March 3, 2012
America’s dangerous obsession with regime change in the Middle East has accelerated the decline and collapse of the American economy. Washington’s schizophrenic Middle East policies has made America a hated, poorer, and weaker country, not a loved, respected, and rich country, as it was at the end of the Cold War.
America’s political, moral, military, and financial capital, which it had built up since the end of WWII, was wasted in two decades in the mad pursuit for world hegemony. The adventures in the Middle East have not made America safer and richer. Only the hijackers of the American empire have benefited from the false war on terror: the private banksters, the military-industrial complex, and Israel.
George Bush’s “with us or against us” foreign policy has isolated and weakened America. The greater George of American presidents must be listened to and followed: George Washington. As Dr. Paul says, a radical reexamination of America’s current foreign policy means going back to the foreign policy of George Washington. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson made the same point on January 23, 2008, to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Armed Services. He said:
“Today, our presence on the ground in Iraq is the only thing keeping the scales from tilting dramatically toward Iran. So, when we withdraw from Iraq we need to get over our strategic myopia and passionate hatred for the government in Tehran, act more like George Washington than George Bush, and in parallel with our slow, careful withdrawal from Iraq negotiate a very much-improved and increasingly amicable relationship with the Gulf’s true hegemon, Iran.”
Col. Wilkerson’s wise advice was ignored, and continues to be ignored by the members of Congress, who view the normalization of relations between America and Iran as a sin against Israel. They have already decided to support Israel when it attacks Iran, regardless of the political, economic, and military damage that will be done to America.
In the Senate, the Graham-Casey-Lieberman Resolution (S. Res. 380) says the U.S. should attack Iran once it reaches nuclear capability. On March 2nd, Pat Buchanan wrote the following about the dangerous resolution:
“S.R. 380 points directly toward a U.S. war on Iran.
Who wants that war? Netanyahu, his government, and his allies in U.S. politics and the press, and in a Congress that gave him 29 standing ovations the last time he spoke there.
Who does not want a war?
The White House, the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs, the intelligence community, the antiwar left and Old Right, and millions of Americans who believe a U.S. war on Iran could ignite a sectarian and regional war that could prove catastrophic for the Middle East, the world economy, and the United States of America.”
On February 24, Muhammad Sahimi, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California, wrote in an article called, “Deconstructing Lieberman’s Iran Resolution”:
“Once again, we have a Senate resolution based on lies, exaggerations, and half-truths. Once again, warmonger wolves in sheep’s clothes are trying to bring about an unnecessary war against a nation that has not attacked any other country for hundreds of years, a nation that poses no threat against anyone, least of all Israel and the United States, which are armed with thousands of nuclear warheads. Once again, supporting Israel and ignoring the United States’ true national interests will bring destruction and misery to another nation in the Middle East.”
S. Res. 380 will be a big hit at this year’s AIPAC’s hate-Iran fest. They are on a path to total war with Iran.
But that is only one path, and it leads to sorrow and ruin. There is a second, alternative path: peace and friendship. On this path, anything is possible.
Why not break bread with the enemy? Especially when both enemies, America and Iran, can become the best of friends? The present separation between America and Iran is purely psychological and political. It is completely irrational and illogical to continue the cycle of hatred and violence. The strategic, security, and economic interests of America and Iran align with each other across the Middle Eastern map.
The American-Iranian separation is like the Earth and the Sun being kept apart from each other by the darkness of the melancholic Moon that is Israel. It is an unnatural state of affairs, and it cannot remain this way indefinitely. A political galaxy in the Middle East can be constructed in which the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth can co-exist peacefully. This is not impossible. It is inevitable. So why the bloodletting? Why war? Why fight, curse, and spill blood?
We have to change the mass psychology and public mythology that exemplifies the rocky relationship between America and Iran. The world has seen the deformed faces of America and Iran in the last thirty-three years. But there is a second, hidden, brighter face of America, and a second, hidden, brighter face of Iran.
Mohammad Mosaddegh, called ,”The Iranian George Washington,” by Time Magazine, represented the democratic and true face of Iran. Sam Sasan Shoamanesh, a legal advisor at the International Criminal Court, writes why Mosaddegh’s forced departure still bears significance in current American-Iranian relations in a lengthy article called,“Iran’s George Washington: Remembering and Preserving the Legacy of 1953.”
The removal of Mosaddegh from power in Iran by the MI6 and CIA is very similar to the removal of President John F. Kennedy from power in America by the same plutocratic forces. Both Mosaddegh and Kennedy sought national independence, democracy, and freedom for their countries. JFK knew that the control of the private Federal Reserve over America’s financial system was anti-democratic, anti-Constitutional, and totally corrupt.
In these dark days, we must follow the brave examples of Mosaddegh and JFK, as well as two other noble leaders in history from America and Iran: George Washington and Cyrus the Great.
America and Iran are headed towards a catastrophic war because of bad leadership, especially in the White House. But, fortunately, the people of America, Israel, and Iran all want peace. This war is a tough sell for American leaders. An American-Iranian rapprochement sounds less crazy than an American-Iranian war.
Who will lose if the alliance between America and Iran is renewed? Absolutely no one, not even Israel. The people of Israel will be reassured that a second Holocaust is only the stuff of nightmares, which are conjured up by ambitious and evil political myth-makers in Tel Aviv to frighten Jewish minds and harden Jewish hearts.
If the bad guys in Tel Aviv and Washington can come up with nightmares to scare the people in their sleep and stampede them to war, then the good guys should come up with dreams to inspire the people of the world and make them see with new eyes.
When the individual is awakened from the nightmare of the war on terror, he/she realizes right away that monsters like Osama Bin Laden and Iran’s Ahmadinejad are not real monsters, but mythic creations of the Western and Jewish imaginations who are not real threats to the West.
The real monsters who threaten Western Civilization are not in the wild mountains of the East, but in the wild governments of the West, which are acting lawlessly and savagely in the name of freedom, democracy, and the highest Western ideals.
Saman Mohammadi is the writer and editor at The Excavator Blog