Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Iran-West relations, Expansionist Israeli Regime,
and Arab Spring
Yvonne Ridley Interviewed By Kourosh Ziabari
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 26, 2012
Barack Obama is a one-term president
You would certainly know
Yvonne Ridley or at least heard of her name if you have been a regular
follower of Press TV, especially in Britain, albeit before the state-run
media regulator Ofcom took the news network off the Sky platform,
depriving millions of Britons of the opportunity to watch a TV channel
which has always tried to shed a light on the obscured, concealed aspects
of the events and tell the truth about what's happening around the world.
Ridley is a renowned British journalist, war correspondent and TV host.
She made the headlines on September 28, 2001 when she was arrested by the
Taliban members in Afghanistan while working for the Sunday Express. She
converted to Islam after she was released by Taliban on October 9, 2001
and became an outspoken critic of Zionism and the mainstream media's
portrayal of the War on Terror. Ridley is a member of the National Union
of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists. She is a
devoted philanthropist and humanitarian activist. Yvonne Ridley has
written two books called "In the Hands of the Taliban" and "Ticket to
Ridley took part in an interview with me, discussing her viewpoints
regarding the prospect of Iran-West relations, the expansionistic policies
of the Israeli regime in the Occupied Palestine and the popular uprisings of
the Arab world widely known as Arab Spring.
Kourosh Ziabari: One of
the recent events which stained the already blurred relations between Iran
and the UK was Iranian students' assault on the British embassy in Tehran in
the late 2011. Some political analysts say that it was an undiplomatic
action and Britain's response in closing the Iranian embassy in London was
natural. However, some others believe that it was an intrinsic consequence
of the UK's hostile policies toward Iran. What's your viewpoint in this
Yvonne Ridley: As the UK Government found out last year,
when students get angry and in a destructive mode nothing will stop them.
The Conservative Party headquarters in London was trashed and vandalized by
angry students in the UK who felt they had been lied to over the increase in
student fees. And they caused much more damage to the Tory Party HQ than the
rampaging students in Tehran, yet no one accused the British police of
turning a blind eye or encouraging acts of vandalism and violence. The UK
Government was, however, outraged but I feel it used the event as an
opportunity to accelerate hostile relations between both countries.
KZ: Tensions between Iran and the West has been mounting in recent months,
especially since IAEA released its latest report on Iran's nuclear program.
What's your prediction for the future of Iran-West relations? Do you foresee
any chances of reconciliation and restoration?
YR: The tensions are
predictable and there is a weary feeling of deja vu among anti war activists
who fear the worst between Iran and the West having witnessed a similar
build up of hostilities over non-existed WMD in Iraq during Saddam's rule.
KZ: Israel, the U.S. and their European allies have repeatedly
threatened Iran against a preemptive military strike. Are these war threats
realistic or merely media propaganda aimed at intimidating the Iranians? Why
doesn't the UN take any decisive action against the states who propagate
such threats and spread fear?
YR: The UN is weak and in the sway and
influence of America but I doubt if there will be a military strike, for
several different reasons. The USA is struggling in Afghanistan against the
Taliban, a bunch of ill-equipped fighters in flip flops and shalwa khameez
so there is no way it would tackle Iran which has a strong army, is armed
and will retaliate. Furthermore there are tens of thousands of U.S. and
other western civilians, oil workers, missionaries and NGOs in Iraq and if
one single strike touched Iranian soil, there is a very real danger 10
million or so Shiite in neighboring Iraq will rise up against westerners.
This could manifest itself in another disastrous hostage situation similar
to the one in Iran from which the USA has still not psychologically
KZ: The U.S. and its European allies are persuasively
lobbying around the world to convince the economic partners of Iran join the
global sanctions, especially the newly proposed oil embargo against Iran.
Will these sanctions bear fruit for the U.S. or it will backfire? Will the
economic pressures finally bring Iran to its knees?
