CHARLOTTE, NC, July 23, 2015 – The only thing really new and different about this story is that it comes from the Middle East where people in the know really are “in the know” because they live it every day.
A columnist for the Egyptian daily Al-Watan, ‘Imad Al-Din Adib, has described the Iranian nuclear arms agreement as “pathetic” by comparing it to the 1938 Munich Agreement between Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain.
In Barack Obama’s defense, given the huge basketball fan that he is, the president probably thought he was speaking from the perspective of “Wilt” Chamberlain rather than “Neville” which makes only slightly more sense.
As Adib sees it, the Munich negotiations caused Hitler’s maniacal belief that he could conquer Europe rather than to ease the tensions which ultimately led to World War II. Adib sees no difference between Chamberlain’s “peace- through-negotiations-at-all-costs” approach and Obama’s.
Countless others have reached the same conclusion, though most analysis and criticism has arisen from Western experts. Except in a few specific situations such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, where John Kerry’s Folly is nothing more than political correctness run amok, the agreement is, more or less, business as usual for the region.
“Many professors of modern history maintain it was Chamberlain, who always preferred a policy of containment and appeasement, and who refrained from stern policy and confrontation at all costs, that, by signing the pathetic (Munich) Agreement with Hitler, gave the latter (a sense) of power and a stubborn desire for control.”
“The Iranians have been playing at this game for 14 centuries. They know the rules and how to break them or, at least, how to use them to their advantage. Meanwhile, we are still interpreting the rules as we make futile attempts to negotiate from a Western mindset.”
“As reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), ‘Imad Al-Din Adib says. “The greatest powers have signed an agreement that reduces and slows Iran’s nuclear uranium enrichment (but) does not halt it, in return for $120 billion (to) Tehran. Iran, after 26 months of grueling negotiations, has sold ‘air’ to the superpowers.”
The problem in Washington is that we have an abundance of “air” which would be better utilized to inflate hot air balloons.
“What the American administration did not realize,” continues Adib, “is that (Iran’s) clerical dictatorship will funnel this money to investment in political plans outside Iran, in conflict zones such as Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Bab Al-Mandeb (Straits), Africa, and Pakistan.
“The American administration (also) did not realize that the regime of clerics in Tehran, which is above the rule of experts, economists, and civil (leaders), has spent insane sums on all these extremist and terrorist programs in the region, as the Iranian economy plummeted in the shadow of an unprecedented international boycott. We must ask: If this is what they did in the shadow of this boycott, what will they do with this influx of funds?”
Though Adib is correct in his analysis of the nuts and bolts of the agreement, his mistake lies in the belief that Barack Obama is unaware of the terms upon which his negotiating team agreed. Any person with the skills to circumvent the United States Constitution in the manner of Barack Obama, must also be fully aware of the nuances of the Iran agreement.
The tragedy is that Obama just doesn’t care. “Kicking the can down the road” is all part of the president’s administrative strategy. It’s not his problem. Let the next commander in chief deal with it, Barack has tee times scheduled in the future.
The difference between Barack Obama and Neville Chamberlain is that Chamberlain actually believed he had accomplished his goal. The American president knows full well that John Kerry’s handshake with Iran was nothing more than a house of cards, but he refuses to acknowledge as much. Rather, the president prefers to project an image of a “great pacifier” regardless of future consequences.
After six and half arduous years of dealing with the misinformation, half-truths and all out lies of Barack Obama, his administration and his willing allies in the press, giving him the benefit of the doubt is like handing a box of matches to an arsonist.
If Neville Chamberlain created the Frankenstein monster out of Adolf Hitler in 1938, the world has just witnessed the evolution of making Iran into Frankenstein Junior in Vienna, and Barack Obama was the surgeon.
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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