And the Winner Is….Iran

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As the dew of the Arab Spring begins to settle, there are crucial and consequential factors that will affect the future of these countries as well as that of the United States. The defining months and years ahead will prove that nation building, in comparison to dictator ousting, will be far more sensitive and essential to social, cultural and political determinations. The challenge will be in paving the way for secular, non-radical groups and coalitions to serve and meet the needs of ordinary people. Not a Western interpretation of democracy, which does not translate effectively into Middle Eastern politics and societies, but rather a strong secularist front to trump fundamentalist forces in the region.

Instead of appeasing the Iranian regime at the cost of splintering the previously “ironclad” relationship between the United States and Israel, it would have behooved the President to focus on the single element that connects the Arab countries, along with the United States and Israel; namely, combating the spreading radical influences of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The hundreds of demonstrators killed at point blank in Syria, the young Iranians, such as the beautiful and symbolical Neda, shot at as they peacefully marched in the streets, the innocent Israeli citizens, like the Fogel family or the victims of bus and pizza shop suicide bombings together with the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on 9/11 all died at the hands of one common enemy.  From its inception, Iran’s ruling clergy has vowed to spread its radical influence across the globe.  Today they are manifesting their extremist ideology on three fronts: at home, abroad and through their ongoing nuclear proliferation initiatives.

They have armed Syria with banned weapons helping to fortify and defend the brutal dictatorship of longtime ally Bashar Al Assad. Attempting to win greater influence in the region, Tehran has been exploiting the people’s uprising in Bahrain, possibly costing the Bahraini people their freedom at the cost of entering into a proxy war with rival Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia.  A recently developed courtship with Egypt has many fearful of what a potential alliance would mean for the rest of the region.  Together with traceable links to Al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, Iranian interference in foreign affairs and perpetuation of terrorist activity make them the most dangerous and detrimental force in the world.

Meanwhile, back home the Iranian government continues its reign of terror on its own people, hanging eight men today, including five who were executed in public. Iran is only second to China in having one of the highest rates of yearly executions. Guards and hired militia men were ordered to violently crackdown on protesters in 2009, eliminating the single opportunity the Iranian people had in three decades to loosen the mullah’s chokehold.

Perhaps President Obama was coming off of his career high in the aftermath of ordering the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden, believing in his own political infallibility.  It was the highlight of his presidency, surely as far as foreign policy is concerned. He demonstrated a strength and conviction that he has hesitated to show, particularly in advancing Middle East policy. In moving forward, this strength and certainty will be necessary in creating new alliances with the future governments of Tunisia and Egypt and possibly those of Yemen and Libya, forming new longstanding relationships without harming already existing friendships.

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  • samir

    Obama is the worst that the US has had so far. Making stupid comments, thinking he is God's gift for this world… He is totally out of place. And I so agree with the writer of this piece. Obama would do better to point his finger at Iran, and to tell Iran that they should stay within their own borders, and improve democracy there…

  • John The Greek

    Reminds me of the below Proverb:

    It is not easy to beat an Iranian, and if you think you have beaten them, they have really beat you twice – first because they beat you, second because they made you think you beat them :)

    Don't blame Obama – this is the reason Iranian civilization has lasted 3,000 years….

    • Tim Bus

      Iranian civilization = tautology

  • Quinterius

    The number of false statements in this article is unbelievable. Does the author assume that the readers are just stupid or merely uninformed? Let me just take two of her outrageous statements:

    1. Ahmadinejad .. has called for “wiping Israel off the map.”
    Does the author still believe this nonsense. Anyone who has studied the subject knows that this ridiculous claim was debunked years ago. It was all based on a mistranslation. Ahmadinejad only "predicted" or "wished" that government of Israel will disappear like the Soviet Union, the Roman Empire or Yugoslavia. He never claimed that Iran would have a hand in it. Anyone who knows how to use Google can verify this fact.

    2. "The hundreds of demonstrators killed at point blank in Syria, the young Iranians, such as the beautiful and symbolical Neda, shot at as they peacefully marched in the streets, …and the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on 9/11 all died at the hands of one common enemy."
    So, now Iran is accused of being involved in 9/11 also. Such a statement is downright irresponsible. Al Qaeda is a mortal enemy of Iran, which had nothing to do with 9/11. Also, there is no evidence that security forces shot "beautiful Neda." Her death was tragic but anyone could have shot her. There was no systematic shooting of the demonstrators by the Iranian security forces, though some rioters were beaten with batons. In addition, the bullet that killed her was not the type used by the Iranian forces.

    As far the criticism of Obama on the issue relating to Israel and the Palestinians is concerned, this article just repeats the standard Israeli line. Obama didn't really say anything new. The fact is that the US is not an impartial broker and its efforts have been abject failures. So, whatever Obama says is useless, particularly since Congress is almost 100% in the pocket of AIPAC.

    • Ghostwriter

      Quinterius,how long have you been reading "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?" I ask because you are repeating the same old anti-semitic garbage that's been around for years.

      • Quinterius

        I have never read it. I only mentioned one thing about Israel. Most of my post had nothing to do with Israel. How long have you been paranoid? Do you deny that the US Congress is owned by AIPAC.