YR: Iran is not
marginalized or as isolated as the U.S. and UK would want. Several countries
in the Euro-zone rely on Iran for cheap oil while Russia, China, Brazil,
Venezuela and other countries in South America have expressed solidarity
KZ: President Barack Obama had promised during his
presidential campaign that he would pursue a policy of detente and tension
easing with the Muslim world, especially Iran, and follow the path of
diplomacy and "change" to resolve Iran's nuclear controversy. But we saw
that he followed the path of his predecessor and even talked of the option
of a nuclear strike against Iran. What's your idea about his approach toward
the Middle East in general, and Iran in particular? Has he fulfilled his
promise of change?
YR: This latest U.S. president, given a Nobel
peace Prize because he was not George W. Bush, is a one-term president. He
made many promises on the road to the White House and broke more than 60
percent of them. He is, sadly, a man who promised to deliver so much and
failed. He escalated the war in Afghanistan, was forced to retreat from Iraq
- make no mistake the departure of American troops in Iraq was reluctantly
done and the soldiers left in one of the quietest U.S. exits in history.
KZ: What has been in your view, the main stimulus behind the revolutions
of the Arab world? We know that corrupt regimes had existed in countries
such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Yemen for many decades, but the
nations of the region revolted against their rulers all at once. What's the
reason in your view?
YR: The people lost their fear in the tyrants,
most installed and supported by the West; and as they grew stronger they
began to rediscover their Faith in God and as they got closer to their Faith
they became stronger as they held on tight to the Rope of Allah.
Will the chained revolutions of the Arab world, especially the revolution in
Egypt, weaken the status of Israel in the Middle East? What about the U.S.?
Political commentators believe that if the revolutionaries in Bahrain and
Yemen achieve their goal, the United States will lose two of its strategic
allies in the region. What's your take on that?
YR: The U.S. was
caught out by the Arab Spring, but since the CIA missed the fall of the
Berlin Wall it is hardly surprising that there was a huge intelligence
failure in this area. Israel is unusually mute because it is very concerned
over what is going to manifest from the revolutions and it can no longer
rely on the USA to crack the whip and make the tyrants pull their people
into line. The U.S. has already lost its control in the region and should
Yemen and Bahrain succumb to the will of the majority then it will lose
KZ: It seems that the United States will not lift
its unconditional support for Israel, at least in the foreseeable future,
and Israel will be able to continue its repressive policies in the occupied
lands and with regards to the subjugated people of the West Bank and Gaza
Strip like before. What's your assessment regarding the current state of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Will the Arab League supported initiative for
peace help solve the crisis?
YR: My belief in this solution has been
the same for more than three decades, much longer than I've been a Muslim.
The Palestinian people will be victorious because they have time and
patience on their side. In 50 years time their children will ask: "Was there
really a state called Israel?" Israel is on a permanent war footing and not
one single country can survive in that situation forever. I'll give the
Zionist another decade before it implodes.
KZ: Israel is the sole
possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and it's not a signatory to
Non-Proliferation Treaty, as well. The United States has not allowed a
comprehensive investigation of the nuclear facilities of Israel so far, and
Tel Aviv regime is continuing to develop nuclear bombs in its underground
installations. Isn't the nuclear program of Israel a threat to international
peace and security?
YR: What nuclear weapons? Israel says it has no
nukes! Pf course the world knows they are lying thanks to the heroic
Christian convert Mordechai Vanunu who is still being persecuted for telling
the world about the Zionist State's deadly arsenal of nuclear weapons. The
poor man has served his sentence but he is still not allowed to leave Israel
where he is under continuous surveillance. The vindictiveness of the state
knows no bounds when it comes to this man.
KZ: And finally, let me
ask your idea about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Why has such a
revolutionary movement taken shape in the U.S.? What are the major
grievances of the protesters? What's your idea regarding the government's
treatment of the protestors?
YR: A number of American people have
woken up to the injustices of capitalism and what is being done in their
name by the U.S. Government - this wonderful movement has captured the
imagination of many and while they are taking their fight to the streets of
the USA and the West there is another army that the USA should really be
concerned about ... Anonymous. They are leading the battle in cyber-warfare
and are showing that when the people rise up and they begin to lead the
leaders become increasingly irrelevant. Watch this space.