Iran, the Inflatable Bogey

I’m delighted and honored to welcome Dr. Trita Parsi as a guest columnist at Rootless Cosmopolitan. Following the escalating tension between Iran and the West over the past two years, I’ve found Trita to be a singular voice of sanity in the proverbial world gone mad. As both a scholar and as president of the National Iranian-American Council, he has dedicated himself to promoting dialogue and peace, and he had a particularly important role in bringing to light the 2003 proposal sent from the leadership in Tehran to the Bush Administration, offering a grand bargain in which Iran would address all U.S. concerns — a proposal that was sharply rebuffed by the Bush Administration, under the sway of neocons determined to prevent any rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran.

Trita’s new book Treacherous Alliance – the Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States, (Yale University Press, 2007) is an absolute must-read, precisely because it cuts so decisively through the rhetoric and obfuscation that fills media coverage of the issue, and makes clear that the relationship is managed on an unsentimental, national-interests basis by all sides.

The tributes alone tell you this is an important book, welcomed by such diverse players as former Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben Ami, John Mearshimer (as in Mearsheimer and Walt, whose Israel lobby book quotes extensively from Trita’s work), Francis Fukuyama and Zbigniew Brezinski. In other words, it could just as easily have been subtitled “A grownup guide to the Iran-Israel-U.S. relationship.” Trita interviewed 130 key players in the strategic decision-making echelon in Iran, Israel and the U.S. — a unique achievement in itself — to produce a fascinating account of the sober national-interest considerations that have driven, and continue to drive both the alliances and the tensions between those three.

To anyone following the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s, it ought to have been very clear that Israel was not unduly worried about Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolutionary Iran being a “new Nazi Germany,” as today’s rhetoric would have it — after all, Israel was actually delivering weapons to Iran on behalf of the Reagan Administration. The fact that today, these two countries that share a strategic rivalry with the Arab world are, rhetorically at least, at one another’s throats is also based on each side’s reading of its strategic interest: Israel began talking up an Iran threat in the early ’90s in order to maintain its privileged position in U.S. national security policy in the wake of the Gulf War; Iran began championing the Palestinian cause, and Palestinian rejectionism, as a way of pressuring Arab governments to counter its potential isolation in the region during the post-Gulf War period.

And as Trita explains here, Benjamin Netanyahu had a most unexpected take on the matter. Read on — it’s the first ever Rootless Cosmopolitan piece with footnotes! — and, more importantly, buy this book!

Iran, the Inflatable Bogey

By Dr. Trita Parsi

Benjamin Netanyahu would like Americans and Israelis to believe that it’s 1938 all over again: Iran, he tells us, is Nazi Germany; President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is Hitler. And, of course, that means that anyone who advocates diplomacy and engagement with Tehran is simply reprising the tragic appeasement politics of Neville Chamberlain, even as the clock ticks towards catastrophe.

The 1938 analogy is entirely fallacious, but no less powerful because of it – by at once terrifying people and negating the alternatives to confrontation, it paints war as a necessary evil forced on the West by a foe as deranged and implacable as Hitler was.

If Iran is, as Netanyahu and his allies in the U.S. suggest, irrationally aggressive, prone to a suicidal desire for apocalyptic confrontation, then both diplomacy and deterrence and containment are ruled out as policy options for Washington. The “Mad Mullahs,” as the neocons call them, are not capable of traditional balance of power realism. In the arguments of Netanyahu and such fellow travelers as Norman Podhortez and Newt Gingrich, to imagine that war against the regime in Tehran is avoidable is to be as naïve as Chamberlain was in 1938.

However, as I discovered in the course of researching my book Treacherous Alliance – the Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States, not only does Netanyahu’s characterization of Iran have little relationship to reality; Netanyahu himself knows this better than most. Outside of the realm of cynical posturing by politicians, most Israeli strategists recognize that Iran represents a strategic challenge to the favorable balance of power enjoyed by Israel and the U.S. in the Middle East over the past 15 years, but it is no existential threat to the Israel, the U.S. or the Arab regimes.

And that was the view embraced by the Likud leader himself during his last term as prime minister of Israel. In the course of dozens of interviews with key players in the Israeli strategic establishment, a fascinating picture emerged of Netanyahu strongly pushing back against the orthodoxy of his Labor Party predecessors, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, which treated Iran as one of Israel’s primary enemies. Not only that, he initiated an extensive discreet program of reaching out to the Islamic Republic.

When he took office in June of 1996, the U.S.-educated Likud leader sought not only to undo the peace process with the PLO and the land-for-peace formula; he also sought a return to Israel’s longstanding strategic doctrine of the periphery – the idea that the Jewish State’s security was best achieved by forming secret or not-so-secret alliances with the non-Arab states in the periphery of the Middle East – primarily Turkey and Iran – in order to balance the Arabs in Israel’s vicinity.

Such a shift required efforts to undo Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin’s rhetoric on Iran – deemed “exaggerated and self-defeating” by many in Israel at the time – as well as attempts to quietly reach out to Tehran. [1] Unlike his Labor predecessors, Netanyahu chose to follow the recommendations of an internal Israeli government report on how to address the Iranian challenge, which had concluded that Labor’s inflammatory rhetoric had only attracted Iran’s attention and strengthened Iran’s perception of an Israeli threat, which in turn had made Israel less rather than more secure. [2] (Even though Israeli intelligence discovered the existence of an Iranian missile program in late 1994, there was widespread recognition in Israel that Iran’s rearming, its missile program and even its potential nuclear program were not aimed at Israel.[3] )

One of Netanyahu’s first orders of business as Prime Minister was to request an intelligence assessment of Israel’s security environment from both the Mossad and the military intelligence. The debate between these agencies was the same as in the 1980s – did Iran or Iraq constitute the greatest threat to Israel? And could Iran be relied upon to balance Iraq?

The assessments were presented at a full cabinet meeting. Major General Amos Gilad represented the military and Uzi Arad, the Director of Intelligence of the Mossad, argued on behalf of the intelligence services. While the debate was heated and passionate – as all cabinet discussions were in the Netanyahu government – the outcome was unprecedented.

Gilad argued that Iran had replaced Iraq as an existential threat to Israel. First, the Iranian regime was hostile to Israel and determined to destroy the Jewish State. Gilad dismissed the notion that moderates would get the upper hand in Iran and argued for the opposite scenario. “I presented a tough line that claimed that Iran would be dominated by the conservatives.… This was at the level of strategic intentions,” the Major General explained to me.

Second, the Iranian capabilities had grown, particularly through Tehran’s missile program. Gilad asserted that the Iranians would have Israel within reach of their missiles by 1999. The third component was Iran’s nuclear development program. “Even one primitive device is enough to destroy Israel,” Gilad maintained. “Altogether, it seemed that ideologically and strategically, Iran [was] determined to destroy Israel,” Gilad concluded. [4]

Arad presented a radically different perspective. He argued that Iran’s rearmament was defensive and primarily aimed at deterring Saddam Hussein. Iran needed to rearm due to the natural continuation of its enmity with the Arab states; after all, Iran and Iraq had yet to sign a conclusive peace treaty.

