Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Jewish Neoconservatives

Saint Michael Traveler

Do American people have any understanding about the negative influence of Jewish Neoconservatives on the US foreign policy? Their influence has been greatly responsible for the negative international image of the United States. The Neoconservatives have followed Israel and in some cases have initiated the negative perception about the Muslim world, specifically Iran.

This negative influence has resulted wasting about 30 years not using effective diplomatic interaction with Iran. Foreign Policy of President Bush and Iran , dictated by neoconservative advisers had been to sabotage the basic premise of diplomacy by under cutting the actions of European Union foreign policy Chief Javier Solana.

Undersecretary of State William Burns attended the Geneva meeting, the first direct meeting between USA and Iranian representatives. We had build up the expectations before the meeting that mere presence of Burns would stop Iranian producing nuclear fuel; we completely ignored the diplomatic rule of engagement and expected an instant result.

Before we could be effective in our interactions with Iran, we would need to have an understanding of their interests and positions, fears and expectations. To start we would need to know what Iran wants.

What would you do if you were the president of Iran?
What does Iran Want?
Before drawing a red line with Iran, we must be clear about our own motivations and the expected outcomes.

We have multiple options in our relationships with Iran. Among them would be the continuation of the present status, or a robust start of diplomatic interaction. Anatol Lieven and Trita Parsi recent article: Drawing a red line with Iran provides a realistic expectation for both USA and Iran. Let us stay cool and use diplomatic rules of engagement and talk with Iran.

Similar to the past 45 years, Israel would continue to be a negative influence in our relationship with Iran. This problem is not knew, even during Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Iran suffered in her interaction with US due to the negative influence of Israel and her lobbies.
Please read: "Blowing His Top" by Joe Klein, Time magazine, August 4, 2008, page 31. This article should be read by all those who support Neo-conservatism in America.

Joe Klein on Neoconservatives and Iran
"They pick Ahmadinejad specifically because he's the guy making the wildest antisemitic statements. I think that's being done for political purposes, to scare the shit out of my parents. It's a Broward County strategy, it's a Florida strategy. On Iran, I think that it's a love/hate relationship, since Iran and Israel are natural allies. You know, when I was in Iran, I'd talk to people. I was talking to one right-winger, and I said, "You know who your natural ally is?" and I was thinking the United States and he said, "Oh, yeah, Israel." I think that my reading on the nuclear issue is, given the level of threats that they've been getting from the United States, and from Israel, it's a logical thing for Iran to want nuclear weapons as a deterrent. I don't think they'd ever actually use it. First of all, they don't actually have it, but if they did have it, they'd contaminate at the very least the third most holy site in Islam, and they'd kill a hell of a lot of Muslims. So I think that they want it as a matter of deterrence and a matter of prestige. When you look at Iran's behavior, it has not been irrational."

Monday, July 14, 2008

What would you do if you were the president of Iran? What does Iran Want?

I think more than anything to be able to defend their country. Iran wants the same things as Israel, security. Who can they trust?

They remember 1979; Arabic nations who supported Iraq against Iran. The integrated financial, technical, and armaments that were provided by many Arab countries to support Arabic Iraq against non-Arab Iranians was responsible for death of about 500,000 Iranians and injury of several millions.

They remember our financial and technical support of Sadam Hossein to use chemical bombs against Iranians.

They remember 1988 unprovoked attack of the United State on a civilian Iranian airliner. Iran civilian airliner Flight 655 was shot down by the US Navy's guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes on Sunday July 3, 1988, killing all 290 passengers, including 66 children, and crewmembers onboard.

An Airbus A300

The civilian airliner, carrying passengers from Iran, Italy, the UAE, India, Pakistan and the former Yugoslavia, was en route from Iran's southern city of Bandar Abbas to Dubai when it was hit by two SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles launched from the warship commanded by Captain William C. Rogers III.

The aircraft was flying within the Iranian airspace and did not have an attack profile. The plane was identified by Vincennes crew as a passenger aircraft. The objective was to teach Iran to capitulate in war with Iraq; otherwise more punishments were to be expected, such as U.S. Attacks on Iranian Oil Platforms in 1987-1988.

The Vincennes crew received combat-action ribbons. Lieutenant Commander Scott Lustig, air-warfare coordinator on the Vincennes, was awarded with the Commendation Medal for 'heroic achievement'.

Iranians remember summer of 1953.

