Monday, August 5, 2013

Iran - A Self Destructive Extreme Ideology That Destabilizes The Arab World, Threatens Israel

Iran is in a terrible economic position - According to the Washington Post, it is suffering from plunging hard-currency reserves, steadily dropping oil exports and inflation at 45% and growing. This disaster is entirely self inflicted, and they know it... and yet, they are not likely to change course - the reason? Blind unbending Islamic ideology - The Iranian people, repressed and powerless, are the ones suffering - All this is due to its own ideological stance - after all, lets be honest - Iran is building nuclear weapons to defend itself from the threat of what? Invasion by Israel? Being nuked by Israel? It was never going to happen...until Iran worked hard to make itself Israel's number one enemy -  In fact Iran doesn't share a border with Israel, and were it not for its very real threats, underpinned by an immovable  Islamist (and deeply antisemitic) ideology (great example can be seen in the Supreme Ayatollah's new twitter account) as well as a foreign policy goal of gaining power & influence in the neighboring Arab world through  the hearts and minds of the Arab street, Iran would not feature on Israel's radar screen. Iran has clearly set a goal to make itself Israel's problem, and has succeeded to make itself a very real threat to Israel which has resulted in many Israeli lives being lost already:  How? It built a proxy terror structure with Hamas in Gaza & Hezbollah threatening Israel's north & south (and destabilizing both Egypt's Sinai region & all of Lebanon as well as involving itself in the Syrian civil war) and then launched itself on a nuclear program, with very clear intentions of developing weapons grade nuclear fuel. This direct interference in the Arab / Israel conflict (which otherwise would be an irrelevancy to the Iranian people) has caused Iran to be a pariah state for the west, its economy in ruins, its people suffering genuine & totally unnecessary hardship.

The possibility of a Israel & the Palestinians coming to a negotiated settlement has been made far more difficult by Iran's interference, without which it is unlikely Hamas would have had the ability to take over Gaza or wage its terror war with Israel. In any negotiated settlement, whilst the subject of borders might be the most technically difficult, the issue of Israel's security is the most vital for the Israeli side - Iran's on-going interference & desire to prolong the conflict between Israel & the Palestinians, playing on Jewish hatred endemic in the arab world  in order to use Israel as its scapegoat for its propaganda war for the arab mind,  make it difficult for the PLO to offer Israel any security guarantees. Indeed if the two sides do appear close to an agreement, it is a distinct possibility that Iran will order Hezbollah and Hamas (which is keen to make amends with Iran after distancing themselves during the Morsi era) to attack Israel - expect rockets, border fire & attempted kidnappings. If Israel once again has to subdue Gaza or enter Lebanon, it will be very hard for Abbas's Fatah to be able to sit at the table with Israel. 

All this is so unnecessary - all it would take would be for Iran to place its economy over its fanatical Islamist ideology - and it would rapidly see its economy go from bust to boom, from extreme contraction to growth - after all a western world, barely emerging from a near depression economic downturn, will delighted to have oil supplies increase & the price per barrel plunge. The Iranian people would enjoy the benefit of a growing economy, with all that brings, however, for Iran this would mean doing business with Satan himself and ignoring the
The Middle East Map - Iran (above Syria & to North & West of Iraq)
too far away to actually be shown!
tiny corner of Middle East real estate where Jews and not Muslims are the majority. It wont do that - its ideology of hating all that the west stands for and loathing everything Jews touch with a medieval passion overrides any practical concern. Let the people suffer - this is jihad & they will be rewarded! Shia Islam believes that every Muslim's obligation is to distance themselves from the enemies of Allah  and the infallible Ayatollahs of Iran have declared those enemies to be the US & it's allies, especially the "Zionists" - and lets be clear, by "Zionist" they mean Jews & everything Jews touch - for example, the mere fact that the future king of England's mother-in-law had a Jewish sounding maiden name is enough for Iranian state media to declare Jewish take over of the House of Windsor - although we aren't told why, if true (and it isn't!), this would be bad!

Meanwhile Iran has found a receptive western ear for its hatred of The Great Satan (USA) and The Little Satan (Zionism / Israel / The Jews) in the liberal world. yes - the two disagree on everything - womens issues, democracy, gay rights, religious freedom, etc etc... but "US bad / Israel evil" is enough of a mutual hatred to bring these fools to support the Muslim fanatics (who still hate everything these liberals stand for!). If Iran says Israel is a white supremacist apartheid state on its Press TV propaganda channel (which would have made Goebbels proud!), these fools - based on their own illogical & hypocritical  inclination to believe the very worst of the fairly liberal Jewish State -  swallow it without thought and  will re-tweet without a moment's critical analysis.  

All to often, the enemies of Israel both Arab & Western, accuse Israel of the very crimes that abound in the Arab & wider Muslim world - they see "Zionist" hands in the Syrian civil war, in Egyptian woes, in Lebanese instability...well perhaps they should get their heads out of their bigoted backsides and see who it is who truly is interfering in these places because people are suffering in their millions. 

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