By Kam Zarrabi, Intellectual Discourse
October is over and the sky hasn't fallen on Iran as yet.
Once again the advertised deadline has come and gone and the goal posts moved
back for the next "imminent" threat by Israel or its surrogate ( the roles are
now reversed ), the United States, to launch a preemptive strike against the
cartoon by Carlos Latuff
But wait! The Israeli paper Ha'aretz is
reporting that Prime Minister Netanyahu has begun, again, to push the Knesset to
approve attacking Iran's nuclear facilities before the cloud covered winter
skies over Iran would make the task more difficult; which means within the next
few weeks! Meanwhile, the British paper, the
Guardian, is reporting that Great Britain, another Israel surrogate, is
preparing their armed forces for possible military action against the Islamic
Republic. The United States is now "officially" showing concerns that the
Israelis, having just successfully tested their nuke-capable long range (to
reach Iran, that is) ballistic missile, might just take the initiative and
strike Iranian targets rather than wait for the newly reinvigorated American
imposed sanctions to work.
Should one ever wonder how it is that a state known for
aggression against its neighbors, which possesses nuclear weapons and has just
tested its long range missiles, is allowed to threaten another regional state
with no record of aggression or the proof of possession of such weapons, and do
so repeatedly with impunity, as well as with our complacency?
Now, that should scare the daylights of the Iranian regime
and, hopefully, force the ayatollahs to trade in their turbans and robes for
suits and ties and go hide somewhere and wait for the sons and daughters of
Kurush the Great to hand over the nation's destiny to their former masters on a
Wishful thinking or daydreaming? Once
again, Yes. My friends, this ain't part of the plot!
Remember, whenever the pit-bull, Netanyahu, ratchets up the
threats of attacking Iran, unilaterally if need be, something else is going on
behind the scenes, or right up front, if we are talking about that small
pie-slice of the public that is endowed with IQs above two-digits. This gangster
is up to something again; he wants something and, the American public can bet
their bottom tax dollars that he's going to get it.
The State Department or the Pentagon is not really "concerned"
that the Israelis might strike at Iran preemptively and drag American armed
forces into yet another disastrous quagmire on the eve of pulling out of the
previous one in Iraq. No. The whole charade is about convincing the already well
primed American public that the poor, defenseless "Chosen People" must be
supported and sheltered in the face of a persistent "existential threat" posed
by the only remaining member of the "Axis of Evil!"
By the way, the phrase Axis of Evil was coined by one, David
Frum, another darling of the Zionist camp, Benador Associates, for George W.
Bush's State of the Union address in 2002.
Anyway, the game plan calls for providing Israel with
whatever, and however much, in economic, military and diplomatic aid that the
Unites States could possibly afford, regardless of how that might
affect America's legitimate interests in that region. Israel has never stopped,
and is in the process of redoubling its efforts, to expand its illegal housing
projects in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel is also about to increase
its barbaric military operations in the blockaded and starving Gaza, as the
world is watching powerlessly, thanks to the United States veto power in the
So, the recent muscle flexing by Netanyahu, as convincing as
it is to scare the American public into believing that another costly war might
lie ahead, is no more than another ploy by the Jewish state to extort America's
endorsement for its illegal and brutal activities, all with the blessing of the
American Public - it is the elections times, don't forget.
The clearly phony allegations and the seemingly amateurish
plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in DC by the Iranians, which we were
all told amounted to a declaration of war and deserving of the most serious
retributions against the Iranians, have also fizzled out without even a whimper.
What remains of the initial saber rattling by the President and his Secretary of
State is the imposition of more economic sanctions against the "enemy", this
time supposedly even more "crippling", but actually designed to be as
ineffective as the previous menu of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Whoever concocted that ridiculous assassination scenario, or
for whatever reason, didn't leave any alternative for the Administration to
respond in the initial bellicose manner - it's the elections season, don't
forget! In times like this, who'd want to appear less "patriotic" than the
Republican candidates, the Tea Partyers or their supporting chorus of
But while these hyper-patriotic, God-loving and
Christ-worshipping hypocrites dance on the stage in front of Fox News spin
artists, the Administration has to indulge in a high wire trapeze act, appeasing
the gullible public, while engaging in the fine art of "Realpolitik", trying to
keep the Titanic from colliding with the iceberg.
What do you truly want President Obama to do? No; really!
The poor fellow has been, and continues to be, albeit somewhat
more subtly, accused of being a Moslem! Look up the word 'accuse' in your
dictionary. He has defended himself, I suppose you might say he had to
protect his honor, by denying the accusation and proclaiming his true
Chrisitianness many times! Why did he have to bow down to the inquisitors by
acting so sheepishly "unpresidential"? One should wonder if we are in fact
living in a secular democracy, or are we deluding ourselves when we talk about
the separation of church and state in our thoughtlessly routine vernacular.
Could a self-proclaimed atheist, but otherwise a highly qualified person, ever
succeed in running for the office of the President of the United States, or for
any other state or local office, in our country? But those who do succeed all
wear suits and ties - or fashionable dresses, as the case might be.
When the current Republican front-running candidate, the Pizza
Man, Herman Cain, sings (he actually sounds half-way decent as a singer) at the
Press Club about how Jesus loves him, or how practically every other competitor
invokes Jesus and prides himself or herself as a strong Christian and a person
of deep faith, it's all very fine and dandy. But somehow it seems barbaric,
archaic and downright "unmodern" when the Iranian leaders or politicians recite
verbiage from their Holy Book and call on Allah for support. I guess when you
are wearing a suit and a tie or a fashionable dress, your faith or religious
devotion is simply another attribute you can add to your qualifications as a
national leader. Not so with a turban and a cloak or with a face unshaved or
without tons of makeup!
Kam Zarrabi is
the author of In
Zarathushtra's Shadow and Necessary
has conducted lectures and seminars on international affairs,
particularly in relation to Iran, with focus on US/Iran issues.
Zarrabi's latest book is Iran,
Back in Context.
More information about Mr. Zarrabi and his work is
The political chess game between the Islamic Republic of
Iran and its Western antagonists, meaning basically the United States and
Israel, is an ongoing process until, as I have tried to explain in my previous
essays, a diplomatically face-saving way is found to shift the pole of the Axis
away from Iran and onto Pakistan. Even though the Iranian government has openly
refused the offer by the US to open a line of communication between the two
states to prevent an accidental mishap, such as might have occurred as a result
of the prefabricated assassination plot, there is little doubt that channels are
already being established.
We really don't need Mr. Farid
Zakaria to point to the need for more open dialogues between the two states.
From Beirut, Lebanon, he wrote that column making statements of the obvious.
When he's back in his chair at CNN on Sundays, he sounds quite "patriotic"! Some
time ago, I called him a bottom-feeding catfish who was doing everything to rise
to the top of the food chain of journalism. Well, he's made it; now he is
appropriately a chameleon, changing his colors and tone to fit the time and
place. That's OK, too.
While the charade goes on, Iran
continues to do its own "thing" with little concern for who says or
threatens to do what.
As the subtitle of my new book, Iran
Back in Context, says, the place I visited was "a Land and a People
Seemingly Immune to Fear and Unfazed by Threats."
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