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With all the world watching the collapse of the Middle East, the union protests in Wisconsin and crushing debt of the industrialized world, very little attention is being given toward what is happening in Iran.  Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday called on Muslims to “remove” the US from the Islamic world. Furthermore, in a reference to the USA’s military, Khamenei ridiculed the USA’s power, saying the country’s arch-foe was currently weak.

We are accustomed to Iran’s belligerence toward the United States within the safe confines of its own national boundaries or at the United Nations General Assembly, and Iran has also been openly provocative in its hatred toward Israel. But the disturbance in the Middle East has shocked the world and suddenly Iran is right in the middle of the fray. On the one hand, it praised the Egyptian protesters, but what goes around comes around. When the protests erupted into the streets of Tehran, the Iranian regime launched a brutal and bloody crackdown in much the same way that Gaddafi has left the streets of Tripoli “littered with bodies.”

For the first time in thirty years, Egypt has confirmed that Iran’s naval ships have crossed the Suez Canal. So why would Iran send warships to Syria at a time when the entire region is collapsing?

The USA received a blunt notice from the Iranian leader Sunday: stay out of our neighborhood. Not since the days when Jimmy Carter was president has our nation been so publicly threatened and targeted for removal from the entire Middle East by a foreign power.

During the Egyptian revolution I wrote an article titled Egypt’s Grand Opportunity for Change. Like many others around the world, I prayed that the Egyptian people would win their freedom.

But the Iranian leader, Khamenei, has a different idea. On Sunday he announced to the world that the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and nations in the Middle East are not the actions of the people seeking freedom from religious tyranny, but are Islamic and must be consolidated.

This is perhaps the first clue we have received which may explain Iran’s ambitious move. Iran has vowed to wipe Israel off the map, and sending the war ships through the Suez Canal is a symbolic act that projects Iran’s military power toward that stated goal . It also distracts the Iranian population, which no doubt takes great pride in its war ships advancing toward Israel through the Suez Canal. It arouses the Iranian people’s pride in their country and puts forward the image of a rising Persian empire. It is a calculated effort to assert Iran’s power and take advantage of the meltdown in the Middle East, while simultaneously distracting the Iranian people from continuing with their own revolution.

When the supreme Iranian leader calls for all Arabs to unite as Islamic nations, he presumes to speak for the Arab world as its leader, and when he demands that the USA must be removed from the Middle East, he is calling upon Arab nations to take united action. And when he sends those war ships through the Suez Canal, he takes on the Arab world’s arch enemy, Israel. It could also be construed as a direct appeal to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has great influence in Egypt. This is a bold move on behalf of Iran to hijack the legitimate revolution of people hungry for freedom. In the same way that the mullahs took over Iran’s revolution, Iran is attempting to unite the Arab world to a common cause, the destruction of Israel. The image of Iranian war ships moving through the Suez Canal is an in-your-face move against both the USA and Israel. Let’s be honest about it, Iran’s bold move to take advantage of the current unrest in the Middle East has the potential to set the entire Middle East on fire, and that is a frightening thought .

As a nation, there is a lesson to be learned from Iran’s continuous threats against Israel and now the USA: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. President Jimmy Carter was humiliated by the Iranians, in part because he failed to heed the warnings from intelligence sources, including Israel. If President Obama does not have influence over the events unfolding in the Middle East, he may very well fall into the same Iranian trap as Jimmy Carter did.

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  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    So BC [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor] has confirmed that “these recent remarks from Person [#445] are coming from the same IP address as their earlier remarks.” What we must ask ourselves, however [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor] is how sincere is #445. Are we to take it at face value? [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

    But what makes Person’s latest absurdity any more believable than his countless other hateful posts? Person is toying with us! Running ridiculous little mind games such as teenagers are wont to do on the Internet. We should not be fooled for a minute. Person is a prankster, not merely pulling our legs but twisting them into Möbius pretzels as sketched by M.C. Escher.

  • Reza Tavakolian

    Hi every body, Person did not write the comments #445 and 448, who ever write the comment at least fooled some of you , specially ALLEN, is realy fooled, what some say is true, YOU CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE SOME TIME BUT NOT ALL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.