Furthermore, Iran was in debt, the internal political situation was unstable, and oil prices were low. All of this reduced Iran’s ability to pose a threat, Arad argued, whereas Iraq – with its existing Scud missiles, of which 39 had been fired at Israel during the Persian Gulf War – was a proven danger. [5]
In fact, the Arabs’ perception of Iran as a threat could give life to the periphery doctrine again, leading to an Israeli-Iranian re-alignment to counter the common Arab threat.

The heart of Arad’s argument was that Israel had a choice: it could either make itself Iran’s prime enemy by continuing Peres and Rabin’s belligerent rhetoric, or it could ease off the pressure and allow the Iranians to feel a greater threat from other regional actors. (At the time, Iran had the hated Saddam regime to the West and a mortal enemy in the Taliban to the East, the latter together with Pakistan both being clients of the Saudi regime that had backed Saddam in his war against Iran.)

“There are enough bad guys around them; we don’t have to single out ourselves as the enemy,” went Arad’s argument.[6] Israel should remain cautious and pursue a policy of wait and see whether Iran’s ambitions went beyond its legitimate defense needs. [7]
Most importantly, Israel should avoid continuing the pattern of rhetorical escalation with Iran that had characterized the stance of the previous two Labor governments. “We needed to tone down,” said Shlomo Brom, who was a member of the original Iran committee. [8]

Netanyahu listened carefully as the two sides fought it out. Gilad spoke with great confidence, knowing very well that no Prime Minister had ever dismissed the findings of the military’s National Intelligence Assessment. And with the Israeli tendency to embrace doomsday scenarios and treat nuanced and slightly optimistic assessments with great suspicion, the odds were on his side.

But Netanyahu’s response left Gilad baffled. In an unprecedented move, the Prime Minister rejected the National Intelligence Assessment and instead adopted Arad’s recommendation of reducing tensions with Iran. [9] Much to Gilad’s frustration, Netanyahu focused on Arafat and the Palestinian threat instead of Iran and put a complete end to Israel’s confrontational rhetoric against Tehran. It was a major policy shift that affected all levels of Israel’s planning vis-à-vis Iran. “Until the Netanyahu government, there was a proliferation of Israeli statements trying to deter Iran, warning Iran, the long arm of the Israeli air force etc. That was stopped, to his credit, by Netanyahu,” Ehud Yaari of Israel’s Channel 2 explains. [10]

Israeli media sympathetic to the Likud government’s shift on Iran argued that the previous Labor government was to blame for the escalation with Iran, citing the efforts of Uri Lubrani, Israel’s former head of mission to Iran during the 1970s, to convince the Clinton Administration to finance a coup d’état in Iran in the early 1990s. The publication of the Labor initiative had “caused huge damage to Israel,” unnamed Israeli intelligence officials told Israel’s Channel 2.

The Netanyahu government viewed these statements as counterproductive and sought to avoid such entanglement with the Iranians. “He [Netanyahu] didn’t want to use rhetoric that would just antagonize them [the Iranians] for no reason,” Dore Gold, foreign policy advisor to Netanyahu and Israel’s UN Ambassador explains. [11]

But Netanyahu went beyond just lowering the rhetoric. He tried to reach an understanding with Iran though the help of prominent Iranian Jews[12], he stopped Israeli attacks on Iran within international organizations[13]
, he arranged for meetings between Iranian and Israeli representatives at European think tanks[14]
, and he encouraged Israeli parliamentarians to reach out to their Iranian counterparts at meetings of the Inter-Parliamentarian Union. At one point, he even sought Kazakh and Russian mediation between Iran and Israel. In December 1996, Kazakhstan’soil minister, Nurlen Balgimbaev, who enjoyed excellent ties with Tehran, visited Israel for medical treatment and was approached about arranging a dialogue with Iran to discuss ways to reduce tensions between the two countries. [15]

None of his efforts bore any fruit, though. Iran’s dismissal of Israel’s conciliatory signals convinced the Netanyahu government that just like in the Iran Contra affair, Tehran only wanted to mend fences with the U.S. and had no real interest in rebuilding its ties with Israel.

Therein, of course, lay the real threat from Iran.

The Israelis saw danger in a rapprochement between Tehran and Washington, believing this would inevitably see the U.S. sacrifice some of its support for Israel in order to find a larger accommodation with Iran, in pursuit of U.S. strategic interests in the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Iran would become emboldened and the U.S. would no longer seek to contain its growth. The balance of power would shift from Israel towards Iran and the Jewish State would no longer be able rely on Washington to control Tehran. “The Great Satan will make up with Iran and forget about Israel,” Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan University in Israel noted. [16]
Israel’s relative regional importance to the U.S. would decline with a warming of ties between Washington and Tehran.

So, after nine months of courting Tehran, Netanyahu gave up and reverted back to the Peres-Rabin policy of vilifying Iran and seeking its international isolation.

Today, Israel is facing a similar situation, but with one big difference. Iran is far more powerful than it was in 1996, while the power of the U.S. to impose its will in the Middle East has diminished considerably. The difficulties confronting the U.S. in Iraq and technological progress in Iran’s nuclear program may compel Washington to recognize that its best interests lie in a grand bargain with Tehran. But the general view in Israel today is the notion that such negotiations must be prevented, because all potential outcomes of a U.S.-Iran negotiation are perceived to be less optimal for Israel than the status quo of intense U.S.-Iran enmity that threatens to boil over into a military clash.

It’s precisely to prevent such engagement between Washington and Tehran that Netanyahu and company are pressing the 1938 analogy.

(In Treacherous Alliance, I explain how Israel’s fear of a U.S.-Iran dialogue is misplaced and that it actually is through a U.S.-Iran rapprochement that the Jewish state best can secure its interest and change Iran’s aggressive behavior towards Israel.)

[1]
Interview with Ehud Yaari, Jerusalem, October 24, 2004.

[2]
Interview with Ehud Yaari, Jerusalem, October 24, 2004.

[3]
Interview with Shmuel Limone, Ministry of Defense, Secretary of Israel’s Iran committee, Tel Aviv, October 18, 2004.

[4]
Interview with General Amos Gilad, Tel Aviv, October 31, 2004.

[5]
Interview with Dr. Shmuel Bar, Tel Aviv, October 18, 2004.

[6]
Interview with Dr. Efraim Inbar, the Begin-Sadat Center, Jerusalem, October 19, 2004.

[7]
Uzi Arad, “Russia and Iran’s Nuclear Program,” Jerusalem Issue Brief, Vol. 2, No. 26, April 28, 2003.

