The Islamic Republic of Iran has been headlining the halls of international fearful relations for decades now. The USA acting as the unitary world police of global peace has been unable to halt Iran in its determination to be a thorn in the flesh of the global community.
I remember when I first became cognizant of Iran as a not too friendly nation, it was when I heard news reports that Iran wanted to remove Israel from the world map. That, I thought, was inhumanely heartless. Should the policymakers in Iran step into hell they probably would neutralize the heat with their ice cold hearts.
Several months ago I was breathing a sigh of relief when I saw that the Iranian presidential election was likely to have a winner other than the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. My hope was short lived when the Iranian supreme leader intervened and declared Ahmadinejad the winner.
The Iranian president has put a face to Iran’s anti western ambitions and is doing a tremendous job of it unfortunately. They have continued to enrich uranium in their quest to create nuclear energy, which is tantamount to creating nuclear weapons. Of course, the Iranian official take on this is that the rest of the civilized world has no need to worry about Iran using its nuclear capabilities to create world war three.
They would have to forgive me as I find that hard to believe. Off the record, I am certain that Mr Ahmadinejad and the Iranian dark knights would admit they can’t give up an opportunity to have nuclear energy to fuel their infrastructural services and not fulfil their dream of removing Israel. Maybe the nuclear energy they speak of is to diffuse Israel.
The UN also has been trying for years to get its inspectors on the ground in Tehran to see first hand exactly what Iran’s nuclear activities are focused on. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seems likely to have clearance to visit in the upcoming weeks. Is that going to be another run in the maze visit?
The sanctions and blockade of Iran by the United Nations have been a slippery knot around Iran’s dogmatic neck. That knot has been tightened over the past few weeks as President Obama was able to coordinat with American allies and extend the UN sanctions against Iran.
Recently, even though America used its resources to rescue some Iranians from pirates at sea, the response from Iran was that act was a mere humanitarian gesture and does not change the pending wild west showdown between the two nations. How do the Iranian populace feel about their government I wonder.
Two other recent developments concerning Iran are worth mentioning: As the reality of the sanctions squeezing the life blood in Iran begins, president Ahmadinejad has flown to Latin America. His first visit was to his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez.
Of course the rest of the world is paying close attention to everything these two presidents do. Both have made audacious statements at the UN during past presentations to the Assembly. But what is the nature of Iran’s relationship with countries in Latin America?
The world of politics would dictate that leaders are always negotiating something. In fact, politicians only have friends so long as their interests are being advanced through such associations. Sad to say, pragmatically speaking, there is a whole lot more that the mighty USA could be tangibly doing for countries in the Caribbean and the Latin American geographic spread.
Will Iran, following the lead of Cuba, will step in to be a Don and godfather to this often neglected part of the world? Make no mistake about it, the Caribbean and Latin America are struggling with some basic socio-economic problems and threats that they will welcome help in solving. That’s politics I guess. However, many regional leaders would want at least to give the US the benefit of the doubt.
The second development has to do with another January assassination of an Iranian scientist directly connected to Iran’s nuclear thrust. The USA has categorically denied involvement, while Israel, who is usually co-blamed by Iran for such attacks, has indicated that they would not be shedding any tears over the assassination. Can you blame Israel?
It seems to me that the patient diplomatic efforts of the Obama administration are not even scratching the force shield of Iran. It seems likely that yet another US administration is sliding into history with Iran still shaking its boxing glove at any new challengers who dare to step into the ring.
The rhetoric of Islam and Iran’s own cold statements over time definitely signal that with its acquisition of nuclear energy and capabilities it would be akin to a chess player skillfully maneuvering his opponent who must then shamefully crown the successful intruder.
Iran is not going to retire from the world scene. The more it gets, the more it wants. It is bent on proving that it can survive amidst all imposed sanctions. Iran prepared long ago to be the world’s pariah. Iranians need to follow their Islamic brothers in Libya, Egypt and Syria and initiate their own people’s revolution. Improvement must take place. What quiet diplomacy has been unable to achieve, some old fashioned people power can shake the regime and bring full transparency of Iranian domestic policies and agenda.
If not, the world will live to regret it.