In re-blogging John Pilger’s article, the link between past and present, the continuity of hypocrisy and crimes, cannot be better articulated. Moreover, we are given food for thought by the paragraph where the author states:
“Syria is the current project. Outflanked by Russia and public opinion, Obama has now embraced the “path of diplomacy”. Has he? As Russian and US negotiators arrived in Geneva on 12 September, the US increased its support for the Al-Qaeda affiliated militias with weapons sent clandestinely through Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Gulf. The Godfather has no intention of deserting his proxies in Syria. Al Qaeda was all but created by the CIA’s Operation Cyclone that armed the mujahedin in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Since then, jihadists have been used to divide and Arab societies and in eliminating the threat of pan-Arab nationalism to western “interests” and Israel’s lawless colonial expansion. This is Kissinger-style “realism”.
It is in a similar vein that we should view any possible thaw in the relationships between Iran and the United States. with Washington proclaiming that Obama meeting with the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, when he is at the UN next week is a distinct possibility. Teheran’s nuclear programme might be discussed, but nothing short of a complete surrender that will also appease those strangest of bedfellows, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, will suffice to keep the peace.
Therefore, not only will the “support for the Al-Qaeda affiliated militias” continue, but also the ultimate goal of bringing Iran to its knees in line with a realpolitik a la Kissenger, Israel’s colonial expansion and the whims of some mad Wahhabis who draw on the battle of Karbala and a hatred of shia Iran for their inspiration will remain on the agenda. Nevertheless, as they say in German, “die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt” (Hope is the last thing to die), and we can only hope that by the time Netanyahu meets Obama on September 30, and before he gets to confront the UN General Assembly with his nonsense the following day, Mr Rouhani will have already acquired the desired effect in his own address to the UN and in his meetings with top European officials. Yes, indeed, where there is life, there is hope, but the evidence would seem to suggest that we might be hoping in vain, or as Mr PIlger quite rightly says, “the Godfather has no intention of deserting his proxies.”