[7]
Interview with Dr. Shlomo Brom, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv, October 26, 2004.

[9]
Interview with Zeev Schiff, military correspondent, Haaretz, Tel Aviv, October 17, 2004.

[10]
Interview with Ehud Yaari, Jerusalem, October 24, 2004.

[11]
Interview with Dore Gold, Jerusalem, October 28, 2004.

[12]
Likud said to seek understanding with Iran, IRNA, July 24, 1996.

[13]
IDF Radio, November 10, 1996.

[14]
Xinhua, September 13, 1996.

[15]
Jerusalem Post, September 9, 1997.

[16]
Interview with Prof. Gerald Steinberg, Jerusalem, October 28, 2004

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  2. Adam Wozniak says:

    Listen to the nazi bastard. I am now oficially a holocaust denier, and only on that he can build an argument. Their ideology is so utterly unjustifiable that they need tools like that to even function. If you argue with him like he is a sane human being, you only feed his mad nazi delusions. And it’s not “the Jews” that I call the nazis, but him and his settler, zionist ilk. The rest of the jews, in this analogy, would be the blinded, complacent, manipulated germans following like herd of sheep.
    This is the last time I’ve answered a nazi bastard like him.
    I’m going to take my own advice, and ignore his mental farts from now on, as they truly are not worth the bother.

  3. Y. Ben-David says:

    Actually Adam, you are an antisemitic bastard. Your pathetic attempt to draw distinctions between “bad” Jews (non-Zionists) and “really bad Jews” (pro-Zionists) is really transparent. That is why we built a Jewish state, back in our historic homeland, because we are tired of living as a minority among those like yourself, depending on your good will.
    And, BTW, your Palestinian friends were the biggest supporters of Nazi Germany in the world. Many named their kids Hitler, Goering, Rommel and the such. Their official leader, Amin el-Husseni joined Hitler in Berlin, helped plan the Holocaust and recruited Muslim SS divisions in the Balkans. Palestinian leader Abu Mazen wrote his Ph.D thesis denying the Holocaust. If you want to find Nazis, look to the Palestinians. (sorry RC, I am afraid this is “hasbara”).

    To the one who posted that “many people have suffered more than the Jews have but don’t whine about it”, I presume you are including the Arabs/Muslims in that category. Then please explain to me why several of them flew airplanes into the WTC butchering thousands of people who never did a thing to them. Unless, of course, you don’t consider that “whining”.

  4. Matthew says:

    The Palestinians-loved-Hitler canard is a new low for YBD. Applying the well-established policy of supporting the enemy-of-my-enemy, the Palestinians leaned in favor of the European power that was not colonizing them, i.e, Germany. England was the colonial power. Why would the Palestinians side with people who are occuping them?
    Again, your superficial hasbara nonsense is exposed again.

    .

  5. nunya says:

    Naj,

    Are we both reading Parsí’s book? I understand that you’re further along than I am, but didn’t Savak and Mossad cooperate?

  6. Joshua says:

    There is no evidence that supports your slander of the Mufti of Jerusalem, even though there was some form of collaboration between himself and the Nazi regime. But what you left out, conveniently, is many Zionists who benefited from their ties with not only Nazis, but Fascist Italy as well, so much so that they helped downplay Nazi violence against the Jewish so they could help create their state of Israel.

  7. naj says:

    I think a link to Uri Avnery’s analysis of the Zionist pretext is well suited here:

    In summary, these are the common lines of argument and jsutification of the zionist project:

    Only one of the Founding Fathers of the Zionist movement was courageous enough to call a spade a spade. Ze’ev Jabotinsky wrote as early as 80 years ago that it was impossible to deceive the Palestinian people (whose existence he recognized) and to buy their consent to the Zionist aspirations. We are white settlers colonizing the land of the native people, he said, and there is no chance whatsoever that the natives will resign themselves to this voluntarily. They will resist violently, like all the native peoples in the European colonies. Therefore we need an “Iron Wall” to protect the Zionist enterprise.

    Most Zionists were not prepared to accept this force-oriented approach. They searched fervently for a moral justification they could live with.

    Thus started the long quest for justifications – with each pretext supplanting the previous one, according to the changing spiritual fashions in the world.”

    - THE FIRST justification was precisely the one mocked by Jabotinsky: we were actually coming to benefit the Arabs.
    -a Marxist justification: It’s not the Arabs who oppose us, but only the “effendis”.
    -The Arab public saw how the land was being withdrawn from under their feet, and started a rebellion against the British and the Jews in 1936. Why, the Arabs asked, should they pay for the persecution of the Jews by the Europeans? But the Arab Revolt gave us a new justification: the Arabs support the Nazis.
    -World War II came to an end, to be followed by the 1948 war. Half of the vanquished Palestinian people became refugees. … They ran away of their own free will. Their leaders had called upon them to leave their homes, to return later with the victorious Arab armies. … Well, it was [Arabs] who in 1947 rejected the UN partition plan and started the war. If because of this they lost 78% of their country, they have only themselves to blame.
    -Then came the Cold War. We were, of course, on the side of the “Free World”, while the great Arab leader, Gamal Abd-al-Nasser, got his weapons from the Soviet bloc. … No use talking with the Arabs, because they support Communist tyranny.

    -But the Soviet bloc collapsed…. “The terrorist organization called PLO“, as Menachem Begin used to call it, recognized Israel and signed the Oslo agreement.A new justification had to be found for our unwillingness to give back the occupied territories to the Palestinian people.
    -When the Communist empire collapsed, America was suddenly left without a world-wide enemy. This vacuum has now been filled by the Muslims-Terrorists. Not only Osama bin Laden, but also the Chechnyan freedom fighters, the angry North-African youth of the Paris banlieus, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the insurgents in the Philippines.

    IN HIS book “Der Judenstaat”, Theodor Herzl, the official Israeli “Prophet of the State”, prophesied this development, too.

    This is what he wrote in 1896: “For Europe we shall constitute (in Palestine) a part of the wall against Asia, we shall serve as a vanguard of culture against barbarism.”

  8. naj says:

    Nunya,

    I just saw yoru comment by accident here. Maybe we can discuss teh book in the reading club? :)

    Yes Mossad and Savak cooperated. So?

  9. Ed Carson says:

    “didn’t Savak and Mossad cooperate?”

    Yeah they did. Robert Fisk talks about this too, in “The Great War for Civilization.”

  10. Y. Ben-David says:

    Let me understand this….the fact that Israel cooperated with the Shah of Iran, and their secret services probably did as well is a “shocking example” of (let us say) Zionist perfidy. The Palestinians and other Arabs supporting and collaborating with Nazi Germany, on the other hand, is an “understandable political act based on the timeless principle-’the enemy of my enemy is my friend’”, even though in India, though Gandhi and Nehru also had problems with the British, they were still resolutely anti-Fascist and opposed Nazi Germany. Sounds like Orwellian “double-think” to me. Just like today, Hitler is an admired figure in much of the Arab world, and many Arabs are Holocaust deniers, but at the same time they compare Israel to Nazi Germany, which they claim didn’t do anything bad. Very confusing.

