By Rachel Eliasi Kohan, New York
We have been witnessing the ever intensifying catastrophic news of repetitive costly policies, military failures and human loss and despairs from southwest Asia aka the Middle East for the past few decades. However, the long much anticipated historic nuclear accord between the 5+1 countries spearheaded by Iran and the U.S., the fortuitous fruit of the longest diplomatic brinkmanship ever, is now poised to set a new milestone for non-confrontation and dialogue over war the progressive ramifications of which will be internationally reverberated for decades to come. Addressing the skeptics and cynics across the isles particularly in both countries, they must fully understand there were two paths: waging yet another costly and unilateral preemptive war of aggression which would be far more catastrophic than the wars of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya combined, or to opt for negotiations, leveraging and ratifying this historic treaty with full verifications and snapping back sanctions if truly justified for flagrant violation by Iran. And if the legislators, ultraconservative think tanks, lobbyists in either Iran, the U.S or a third country as Israel or Saudi Arabia sabotage and break this historic deal, they own it and must be held responsible to fix it; otherwise they should face the consequences of their actions.
When fully implemented and verified, this historic accord will be the testament that mutually dignified behavior and respectful dialogue should become the first and foremost line amidst a conflict to be comprehensively exhausted by all peaceful means before resorting to unilateral preemptive overt or covert military actions, provocations, espionage or sabotage of another nation. It is in that spirit that as a goodwill gesture, the four Americans held in Iran on charges, that many consider politically motivated and anchored on fictitious and bogus allegations, must be immediately released to be repatriated with their families. In fact, the government of Iran must pass laws and guarantees to avoid such incarcerations for anyone especially for the four million Iranians in diaspora including over one million in North America alone many of whom remain highly apprehensive to visit their families; when this dilemma and the full implementation of the treaty are satisfactorily resolved and independently safeguarded, it demonstrates that Iran is serious about rebuilding the country based on an open, transparent and fair trade and cultural exchanges. Moving forward and with the rapidly fading of the failed slogan of the Great Satan into oblivious bin of history, it is also inevitably crucial that the 150 year old yearning of the 80 million Iranians for reforms, transparency, checks and balances, rule of law, civil society, equality, blind justice and peace in a national ambiance of security and sovereignty be prevailed. In retrospect, these were the exact ideals on which the popular dissent in the late 70’s pluralized, and subsequently led to the 1979 revolution.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union now once again transformed into a Tsar-like ultranationalist expansionist Russia, but especially after the despicable terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Southwest Asia has been reined in by one hegemonic superpower of supreme military might for two decades. Iran has had nearly three millennia of continuous governments whereby its borders have been exclusively based on natural boundaries, rivers, seas, mountains, etc. All other much newer countries carved out of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and North Africa have borders literally drawn by a ruler on maps by the Occidental colonialists especially the British and the French in 1921, and later in 1972 for the Sheikdoms south of the Persian Gulf shores. This includes the unilateral establishment of Israel as a Jewish State, which never mind its mistreatment of Christian and Muslim Palestinians, but rather its giving inalienable rights to millions of Ashkenazi emigres from Eastern Europe over its own indigenous Mizrahi and native Sephardim Jewry while egregiously discriminating against its own Ethiopian and north African Jewish immigrants. That notwithstanding, no one can question the merit for a sovereign and secure Israel in this volatile region, but not at the blatant cost of inflicting systematic atrocities, incognito support of terrorist and shadowy organizations, maintaining the largest stockpile of undeclared nuclear warheads, land and resource confiscations policies, occupation and annexations and injustices Israel has committed for nearly seventy years; when questioned by the international community, Israel simply denies or dismisses the above substantiated allegations and at times fallaciously rationalizes its actions for “defensive purposes.” Is it not time far overdue for the establishment of a unified secular Israel that includes the West Bank and Gaza, be it Jewish or Palestinian, and where every citizen has one vote and equal opportunities? Ironically the early Israelite tribes, founded by the patriarch Abraham born in Ur west of the city of Susa, were neighbors to then Persian/Iran whereby many were assimilated into Iran. It is not, therefore, surprising to read many historians and religious scholars ascribe many texts and beliefs in the Torah to have emanated from the Persian Zoroastrian book Avesta.
Despite what “imperfect” regimes have been in power, Iran has not invaded any other neighbor for at least 250 years; instead, Iran has often been inflicted with military aggressions as by Iraq and occupations as by the Allied forces in World War II. The imposed 8-year Iraq war on Iran alone, instigated and supported by the west especially the U.S., costing Iran a million military and civilians dead, millions physically and psychologically injured, and over a trillion dollars. Paradoxically, this included large number of civilians killed or injured by the use of chemical weapons manufactured and licensed in the West. One should only research to discern the initial impetus by the West and Israel and financed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar that provided ideological and financial backing for the ultra-radical terrorist groups as the Taliban, the Al-Qaeda and the so-called ISIS. Has anyone forgotten that fifteen of the nineteen hijackers of the September 11 acts were Saudi Arabians and the other four Arabs indoctrinated in Saudi Madrasas?! Is it not ironic that while the “international community” convenes meetings after meetings and spends billions of dollars to root out ISIS and alike, everyone agrees that the modest Quds force of Iran is heavily relied to complete the job?!
As the ramifications of the historic nuclear deal reverberate through the region and the West, we will obviously face the emergence of small, nonetheless highly organized, well financed and vocal hardliners especially in the U.S. and Iran, to resort to any lobbying and media exploitation means necessary so as to futilely derail the nuclear deal and the much anticipation of the Iran joining the family of nations. However, both the U.S and Iran especially their law makers and government organs must remain proactively vigilant to circumvent such subversive diversions. It is about time the U.S. foreign policy is first and foremost measured by its impact on our own national security and our own long-term strategic interests and not for the sake of supporting failed policies in the region be it in Israel or Saudi Arabia.
About the author: Born in Iran in a diverse family comprised of the Shiite and Sunni Muslims as well as Baha’i, Jewish, Armenian/Assyrian Christians and Zoroastrian lineage, Rachel Eliasi Koha is a naturalised American Professor who has resided in the U.S. for nearly forty years. As the steward of nature, she has come to believe in, and advocate for secular universal humanism, equal [blind] justice and peace for all on earth.
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