Category Archives: Iran

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.”

Long Fight Headed Nowhere

Wars have a way of beginning with great fervor and determination to destroy some nation of evil leader or idea that appears to propagate an idea which is either loved or hated. Time passes. People die, people grow fatigued about the idea which once sent them into streets shouting for an idea. As time passes, buildings are blown up, bodies accumulate, limbs are lost and people grow weary and hungry. In Syria there are numerous groups and organizations whose goal is not merely to drive out President Assad, but to ensure that your group takes over and can become the new dictator whose goal is to get rid of this faction or that faction regardless of cost to the average person. Month one was wonderful and offered great hope. Month ten offered the prospect of great victory. By month twenty or twenty four, it was clear that among your fellow supporters of victory were some who not only wanted victory over Assad but victory over fellow enemies of Assad.

Ahmnad Khaled told a reporter he had been tortured and fired from his job and now simply wanted a place where he could rest and work and lead some sort of normal life. Abu Firas told a reporter: “The ones who fight now are from the side of thieves.” He simply wants, not a piece of power, but peace.

Israel Lobby In US Congress

Historically, it is the responsibility of the United States Congress to focus on the national interests of their country, not that of the nation of Israel. After three decades of conflict with the nation of Iran, a group of five leading countries banded together to hammer out an agreement to cap Iran’s work on nuclear weapon development. It does place limits on this work, but to Senator Schumer and fellow Republicans and Democrats compelling Iran to halt work on nuclear weapons is selling out Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu terms the agreement an “historic mistake.” Israel President Shimon Peres disagrees, “the success or failure of the deal will be judged by results,not words.” Perhaps, Senator Schumer believes President Peres wants to sell out Israel?

Bibi Netanyahu has refused to work with Palestinians in order to reach an agreement. He has sabotaged the rights of Palestinians, he has insulted Palestinians, he has hampered a Palestinian government which seeks peace with Israel. THAT, is an “historic mistake!”

Israel Theatens Peace Efforts

During the past month there has been considerable progress in discussions between Iran and six powers-the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany–in an effort to identify an initial plan to move away from potential war and conflict. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, insisted his nation is committed to making concessions in order to end sanctions and conflict with the world. However, he is sick and tired of being threatened by Israel which appears to demand veto rights on any agreement. He denounced Israel as behaving as a “rabid dog” in seeking to sabotage negotiations. Fench President Fandcoise Hollande termed such expressions as “unacceptable” and hindering negotiations. However, threats by Israel Prime Minister to bomb Iran, to initiate war with Iran are OK and apparently assist peace efforts!

Israel is the most dangerous country in the Middle East. It continuously makes threats and promises massive destruction of Iran, and the US does not seek to compel Israel to lower the rhetoric of war and allow the six nations to pursue the path of peace. Those who care about the people of Israel understand its future is best protected if peace is attained in the Middle East.

Iran Breakthrough Breaks Netanyahu Heart

Yesterday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his lap dogs in the American Congress were hailing France for not being fooled by the Iranian deception about peace. Today, we are back to wise remarks about “American fries” because the government of France decided to go along with Germany, Russia, England, China, FRANCE and the US in forging an agreement with the Iranian government to control its nuclear program. The agreement entails:
Cease using centrifuges to enrich uranium.
refrain from starting new centrifuges
Halt work on its plutonium reactor
Allow access to UN inspectors

Naturally, the GOP and Democratic senators whose primary allegiance is to Israel rather than to the American people denounced this agreement to halt development of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

As of this moment, there is only ONE nation in the Middle East that bars UN nuclear inspectors and refuses to halt work on nuclear weapons. Oh, its name is ISRAEL!

Iran Rebuffed By Peace Seekers

In 2001,then reform President Khatami of Iran offered to assist American forces in Afghanistan in their campaign against the Taliban. President Bush accepted their assistance and then blasted the Iran government as supporting terrorism in the world. Today, Russia,China, the US and UK along with France and Germany are working with President Rouhani of Iran in order to halt his country’s nuclear program and reduce tension. Democrats and Republicans are increasingly united in denouncing Obamacare along with opposing Secretary of State’s work with key nations who seek to bridge the gap with Iran in order to end conflict in the Middle East. The incompetence of President Obama has now reached the point where even his own party lacks any trust in him, including being able to negotiate for peace. Fortunately, many do trust John Kerry who was able to obtain a few weeks in order to complete negotiations with Iran.

The United States of America has a Congress that, not only is unable to pass a law, but unable to agree on anything with the president. The lonely shy man is most comfortable with his family and Chicago crowd. If peace negotiation fails, who knows what will occur in the Middle East. The time is now. Perhaps, out president should turn over negotiations to John Kerry and spend some time in Chicago with his friends.