US has not forgiven Iran for its anti-imperialist revolution
The message is clear. It has already been delivered to Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria, and many other countries around the world: overthrow your reform-minded, independent, communitarian government; become a satellite to the global corporate free-market system, or we will pound you to death and subject you to a severe level of economic embargo and poverty.
Few days prior to leaving her post in late January, 2013, Hillary Clinton made a damning admission: she publicly confessed that the US-led sanctions against Iran are politically motivated and constitute a “soft-war” against the nearly 80 million people of Iran in order to achieve regime change. She stated that the reason for maintaining such an inhumane sanction is: “So we hope that the Iranian people will make known their concerns… so my message to Iranians is: do something about this.”
by Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince
The recent information on short term agreement in the Iranian nuclear issue is welcomed news that present unique and unprecedented opportunities for all parties involved. The least we can hope at this stage is that there is an encouraging shift in the US’s approach to Iranian nuclear issue from the rigid ideological to a more realistic position. President Barack Obama’s commitment to veto any Congressional legislation that might intensify sanctions against Iran in the next six months is a refreshing development that helps add momentum to the success of these negotiations.
A brief history of how this saga began would be helpful in understanding the positions taken by all parties in these long and arduous negotiations. Continue reading
The Dream of the Ottoman Empire II just collapsed…
by Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince
The news broke not long ago that Turkey, a longtime, staunch NATO member just broke an unwritten rule of that global military alliance: it has announced it is considering a major $3.2 billion arms purchase from China of an advanced missile defense systems. The announcement triggered something approaching a panic in NATO circles. A number of commentators argue that Turkey is dissatisfied with NATO’s refusal to engage more militarily in the Syrian conflict. Continue reading
Posted in American Politics, Iran, Iraq, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, The Middle East, Turkey
Tagged Arab, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Muslim Brotherhood, Natenyahu, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, US policy
tags: humanitarian intervention, MarkPress, R2P, Responsibility To Protect
By Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince
“The fate of Iraq is a sideshow, the terrorist threat is a red herring, and the radical Islamist’s dream of a worldwide jihad against the west is a fantasy, but the attempt to revive Pax Americana is real.”
– Gwynne Dyer –
The notion of “humanitarian intervention” by former imperialist and now neo-colonial powers is as old as the hills. One can trace such pretexts back far in modern history. Two examples, among many, suffice: the 1898 U.S. invasion of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines was done in the name of saving those peoples from the Spanish yoke. Hitler used it as the excuse to annex the Sudetenland regions of (then) Czechoslovakia to supposedly “save” the poor German residents of that country. Continue reading
By Rob Prince and Ibrahim Kazerooni
A reproduction of Leonardo DaVinci’s powerful (and long lost) description of the stupidity of war: The Battle of Anghiari
A few days ago writing about the Obama decision to postpone a military strike against Syria, we speculated:
At the least, it buys time to build opposition to such a reckless course, at the most, it is the beginning of a change in direction. Too early to tell. I would hope the latter but fear the former.
Didn’t take long for the smoke to clear on that one…
Having lost a key ally as Great Britain announced it would not participate in a military strike, Obama’s foreign base of support had shrunk to nearly naught. He made a tactically clever move: to shore up his domestic support to compensate for the loss. From the tenure of the discussion in the Senate yesterday, which we had to watch (for a while anyway), it was pretty clear that the US Senate will stand behind Obama and formally support military action. Although there are stipulations, limitations to Obama’s field of action (no troops on the ground, a sixty day window for military strikes with the possibility of a further Congressional approval), war has a way of escalating from one set of conditions to another and those limitations might turn out the `flexible’, as they were in the case of Libya where a no fly zone transformed almost immediately into an `air attack zone’. Continue reading
Posted in American Politics, Iran, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Lebanon, Russia, Saudi Arabia, The Middle East
Tagged Arab, chemical attack, CIA, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Nuclear USA, Obama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, saudis, US policy, war
While the US, UK and France (the new and the old colonial powers) debate their response to the suspected chemical weapons use in Syria, the Syrian government continues to deny the allegations. Since last Saturday we have witnessed a number of reports, documents and pictures that plainly indicates that the use of these weapons was by the mercenaries supported by the US and the Saudis, not by Damascus.
The US on the other hand has ignored all such evidence and continues to talk of attacking Syria., which might have already taken place before this article goes to print. The Syrian government and its allies maintain that it was the mercenaries that launched a “false flag” attack by using chemical weapons on civilians, anticipating that the blame would fall on the government and provoke the international community into a response that would help their positions on the ground after being defeated by the Syrian army in a number of confrontations. Continue reading
Posted in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, The Middle East
Tagged Arab, chemical attack, CIA, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Muslim Brotherhood, Nuclear USA, Obama, salafi, Saudi Arabia, saudis, Syria, Turkey, US Middle East, WMD