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The Wikileaks Revelations: What's The Surprise?

By Kam Zarrabi, Intellectual Discourse

What exactly have the earth shattering revelations by Wikileaks really taught us?  Are we to be shocked that governments distort the facts and lie to their public? Isn't hypocrisy the mainstay of international diplomacy? Can international politics or diplomacy even function without a level of secrecy and a measure of creative hypocrisy? After all, diplomacy is best defined as the art of pursuing one's goal, no matter how unfairly or maliciously, and making it appear fair and just in the eyes of the public.

Perhaps it is the infantile naivete of a perpetually self-deluding public that has made the Wikileaks' totally mundane and essentially worthless so-called revelations the subject of so much controversy and debate these days. What have these Wikileaks files really told us that we did not already know? By "we" I am referring to our media pundits and political analysts, including our official government sources who are sounding off with outrage and incredulity. From the White House to the State Department and the Pentagon, we are hearing cries of outrage over the release of these not-so-really-secret documents. Some high profile fear mongers or, better put, buffoons, of which we have sadly quite a number here, are asking for the execution of the Wikileaks' founder, Julian Assange, for allegedly jeopardizing our national security, our troops overseas and our global prestige. Give me a break!

Let us chew on a few supposedly highly sensational and shocking bits of bologna relating to Iran that have been revealed through these Wikileaks leaks.  Surprise, surprise; the heads of our friendly, moderate and loyal Arab states have expressed their dislike for Iran to the United States. Wow; how mind boggling! We also find that Israel and the United States have had plans to destabilize the Iranian regime by engaging in covert operations, espionage, funding terrorist groups and infiltrating and encouraging dissent movements within Iran. Again, wow; yet more shocking revelations!

For the American public in general, still confident in the rather vaguely defined fundamental principles that characterize the American spirit, lying, playing unfair, trickery and deception in matters of statecraft are simply unacceptable. Many still believe that what they see in Western movies is exactly how it was, where the hero kills the villain by drawing his gun and firing it a millisecond after the latter pulls his pistol out, just to be "fair".

This same public would find it hard to accept that our Secretary of State would order her staff to spy on officials of other nations at the UN. Why; we shouldn't ever lower ourselves to the level of other countries who do exactly that!

Such innocent minds cannot understand or accept the bitter truth that, more often than they would like to believe, pursuing their best interests and those of the nation requires indulging in policies that are in pure violation of the basic principles in which they have traditionally taken pride - honesty, integrity and fair play.

As the Administration is now fully engaged in damage control in order to guide the herds of disillusioned folks back into the elementary schools, the few who do actually understand the game plan should be asking a more relevant question: Are the Wikileaks revelations exposing how our government officials committed all those clearly non-Biblical acts with the best of intentions in order to serve our nation's vital interests? If that be the case, then let the Administration do whatever is necessary to protect the public from any further discomfort disillusionment and mistrust, and let us do whatever it takes to shut down the fountainhead of all such troublesome data.

But more importantly, if the policies that the White House and the State Department have been pursuing - now with a higher degree of awareness, thanks to the Wikileaks - are proving against the nation's best strategic global interests, let us demand explanation and ask for adjustments necessary to correct the course.

Let us not buy this crap voiced by the corporate media and some Administration officials that the leaders of our friendly, loyal Arab countries are so anxious for us to take out Iran's regime because they believe the mullahs plan to make nuclear bombs and destroy the region. No. Iran is not a military threat to the region or its Arab neighbors. What those despots, dictators, Emirs and Kings fear is not a military attack by a nuclear armed Islamic Republic, as our Administration and the Israelis try to depict. What they are rightfully afraid of is the Iranian model that threatens their unpopular imperial rule over their own populations, where Iran's Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah's Nasrullah have become folk heroes and are gaining increasing popularity.

While the Administration, as any other around the world, must engage in deception, covert operations, espionage and even acts that are clearly against the international law, and cover all that under the veil of denials and hypocrisy, let us reserve the right to question the merits of such activities and the motivations behind our policy decisions to make sure we are truly serving our nation's best interests, short-term as well as long.

Kam Zarrabi is the author of In Zarathushtra's Shadow and Necessary Illusion. He has conducted lectures and seminars on international affairs, particularly in relation to Iran, with focus on US/Iran issues. More information about Mr. Zarrabi and his work is available at:

One final bit of coincidentally relevant news is Helen Thomas' recent comments, "Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists," Thomas said on Thursday. "They put their money where their mouth is." Which have resulted in her Spirit of Diversity in the Media award being withdrawn by Wayne State University. Let us not be afraid to ask whose interests are being served here.



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