Monday, January 09, 2017

You can say what you want about Iran's politics and extremism, but, the "Axis of Evil Speech" changed the tone of the USA.

The Axis of Evil speech by "W" was given on January 29, 2002. It changed the tone of the USA. It brought hate to the forefront of USA policy. If there is any one person that handed Iran to the extremists it was "W." 

When the USA threatens another country there is no taking it back. The USA makes an indelible mark on history and the course of events with other countries. A USA President that openly incites hatred will receive it back again. 

I think the death of Former President Rafsanjani is a clear indication of the irresponsible hate speech of the USA right wing. When a country is acknowledging they appreciate the paradigms of freedom and economic growth with openness, it is nothing short of foolishness to turn the international dialogue to hatred. That is exactly what "W" did with that speech. The speech gave the extremists in Iran permission to take over the leadership.

Part of being a great leader is the insight to what not to say as well as what is said on behalf of the people of the USA. One of the reasons The Iran Deal was accepted as the way forward with Iran is because there was no other course to take. All the doors to diplomacy was closed by "W." By the time of the Iran Deal the USA would only speak to Iran through the Swedish Diplomats.

It is ridiculous to believe hate is a viable method of sustaining the world and it's requirement of peace. Why even bother recognizing the global community if it is not to sustain life in a reasonably peaceful political environment. Iranians are no different than Americans' value life and quality of life. Their hopes for their children exist.

Any USA leader has to recognize that hatred is met with hatred. 

...States like these, (click here) and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic....

States like what?

An article in USA Today makes note of a USA agent, George Piro. Agent Piro was the exclusive interrogator of the late Saddam Hussein. This is what Agent Piro knew as fact regarding Iraq's danger to the world.

January 8, 2017
By Curt Anderson

...Eventually, (click here) Piro said Saddam confirmed that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction prior to the U.S. invasion but might seek them in future to deter Iran and other threats. Saddam also denied any links to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, Piro has said....

You can talk about the "maybes" of the future from morning to night, but, Iraq was a disarmed country under Saddam Hussein and had nothing to do with al Qaeda. The entire tone of the USA changed under "W" and today the Republicans are still using fear, artificial fear to be elected to office.

...Saddam also liked to brag about how he escaped U.S. airstrikes and capture, according to Piro.

"What he wanted to really illustrate is how he was able to outsmart us," Piro told "60 Minutes." ''He got rid of his normal vehicles. He got rid of the protective detail that he traveled with, really just to change his signature."

Saddam was later tried and executed by hanging in December 2006.

Santiago, the airport shooting suspect, also served in Iraq in 2010 with the Puerto Rico National Guard as part of an engineering battalion, guard officials said. Santiago later served in the Army Reserves and Alaska National Guard....

The reason extremism has taken over the majority of politics in Iran is because extremism is also taking over the majority of politics in the USA. The USA has only itself to blame for it's failing in achieving world peace. There isn't enough profit in it.

January 8, 2016
By Thomas Erdbrink

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran, in Tehran in 2015.

...Mr. Rafsanjani was president from 1989 to 1997. (click here) But after his presidency, political rivals, jealous of his grip on the economy, seized on his support for reformists and labeled him an “aristocrat,” a “capitalist” and a supporter of “American Islam”
By 2002, his political stock had fallen so low he could not even muster the votes to win a seat in Parliament. He sustained a humiliating defeat against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2005 presidential election.

After his election loss, Mr. Rafsanjani was propelled into the role of a critical politician, increasingly at odds with Mr. Khamenei over the direction the revolution should take.

Where Iran’s supreme leader backed the continuation of a harsh, anti-Western ideological line, Mr. Rafsanjani pleaded for an update of the political system, bringing it on par with Iran’s changing society.

His speech in favor of greater freedom during the enormous 2009 protests that followed a presidential election in which the results were widely seen as fraudulent alienated him from Iran’s conservative clerics and military commanders.

In 2013, attempting a political comeback at 79, he was barred from seeking the presidency by the Guardian Council, a decision that shocked Iranians. The disqualification seemed like an official repudiation of his ideas of a liberal economy and more freedoms....