President George Bush often states that Iran is threatening the interests of the Unites States in Persian Gulf! What are the interests of England and the United States in Persian Gulf, the Persian front door to Iran?
A primer for discussion of these issues must start with review of British and the United States policies relative to the Persian Gulf region. Stephen Kinzer, a veteran New York Times correspondent, in his book “All the Shah’s Men, an American coup and the roots of Middle East Terror”, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003, brilliantly reconstructs the events leading to the present dilemma of the United States in the Middle East. The events described in this marvelous book are not fiction; the events actually happened during the summer of 1953 in Tehran, Iran.

The United States Central Intelligence Agency operation Ajax staged coup d’├ętat in 1953 against democratically elected Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh. Democracy was substituted with the despotic regime of Mohammad Reza Shah. The dawn of democracy in Iran, started in late 1880, flickered by democratically elected Mossadegh, was extinguished. This was the beginning of Iranian servitude once more to the interests of England and the United States. During his last years, Shah did not trust Iranian people; his inner palace was guarded by Israel commandos. Since 1979, the United States has been punishing Iranian people for ousting the immature, weak, despotic Mohammad Reza Shah. This punishment, Iranian assert, included Iraq invasion of Iran instigated by President Regan. During this war, the United States and her satellite nations helped materially and logistically Iraqi military forces to invade Iran and use chemical and biological weapons on Iranian population.

Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh

In the preface of his book, Kinzer recalls his conversation with an Iranian lady about Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh. He asked her: “What do you remember…about the coup against him?” She responded:

“Why did you Americans do that terrible thing? We always loved America. To us, America was the great country, the perfect country, the country that helped us while other countries were exploiting us. But after that moment, no one in Iran ever trusted the United States again…”

This un-American act was instigated by Winston Churchill-Anthony Eden of England and two American brothers John Foster Dulles (US Secretary of State) and Allen Dulles (Director of Central Intelligence Agency). The primary reason for this regime change was to subordinate Iranian people and exploit the Iranian natural resources.

Harry Truman once said: "There is nothing new in the world except the histories you don not know.” Have we learned from our past mistakes committed during 1953 not to repeat it once more? This time the price would be much greater for both the Iranian and our American societies! We must stop George Bush with his neocolonialism.

If you were the President of Iran, what would you do for your country?

Please read Persian Paradox

Israel, cool it! Israel, let USA establish diplomatic relation with Iran.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Experience and Vision for President-Elect

Why are we making so much fuss about the foreign experience of the candidates for the president? President elect list of priority tasks for his or her administration is greatly influenced by his vision of the future for America and the world. The president-elect, if he or she is a good administrator, will always choose competent members for his cabinets and advisors. The president-elect will not encircle himself with a group of "yes Sir" men or women.

The most important characteristic of a good president-elect would be a good listener, analyzer, and user of deliberate process for action making. As such, he can utilize centuries of experience and knowledge in diverse field to advance his mission for the nation. A democratic process, unlike a dictatorial system, is slow and would require the consensus of those who had elected the president. A good president would work with the representatives of the people and with deliberate attempt to listen to both sides of the isles.

The worst type of a president is an ideologue responding to only very limited sector of the American people.

Persian Art
Omar Khayyam's Rubiat

Would but the Desert of the Fountain yield
One glimpse -- If dimly, yet indeed, reveal'd
To which the fainting Traveler might spring,
As springs the trampled herbage of the field!

Who would make a better president, Senator McCain or Senator Obama? Each represents a philosophy inherent in the two party system, Republican or Democratic, a Hamiltonian President McCain or a Jeffersonian President Obama.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Is Military Sevice Enough to be Qualified as our President?

Saint Michael Traveler

Is that enough to be qualified as our President?

We all serve, or have served this nation as professional military men and women, teachers, firemen, policemen, postal servicemen, engineers, doctors, scientists and many others. In my opinion, the candidate’s vision for the nation, educational trainings, and experiences are more important than being a prisoner of war as a qualification for the office.

I agree with General Wesley Clark’s remark: "riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is not a qualification to be president." I am surprised with over reaction of McCain. Senator McCain should know better to question General Clark’s comment; unless all he has to offer is his military service record. Is that enough to be qualified as our President?

I personally prefer a non-professional military candidate for the office of the president, unless he would be a man advocating peace having learned that killing people is much too uncivilized in this modern world.