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JUST WHISTLING A TUNE IN A HURRICANE Mr. Trump's Historic First Foreign Trip

By Kambiz Zarrabi

cartoon by Mehdi Azizi, Iranian daily Ghanoon

I watched with great disgust President Trump's long delivery at the gathering of Moslem heads of state in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His half-hour-long speech was eloquently worded, obviously not his words, as he lacks the degree of literacy or the command of the language required for that. The content of his speech was rhetorical, hypocritical and transparently shallow and, I might add, disgracefully dishonest.

The setting at the opulent palace with its peripheral facilities where the gathering took place was itself an astonishing display of arrogance and hypocrisy; a billion dollar plus spectacle that characterize the Saud clan's lifestyles and excesses against the backdrop of an impoverished and disenfranchised population.  

Worse yet, addressing the issues of Islamic extremism, ISIS (Da'esh), Al Qa'eda, and other terrorist organizations in the region, while praising regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar that are clearly known to be the chief sponsors and supporters of these same terrorists was the epitome of hypocrisy!

And then the audacity to blame Iran as the supporter of regional terrorism and the main destabilizing factor in the Middle East. Labeling the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas resistance group, as well as the Yemenis Houthis as terrorist organizations was quite remarkable. I honestly do not believe the clown had any idea what he was reading off the teleprompter.

Mr. Trump did not mention, perhaps doesn't even know, that Iran and Hezbollah have been the two most powerful and effective forces combating the Sunni terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the same terrorists that the United States and its allies have been fighting against.  Clearly, Iran and its Shi'a allies are not battling the Wahhabi Sunni-funded and supported ISIS and Al Qa'eda to help America and its Western and regional allies; Iran has been trying to protect its own national security in its own neighborhood, not half-way around the world, against these un-Islamic radicals.

Interestingly,  all intelligence agencies, military and civilian, both here and even in Israel, have concluded and stated repeatedly that Iran is not engaged in developing nuclear weapons and is not going to be the one to initiate a military attack against the regional states. It would be very difficult for even the most creative theorist to come up with a scenario where it would be advantageous for Iran to initiate a military attack against anyone in the region or outside, with or without nuclear bombs.

So, what's going on with this charade? The answer is clear as daylight.

Mr. Trump managed to reinforce the hatred and fear of Iran in the hearts of the Sunni Arabs, especially the Saud clan, warning them of the dangers that the Shi'ite Iranian regime poses to them, for which they need to buy some 110-350 billion dollars' worth of American arms! And they agreed; what choice did they have? This is a nice windfall for the American arms industries and would mean jobs, jobs, jobs, as the President has promised.

Now in Israel, Trump's shrewd counterpart, the other clown, Netanyahu, is delighted to hear the American President's diatribe against Israel's nemesis of convenience, Iran. With that imminent existential threat facing the Zionist regime, how could anyone, especially a great friend and ally, pressure the Israelis to ease off against Palestinian monsters that are Iran's terrorist proxies? Also, with that unprecedented sale of arms to the Saudis, Israel also needs its historically guaranteed arms buildup, which the United States would be glad to provide, free of charge, of course. About the promises of new peace negotiations with the Palestinians; well it will end up being the Palestinians' own fault, not Trump's or the Israelis' when the process inevitably ends in failure - again!

Now, I am not a religious man by any means, but I do understand and respect cultural habits of peoples and nations, some of which are based on their religious faiths, and some purely on ethnic traditions. I thought it was the height of arrogance and pompous disregard for proper decorum for the ladies in Trump's entourage to ignore the host nation's dress code, regardless of whether such behavior was approved by the Saudi government. I thought it was a display of disrespect, something that the subservient peasantry sitting around like a flock of sheep would not dare object to!

I wrote the foregoing out of anger and disgust, not hoping to accomplish anything at all; simply whistling a tune that I can only hear in my own head in the middle of a hurricane.  There are others who whistle their similar tunes not expecting any results; just click on the following links:

About the author:

Kambiz 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. Zarrabi's latest book is Iran, Back in Context.

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