How do you start a forest fire?

Light up a few little flames on the periphery and let the wind do the rest.

The Middle East is seeing the little fires being lit up.

The question is, which direction is the wind blowing or in other words; who is fanning the flames?

English: Map of Arabic-speaking countries.

Policy to Persia

A wiser policy toward Iran more akin to the one Kennedy applied to Cuba during the missile crisis would be to take the military option “off the table,” quiet down the noise level from actors in the U.S. and in the region (such as Bibi Netanyahu) who are screaming for a war, and deal with Iran on terms of mutual respect and a realist recognition of shared interests. This dual-track policy appears to be where President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are heading. It is the only policy that can defuse the “crisis.” There is no military solution.

Read an enlightened article in full [here] by Joseph A. Palermo
Associate Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento. Professor Palermo’s most recent book is The Eighties (Pearson 2012). He has also written two other books: In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Columbia, 2001); and Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism (Pearson, 2008).

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Syria in crisis: Iran asked to help secure ceasefire

Lakhdar Brahimi with his grandsons

Lakhdar Brahimi with his grandsons (Photo credit: TheElders)

Conflicts are visible symptoms of a simmering malaise.

Is peace possible, likely or will this just be a cynical opportunity for arms and fighters to flood the country.

The people who suffer in any conflict, are generally innocent; because they have not taken sides, despite their personal opinions or beliefs, are therefore caught in the cross fire.

The other victims are historical art, architecture and culture.


Syria (Photo credit: No Lands Too Foreign)

Will Mr Brahimi suceed in implementing a genuine ceasefire for a genuine dialogue to begin? Especially with international players having their own agenda..

Iran has been asked to persuade the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, to implement a ceasefire later this month in tandem with an appeal by the UN to halt the flow of weapons to both sides in the country’s bloody conflict.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the envoy for the UN and Arab League, used a weekend visit to Iran, a loyal ally of Damascus, to appeal for help in securing a ceasefire to mark Eid al-Adha, the four-day Muslim holiday later this month. In Baghdad on Monday he called on the Iraqi government to use its influence, while Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, called for a speedy “political solution”.

Brahimi said a ceasefire would “help create an environment that would allow a political process to develop”, said his spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi. But Fawzi denied a report that plans were afoot to send a 3,000-strong UN peacekeeping force to Syria, drawn from an existing UN contingent in south Lebanon.

Picture and article copied from Guardian Please read it in full.

Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria


Syria (Photo credit: No Lands Too Foreign)

Published: October 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats.
That conclusion, of which President Obama and other senior officials are aware from classified assessments of the Syrian conflict that has now claimed more than 25,000 lives, casts into doubt whether the White House’s strategy of minimal and indirect intervention in the Syrian conflict is accomplishing its intended purpose of helping a democratic-minded opposition topple an oppressive government, or is instead sowing the seeds of future insurgencies hostile to the United States.

“The opposition groups that are receiving the most of the lethal aid are exactly the ones we don’t want to have it,” said one American official familiar with the outlines of those findings, commenting on an operation that in American eyes has increasingly gone awry.

The United States is not sending arms directly to the Syrian opposition. Instead, it is providing intelligence and other support for shipments of secondhand light weapons like rifles and grenades into Syria, mainly orchestrated from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The reports indicate that the shipments organized from Qatar, in particular, are largely going to hard-line Islamists.

The assessment of the arms flows comes at a crucial time for Mr. Obama, in the closing weeks of the election campaign with two debates looming that will focus on his foreign policy record. But it also calls into question the Syria strategy laid out by Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger.

In a speech at the Virginia Military Institute last Monday, Mr. Romney said he would ensure that rebel groups “who share our values” would “obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters and fighter jets.” That suggests he would approve the transfer of weapons like antiaircraft and antitank systems that are much more potent than any the United States has been willing to put into rebel hands so far, precisely because American officials cannot be certain who will ultimately be using them.

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Iran “deserves” Sanctions or Outcome of Sanctions

UN chief: Sanctions harm Iranians

Hilary Clinton uses the word “deserves” in the sentence “I think the Iranian government deserves the responsibility for what’s going on inside Iran”

Perhaps I’m reading more than intended, but I would have preferred something like “I think the Iranian government is responsible for what’s going on in Iran”

Deserves conjures a different image.

  • theiranproject.comImg Thanks to The Iran Project [link here]
  • UN chief: Sanctions harm Iranians

    The UN Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions aimed at curtailing Iran’s nuclear programme, which Iran maintains is peaceful. The US and European Union have also hit the Islamic Republic with sanctions.

    “The sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran have had significant effects on the general population, including an escalation in inflation, a rise in commodities and energy costs, an increase in the rate of unemployment and a shortage of necessary items, including medicine,” Ban said in his report.

    Humanitarian operations have also been hampered, as payment problems have led to a shortage of medicines needed for treating diseases like cancer and heart and respiratory conditions, Ban said.

    The sanctions have targeted Iran’s vital oil exports and cut off access to international banking networks. Both measures have reduced the amount of foreign currency coming into the country.

    The currency crisis has put Iranian leaders under the most pressure from dissent since they crushed the opposition movement after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

Hilary Clinton:

“I think the Iranian government deserves the responsibility for what’s going on inside Iran and that is who should be held accountable and I think they have made their own government decisions, having nothing to do with the sanctions that have had an impact on the economic conditions inside the country… and of course the sanctions have had an impact as well but those could be remedied in short order if the

    Iranian government were willing to work with the P5+1

and the rest of the international community in a sincere manner.”

[UK: We want Iran sanctions to hit people]

Reparation & Ransom

Ladies and Gentlemen;
If some European countries still use the Holocaust, after six decades, as the excuse to pay fine or ransom to the Zionists, should it not be an obligation upon the slave masters or colonial powers to pay reparations to the affected nations?
If the damage and losses of the period of slavery and colonialism were indeed compensated, what would happen to the manipulators and behind-the-scene political powers in the United States and in Europe? Would there remain any gaps between the North and the South?

Hardly surprising and no wonder they walked out.  Truth has a way of pricking the conscience.
And I’ve only picked a random snippet.
I may not agree with everything that the President of Iran represents, but on this occasion he is a lone voice that upholds human values and excellence.
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