    HAY RAVY, DID YOU CONVERTED PERSON TO CHIRISTIANITY IN HIS ABSENSE, BUT MY QUESTION IS WHY NOT CONVERTED HIM TO JUDISEM
    AFTER ALL I THOUGHT JEWS DO NOT BELEIVE IN JESUS, HOWEVER ZIONIST JEW DO. AND THEY CALLED THEMSELVE JESUS FOR JEWS.

    best regards

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Reza Tavakolian (#452), you’re right. I was really fooled. Especially when I wrote, “The decision by the commenter above represents a difficult decision in a less than tolerant society. He will be moving from the accepted majority in Persia to a persecuted minority – and that may be hard – more than hard, possibly fatal.”

    Oh, no, wait! That wasn’t me; it was Ruvy. I was fooled when I wrote, “I welcome their more tolerant attitude … one step at a time, eh?”

    Oh, no, wait! That wasn’t me; it was Christopher Rose.

    Hmmm, so where was I was fooled? Maybe when I wrote, “What we must ask ourselves … is how sincere is #445. Are we to take it at face value? … Person is toying with us! … We should not be fooled for a minute. Person is a prankster.”

    Yeah, that must’ve been it.

  • Richard E

    And so in 450 comments, on a thread attached to an inconsequential piece about two Iranian ships easygoing through the Suez Canal, BC commentators have managed to capsulate the myriad problems confronting humanity since the beginning of time.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Damn, we’re good!

  • Person

    Dear Brother Reza,

    I am the author of #445 and #448 and I know that it may have come as a surprise to you. To be honest, I was thinking about becoming Christian for some time and, like a lightbulb that becomes its brightest before it burns out, I needed to express my old, negative way of thinking before being able to reject it.

    I am not as experienced and wise as you are and was less able to balance conflicting concepts. For instance, you were more easily able to admit that “America is the best country on earth” while at the same time be critical of some of its policies. In doing so, you are doing a service for America and all people. For me, I was too negative and cynical, which, as Roger pointed out, was not the best way to go about things. That, for me, was a wake up call that I had been needing.

    I still hold you in the highest respect, especially for how you are able to be a successful entrepreneur and better the lives of all those around you, without regard to race or religion. For me, I feel that I am better able to reach success, happiness, and spirituality through becoming Christian (as are some people in my family). I hope that you will understand and respect my decision and still consider me a brother in humanity under God, as I do you.

    Dear Alan,

    I understand your feelings, especially considering how bitter a number of our exchanges were–and I am sorry that those exchanges were bitter. I hold no resentment to you and I hope that one day you will feel the same about me. To be honest, I feel that a huge weight has been lifted from my chest and I look forward to living life with a more positive and cooperative spirit. I hope that your long-standing conflicts with other members and staff here will be resolved and you will reach your goals. I have read a number of your articles and I, for one, would be happy to see more as soon as possible.

    Regards,

    Person

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    My initial reaction to the latest twist in this crude charade was that it’s a harmless prank. Yet on second thought, those of us who associate Muslims, Iranians, Persians–whatever you want to call them–with the abuses of fundamentalist extremism may find it hard to accept that such “persons” have a sense of mischief.

    Another, more pragmatic take is that we are victims of what is known in tradecraft as black propaganda. As I wrote yesterday on another BC thread (#36), “We’re witnessing the beginnings on the Internet of a much more sophisticated approach to spreading disinformation, not just by groups but by individuals. Beware the unlinked pseudonym.”

    Beware indeed. What better way to distract attention from the issues that ought to be concerning us, such as the Congressional hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims to be convened on Thursday, March 10, by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. We should stop letting Person and his crony Reza Tavakolian sidetrack us with their adolescent antics. Let’s keep our eye on the ball. Remain alert against the Islamist threat, which is a clear and present danger to America and to the free world.

  • Person

    Alan,

    I think fundamentalism and radicalism are wrong in all shapes and sizes, including racial profiling such as “Muslims, Iranians, Persians–whatever you want to call them”. Your statement implies that all people from the Middle East are evil.

    Hopefully you will find peace in your heart.

    Person

  • Reza Tavakolian

    Hi Alan

    Person is toying with us!….we should not be fooled for a minute.. person is a prankster.

    PERSON DID NOT WRITE #445,448 AND 456. BUT YWHOEVER DID WRITE IS PRANKSTER.

    You fooled because you accepted that the author of the comment #445 and 448 is Person. Did you consider the possibility that someone playing aroung ????

