Singing the Iranian threat song, again [Archives:2004/757/Opinion]

July 22 2004

With so little successes to latch on to, President George W. Bush and the neo-cons are seeking a new-old threat to latch on to, in order to maintain a sensation of fear, especially among the American electorate. Needless to say, this observer has touched upon the issue of Iran as a regional power, and the obvious disfavor this is looked upon by Israel and many of the traditional regimes in the region – and I might even add the likes of Bin Laden. So, one is bound to wonder to what are the latest “suspicions” concerning Iran's link to the 9/11 attacks, which are based on very remote circumstantial evidence that can hardly stand in any sort of genuine investigation are alluding? The suspicions are said to arise from “visits to Iran by 10 of the perpetrators of 9/11 in 1991 (Back then most of the alleged perpetrators were adolescents or in their early teens).
It is obvious that Iran stands high on the neo-con-Zionist agenda, for the simple reason that Israel unquestionably views the Islamic Republic of Iran as its ideological anti-thesis. This would surely have considerable weight in policy formulation by the present White House Administration. Much of the past strategy of this Administration has tremendous subtle linkage to Israeli and Zionist prodding, including the provision of earlier misguided intelligence on Iraq, which paved the way for the war, as reported on several hidden news reports in many an American newspaper. However this latest subtle hinting that Iran could be another wrong target for the American unilateral offensive on terror, is no more than a carryover of the Iraq misadventure. That Iran was not on the minds of those who diligently pursued the Iraqi invasion, would be a misinterpretation of the neo-con-Zionist agenda for the region. Anyone who has not tied these two institutional demagogic conglomerations is surely not reading beneath the newsprint correctly. To add weight to this supposition, let us look at recent developments. Iran has withstood the anti-nuke blitzkrieg and has managed to steer away from any direct confrontation with the United States, although it is literally surrounded by American forces or American operational stations in all the countries surrounding Iran. In other words the intimidation did not drive Iran to any reckless action that would fall into the trap being laid out by the neo-cons. Even with the Iraqi invasion, which was meant to really insure that a barrier is put in place between Israel and Iran, did not cause panic in Iran. This self-confidence is even more scarier to the neo-cons and their Zionist allies. They actually want Iran “to do something”, which Iran could have done, as Iran is not exactly sitting there like an idle duck, with the significant regional weight that Iran has. But, Iran has continued to apply a very cautious policy of wait and see and let events reveal the true inimical nature of this very uptight coalition that has caused havoc on the international theater. This is further frustrating the neo-con Zionist clique and their computer simulations have once again failed to harmonize with their agenda. To get things moving along this front, the Israelis came back to intimidating Hezbollah in Lebanon last week by having one Hezbollah officers killed through Lebanese agents (they are a dime a dozen). The Israelis hoped this would spark Hezbollah to take revenge. Israel can again then declare that Hezbollah, under prodding from Iran and Syria has attacked Israel. Hezbollah of course reacted and hit the Israelis painfully killing two or more Israelis, which the Israelis probably never imagined occurring. But then, Hezbollah always makes sure that its moves are calculated to remind the Israelis that they are at par with them. That the timing of this incident should coincide with the latest allegations of Iran's involvement with 9/11 lends credence to the strong assertion of the harmony between the neo-cons and their Zionist allies in the International Zionist Establishment. Furthermore, there have been increasing “reports” of alleged Iranian activity in Iraq and elsewhere in the region, meant to add fuel to the “threat” signals that this coalition is seeking to disseminate. One wonders if perhaps, a security situation in Yemen that has blown way out of proportion falls along the same context. An article in the Christian Science Monitor seemed to suggest that Iran could find reason to defend the Shiite community in Yemen. Nothing is further than the truth. One does not really find any strong political activity that leans towards the Islamic Republic in Iran in Yemen. As far as the anti-Israeli and even anti-American rhetoric that one comes across, this really emanate from natural and fraternal ties to the Palestinians and Iraqis. In the case of the former, this fraternal sympathy has been around since the displacement of the Palestinians by the Zionist movement in the first half of the last century. In the case of the Iraqis, this sympathy comes out of the folly of Bush's invasion of Iraq and the chaos that came out of it. Iran need not do anything to arouse this sympathy. Yet, we are seeing an increasing trend towards instilling Iran as the real enemy of the United States and one should not be surprised if the same series of diatribes and innuendos unleashed against Iraq before the invasion are unleashed against Iran, in the hope of leading to an eventual confrontation. The neo-con-Zionist clique is addicted to confrontation. The Bush Administration needs this to cushion all the failures that have placed the Administration in an unequivocally unsure political position in the forthcoming US Presidential Elections and Israel needs this to ensure that if the neo-cons are not in power again, at least the groundwork for keeping Iran at bay would be set, so that any other White House Administration would not be able to pull back so easily. In spite of all this, the unusually strong ability of Iran to deal with developments may prove again resourceful in ensuring the survival of the Islamic Revolution and controlling the unrest in the region. This is still the overwhelming desire of most of the Iranian people. The latter would never compromise their loyalty to the Islamic Revolution and they have not been unfailing in reflecting this loyalty amidst far worst challenges, which confronted the Revolution in the past.