  11. Tony says:

    Y. Ben-David: Just curious as to how you explain/excuse the fact that the same enemy-of-my-enemy logic was applied by the Stern Gang, the right wing breakaway from the Irgun whose ranks included future Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir: They actively sought an alliance with Nazi Germany against the British at the height of WWII, sending emissaries to meet with representatives of Hitler in Lebanon and Turkey to offer cooperation in a common front. Seems like the Mufti wasn’t the only one courting Nazi support against the British, eh?

  12. Y.Ben-David says:

    Tony-you are correct, Stern’s activities were very controversial at the time. Recall that his group broke away from the Irgun Tzvai Leumi which had a cease-fire with the British at that time during the war. Stern’s supporters at the time basically said what you stated-the enemy of my enemy is my friend. They felt the British were losing the war and perhaps the LEHI (Stern’s group) could make a deal to have the Germans could get rid of the Europe’s Jews by sending the Jews to Eretz Israel. You have to remember that Stern was killed in February 1942 which was just at the time of the Wansee Conference and the Holocaust, i.e. the systematic murder of the Jews, was not known about. Recall also that when the Sternists were talking with the Germans, the US had not entered the war yet, so it was not at all clear that the Germans would lose.
    The Mufti was publicly a genocidal antisemite and he and his supporters found Nazism and its ideology congenial. I read somewhere that Michel Aflaq, founder of Ba’athism was first influenced by Fascism before turning to Marxism. Stern and his followers were radical nationalists but far from fascism. Although one of the posters denied it, the Mufti did indeed work with the SS and helped recruit Muslims for it.

  13. Matthew says:

    YBD: And Israel received much early help and assistance from the Soviet Union. Which proves…..what? Again, your logic fails. This is a classic hasbara argument: Anytime an Arab leader engages in real politique, it reflects his depravity. Anytime a Zionist does, it reflects his wisdom.

    Your problem is that the people on this site are too smart to fall for your elementary school nonsense.

  14. Tony says:

    Just to be clear, I don’t buy the implication YBD makes with the Mufti — i.e. that Palestinian resistance to Zionism is somehow an extension of Nazism. I’m sure the Mufti did consort with the Nazis, and I don’t doubt that he might have hated Jews, but he saw himself as fighting Jews for control of Palestine, after the Brits had allowed the infrastructure of a proto-Jewish State to emerge there following the Balfour Declaration. The idea of his collaboration with the Nazis (he also went to Baghdad for them to stir up a revolt there, as I remember it) doesn’t seem that qualitatively different to me from the Stern Gang doing the same. I found YBD’s rationalization of the Stern people doing this quite amusing, particularly this line: “Recall also that when the Sternists were talking with the Germans, the US had not entered the war yet, so it was not at all clear that the Germans would lose.” Right. Presumably the Mufti believed Germany would win, too…

    And BTW, YBD, not only the Stern Gang but the Irgun itself had fascist undertones — the movement’s founder, Zeev Jabotinsky, was a great admirer of Mussolini…

  15. Y. Ben-David says:

    Churchill was also a great admirer of Mussolini (read Churchill’s memoirs), in fact everyone was until he made his alliance with the Axis in the late 1930s’. Jabotinsky was a liberal nationalist (a term Robert Dallek used to describe President Johnson). I assume you are a supporter of the MERETZ . Their predecessor party, MAPAM was a big supporter of Stalin, long after his crimes were made known, many supported his false allegations about the Doctor’s Plot which was to be Stalin’s pretext for a Holocaust of the Jews in the USSR. These MAPAM people, who today are considered part of the Estabishment in Israel, explained away or justified the mass terror and concentration camps. Interestingly enough, Uri Avnery, whom I assume you like, was also an admirer of Hitler and a few years ago wrote a an article in Ha’aretz glowing with praise for Rommel. Avnery’s “Semitic Action” movement had strong fascist overtones.

    Regarding the Mufti’s “understandable” support for the Third Reich, you yourself mentioned that he went to Baghdad. Do you know what happened as a result? There was a massacre of the Jews in Baghdad in 1941 called the “Farhud”. Now, if you are claiming that the Mufti, like most Muslims, loves Jews, its just that he had a problem with Zionists, then why was he in Iraq trying to kill Jews there? Ironically, it had the opposite effect and in 1950 the Jews in Iraq realized they had better get out and go to Israel. Also,why was he recruting Waffen SS men in Bosnia who murdered Jews and Serbs if he was only a “practical” man trying to stop Zionism?

  16. Tony says:

    “everyone was” a great admirer of Mussolini? No, my friend, the people I admire were already in his prisons. You may not have been around for this, but the “chief rabbi” of my site is Primo Levi.

    I would have been a Mapamnik when I was still a Zionist, but not once I gave up Zionism at the age of 18. I’m not defending the Mufti, I don’t feel a need to “own” his actions as you seem to do about the Stern Gang. You’re the one who’s arguing that Palestinian resistance to Zionism is an extension of Nazism. That’s just daft, whatever the Mufti did or didn’t do. You simpy have to do the very Jewish thing of putting yourself in the Palestinians’ position and ask what you would have done? Barak, when he was campaigning for PM was asked that qeustion on TV, and said he’d have joined a fighting organization. Of course he would. Sharon, if he’d been born Palestinian, would have probably been in Islamic Jihad…

  17. Gary says:

    Some relevant facts:

    Approximately 15,000 Palestinians volunteered to serve with British forces during WWII and did so with great distinction. While in Cairo, I had the great pleasure of meeting one of them, the late Issa Fahel, who at the age of 18, served as a platoon commander with the Palestinian contingent of the British “Buffs” during the battle at El Alamein (he never lost a man.) Issa went on with his fellow Palestinians to fight in Ethiopia and against the Vichy occupiers in Lebanon.

    Incidentally, Issa (born in Jaffa, Palestine ) and his entire family along with 70,000 Palestinians were expelled from Jaffa by Jewish forces in April, 1948 under the Jewish Agency’s Plan Dalet, as were a further 60,000 from Haifa. According to Israeli sources, about 800,000 Palestinians were driven out of their ancestral homeland in 1948 alone. (Another 30,000 or so just prior to and during the Israel/France/U.K 1956 invasion of Egypt. Hundreds of thousands more were expelled during and after the war Israel launched on 5 June 1967.)

    Also, for the record, tens of thousands of Algerian and Moroccan Arabs volunteered with the French forces under De Gaulle and played a key roled in liberating Italy, France and the rest of Europe.