    On the other hand, it is possible that you saying these thing so everybody accept that Person write the comment # 445, 448,and 456

    BUT NO MATTER WHAT, ONLY A FOOL PRETEND TO BE A CHRISTIAN, AFTER READING THE HOLY QURAN AND GOD’S FINAL ORDER. AND REMEMBER JESUS DID NOT HAVE A BOOK AND LAW OF GOD FOR MAN TO FOLLOW, JESUS WAS A NEW ADAM, A SHINING STAR AND ULTIMATE POSSIBILITY THAT MAN MAY ONE DAY BE ABLE TO REACH. AND I CALL IT THE MAN ULTIMATE DISTINY. HOWEVER IT IS NOT IN OUR LIFE TIME OR IN FORESEEABLE FUTURE. AND IF YOU THINK YOU ARE A REAL CHRISTIAN THEN TRY TO WALK OVER THE WATER.

    And to Richard E. Coment #454, this thread is not about two Iranian warship going through Sues Canal, rather it is about the new begining, the rise of new star, the rise of PERSIAN EMPIRE. AN ISLAMIC EMPIRE BASED ON EQUALITY, FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND ADVANCEMENT FOR ALL IRANIAN UNDER THE LAW OF GOD, ((THE HOLY QURAN)).

    God bless all

  • Person

    Brother Reza,

    I respect your views and have a lot of respect for you. However, “Person” did write all of those comments. Christopher Rose confirmed the IP address and no other “Person” arrived to deny them.

    I know that I may be a fool in your eyes, but please try to understand and respect my decision. I will take your words into consideration as I understand what you are saying. One day, we may meet and debate and discuss the issue, but for now, I would appreciate it if my decision would be respected so that I may explore this new path.

    May God keep you,

    Person

  • Reza Tavakolian

    Hi Alan
    Now you are showing your real color, you are nothing but a fool zionist (( JESUS FOR JEWS )), AND AFTER YOUR LAST COMMENT, YOU LOST ALL YOUR CREDIBILITY AND I TRASHED OUT ALL YOUR COMMENTS AND I WILL NO LONGER RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENT, SINCE REPLYING TO A FOOL IS A FOOLISH ACT. BUT TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW MY COMMENT, I REPEAT MY COMMENT IN PRESS TV, ON March 7, 2011, on the following subject U.S. MUSLEM LAWMAKER TO TESTEFY ON THE HILL.

    Fear of Islam and Muslem population is not a new phonomana. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the West in general and United States in particular. The main conspirator is the Evengelican christian Church, which act as Zionist arms in promoting the ISLAMOPHOBIA. And they also cooperating with the ruler of the Saudi Arabia who closely work with Ziomist. The 9-11 event orchistrated by this unholy alliance to discredit Islam and muslem in the west.

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    I’m getting confused; originally Reza was calm and Person aggressive but now it is the other way round.

    As Marvin Gaye so memorably sang, what’s going on?

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Life is ever full of surprises, Chris. Try using that vaunted sense of “awe” you claim to have, and you won’t get so confused….

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Thanks for that “advice”, Ruvy. Now if only it actually made any sense or helped in any way at all…

  • Clavos

    They’re doing a good cop — bad cop routine with a new twist.

    Keep your cynicism at the fore, and it’s interesting to watch — nothing more.

  • Richard E

    Person is a phony and Reza is the coconspirator, banded together to achieve some harmless mischief on BC. And Reza, the idea of a new beginning for a Persian Empire is pure fantasy, at least in the way you describe it. Iran will indeed have a new beginning. It will happen soon in a violent and bloody uprising by its own deprived people, tired of being denied basic freedoms and human dignity by the ruthless mullahs and revolutionary guards. The uprising will be more violent and bloody than in Libya, because the mullahs will slaughter their own people, as they did in the 2009 uprising, in order to maintain their hold on power. In the end, the mullahs will be ousted. It is inevitable.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Let’s hope that you are right, Richard, at least in the sense that the Persian people can kick out the mullahs. But, Reza is right in that at present there is a new Persian Empire. It doesn’t look that way. Nobody sits in Tehran wearing imperial purple with sycophants on their faces bowing to the ground. But there is very much an effective régime that can and has already gone to war against Israel.

    That is why I recommend Israel nuking Tehran and Qom if necessary. I don’t like the idea. But I do not see a reasonable alternative OTHER than the Persians kicking out the mullahs.

  • Person

    Ruvy, I think it makes sense for cool heads to prevail to prevent needless violence on both sides. From my conversations with Jewish people, most feel the same way.

    May you achieve peace.

