Talk or Trap
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
For years, the Islamic Republic of
Iran has sought to open a dialogue with the current occupants of the White
House. The talks set between the
Iran on May 28th seem promising. Yet given that the Bush administration’s
stance towards Iran is far from reconciliatory, one
must question the underlying motives for these talks.
Rhetoric of war at an all time high,
it would seem odd that the White House should seem amenable to this meeting – or
at least, for us to be optimistic about their outcome. Here is why. According to the Chicago Tribune, in
2004, the Bush administration had planned on building 14 bases in
Iraq and housing thousands of US
soldiers - permanently[i]. However, other than overt and blatant
colonization and theft of Iraqi resources, it needed justification to explain
its continued and permanent presence in Iraq. Unrest and civil war were the
pretext that warranted the presence of the military – and later the introduction
of the paid militia. But the unrest
had to be blamed on the country that was to be the next target of the
administration’s invasion - Iran.
While the mainstream media
(MSM) misinforms the public about Iran, it conceals the real threat facing the
States, and the world. Snug in the belief that we are protected
by democracy, leaders, like thieves in the dark, have abducted the very essence
of our democratic society. Paid
militias, whose rule of engagement is determined by the highest bidder, are
engaged in activities hidden from the public. Blackwater USA,
co-founded by former Navy Seal Erik
Prince, a “billionaire
fundamentalist Christian” who interned in the White House of Bush Sr. is running
a group of mercenaries who are here, there, and everywhere.
It comes as
no surprise then that this militia group with a dangerous underlying of
Christian fundamentalism, should receive funding from the Bush administration by
being rewarded no bid contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and post-Katrina.[ii] Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) stated:
"We need to know why
the Bush Administration keeps writing blank checks to Blackwater and others,
while it keeps Congress and the American people in the dark."[iii] It is also not surprising that the White
House should seek to further strengthen the alliance of the militias with the
Evangelical right in preparation for the possibility of yet another illegal and
immoral invasion. It was reported
that he met privately with James Dobson and a dozen Christian right leaders to
discuss the ‘Iran Policy” for an hour and a half on May 15.[iv]
Furthermore, Mr. Bush adamantly
rejects a measure that would prevent him from using Iraq war funds to strike Iran. Not only is the MSM’s campaign of defamation and misinformation
in full speed, but those who feed this frenzy, are so confident in the
unawareness and apathy of the American public, that while their outrageous and
inconsistent accusations make first rate material for comedians[v]; the raging vulgarity of their ambition
and greed can only be placated with the shedding of innocent blood. To this end, they claim that not
only is Iran allegedly supplying both the Shia and Sunni ‘insurgents/terrorists’
in Iraq with roadside explosives, but on April 28, Mr. Bush’s hand-picked
general, General Pace, told the right-wing Washington Times:"It is not as
clear in Afghanistan which Iranian entity is responsible, but we have
intercepted weapons in Afghanistan headed for the Taliban that were made in
This wild accusation comes on the
heels of Iran’s diplomats being killed by the Taliban after which incident Iran
chose to pursue diplomacy rather than military action in pressing demands for
apology and for prosecution of killers by Iranian or international court;
stating that the use of military force would undermine its efforts to reassure
the world that it is not a threat to its neighbors. Never mind Iran’s invaluable assistance to the
States post 9/11.
If indeed Iran is the arms supplier
the US generals claim it to be, and which the MSM trumpets, with Iran’s current young population and
nationalist zeal, then the United
States should indeed rethink its rhetoric of war and realize that it has a
formidable nation to reckon with. The United
States should also realize that it should truly to embark
on a real diplomatic solution and recognize Iran’s
sovereignty. While there is no
proof of Iran’s arms export
other than fabrication and accusations by the U.S., there have been interesting sources
regarding the United
States track record on conventional arms alone.
The United States has ranked as the world's most
prolific arms seller to developing countries since the collapse of the Soviet
Union in the early 1990s and the nearly simultaneous triumph of
U.S. arms over Soviet weapons in the
1991 Persian Gulf War. The annual report by Congressional Research Service
analyst Richard Grimmett classifies all countries as developing except
Canada, Japan, New
Zealand, Russia, the United States,
and all European states. In
inflation-adjusted dollars, U.S. arms agreements in 2003 totaled $15.5
billion and accounted for one-half of the $29 billion in worldwide sales, while
the U.S. sum last year made up $44
Iran, a developing country,
is not in Congress’ report; however, MSM is instructed to feed a mass frenzy
that Iran is arming its neighbors.
Undoubtedly, Iranians are generous
people, however, even their generosity has its limits. As such, it has been restricted to
housing the displaced millions who have had to flee their occupied war-torn
homes as a result of American-led illegal wars and occupations. In spite of years of U.S. sanctions, Iran, barely
able to sustain its own population, has given shelter to millions of Iraqis and
Afghanis. This generosity is
overlooked by the world at large.
The world body that sanctioned Iran, punished not only Iran, but those
who ran away from conflict, famine, rape, and disease as a result of American
greed. Iran can hardly
afford to give free arms in its package of aid; much less have a desire to,
especially to the Taliban who killed its diplomats, or the Iraqis where it would
like to see stability.
The Bush administration needs to
demonize Iran for it must gain world approval
before going to yet another illegal war.
British marketing guru, Simon Anholt who is a specialist on ‘nation
branding’, a relatively new concept which holds that countries can change their
[negative] image, contends that the solution to improving America’s negative
image is to “Ask permission before invading a country”.[viii] America has been doing just that – getting
permission by setting Iran up. Talks would indicate the
U.S. good will towards
diplomacy, but their assured failure (U.S. accusations and unreasonable
demands, in addition to likely covert operations), would get a blessing from the
world for the army of militias to attack.
Mr. Bush knows no conscientious Army general will do his bidding.
We cannot hold another nation to
account while we are breaking the rules ourselves. Inarguably, Iran has much to
improve on. For those of us who
enjoy the freedoms of this country, we must not lose track of them. There was a time when we looked to
leaders for principles and guidance.
The word integrity found its way in the dictionary because it existed
among men and women of character.
Today, those qualities have disappeared with the leaders they once
represented. Instead, we are being
represented by criminals who have deflowered our virgin belief in integrity,
principles, and compassion in a democratic society, and in humanity as a
whole. Lining their pockets with
blood money, they enable each other to prey on the fear of one nation to
massacre another, while ravaging a third.
Our objections only sharpen their
claws which tighten around our throats, unless we object with one voice. The strength of our unity will enable us
to reclaim our democracy. We must
put an end to the war and stop another one from ever taking place.
[i] Spolar, Christine. "14 'Enduring Bases' Set for Iraq."
Chicago Tribune. March 23,
[vii] Boese, W. Arms Control Today. Washington: Dec
2006. Vol. 36, Iss.
10; pg. 28, 3 pgs
[viii] Kahn, Jeremy. “A Brand-New
Approach”. Foreign Policy”. Nov/Dec
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