        • MixMChess

          The classic charge that US Congress is owned by AIPAC. Yep sir, you are an antisemite. Of course Congress is never influenced by the Arab lobby and its oil (and dividends from oil) interests, just the Jews and their grassroots organizations.
          http://www.amazon.com/Arab-Lobby-Invisible-Underm

          • Quinterius

            All the proof you need is to watch again Netanyahu's speech in Congress last week. Everybody jumped up like dogs licking their master's feet. I don't need to provide any further evidence.

    • MixMChess

      1) This is a LIE. Ahmadinejad did call for Israel to be destroyed. This coupled with his rampant antisemitism and Holocaust denial makes him an obvious threat.

      The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated Ahmadinejad's speech as stating that Israel must be "eliminated from the pages of history." That is a call for Israel's destruction.

      As the New York Times pointed out, Tehran's official translators who work in the President's office and the foreign ministry DISAGREE with your (false) translation: "All official translations of Mr. Ahmadinejad's statement, including a description of it on his website, refer to wiping Israel away. Sohrab Mahdavi, one of Iran’s most prominent translators, and Siamak Namazi, managing director of a Tehran consulting firm, who is bilingual, both say “wipe off” or “wipe away” is more accurate than "vanish" because the Persian verb is active and transitive."

      The New York Times, which is no friend to Israel, conclusively determined that Iran's president call for Israel to be "wiped off the map." Editor Ethan Bronner concluded that while Iran didn't advocate for immediate war, "..it is hard to argue that, from Israel's point of view, Mr. Ahmadinejad poses no threat."

  • PersianGulf

    I clearly see tea party hands behind this article.

    • Tim Bus

      PersianGuff

  • Jhon

    Free speech does have anything to do with wipe out Israel comments, such comments are called INCITING GENOCIDE. So what if Hitler said he going to wipe out all the Jews? after all he only wipe out 6 millions of them, not enough to wipe out all the Jews isn't it Quinterius?

    • Quinterius

      Now, you really show your ignorance. There is absolutely no comparison between Iran and Nazi Germany. Even if Ahmadinejad said what you sleeping people claim, he was talking about the "government" of Israel. Nobody ever said anything about killing the people of Israel. You really don't know that over 20,000 Jews live in Iran without any problems (the largest population of Jews in the Middle East after Israel). Do you know that most Jews in Iran are also against Zionism and the genocidal policies of Israel against the Palestinians? Nobody here seems to know how to use Google, so here are two links for your edification:
      http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/news/rumor-of-thhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn4ZX99Fbxs

      • Ghostwriter

        I'll never understand why you Quinterius and people like you carry water for the Iranian regime. They oppress their own people daily. When they asked for some democratic reforms,they're shot down in the street. Their human rights record is on par with Cuba. Why are you defending the mullahs of Iran? Why?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Iranian Mullahs who control the Muslim Brotherhood will eventually bring
    about their own destruction. The progressive buildup of the implements of
    war, spending 50% of their gross income on armaments while supressing
    their own people is a dead giveaway for all but the brain dead and Leftists.
    Saudi Arabia pushing the Wahhabi Islam throughout the world where they
    have oil money influence has dirty hands in the destruction of freedom and
    secular government. They in their own way are as evil as Iran, yet we buy
    their oil and they use the money to subvert the lives of all free societies.
    Obama is a willing tool of the spread of Islam and all he does must be
    in accordance of who he bows to and we already know who that is.
    William

    • Simon

      WilliamJamesWard

      Are you for real? THere is nothing in your post that is true.

      Does Israel not pupress their own people? Unless you don't count the Arb citizen.

      Does your comments further the peace between Arabs and the state of Israel? U don't want peace. You just want to keep force and repress people.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Arabs do not and never have wanted peace with Israel, unless you look
        at the history of continuous Arab war against Israel and the ingrained
        hatred of Jews in the Koran which spills over to all Muslim Nations
        you are blind, deaf and dumb. Palestinians are where they are as
        Jordan forced them into concentration camps surrounding Israel's
        borders, they are kept there by Arab governments not by Israel. The
        Arab Israeli population is so far better off than all other Arabs it is
        quite striking. That they do not flee Israel should be very telling.
        Think on what sources of information you have and ask yourself it
        you have a picture of historical fact or propaganda, the later is more
        probable……………………………………………………………..William

      • MixMChess

        Everything William James Ward said is the TRUTH.

        Israel does NOT suppress its citizens. Did you know that over 20% of Israel's population is Arab-Israelis who are primarily Muslims? Did you know that Israel's Arab citizens enjoy more civil rights in Israel than they do in any other Arab/Islamic country? Did you know that Israel has no official state religion and Arabs are free to worship and practice any religion they chose? Did you know that Israel guarantees the equal rights of all of its citizens including its Arab minority?

  • MixMChess

    "Who cares what the NYT said?"

    Go reread my comment. The NYT was reporting on how the official IRANIAN GOVERNMENT website was translating Ahmadinejad's speech.

    "Finally, let's assume that Ahmadinejad said he wants to wipe out Israel. So, what? Have you heard of free speech."

    The difference is Ahmadinejad is the president of his country and has the very easy and real means to actually carry fulfill his plans.

    "Israel threatens to bomb Iran to the dark ages practically every week, even with the use of nuclear weapons."

    This is a lie, Israel has never threatened Iran with nuclear weapons. At best, Israel has simply stated that it will defend itself against an attack from Iran.