    Re the Grand Mufti: Contemporary historians have discovered that his role in assisting the Nazis after finding refuge in Berlin – having been hounded out of the Middle East by the British for resisting the mass influx of alien Jews into his homeland which was also opposed by Palestine’s native Arab Jews who were vehemently anti-Zionist and made up about 3% of the total population in 1947; 10% of the Jewish population, the remainder being foreigners and their children of which only 30% had taken out citizenship – has been considerably exagerated for obvious reasons by the pro-Israel lobby. Indeed, he was never indicted at Nuremburg and lived out his final years conspicuously in Beirut helping Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. (If memory serves, Israeli writer, Uri Avnery, has recently made reference to the misrepresentation of the Grand Mufti’s role during WWII.)

    For a thorough understanding of the collusion between Zionists and Nazi Germany refer to Lennie Brenner’s “Zionism and the Age of Dictators.” I also suggest that those interested pursue the mass of evidence revealing the shocking role played by Zionist organizations in preventing Jewish refugees in Europe from finding sanctuary in western countries. Their success caused US president FDR great disappointment and bewilderment following the fruitful efforts of Max Ernst to world out a rescue plan with Britain. As far as the Zionist leaders were concerned (including Ben-Gurion), for Jewish refugees it was Palestine or nowhere.

  18. Y. Ben-David says:

    Okay, you say the “Zionists were allies of the Nazis” (even though far more Palestinian Jews served in the British Army than your 15,000 Palestinian Arabs), and I say the Palestinians were allies of the Nazis. It would be interesting today to see if the Jews today are greater admirers of Nazism than the Arabs today. I mean, where are sales of Mein Kampf greater, in Arab towns or in Israel. Anyway, Standoff.
    Your statement that ” mass influx of alien Jews into his homeland which was also opposed by Palestine’s native Arab Jews who were vehemently anti-Zionist ” is a total FALSEHOOD. In fact, this pretty fixes your position in my mind. SOME of the native Jews strongly opposed the official Zionist leadership, but NO Jews opposed Jewish immmigration. The Rabbinical head of the old-yishuv anti-Zionist community, Rav Sonnenfeld was repeatedly pressed by anti-Zionists to make a statement opposing aliyah of Jews and the Balfour Declaration. HE REFUSED.
    You are denying the peoplehood of the Jewish people. Just because YOU deny that you are part of it gives you NO right to deny it to the rest of us. The majority of Jews around the world, including those outside Israel, identify with Jewish peoplehood and the Jewish national revival in Eretz Israel, even if they chose not to live there. That includes the non-ZIoinist or anti-Zionist Haredim like Satmar who make strongly oppose the state, but care very much for the welfare of the Jewish community in Eretz Israel.
    I understand the terrible complexes you have due to your South African origins, being a minority in a minority, but you can’t transfer all your guilt feelings and complexes on us in Israel. Israel has risen out of the ashes and has ten times the population it had 60 years ago, took Holocaust survivors and poverty-stricken Jews out of the Mellahs of Morocco and out of Ethiopia and Yemen and built a state that is the wonder of the world. The Arab world is falling further and further behind and this drives them crazy, considering all the oil money they have. ISrael has no oil and yet is building a strong economy. The Arabs are languishing and spending all the time and energy on other people to blame it on. Pity.

  19. Y. Ben-David says:

    Tony-forgive me, I confused Gary’s posting with you and I wrongly attributed statements he made to you (at least I presume you don’t agree with his ridiculous assertions about the attitudes of the pre-1917 Jewish community).
    I respectfully bow out.

  20. Gary says:

    What patent bafflegab.
    Firstly, I dod not state that the “Zionists were allies of the Nazis.” They colluded with the Nazis – this is well documented. Your argument re where sales of Mein Kampf are greater is a canard. The Palestinians were not “allies of the Nazis.” They did look with favor on the rise of Germany as a force against Britain but soon changed their mind when they comprehended the nature of Nazism, a militaristic ideology that sowed hatred and racism towards not onlyJews, but Arabs as well. You really should brush up on your English as you seem unable to understand what I have written. I stated that Palestine’s native Arab Jews were “anti-Zionist”, i.e., opposed to its creation of a “Jewish State” in Palestine. Officers with the British mandatory army realized this from the beginning. I also remind you that the civil adminstration of the mandate was dominated by dedicated Zionists – e.g., Sir Herbert Samuel, the first high commissioner of the civilian administration; the chief secretary for the mandate, Sir Wyndham Deedes, a fervent Christian Zionist; the attorney general (whose name I just forgot) was also a British Jewish Zionist as were the Director of Immigration, Albert Hyamson, and Max Nurock, principal assistant secretary to the Government with access to all matters pertaining to policy in Palestine. One of the first acts of this civil administration was to dismiss the native Palestinian Jewish Rabbi and replace him with a foreign Ashkenazi one. I also remind you that neither the Balfour Declaration nor the British Mandate for Palestine called for a “Jewish State” or such in Palestine. In violation of international law (i.e., the established legal maxim Nemo dat quod non habet) the former did call for the “establishment” of a vague undefined “national home” and the League of Nations instituted a Class A mandate in Palestine which authorized the British to adminster Palestine as a whole until it was in a position to adopt self democratic rule – no partition and no “Jewish State.”

    You can rant on all you want about the right of Jews from around the world to pour into Palestine and create therein through superior force of arms (courtesy of the USSR, the U.S. et al while the Arabs were under a strict arms embargo), scores of massacres, rape and the ethnic-cleansing of 80% of the native Palestinian/Canaanite population, an exclusionary expansionist Jewish State. No sane person, however, would agree that such a right existed. Indeed, the world continues to reap the consequences of this travesty of human rights, including 9/11. History, however, cannot be reversed and Jews of foreign origin still living in former Palestine must not be forced to leave.

    This “Eratz Israel” that you describe as “the wonder of the world” is in fact just another Jewish ghetto, one utterly dependent for its survival on the US. If it has such a strong economy (primarily from selling arms around the world to some of the world’s most oppressive regimes, including that of Burma/Mynamar), why is it still receiving nearly $20 million in aid each and every day from American taxpayers?

    You are living in a fantasy world. ZIONISM IS FINISHED!!!
    Israel’s Jewish population is in free fall. Over a million Jews have emigrated and immigration is virtually non-existent. Open your eyes – America’s love affair with Israel is wearing thin and will end. Sooner or later, all nations (especially in times of downturn) act in their own best interests and the 60 year “passionate attachment” the US has had for Israel is now its number one geopolitical liability. Only a fool and/or a dinosaur Zionist fails to comprehend this fact. Prepare for a monumental shift in US policy. In the end, Zionism will be relegated to the dust-bin of history and all of us, especially Jews and Palestinian Muslims and Christians will be so much better off.

  21. Gary says:

    Ben-David
    My final post.
    As shoudl be obvious, my reference to the native Palestinian Jewish community in both of my previous postings had to do with the era under the British Mandate. Also, I have no desire to pursue this debate further. You are a zealot drowning in a sea of lies, distortions and mis/disinformation and most significantly, racism.

