Despite Trump & Netanyahu Hyperbolism and Dishonesty Copied by Ditto Heads Kitty Haley and Sarah Huckabee – There is No Evidence that Iran “Sponsors Terrorism “ or that the “Obama Administration Helped Fund Iran Terrorism” as Trump Stunningly DeclaredLeave a comment
January 4, 2018 by Alfred
It is a sad, deplorable, and dangerous sign of the times, but Alt Facts, Fake Facts, threatening provocations and calumniating falsehoods, based on arrogance and ignorance at best, or pernicious malice at worst, are now commonly generated 24/7 by supremacy and hegemony right-wing, racism addicts Trump & Netanyahu et al. and among these, hate and fear incitements on Iran are most particularly perfidiously polluting the public and social media atmosphere to the point that they constitute a major threat to national and international stability, common sense, and security given the conspicuous absence of rational, humanist, professional diplomacy and political science experts in federal executive and legislative governance.
So, to the point of this article, namely the frivolously bandied around notion that Iran is a “terrorism sponsoring nation”.
For almost 50 years that falsehood was shamelessly thrown around to scare the American public about Cuba and many other boogeyman opportunistically created situtions for demagogic crude exploitation.
Similar shameful falsehoods were perfidiously used to galvanize public opinion by mostly neocons but by neolibs as well (such as recently, Hilary Clinton ) when it came to invading and destroying precious lives of Americans and residents of Vietnam, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Nicaragua, Chile, Indonesia, Korea, Irak, Afghanistant, and several more.
Well this is the Iran incitment season, coupled to the season to blame the Palestinian victims of Zionist provocations, oppression, and murderous aggression and, which add severe insult to injury in the case of the Palestinians as they victims which are cynically and perversely portrayed as perpetrators.
It is also noteworthy that it was the United States and Britain which colluded to destabilize and crush the democratically elected socialist government of Mossadegh and which then supported the terrorizing tyranny of the Shah whose secret police Savak killed countless dissidents. After 64 years the CIA finally released the details of this violent coup.
The reality is that not only is Iran NOT a “terrorism sponsor” but it has been a major asset in the confronting, isolating, defusing, and defeating of the Daesh (aka ISIS) scourge. The Zionist Israel power structure on the other hand, has urged through its BESA think tank that Daesh (aka ISIS) not be totally destroyed as it would be a “useful tool” against Iran. This is about as repulsive a proposal as any civilzed leader or nation’s power structure can have the mediocrisity and temerity to make.
And yes, Iran- supported militants have protected their Shia community from the Sunny Daesh terrorist attacks, the way they protected their Shia community in Lebanon in the mid 80’s from Israeli invasions and bombings in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps whick killed over 10 thousand mostly unarmed innocent civilians.
On the other hand, it is Saudi Arabia which is a documented terrorism sponsoring nation which has by now bombed savagely for more than 1 thousand days the poorest nation in the Middle East, namely Yemen, resulting in the deaths of some 10 thousand people, and this is the country whereto Trump went to sell a package of worth billions of dollars of weaponry and then danced the traditional “sword dance” with his Saudi clients.
Saudi Arabia also bombed Arab Spring democracy activists in Bahrain. And Saudi Arabia bans any kind of peaceful protest demonstration and punishes severely democracy activists such as the young man Raif Badawi who was sentenced to one thousand lashes and sentenced to a 10 year prison term. Saudi Arabia also bombed Arab Spring democracy activists in Bahrain.
While Saudi Arabia is often a secondary source of funds and support for terror movements who can find more motivated and ideologically invested benefactors (e.g. Qatar), Saudi Arabia arguably remains the most prolific sponsor of international Islamist terrorism, allegedly supporting groups as disparate as the Afghanistan Taliban, Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Al-Nusra Front.
Saudi Arabia is said to be the world’s largest source of funds and promoter of Salafist jihadism, which forms the ideological basis of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS and others. In a December 2009 diplomatic cable to U.S. State Department staff (made public in the diplomatic cable leaks the following year), U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged U.S. diplomats to increase efforts to block money from Gulf Arab states from going to terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan, writing that “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide” and that “More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups.” An August 2009 State Department cable also said that the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, used a Saudi-based front company to fund its activities in 2005.
The violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan is partly bankrolled by wealthy, conservative donors across the Arabian Sea whose governments do little to stop them. Three other Arab countries which are listed as sources of militant money are Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, all neighbors of Saudi Arabia.
According to two studies published in 2007 (one by Mohammed Hafez of the University of Missouri in Kansas City and the other by Robert Pape of the University of Chicago), most of suicide bombers in Iraq are Saudis.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers of the four airliners who were responsible for 9/11 originated from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt, and one from Lebanon. Osama bin Laden was born and educated in Saudi Arabia.
Starting in the mid-1970s the Islamic resurgence was funded by an abundance of money from Saudi Arabian oil exports. The tens of billions of dollars in “petro-Islam” largess obtained from the recently heightened price of oil funded an estimated “90% of the expenses of the entire faith.”
