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Clinton Urges Support Iran Negotiations

The history of American foreign policy has numerous examples of members of Congress deciding to become the Secretary of State because they wanted to pose as “defenders of America” and charge members of the Executive of being appeasers against tyranny. During the 1950s, the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy even attempted to negotiate with Greek ship owners to prevent them from trading with Çommunist China. Hillary Clinton sent a message to her former Senate colleagues to allow Secretary of State John Kerry to continue his efforts working with members of the international community to end Iran’s program of nuclear development. A majority of the US Senate wants to strengthen Iran sanctions while the international community is negotiating a step-by-step program that makes Iran back away from nuclear weapons in exchange for reducing economic sanctions. Clinton told Senators their idea “would rob us of the international high ground” we have reached, and “weaken the pressure on Iran by opening the door for other countries to chart a different course.”

It is time for American Senators to cease doing the bidding of the Israel lobby which promises financial support and votes, and to support a course of action that not only benefits American foreign policy, but in the end will ensure the safety of Israel as a nation.

Step Down Or Step Up?

Among the ongoing myths of the Republican party is that President Obama is not behaving in the same manner as prior presidents who stood tall for America and refused to back down in the face of tyranny. The assumption is that if a president goes to war, they are standing “tall for democracy.” Secretary of State John Kerry made clear to the Davos World Economic Forum that his role is to further the goal of democracy without employing force. He is upset at claims “that somehow America is disengaging from the world, the myth that America is pulling back or giving up or standing down.” Those assumptions are based on a theory the only was to stand up is to employ military force. Kerry noted that to many,the absence of military forces means the US is “somehow absent from the arena.”

Let’s look at the record:

1. The attack on South Korea was met with troops, not only from America, but from dozens of nations of the world. The independence of South Korea was preserved.

2. We all know how use of the military failed in Vietnam at a cost of over 50,000 American lives.

3. The Gulf War was fought, not only by American soldiers, but those from over twenty nations. It concluded successfully.

4. We all know what happened and continues to happen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Use of military force in Syria would only lead to another civil war and emergence of more and more Muslim terrorists.

Let’s Stop Fighting?

Nations of the world are gathering in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum in which those who lead countries sit around talking, eating and boasting as to how their nations are doing just great. The jet carrying Iranian President Mohammed Rouhani was directed to a specific parking slot at the Zurich airport. A few minutes later another jet taxied right next to it. This jet contained Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Both leaders hopped into helicopters and headed for Davos, heck good food and drink was waiting for them. Staff on both planes decided to send greetings to the other plane. “How are you” was shouted and received back a “Fine, how are you” comment.

There are no reports of the sky collapsing on anyone. There are no reports of armed terrorists setting off bombs. There are no reports of anyone getting killed. Just imagine, two nations in conflict can have a private moment in peace and friendship without collapse of the world!!

Iran Moves Forward

The worst nightmare for AIPAC in the United States of America has arrived. It has spent years intimidating American political leaders with stories that Iran threatens peace, not only in the Middle East, but in the world and must be halted in its nuclear programs. Republicans and Democrats are rallying behind the Israel lobby’s efforts to increase, rather than reduce sanctions upon Iran. The European Union, Russia and China are supporting efforts to compel the Iranian government to end its nuclear weapon program. President Obama has been working with these allies in order to establish a nuclear free Middle East. In the presence of UN inspectors, the Iranian government cut high level uranium enrichment. Jay Carney, speaking for the White House, noted: “these actions represent the first time in nearly a decade that Iran has verifiably enacted measures to half progress on its nuclear program and roll it back in key respects.”

This Iranian statement of compliance will not be hailed by most American Senators as representing anything other than another attempt at covering up its nuclear weapon plans. They are beholden to the Israel lobby and want votes in the 2014 campaign. Ironically, the ONLY nation in the Middle East which DOES posses nuclear weapons is -ISRAEL! And, Israel has repeatedly refused to allow UN inspectors into its facilities!

In other words, American Congressmen are NOT for a nuclear free Middle East!

Invite Iran To Syria Talks

The conference which includes nations from Europe, Russia and China will shortly be meeting to discuss the possibility of a transition government in Syria that would prepare a process of ending the conflict. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon invited Iran to participate in the conference. This has aroused fury in the United States and among many in Europe, and thus the invitation was withdrawn. Let us examine the record:

1. Iran is a major supplier of President Assad and has aided his ability to survive this civil war.

2. Iran is also supplying aid to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

3. Iran is desperately seeking to end sanctions and once again become part of normal international economic activities.

4. It is in the national interests of Iran to see the end of conflict and war which drain their economic resources.

An invitation to Iran allows President Rouhani an opportunity to display that his goals entail ending conflict and restoring peace to the region. First, allow Iran an opportunity to work for peace in Syria, then, it opens possibilities for Iran to take the next step of working with Israel to resolve its differences.