  22. Matthew says:

    This is precisely the time you wish you could parachute Uri Avnery into the conversation to correct YBD’s mis-history.

    It is a full-time job knocking down these straw man….which is of course the point.

  23. Dana says:

    In response to YBD, who mentioned persecution of Iraqi jews, upthread. No doubt many RC readers are familiar with Naeil Gilad’s story, but perhaps YBD isn’t yet among them.

    Naeil Gilad: ‘The Jews of Iraq’

    “I write this article for the same reason I wrote my book: to tell the American people, and especially American Jews, that Jews from Islamic lands did not emigrate willingly to Israel; that, to force them to leave, Jews killed Jews; and that, to buy time to confiscate ever more Arab lands, Jews on numerous occasions rejected genuine peace initiatives from their Arab neighbors. I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called “cruel Zionism.” I write about it because I was part of it”.

    http://www.bintjbeil.com/E/occupation/ameu_iraqjews.html

  24. Peter says:

    Y. Ben-David writes:
    Uri Avnery, whom I assume you like, was also an admirer of Hitler

    I’ve been reading Avnery’s columns for a few years, and I am surprised to learn this. Could you provide some more details?

  25. TREACHEROUS ALLIANCE: by trita parsi

    The Unholy Alliance between Israel, Mullahs and Religious Right should be the best subtitle for the book. The book is a very poor attempt at revealing an unspoken historical reality by a political novice! It is a good start for people in the united states that how thier policies are manipulated by gimmicks.

    Farhat Quaem Maquami

    Persians and Jews have been friends, neighbours, rescuers the rescued for centuries. Their historical ideological alliance for survival surpasses Islam and Judaism. Therefore, it is not surprising that Mullahs of Iran and Israeli Government have been playing games to beat their Arab adversaries and use the United States for their strategic advantage.
    Look at Jews and Iranians they are virtually indistinguishable in looks, tastes, politics, business practices, upbringing, family behaviours, and ideology. Mullahs of Iran preached in the same Bazaar and rely on the unfettered support of Jewish Merchants in Tehran, both before and after seizing power in Iran.

    Look at the War in Iraq! The big losers were Saddam nationalism, Iraqi sovereignty Arabs pride and unity. Obviously, the United States which has lost its reputation, wasted billions of dollars resources, more than three thousands death, 20 thousands seriously wounded and at least 50000 with permanent psychological problems, is the Fall guy!

    Yet, who are the undisputed winners of the Iraq War? Iran and Israel. They want this war to continue! It is high time that Americans stop this war only because they SEEM TO BE DOING THE DIRTY JOB FOR OTHERS. Iranian Revolutionary Guards subsidiary, SIRI Terrorists, are in control of the oil rich Basra and Israelis are more than happy to see that finally the Biblical Land of Israel from Euphrates to Nile is dependant on their generosity. As for The Arabs, Islam and Iraqis, they do not count because Business is booming for Iran and Israel despite the War!

    Exposing the TREACHEROUS ALLIANCE between the Mullahs, Israel and the Christian Zionists should not be an attempt to rewrite history and mislead the public about the hidden agenda and Israeli-American involvement in Iran. It conveniently neglects the historical fact that Iranian Jews and members of the Bahai faith, headquartered in Haifa, have been heavily involved in shaping Iran’s destiny in 20th century. Now, the president of the so-called NIAC, a CIA supported organization, is making another attempt to cover-up the unholy Alliance between the Mullahs of Iran, and Foreign Intelligence Services to reshape not only the Middle East but the whole Muslim World.
    The nurturing of the Treacherous Alliance between Mossad, CIA, British Intelligence and Mullahs of Iran has been going on for over half a century. It flowered in the infamous coup of 1953 against Mossadeq, in which all cooperated to bring down Democracy in Iran.

    It is amazing that now a subsidiary of the National Endowment for Democracy, is attempting to black mail its own “Mullahs”, by revealing a half truth about the Alliance in order to get concession from partners in crime against Iran. Unfortunately there is no mention of Kermit role in the 1953 coup and his relationship with Mullah Khomeini and Rafsanjani, who were groomed and eventually installed as the rulers of Iran.

    Despite all political gimmicks and Sideshows for International and Domestic propaganda, the Islamic Republic has put Iran under an undisputed control of multi national corporations, which are controlled by American and Israeli interests. Rafsanjani is the Godfather of Mushrooming Corporations of Mullahs who have siphoned Iran wealth exactly according to the Strategy of Free Market laid down by Reagan.

    During the Shah’s rein, despite all his shortcomings, there was a sense of historical nationalism and a sense that Iran would ultimately would defy the odds and would progress while keeping its identity, The treacherous alliance successfully drained Iran’s wealth, devalued its currency , made it dependant on foreign refined oil and transferred its asset abroad. All the barking of Ahmadi Nejad is to cover-up the facts that Iran’ s economy would collapse without the imported oil. Further, Mullahs Billion dollars of stolen assets in Canada, Australia, Dubai and elsewhere could be frozen in a heartbeat!

    Indeed, the story of Iran has been the undisputed financial alignment of Mullahs and the corporate America. The Monkey Dancing of AhmadiNejad in Columbia is a ridiculous side show to divert attention from the real exploitation of Iran by the Billionaire Mullah Rafsanjani who is extracting and exporting Iran’s wealth to Canada, Turkey, Dubai, Australia and Singapore just to name the few. Never before in the history of any country such has a transfer of wealth taken place for the benefit of the American, British and Israeli Government.
    Islamic Revolution is the lovechild of the treacherous marriage between Mossad, CIA and British intelligence. It has brought nothing but cultural and economic disaster for Iran and profit for the West and the Mullahs. It has divided Islam by the make belief theory that the Mullahs are anti-West and Islam is the antithesis of modernity. This manufactured Anti-West Islam must remain in the Front Page in order to encourage the billions of dollar of American money to be sent to Israel. Many more billions are wasted in the War in Iraq based on another fabricated “enemy” Al Qaeda, which like the Iranian Mullahs was created by the Western Intelligence services to justify their expansion of military power in order to control world resources.

    Washington had a chance after its easy ouster of Saddam Hussein to accept the stunning offer from the Iranian Mullahs to help them in Iraq, which was passed via the Swiss government and rejected it because it wanted to spend $500 billions on war as means to appropriate profits out of the war. The war was profitable for the businesses that got no bid contract from Bush. The U.S. government didn’t want to talk to Iran exactly because it wanted to continue the war as a Business. That is why the Bush administration didn’t want anyone to help Iran talk to America. Military Industrial complex needs Iran Mullahs
    And Digital Bin Ladin to justify its existence.
    Four years have passed, and the administration’s Middle East policy is in ruins. Iraq has been divided into fighting gangs of sects and tribes. Hope of Democracy across the Middle East has turned to illusions. Israel and Iran are the undisputed winners of the continued conflict while America is going bankrupt!
    Iran and Israel’s chief enemies, Saddam Hussein, PLO and the Taliban, have been defeated, and Americans and Iranian proxies are in charge of the regime in Baghdad. Iran, and Israel are riding high, not the Cowboy from Texas . Iranian Deputy Oil Minister declared: “Iraq couldn’t have turned out better for us.”

