Like every other semi-sane humanoid, I welcome the prospect of peace breaking out in the Middle East.
Despite the threats and hate from Israel and its loathsome gang of traitors at AIPAC and the Jewish media, it would seem as if there is more hope for peace now than in any time in the last half century. Although Obama will reap the praise for this, let no one forget that two weeks ago this do-nothing, lying Chimp-in-Chief was more than ready to rain down rockets and bombs on innocent Syrians because of specious intel provided by that bastion of peace and honesty, Israel . Even now, I’m sure this pathetic individual would light up Syria, Iran and half the world if he thought he could rise a few points in the popularity polls.
No, the true hero in this developing scenario of peace is Vlad Putin. By his strength of character, by his force of will and by his extremely icy poker face, Putin stood up from his chair and allowed his very long shadow to fall over the entire region. In effect, that shadow said, “Perhaps we should talk a bit about this.” There are those who claim that Putin is just playing “good cop/bad cop” and the whole affair is a sham. To those I say, “You may well be right. But at this late stage of world survival, I take my allies anywhere I can get them; any enemy of my enemy is my friend.
With Putin’s none too subtle hint that any attack on Syria and/or Iran could quickly escalate into something the US and/or Israel might rapidly rue, Obama finally did something valuable for a change. After five years of doing absolutely nothing, a negative finally became a positive when the Teleprompter Prez backed away from Syria and did that which he is best at doing, namely, nothing.
And for that “nothing” moment, the world should be, at the very least, grateful. In spite of Israel and its neocon American cheerleaders at AIPAC encouraging Obama to ignore the thousands of Russian nuclear warheads and attack Syria/Iran, Obama did nothing. And, following hard on the heels of this pause, was the chemical weapons agreement with Syria, and last and best, actual talks with Iran. After fifty years of angry words and angry acts, we are finally talking.
Now, if the U.S. is really serious about détente with Iran, it can go a long way toward peace by 1) apologizing to Iran for deposing their duly elected leader back in the 1940’s (much as the U.S. just did in Egypt by ousting Morsi in the military coup) and replacing him with a tyrant and a puppet, aka the Shah. It would be similar to Iran apologizing to us had they deposed a Ronald Reagan or a Gerald Ford from the White House and replaced them with a stooge like Bush or Obama; 2) apologize for arming and paying Sadaam Hussein to attack Iran with rockets and poison gas in the 1980’s, thereby engulfing the area in a bloodbath which wiped out an entire generation of Iranians; 3) apologize for the deliberate 1988 missile attack that shot down an Iranian passenger jet killing all aboard, including 66 children; 4) apologize for what we, along with that great bastion of peace and honesty, Israel, have been engaged in for decades now, i.e. a low-grade war with Iran, killing their people, assassinating their scientists, destroying their infrastructure, and, with our sanctions, denying the average man, woman and child in the street the food, medicine and the other necessary essentials of life.
Had Iran done the above things to us, we, too, would be resentful for decades, and maybe forever. So, I think that Iran’s show of good faith in this recent rapprochement is something the entire world should applaud. The US has blood all over it hands and could atone somewhat with a simple, yet sincere, apology. Will it? I seriously doubt it. With a blood-thirsty “ally” like Israel calling the shots and trying to torpedo peace hardly before it has a chance to begin, I would not hold my breath.
Still, if we Americans will it, and if we can keep Israel from assassinating Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and blaming it on 'hard-liners', we might just have peace. If not, if Israel gets its way and if the fragile peace initiative is shot down like an Iranian jet liner filled with children, then my guess is that World War Three will be right behind, ready to turn this precious blue ball into a burned-out chunk of carbon. Smaller things than this have hurled the world into war.