As the great British leader, Winston Churchill, once said: “Jaw, jaw, not war, war!”

Play Iranian Trump Card

Current negotiations with Iran over nuclear development issues can be an entry into involving Iran in a broader range of issues within the Middle East. People like Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fail to grasp that forging closer relations with Iran can lead to resolving many other issues. For example, current nations engaged in talks with Iran could suggest it use its influence with the Syrian government to halt air bombing of opposing areas within the country. If Iran could simply do this, it would provide evidence of its interest in a long term resolution of its conflict with other nations and the United Nations. Iran should be invited to serve on any negotiating committee that works with Syrians on ending the civil war. Iran has the potential to become an important player-alongside Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia–in creating a new Middle East. Remember:

1. Middle Eastern nations have large numbers of well educated people.

2. The Middle East has yet to become a factor in technology development.

3. A Middle Eastern Union-akin to the European Union, would transform this area into a new world center of innovation.

All nations benefit with the creation of a Middle Eastern Union.

Iraq Scorecard – Get One

One expects historians to eventually write books which explain American policy in what we term, the Middle East. The twisted road of American policy toward Iraq is baffling to any sane individual. Let me explain:

1. Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who hated fundamentalist Muslim groups such as al-Qaeda and imprisoned Islamic clerics in his jails. He created a secular society in which women had equal rights.
2. Thus, the administration of the dynamic trio-Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld– wiped him out and led to his death.
3. The United States then created a fundamentalist Islamic government in Iraq which has forced over half the Christian population to flee in terror.
4. Yesterday in Iraq, they arrested Wathiq al Battat, a leader of the Iraq al-Mukhtar militia who was responsible for bombing sites in Saudi Arabia, which is Sunni.
5. Iran, which has been the enemy of America for over thirty years exerts power in fellow Shiite Iraq which we freed from the rule of secular people.

In other words, the US has driven from power secular leaders in the Middle East in order to empower fundamentalist Islamics which we fight in Afghanistan. Fundamentalist Saudi Arabia which funds fellow fundamentalists in the Middle East which seek to kill American soldiers is our “ally.”

Get your scorecard on who is our friend in the Middle East– and WHY?

Boycott Educators Boycotts Freedom

It is one thing to boycott a corporation which is led by those with money and power within society, it is another to boycott an academic association which is composed of men and women who are fighting for human justice. The American Studies Association voted to boycott Israel academic institutions because of Israel’s violations of international law and Un resolutions. The occupation of the West Bank has resulted in abuse of academic and student human rights as well as intruding on the rights of students and professors. There is no doubt West Bank settlers have illegally seized the land of Palestinians and deprived them of fair access to water. Palestinian President Abbas made a clear distinction between boycotting Israel institutions vs aiming at West Bank products.

The American Association University Professors(AAUP) has rejected a call to boycott Israel academic institutions. Such boycotts only aid the forces of oppression in Israel. Outside groups should be supporting the fight inside Israel by academic leaders who want a democratic society. Focus on West Bank settlers and support forces of democracy.

Bibi Bats For Peace

Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu feels comfortable in the knowledge the Republican Part of America will support any wild idea he proposes because to them, the “Israel card” is simply a ploy to secure votes and money from the Jewish Lobby. He enjoys shouting defiance to the world and threateing dire ends for anyone who dares oppose his extreme ideas of war and defeat to anyone who defies his proosals. After warning the President of the United States to obey his dictates, the wild man from matso land decided to calm down and behave in a rational manner. He finally grasped that President Obama was working to aid Israel and avoid death and destruction to its people. “While Israel is pepared to do what is necessar to defend itself, we share President Obama’s preference to see Iran’s nuclear weapons program end through diplomacy.” Whew!

Imagine bombing Iran and witnessing thousands of missiles headed toward Jerusalem? The best solution is always, “jaw, jaw, not war, war.”

Netanyahu, The Critic

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to teach President Barack Obama how to engage in problem solving diplomacy. He called the president in order to rip him to pieces for not following the basic principles of Bibidiplomacy. He termed the recent agreement with Iran to slow down the process of nuclear development an “historic mistake.” It is truly unfortunate that Obama has yet to grasp that Netanyahu is among the most outstanding diplomats on this planet. Examine the record:

1. President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has worked to curb terrorism and seeks an agreement with Israel. For sixty years Israeli leaders have complained they have no Palestinian leader willing to negotiate with their nation and no Palestinian leader committed to peace. So, what does Bibi do? Refuses to negotiate with Palestinians who seek to negotiate!
2. Israel leaders in 1967 wanted to negotiate about the West Bank. So, what does Bibi do? He sends thousands of settlers to the West Bank in order to complicate any possible compromise.

Please Mr. Obama, learn from the master of stupidity how NOT to negotiate. As you put it so aptly, “tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, it’s not the right thing for our security.”