    TREACHEROUS ALLIANCE refers to the strategic alliance of Israel and Iran from a boring and Naïve perspective of student trying to write a thesis and get hired as a Middle East analyst by the CIA. It is pathetic that the reality of Treacherous Alliance has been smeared by the irrelevance Graffiti of an American president of the CIA’s National Iranian Council. This Council is similar to the CIA’s infamous Chalabi’s Iraq National Congress! However, half of the book is an unrelated historical junk and the other half is a perfunctory remark that anybody could have found in the internet without buying this book. It is a deliberate attempt to mislead the public about the reality of the treacherous underlying factors which helped the Mullah’s take over of Iran under the misnomer banner of Islamic Revolution.

    The Treacherous Alliance is actually an attempt to cover-up the real strategic and financial alliance that gave birth to this aberration of Islam being branded, advertised and marketed as “Islamic Revolution”!

    Treacherous Alliance should refer to the underlying factors that caused the US and Israeli agents banded together and reinvented the Iranian subservient and conformist Mullahs, who were on Shah’s Payroll, to usurp power and market their rein of terror as the “Islamic Revolution”. At no point the book refers to the well publicized fact that General Robert Huyser went to Iran to make sure that not only Shah abdicates power but also the power is transferred to Israeli, British and pro-American Mullahs. Unlike the overthrow of the Iranian democratically elected Mossadeq, which was overthrown by the CIA, the Islamic rein of terror was deliberately and methodically manufactured by Mossad, the CIA and British intelligence Service with complete cooperation of a gutless Shah.

    Students of international relations and those who are concerned about the hidden facts about the Iranian regime must look in their own environment to see the Unholy Alliance between Christian Zionists, Islamic leaders of Iran, the uttering of Digital Ben Ladin in CIA Voice & Image Duplication Laboratories, Mossad. Then, they should compare them with economic realities and tremendous transfer of wealth from Iran to Canada, Australia and Dubai, and decide for themselves if the book like, Treacherous Alliance are not designed to cover-up the real relationship of Mullahs of Iran with Israel and the US.

    Nothing is more revealing than the unconditional support given to the “Division of Iraq Resolution (presented by the self-declared Zionist Senator Biden) by the head of the most feared terrorist organization, supported and financed by the Revolutionary Guards, Mullah Hakim. An old Zionist Mythology from Euphrates to Nile, a hidden declaration in Israeli Flag, is one step closer to reality thanks for the Treacherous Alliance of Mossad and Revolutionary Guards of Iran.

    Dig into the Foundations and Corporate entities which have brought wealth to your region behind any asset transfer from Iran and behind every highway or major project you might see an Iranian Mullah using an Israeli broker as a partner. This is why books like this are polished to blind the public from seeing the real world by discussing puppet shows in order to advance the continuation of the exploitation of the Iranian masses by Mullahs!
    Attacking Iran is a horrendous mistake when we can accomplish the regime change by cutting the flow of refined oil to Iran, freezing assets of more than 500 corporate entities which are custodians of Mullahs assets in the West. Rather than spending money on the war and terrorist Mujahedin against Iran, we should aggressively stop the life-blood of Mullahs the smugglers of Revolutionary Guards who are engaged in drug, alcohol, human, arm, and all sorts of counter bands trades in the Persian Gulf.

    West must remember that Iranians are materialist nationalists and not religious and their support for Mullahs would collapse when they cannot provide Gasoline to their people. Attacking Iran, under any guise would be a mistake!

  26. FARHAT MAQUAMI says:

    FROM YOUR COMMENTS NOW I UNDERSTAND YOU MORE YOU ARE NOT WRITING THE BOOK FOR HISTORY,BUT TO ADVOCATE A COVER UP UP WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD FROM YOU HANDLERS BUY advocating half-truth! in order to advance the policies of your handlers and financiers, just like your buddyChallabi, in Iraq!! TREACHEROUS ALLIANCE: The Unholy Alliance between Israel, Mullahs and Religious Right

    Farhat Quaem Maquami

    Persians and Jews have been friends, neighbours, rescuers the rescued for centuries. Their historical ideological alliance for survival surpasses Islam and Judaism. Therefore, it is not surprising that Mullahs of Iran and Israeli Government have been playing games to beat their Arab adversaries and use the United States for their strategic advantage.
    Look at Jews and Iranians they are virtually indistinguishable in looks, tastes, politics, business practices, upbringing, family behaviours, and ideology. Mullahs of Iran preached in the same Bazaar and rely on the unfettered support of Jewish Merchants in Tehran, both before and after seizing power in Iran.

    Look at the War in Iraq! The big losers were Saddam nationalism, Iraqi sovereignty Arabs pride and unity. Obviously, the United States which has lost its reputation, wasted billions of dollars resources, more than three thousands death, 20 thousands seriously wounded and at least 50000 with permanent psychological problems, is the Fall guy!

    Yet, who are the undisputed winners of the Iraq War? Iran and Israel. They want this war to continue! It is high time that Americans stop this war only because they SEEM TO BE DOING THE DIRTY JOB FOR OTHERS. Iranian Revolutionary Guards subsidiary, SIRI Terrorists, are in control of the oil rich Basra and Israelis are more than happy to see that finally the Biblical Land of Israel from Euphrates to Nile is dependant on their generosity. As for The Arabs, Islam and Iraqis, they do not count because Business is booming for Iran and Israel despite the War!

    Exposing the TREACHEROUS ALLIANCE between the Mullahs, Israel and the Christian Zionists should not be an attempt to rewrite history and mislead the public about the hidden agenda and Israeli-American involvement in Iran. It conveniently neglects the historical fact that Iranian Jews and members of the Bahai faith, headquartered in Haifa, have been heavily involved in shaping Iran’s destiny in 20th century. Now, the president of the so-called NIAC, a CIA supported organization, is making another attempt to cover-up the unholy Alliance between the Mullahs of Iran, and Foreign Intelligence Services to reshape not only the Middle East but the whole Muslim World.
    The nurturing of the Treacherous Alliance between Mossad, CIA, British Intelligence and Mullahs of Iran has been going on for over half a century. It flowered in the infamous coup of 1953 against Mossadeq, in which all cooperated to bring down Democracy in Iran.

