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Reflection on the current Middle East Fiasco

By David N. Rahni, New York

As a patriotic American with proud Iranian heritage, and while fully appreciating what is best for both nations, I have followed your various reports on IRAN with much apprehension, as I have noted how the Bush administration's antagonistic rhetoric is preparing the court of public opinion for waging yet another pre-emptive war of aggression in the Middle East in order to "redeploy" from Iraq and save face.

Whereas every indication in Iraq points to a costly long U.S./U.K. Military presence and thus economic influence of the Anglo-Americans for the unforeseeable future, the Bush's dichotomous, ideologically driven political ploy to satiate his war mongering Manichean approach to Iran is identical to what he unilaterally pursued vis--vis Iraq. In both cases and anchored on his theologically driven pre-apocalyptic crusade of "good versus evil" as a prelude for Armageddon, he preceded his military intervention with his divinely inspired perception of seeing the whole Islamic world, a region extending from central Africa to southeast Asia as "different faces of the same evil." Notwithstanding, however, as the good ole American "Yogi Bear" would say, "It is the OIL stupid!"

What the Islamic world, whose 2/3 of its population of 1.2 billions are less than 30 years of age, most urgently needs, is sustainable "economic" development that is anchored on reforms in education, environment and equity. The hegemonic colonial era of the past centuries are far gone, to be replaced with global knowledge of justice seeking people everywhere, and as facilitated through Internet and satellite media technologies. The vexing dilemma created should inevitably lead to a new paradigm that leads to a more balanced, equitable multi-lateral foreign policy that will ensure credibility and economic progress for all sides vested that is anchored on mutual trust and respect.

... Payvand News - 7/26/07 ... --

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