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U.S. Indifferent To Middle East Public Opinion: Iranian Academic

TEHRAN, Sept. 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- Mahan Abedin, the director of research at the Center for the Study of Terrorism (CST), a London-based organization that studies Islamization, democratization, and extremism in the Muslim world, said on Monday that the United States is indifferent to public opinion in the Middle East.

In a telephone interview with the Mehr News Agency, Abedin stated that the U.S. anti-terrorism strategy is a continuation of George W. Bush's previous policies to extend Washington's hegemony, and thus U.S. officials are only interested in influencing public opinion in the United States.

He went on to say that the current U.S. strategy is not at all new but is just a repetition of old strategies.

"The Bush administration is pursuing a clear-cut goal of extending its hegemony. However, recent developments in the region, including Hezbollah's victory, the formation of the Hamas government, the relative victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the U.S. troops' difficulties in Iraq, the escalation of instability in southern Afghanistan, and the principled resistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran against the U.S. in defense of its nuclear activities have caused failures for U.S. officials.

"This has obliged U.S. officials to moderate their slogans and adopt new political expressions in their foreign policy," he explained.

On the U.S. exaggeration of terrorists' access to weapons of mass destruction, Abedin said, "This actually indicates the failure of U.S. policies. Since the day they launched a war using the September 11 terrorist attacks as a pretext, which was meant to be a campaign against terrorism, U.S. officials began to strengthen their defense system.

"Taking into consideration the expenditures and the strict security measures taken, speaking about a campaign against weapons of mass destruction possessed by terrorists after the elapse of five years is a failure that indicates the limitation of the United States' security apparatus.

"The U.S. uses (the issue of) terrorism to achieve its foreign policy objectives, while using the facade of security measures to avoid controversy.

"The U.S. hostility toward Iran and Syria is one of the special plans of the U.S. neoconservatives and the Bush administration, and they actually can not back down from their policies.

"The U.S. intends to create a security system in the Middle East that makes all regional countries its vassals so that the actions of all regional governments, such as Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, will become a catalyst for the realization of its policies.

"However, in the current political structure of the Middle East, Iran and Syria are the only major centers of resistance against the United States, and that is why Washington has made these two countries the targets of its accusations."

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