    It is amazing that now a subsidiary of the National Endowment for Democracy, is attempting to black mail its own “Mullahs”, by revealing a half truth about the Alliance in order to get concession from partners in crime against Iran. Unfortunately there is no mention of Kermit role in the 1953 coup and his relationship with Mullah Khomeini and Rafsanjani, who were groomed and eventually installed as the rulers of Iran.

    Despite all political gimmicks and Sideshows for International and Domestic propaganda, the Islamic Republic has put Iran under an undisputed control of multi national corporations, which are controlled by American and Israeli interests. Rafsanjani is the Godfather of Mushrooming Corporations of Mullahs who have siphoned Iran wealth exactly according to the Strategy of Free Market laid down by Reagan.

    During the Shah’s rein, despite all his shortcomings, there was a sense of historical nationalism and a sense that Iran would ultimately would defy the odds and would progress while keeping its identity, The treacherous alliance successfully drained Iran’s wealth, devalued its currency , made it dependant on foreign refined oil and transferred its asset abroad. All the barking of Ahmadi Nejad is to cover-up the facts that Iran’ s economy would collapse without the imported oil. Further, Mullahs Billion dollars of stolen assets in Canada, Australia, Dubai and elsewhere could be frozen in a heartbeat!

    Indeed, the story of Iran has been the undisputed financial alignment of Mullahs and the corporate America. The Monkey Dancing of AhmadiNejad in Columbia is a ridiculous side show to divert attention from the real exploitation of Iran by the Billionaire Mullah Rafsanjani who is extracting and exporting Iran’s wealth to Canada, Turkey, Dubai, Australia and Singapore just to name the few. Never before in the history of any country such has a transfer of wealth taken place for the benefit of the American, British and Israeli Government.
    Islamic Revolution is the lovechild of the treacherous marriage between Mossad, CIA and British intelligence. It has brought nothing but cultural and economic disaster for Iran and profit for the West and the Mullahs. It has divided Islam by the make belief theory that the Mullahs are anti-West and Islam is the antithesis of modernity. This manufactured Anti-West Islam must remain in the Front Page in order to encourage the billions of dollar of American money to be sent to Israel. Many more billions are wasted in the War in Iraq based on another fabricated “enemy” Al Qaeda, which like the Iranian Mullahs was created by the Western Intelligence services to justify their expansion of military power in order to control world resources.

    Washington had a chance after its easy ouster of Saddam Hussein to accept the stunning offer from the Iranian Mullahs to help them in Iraq, which was passed via the Swiss government and rejected it because it wanted to spend $500 billions on war as means to appropriate profits out of the war. The war was profitable for the businesses that got no bid contract from Bush. The U.S. government didn’t want to talk to Iran exactly because it wanted to continue the war as a Business. That is why the Bush administration didn’t want anyone to help Iran talk to America. Military Industrial complex needs Iran Mullahs
    And Digital Bin Ladin to justify its existence.
    Four years have passed, and the administration’s Middle East policy is in ruins. Iraq has been divided into fighting gangs of sects and tribes. Hope of Democracy across the Middle East has turned to illusions. Israel and Iran are the undisputed winners of the continued conflict while America is going bankrupt!
    Iran and Israel’s chief enemies, Saddam Hussein, PLO and the Taliban, have been defeated, and Americans and Iranian proxies are in charge of the regime in Baghdad. Iran, and Israel are riding high, not the Cowboy from Texas . Iranian Deputy Oil Minister declared: “Iraq couldn’t have turned out better for us.”

    TREACHEROUS ALLIANCE refers to the strategic alliance of Israel and Iran from a boring and Naïve perspective of student trying to write a thesis and get hired as a Middle East analyst by the CIA. It is pathetic that the reality of Treacherous Alliance has been smeared by the irrelevance Graffiti of an American president of the CIA’s National Iranian Council. This Council is similar to the CIA’s infamous Chalabi’s Iraq National Congress! However, half of the book is an unrelated historical junk and the other half is a perfunctory remark that anybody could have found in the internet without buying this book. It is a deliberate attempt to mislead the public about the reality of the treacherous underlying factors which helped the Mullah’s take over of Iran under the misnomer banner of Islamic Revolution.

    The Treacherous Alliance is actually an attempt to cover-up the real strategic and financial alliance that gave birth to this aberration of Islam being branded, advertised and marketed as “Islamic Revolution”!

    Treacherous Alliance should refer to the underlying factors that caused the US and Israeli agents banded together and reinvented the Iranian subservient and conformist Mullahs, who were on Shah’s Payroll, to usurp power and market their rein of terror as the “Islamic Revolution”. At no point the book refers to the well publicized fact that General Robert Huyser went to Iran to make sure that not only Shah abdicates power but also the power is transferred to Israeli, British and pro-American Mullahs. Unlike the overthrow of the Iranian democratically elected Mossadeq, which was overthrown by the CIA, the Islamic rein of terror was deliberately and methodically manufactured by Mossad, the CIA and British intelligence Service with complete cooperation of a gutless Shah.

    Students of international relations and those who are concerned about the hidden facts about the Iranian regime must look in their own environment to see the Unholy Alliance between Christian Zionists, Islamic leaders of Iran, the uttering of Digital Ben Ladin in CIA Voice & Image Duplication Laboratories, Mossad. Then, they should compare them with economic realities and tremendous transfer of wealth from Iran to Canada, Australia and Dubai, and decide for themselves if the book like, Treacherous Alliance are not designed to cover-up the real relationship of Mullahs of Iran with Israel and the US.

    Nothing is more revealing than the unconditional support given to the “Division of Iraq Resolution (presented by the self-declared Zionist Senator Biden) by the head of the most feared terrorist organization, supported and financed by the Revolutionary Guards, Mullah Hakim. An old Zionist Mythology from Euphrates to Nile, a hidden declaration in Israeli Flag, is one step closer to reality thanks for the Treacherous Alliance of Mossad and Revolutionary Guards of Iran.

    Dig into the Foundations and Corporate entities which have brought wealth to your region behind any asset transfer from Iran and behind every highway or major project you might see an Iranian Mullah using an Israeli broker as a partner. This is why books like this are polished to blind the public from seeing the real world by discussing puppet shows in order to advance the continuation of the exploitation of the Iranian masses by Mullahs!
    Attacking Iran is a horrendous mistake when we can accomplish the regime change by cutting the flow of refined oil to Iran, freezing assets of more than 500 corporate entities which are custodians of Mullahs assets in the West. Rather than spending money on the war and terrorist Mujahedin against Iran, we should aggressively stop the life-blood of Mullahs the smugglers of Revolutionary Guards who are engaged in drug, alcohol, human, arm, and all sorts of counter bands trades in the Persian Gulf.

    West must remember that Iranians are materialist nationalists and not religious and their support for Mullahs would collapse when they cannot provide Gasoline to their people. Attacking Iran, under any guise would be a mistake!
    FARHAT QUAM MAQUAMI

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