Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
No More Wars for
Countering The Zionist
Campaign For A New Middle East War
By Mark Weber
IHR, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 19, 2012
minister has been loudly threatening Iran with war if it develops even the
capability of producing a nuclear weapon.
President Obama and other
prominent American politicians, together with much of the US media, have
been echoing Israel's threats and alarmist claims. Obama even says that "all
options are on the table" -- including a full-scale US military attack -- if
Iran does not halt its civilian nuclear energy program.
campaign is shameless hypocrisy and brazen gall, because Israel itself has a
large, secretive stockpile of illicit nuclear weapons, routinely defies
international law, occupies conquered lands, and oppresses millions.
Ignored amid the clamor for a new war are the sober warnings of informed
specialists, who point out some
basic, key facts: Iran is not building nuclear weapons. (As even senior
US and Israeli officials have quietly acknowledged, Iran has not even made a
decision to develop a nuclear arsenal.) Iran is not a threat to the US. And
Iran's leadership is not irrational or suicidal.
In fact, the
so-called Iran "crisis" is artificial. It's
every bit as phony as the one manufactured to provide a pretext for the
calamitous war against Iraq, which took thousands of American lives and
cost hundreds of billions of dollars, and brought untold destruction,
suffering and death to many hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
leaders hate Iran because it steadfastly opposes Zionist repression and
aggression and strongly supports resistance to Israeli hegemony, especially
in its support for Palestinian freedom and self-determination.
as the 2003
Iraq war was, above all, a war for Israel, a new US or Israeli war
against Iran would likewise serve only narrow, Zionist interests. For
everyone else - including Americans - such a war would be calamitous.
All this is especially dangerous for America because US policy in the
Middle East is not driven by what's best for Americans and the world, but
as even the US ambassador to Israel has acknowledged - by concern for
Israel's security and identity as a Jewish ethno-religious state. "The test
of every policy the Administration develops in the Middle East," says
ambassador Daniel Shapiro "is whether it is consistent with the goal of
ensuring Israel's future as a secure, Jewish, democratic state. That is a
commitment that runs as a common thread through our entire government."
America's unique, blank-check support for Israel is the result of the
Jewish-Zionist grip on our nation's mass media, political life and
For many years now the American public has
been systematically misinformed by a minority dominated media, and misled by
political leaders who put partisan interests ahead of what's good for
Americans and the world. So blatant have politicians become in their
scrambling for Jewish-Zionist support that even a prominent New York Times
columnist, Thomas Friedman, was recently
moved to comment on how US politicians, of both major parties, "grovel for
Jewish votes and money.".
We're working hard to counter the push
for a new war by raising public awareness about this dangerous campaign, and
the malevolent power behind it.
In lectures, interviews, meetings,
and broadcasts, as well as through books, discs and leaflets, we've been
highlighting the formidable power that's pushing for a new war, and its
harmful hold on our political and cultural-educational life.
My recent visit to Iran was part of this effort. Among the highlights of
this visit was a guest appearance on an influential prime-time public
affairs television show, a meeting with the nation's President, and a
well-received two-hour lecture on "The Zionist Lobby in America" given to a
gathering of several hundred Tehran university students.
expense-paid visit -- which helped me to much better understand a
badly-maligned country -- also included many interviews, informative talks
with writers and film-makers from different countries, and useful
discussions with Iranian journalists, scholars, students and officials.
Contributing significantly to our effectiveness in countering the
campaign for a new war in the Middle East has been our success in building
the IHR into
an important online source of reliable information and sound perspective.
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