarrabi,

       

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/world/middleeast/arms-airlift-to-syrian-rebels-expands-with-cia-aid.html?_r=0

       

      In my humble opinion, the US-Israel have been successfull in creating enough headache for Iran (regional powerhouse) in the region to ensure there can never be peace ever. To that extent their strategic aims have been met. There is no need to invade or attack Iran. Irrepairable damage to Iran the regional powerhouse has been accomplished by the superpower and its crownies in the region. 

       

       

       

    • Ron June 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Dear Mr. Zarrabi,
      You wrote that with the election of the moderate Rouhani, that there is an opening.
       
      You wrote:
      "Iran’s nuclear program is the inalienable right of the country under international law," particularly because "Iran is a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty. Iran’s nuclear development has been solely aimed at power generation and medical uses, and there is absolutely no evidence to the contrary."
       
      "Rather than pursuing policies that might encourage Iran to willingly opt for a mutually advantageous symbiosis with the West, the U.S. has been working against its own strategic interests by adopting counterproductive approaches toward the Islamic Republic. It is time for change."
       
      Labeling Iran a radical Islamic state "…as the Israeli leaders and many Israel firsters here in the U.S." have, is a "politically motivated, irresponsible act."
       
      "The election of Hassan Rouhani, a highly educated, moderate, reform minded cleric, is the signal we need here in the United States that the long awaited pretexts do finally exist to try a rapprochement with Iran."
       
      To this positive view, in a comment, Merlin Miller wrote: "An insightful and accurate report, Dr. Zarrabi!  I will be sure to share with many.  Thank you for your efforts for peace and understanding and may God bless you in your future endeavors."
       
      While other commenters were somewhat critical of your positive view, Merlin Miller was not.
       
      But in your comment, you seemed to imply that Mr. Miller suggested that Iran naively or recklessly accept "the more ominous power's potentially maniplative and deceptivfe tactics."  He didn't.
       
      In a diametrically opposed reasoning, you seemed to imply that Mr. Miller may think that Iran should "teach the superpower a lesson in proper behavior or attitude; or worse, to show support for the Iranian nation to undertake that "education" through their own suffering and sacrifices."  Mr. Miller did not suggest that.
       
      Merlin Miller, who ran for President of the United States in 2012, supported your positive view. 

      • Merlin Miller June 26, 2013 at 1:50 am - Reply

        Thank you, Ron, for an accurate clarification.  I'm an optimist for positive and peaceful actions between America and Iran.

  8. Rufus Peterson
    Rufus Peterson June 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Debbie,
     
    As per NPR today, the NYT has an article making it official- weapons from Libya have been going to the "rebels" (invaders, that is) in Syria.
     
     In Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/world/africa/in-a-turnabout-syria-rebels-get-libyan-weapons.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
    The cat's out of the bag now, but how long has this been going on? What was Justin Raimondo saying Rand Paul was talking about some months ago regarding Libyan weapons going to Syria?
     
    How far down the memory hole Is Benghazi now? Does anyone remember Susan Rice, the talking points she was given, and that ridiculous video made by that American porno guy?
     
    None of that stuff ever matched up. What was going on in Benghazi before the violence began- a game of tiddly-winks?
     
    "The movements from Libya complement the airlift that has variously used Saudi, Jordanian and Qatari military cargo planes to funnel military equipment and weapons, including from Croatia, to the outgunned rebels. On Friday, Syrian opposition officials said the rebels had received a new shipment of anti-tank weapons and other arms, although they give varying accounts of the sources of the recently received arms. The Central Intelligence Agency has already played at least a supporting role, the officials say."
     

  9. Florence L June 27, 2013 at 5:24 am - Reply

    One of the most significant elements in Dr. Zarrabi's comprehensive article is the second picture, showing young Iranians with PURPLE bands on their wrists.
    Is that a repudiation of the faux 'Green' movement?

  10. Sam Zatt June 30, 2013 at 7:18 am - Reply

    One of the things that happens when hasbarists take control of information is that analyses such as this one for Barclay's Bank distort reality.
     
    http://www.iktissadevents.com/files/events/sef/1/speeches/Day2/sef-1-session-iii-alia-moubayed.ppt
     
    Study the map on Slide 3:  in 2011, Iran is designated "Major protests;" Israel is labelled "No protests."
     
    Perhaps the presenter meant that Iran "protested" against takeover of its economy, society and culture by predatory capitalists, while Israel not only did not protest predatory capitalism but invented the concept and practice.
    Oh, and those pesky Palestinians who persist in throwing themselves in front of IDF bullets & bulldozers?  Perhaps Barclay's Bank accounts for the expenditures Israel is forced to make to pay for the wasted bullets etc. in some miscellaneous category, maybe "Planned Obsolence" or "Negative Good Will."
     

  11. Charles Carmichael July 15, 2013 at 3:54 am - Reply

    The US is so paranoid why? If I was to walk up to somebody and shoot him in the face and my motives were I was afraid he was gonna hurt me in the near future. I would be sent to prison. Same concept the US is using. Willing to kill people not for what they did for what they might do in the future. This is getting old. It would probably be better off if everone have nukes. Makes you think twice before invading outher countries.

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