  • Richard E

    Ruvy, I agree that Israel must do what is necessary to protect itself from destruction by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Some Iranians, like some in Russia, yearn for those days long past when their country was a great power. Ahmadinejad believes acquiring nukes and threatening Israel will enhance his standing among the Iranian people, and among the Arabs in the Middle East. But he is wrong on both counts. Trouble is brewing in Iran because the people want to take back their country from the mullahs, and they prefer to do it peacefully. They don’t want to have a Libyan scenario in Iran. But the mullahs will never relinquish power willingly, so the idea of a peacful change in power has proven to be ineffective. My central point is that the power of dictatorships comes from the willing obedience of the people they govern – and that if the people can develop techniques of withholding their consent, a regime will crumble. With the slightest breeze a fire will ignite that envelopes Iran into a bloody revolution driven by poverty and the fierce oppression of critics by its Islamic rulers. As to what will spark that fire and when, it is difficult to predict. But I believe you can agree that it won’t be long in coming.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Hear, hear, Richard. As Reuters reports today, exiled Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, 2003 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is predicting “an Arab-style popular revolt will come soon to her country, driven by poverty and the fierce oppression of critics by its Islamic rulers.” This comes just a day after state security forces, says Reuters, “fired teargas in Tehran to disperse antigovernment protesters, and the two major reformist opposition leaders–Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi–disappeared.”

    Ms. Ebadi urges restraint on both sides. “We are trying to ensure that whatever happens in Iran, it is without bloodshed. We don’t want Iran to turn into another Libya.”

    That may be wishful thinking. The thuggish, tyrannical Iranian regime does not hesitate to use violence against its own people to suppress and “disappear” dissidents. A Libyan-style revolution may be required to get rid of Supreme Leader Khamenei, President Ahmadinejad, and their fanatical fundamentalist followers.

  • Person

    I cannot help but sense a xenophobic and anti-Middle Eastern sentiment here.

    Brother Reza, this may not be the appropriate place to seek real discussion and a “melding of the minds.”

    I would hope that Alan and Richard would engage Reza to come to a common understanding through civil dialog, which I am sure Shirin Ebadi would support.

    I for one, think some political issues are intractable and would instead, want to focus on respect and love of all mankind as opposed to a constant focus on differences.

  • Richard E

    There is no inference of an “anti=Middle Eastern” slant when discussing basic human values and rights. We’re not making stuff up here. The power of government comes from the willing obedience of the people they govern. If the people withhold their consent and obedience, the government’s power will crumble. What the world is witnessing in Iran, as well as many other countries today, is the widespread withholding of consent and obedience by the people. If anything, we are expressing support of the people of the Middle East in their struggle to live a different and hopefully better life.

  • troll

    …so extrapolating to the USA:

    if ‘the people’ withholds its consent by not voting and its obedience through a general tax strike then this tower of babbling cronyism will crumble?

    sounds easy

  • Richard E

    Anyone watching the people trying to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya right now would ever say it “sounds easy.” The operative word being “the people.” A few thousand anarchists can’t effect change by refusing to pay taxes and/or not voting. But if the overwhelming majority of the people are passionate about change, you can bet there will be change.

  • troll

    for once we agree Richard

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Amen and hallelujah.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Had the Israeli air-force gone in and done something 6 years ago to prevent the acquisition of nukes by the Islamic Republic and strongly attacked HizbAllah – again 6 years ago – then we would not be facing what we face today with “cool heads needing to prevail”, etc. But 6 years ago now, the Israeli gov’t. was too busy trying to figure out how to kick Jews from their homes in Gush Qatif. A far less extreme situation would prevail now. But there is no use crying over spilled teHina.

    We face what we face, and we must do what we must do because of the stupidity and the cowardice of our leaders 6 years ago.

    We will not see peace with Persia until the régime in power is kicked out there – and very possibly the régime in power is kicked out here.

  • Person

    Maybe so, but I hope that one day soon, friendship prevails over animosity, which is certainly the way God intended things. May you find peace and happiness as well. I, myself, am looking forward to my first church service in a few days with friends and family. Best wishes to everyone and hopefully the negativity expressed by many here will be replaced with good emotions and contentment.

  • kave

    Person _ 1)do you live in usa or iran 2) instead of accusing thoes who question molas in iran try to understand the question first 3) sorry to say that i have not seen one intellecual ( educated is not =intellecual) person who supports mola’s regim in iran regarding their inhumane acts specially the one that are realated to human right and freedoom of speech.