Throughout the Sunni Muslim world, religious institutions for people both young and old, from children’s maddrassas to high-level scholarships received Saudi funding, “books, scholarships, fellowships, and mosques” (for example, “more than 1500 mosques were built and paid for with money obtained from public Saudi funds over the last 50 years”), along with training in the Kingdom for the preachers and teachers who went on to teach and work at these universities, schools, mosques, etc. The funding was also used to reward journalists and academics who followed the Saudis’ strict interpretation of Islam; and satellite campuses were built around Egypt for Al Azhar, the world’s oldest and most influential Islamic university.
The interpretation of Islam promoted by this funding was the strict, conservative Saudi-based Wahhabism or Salafism. In its harshest form it preached that Muslims should not only “always oppose” infidels “in every way”, but “hate them for their religion … for Allah’s sake”, that democracy “is responsible for all the horrible wars of the 20th century”, that Shia and other non-Wahhabi Muslims were “infidels“, etc. According to former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, while this effort has by no means converted all, or even most, Muslims to the Wahhabist interpretation of Islam, it has done much to overwhelm more moderate local interpretations of Islam in Southeast Asia, and to pitch the Saudi-interpretation of Islam as the “gold standard” of religion in minds of Muslims across the globe.
Patrick Cockburn accused Saudi Arabia of supporting extremist Islamist groups in the Syrian Civil War, writing: “In Syria, in early 2015, it supported the creation of the Army of Conquest, primarily made up of the al-Qaeda affiliate the al-Nusra Front and the ideologically similar Ahrar al-Sham, which won a series of victories against the Syrian Army in Idlib province.”
While the Saudi government denies claims that it exports religious or cultural extremism, it is argued that by its nature, Wahhabism encourages intolerance and promotes terrorism. Former CIA director James Woolsey described it as “the soil in which Al-Qaeda and its sister terrorist organizations are flourishing.” In 2015, Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, accused Saudi Arabia of supporting intolerance and extremism, saying: “Wahhabi mosques are financed all over the world by Saudi Arabia. In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities.” In May 2016, The New York Times editorialised that the kingdom allied to the U.S. had “spent untold millions promoting Wahhabism, the radical form of Sunni Islam that inspired the 9/11 hijackers and that now inflames the Islamic State”. Iranian Hamidreza Taraghi, a hard-line analyst with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said, “ISIS ideologically, financially and logistically is fully supported and sponsored by Saudi Arabia…They are one and the same”.
In 2014, former Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki stated that Saudi Arabia and Qatar started the civil wars in Iraq and Syria, and incited and encouraged terrorist movements, like ISIS and al-Qaeda, supporting them politically and in the media, with money and by buying weapons for them. Saudi Arabia denied the accusations which were criticised by the country, the Carnegie Middle East Center and the Royal United Services Institute.
One of the leaked Podesta emails from August 2014, addressed to John Podesta, identifies Saudi Arabia and Qatar as providing “clandestine,” “financial and logistic” aid to ISIL and other “radical Sunni groups.” The email outlines a plan of action against ISIL, and urges putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and Qatar to end their alleged support for the group. Whether the email was originally written by Hillary Clinton, her advisor Sidney Blumenthal, or another person is unclear.
Following the 2017 Tehran attacks, Iranian authorities such as members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif, have accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the attacks. In a Twitter post, Zarif wrote, “Terror-sponsoring despots threaten to bring the fight to our homeland. Proxies attack what their masters despise most: the seat of democracy”. His statements referred to the Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammad bin Salman‘s threats against the country about a month earlier, in which bin Salman revealed their policy to drag the regional conflict into Iranian borders. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, denied his country’s involvement in the attacks and said Riyadh had no knowledge of who was responsible for them. He condemned terrorist attacks and killing of the innocent “anywhere it occurs”.
Bob Corker, chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, stated that the Saudi support for terrorism “dwarfs what Qatar is doing”; the statement was made after Saudi Arabia cut ties with Qatar, citing alleged support of terrorism by the latter.
According to Newsweek, the United Kingdom government may decide to keep secret the results of an official inquiry into the supporters of the Islamist militant groups in the country. The findings are believed to have references to Saudi Arabia, an ally of the United Kingdom.[143
The specter of Trump caluminiatingly characterizing Iranians as “terrorists” and further going on to accuse the Obama administration of helping to fund Iran’s “terrorism” is indicative of a most alarmingly serious mental malaise on the part of the same man who has embarassed the United States at the General Assembly of the United Nations when he insanely and bizarrely threatened to destroy a member state of the United Nations which has 25 million people with what implicitly is a threat of a nuclear attack which would unleash a major catastrophe in the region, in the U.S., and in the world at large.
The critical mass of tolerance for this situation has gone beyond the acceptable since one miscalculation could bring about an irreversible loss of innocent life and destruction of infrastructure of the kind our children and grandchildren would suffer severely from.
Basta. The saturation point has been reached. Let’s make America progressively safe, stable, reliable, inspiring, and normal again.
Let’s inspire by the power of example, and not by the power or threats of chaotic, inflammatory, reckless, mindless destructive power.