Iran and America are 180 degrees apart in their security concerns and goals for the Middle East, so why does President Obama think he can negotiate peace there?
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 28, 2016 — Americans rarely get perspectives from the mainstream press about how other countries react to international affairs. One reason is that the U.S. has been the key player or close to it in most global matters for a long time.
The world frequently looks to the United States to observe our responses and to measure our reactions. When American leadership was essential to global security, this was more important than it is now that our credibility and power have declined.
Muhammad Al-Sa’id, a Saudi columnist writing for the daily newspaper Okaz, wrote an article this month in which he attacked President Barack Obama for his support of Iran and for focusing American foreign policy on the Far East. According to Sa’id, the president is “disconnected from reality” while abandoning the Middle East.
Excerpts from the article, which was titled, “Ayatollah Obama—A Tehran Love Story” were published by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), and they provided interesting perspectives that you will not hear or see reported by U.S. journalists.
Sa’id opens with a charge that explains why people hesitate to oppose Obama: fear of being labeled a racist.
“The U.S. has always viewed Iran as a rogue country that violates international law and sponsors terrorism … These inexplicable ties (with Iran) that run counter (to America’s past policy) sum up Obama’s personality, which was shaped by his legal and academic background, and by the resistance of the (black) racial minority to the (white) race that surrounds it.”
Though the nuclear negotiations with Iran have taken a back seat in the U.S. thanks to a contentious presidential campaign, terrorism in Orlando and the Brexit vote in the U.K., we must remember that Israel, our one true ally in the Middle East, cannot forget Iran. It sits in the sights of the nuclear threat posed by that rogue nation.
Sa’id cannot comprehend Obama’s strategy with Iran. As a citizen of Saudi Arabia, he knows all too well how the game is played in the Middle East. He relies on that knowledge when he says, “like all revolutionaries, they will (eventually) fail and carry out the same acts of slaughter against those who collaborated with them and helped them to realize their dream of being accepted back into the global fold by means of the (nuclear) agreement … All the world’s liberals, like Obama … support liberal ideology, yet they turn a blind eye to the hypocrites who use it as a means to seize power.”
Whether Obama recognizes the dangers in the Middle East or is naïve is open to conjecture. One has to believe that a man as well educated and advised as the president would have a better grasp of the situation than it appears on the surface. But then his actions defy logic, unless they are sinister.
While Al-Sa’id recognizes the danger, he is befuddled that Obama does not.
“The relationship of conflict and struggle between Tehran and Afghanistan and the Arabs is ancient,” he writes, “but (there is) another, even more dangerous, link that was born in those same barren deserts between two elements with opposite ideologies—namely the Sunni-Arab Al-Qaeda (organization) and Shi’ite Iran—which is the current key to Uncle Sam’s satisfaction.
“Saudi Arabia was in the crosshairs of Iran, which saw the personality of ‘Mullah Obama’ as a safe haven to realize its interests. The ripeness of the Iranian lobby (in the U.S.) and its infiltration into American media, and especially into the State Department, enabled Iran to do this.”
Sa’id has little patience with either Iran or Obama when it comes to the idea that negotiations are possible between ideologies that are 180 degrees apart.
Speaking of Obama’s Don Quixote approach to dealing with Iran, Sa’id recognizes that the president’s fatal flaw lies in a misguided ideal that emanates from his abundant ego.
“He believes Iran is a model for a successful revolution that can be improved upon, worked with, and transformed into a democratic revolution, as he sees in his senseless dreams. This is a romantic view that Obama holds from the height of his white throne in his black house. He believes that he can realize (this dream) based on a document by the American National Security Council, even if it claims the lives of tens of millions of innocent people.”
As Americans, it is understandable that we do not view the world from the same perspectives as others. Perhaps we would be better off now and then if we did.
Iran may be on the back burner, but it remains a hot topic.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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