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PRESIDENT Trump recently made a trip to the Middle East, which is probably the last place anyone would have expected him to go on his first official trip abroad. Based on his campaign trail, one thought he would have gone to Canada, the United Kingdom, or you know — somewhere else he would felt more comfortable. As a head of state normally would, he made several speeches while he was in Israel and in Saudi Arabia. When Trump was in Jerusalem he said that “Earlier this week, I spoke at a historic summit in Saudi Arabia. There, I urged our friends in the Muslim world to join us in creating stability, safety, and security. I was deeply encouraged by the desire of many leaders to join us in cooperation toward these shared and vital goals.”
Nothing too weird about that, he actually sounds pretty sane… However, later on in the same speech, he went a little bit nutty. Trump smirked and went on to say that “The United States is firmly committed to keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and halting their support of terrorists and militias that are causing so much suffering and chaos throughout the Middle East.” Mr. President of the United States, this is very interesting, to say the least. Are you actually telling Israeli’s — and the entire world — that you think Iran is the one that’s underpinning terrorism?
As Trump lambasted terrorism, without pondering its sources, he was standing in the country that provided 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 and has been the fountainhead — through its religious establishment and consistent funding — of the fanatical, anti-Western, anti-women and puritanical strain of Sunni Islam central to the credo of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State…
The post-9/11 world has been less a story of Shia Iran against the West than Wahhabi Salafists; it’s not even close…
Blocked Arab societies, resistant to modernity, strangled by ruling families, denying agency to their citizens, forcing women into marginalization and invisibility, are the creators of the testosterone-charged, cult-like violence of movements like the Islamic State. It is all very well for Trump to stand in Saudi Arabia (of all places) and, alluding to terrorists, tell Middle Eastern nations to “drive them out of this earth.” This exhortation ignores the fact that these states cannot be at once incubator and inquisitor.
Iran supports Hamas and Hezbollah. They are funding the only groups that help to protect Palestinians in the West Bank and in Gaza.
Iran does not recognize Israel as a state, and provides support for Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Iran supplies political support and weapons to Hamas, an organization classified by Israel, the United States, Canada, the European Union, Egypt, Australia and Japan as a terrorist organization. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, has said ‘Hamas is funded by Iran. It claims it is financed by donations, but the donations are nothing like what it receives from Iran’
Let’s get this very clear: Iran is aiding the resistance against Israeli forces — for the freedom of the Palestinians. This is a particularly fascinating consequence because the President is in Israel making this outlandish remark. He just stood there boasting that America has the enemy in sight — when that enemy is actually just the savior that is assisting 4.7 million prisoners from the evil of the State of Israel. Palestinians are having a really rough time right now, and Trump’s mindless comments are only making it worse. Saudi Arabia supports Al Qaeda and ISIS — not Iran.
Meanwhile Saudi Arabia spends millions on public relations firms in Washington D.C. every year in order to ensure it is not viewed as a state sponsor—or even enabler—of terrorism.
The Kingdom attempts to contain the effects of its own hate preachers by campaigning to distance itself from the most egregious acts of terrorism in the Muslim world while still embracing a Salafi message. All the while in D.C. the Kingdom scrambles to disassociate itself not only from terrorism but from extremism altogether.
From the same New York Times article as above, “Iran is a repressive society that pursues anti-American objectives in the region; it is also a large island of stability and a society with far greater representative and participatory forces than Saudi Arabia. Anyone who fails to see a glimmer of hope in Iran is blind.” There is a huge double standard that’s happening. Both the Saudi Arabia and Iran are funding different groups, but Iran is being made out to be the ultimate enemy.
As the Saudi’s continue to fund — and probably arm — groups like ISIS and others like them in the region, the United States and its allies, are turning a blind eye. Iran is actually the most democratic country in the Middle East, and they shouldn’t be singled out like this anymore. President Trump’s administration should have known better than to allow him to say such dangerous things. But we shouldn’t be surprised.
Trump praised Saudi counterterrorism efforts without a word of criticism for their funding of Wahhabi extremists around the world.
He offered the Saudis a massive $110 billion arms deal despite the fact that their brutal bombing of Yemeni civilians makes it potentially illegal. Trump even adopted the Saudi pretense that their Yemen campaign serves counterterrorism.
The United States and Canada both have new arms deals with Saudi Arabia. And there is always a perceived threat that is coming from Iran. This is all propaganda. It stretches back to the Iranian Revolution in 1979 when the USA stepped in and prevented democracy from happening there. Iran wanted to nationalize its oil — putting the America’s allies in Europe and Asia at risk. Canada makes sure that the US has enough oil to operate. That’s basically our entire economy — energizing the entire American mainland. The US military keeps itself in the Middle East in order to keep control of the oil reserves in the region — so that its allies can continue to strive, and so on… This isn’t top-secret information.
For almost 40 years, Iran has been sketched as this psychotic state, but many intellectuals have seen through this facade:
They say Iran has very low military spending, even by the standards of the region, much lower than Saudi Arabia, Israel, others. Its strategy is defensive.
They want to deter attacks long enough for diplomacy to be entertained. The conclusion, intelligence conclusion—this is a couple years ago—is: If they are developing nuclear weapons, which we don’t know, but if they are, it would be part of their deterrent strategy.
Now, why is the United States and Israel even more so concerned about a deterrent? Who’s concerned about a deterrent?
Those who want to use force. Those who want to be free to use force are deeply concerned about a potential deterrent. So, yes, Iran is the greatest threat to world peace, might deter our use of force.
The United States is preventing democracy in Iran — and joking about it with Israel — in order to keep getting its oil. Iran has basically said, well if you guys come over here again and mess with us again — we are going to fight back. So yeah… Iran is the biggest threat to the US right now because they are the only one’s standing up to them. In a nutshell, if the Iranian people had the right to nationalize their oil and say how much it costs — without American corporate influence — that could mean another major oil crisis. Iran has the upper hand and America uses it as a scapegoat. Probably why such ridiculous measures are being taken by the US to undermine them.
As the most democratic country in the world continues to lead the war against terrorism; while it partners, funds and praises the regime that is sponsoring those particular terrorist cells; while it publicly bullies and asserts that Iran is the real problem; the American empire’s psychological legitimacy begins to crumble in its own heap of political satires. With a reality show personality as the President, the people of the world can’t help but see the hypocrisy that’s bleeding through on the TV screen in front of them.♦♦