Saudi “Disorientation,” the Yemen War, and America’s (Self-Imposed) Decline in the Middle East: Hillary Mann Leverett on CNN and RT’s CrossTalk

On RT’s CrossTalk see here and (for YouTube) here, and CNN, see here, Hillary took on the Saudi-led narrative that U.S.-backed Saudi military attacks in Yemen should be seen in the words of Saudi Ambassador to Washington, Adel Jubeir, as a “good-versus-evil” battle, between “good” Saudis and “evil” Iranians.  Instead, Hillary argued that the unfolding tragedy in Yemen needs to be understood in the context of Saudi Arabia’s deeply destructive reaction to popular demands in Arab countries for more representative and independent political orders.  The negative impact of Riyadh’s highly militarized reactions to internal protests across the Middle East—in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen—is magnified by Washington’s apparent inability to separate itself from aspects of Saudi policy in the Middle East that are clearly bad for U.S. interests.

On CNN, Hillary recounted how “Saudi Arabia has been militarily involved and trying to manipulate political outcomes in Yemen for decades.  The last time they did this in 2009, they lost militarily to the Houthis.”

So why is Saudi Arabia once again intervening militarily in Yemen.  As Hillary put it on RT’s CrossTalk:

“This can largely be explained in terms of Saudi Arabia reeling since the 2011 Arab Awakening, pursuing disastrous policy after disastrous policy:  helping to overthrow the government in Libya, trying to overthrow the government in Syria, trying to impose a military dictatorship in Egypt and now in Yemen.  I think what we’re seeing is a product of Saudi disorientation and terror at a region that could become more representative in terms of its governance, more independent in terms of its foreign policy.  The Saudis are trying to prevent that kind of independence in foreign policy from emerging in Yemen, and they have yet again gone down this road with the United States to a war that has no end.  And it’s a disaster both for the Saudis and certainly for the Americans.”

As for the repeatedly elaborated Saudi narrative that the Kingdom’s intervention in Yemen is a purely defensive response to Iranian subversion, Hillary told CNN, “There’s no public evidence of Iranian arming or doing any kind of significant arming of the Houthis in Yemen.  The Houthis have long been marginalized in Yemen.  And they’ve long been a restive, rebellious population.  They got a new lease on life during the Arab Spring in 2011, and the Saudis have been furious about that ever since, trying to roll back that outcome and install their puppet, President Hadi, who has now fled to Saudi Arabia.”

On CrossTalk, Hillary responded to the proposition that the only “winner” in Yemen is likely to be al-Qa’ida, by offering a broader perspective on the regional consequences of U.S.-backed Saudi intervention there:

There are actually going to be two winners in Yemen, as we saw in other arenas (for example, in Afghanistan):  one is going to be al-Qa’ida, and the other is going to be Iran.  Even though people hate to hear this, a critical component of Iranian foreign policy is to support, not necessarily with weapons, but politically to support politically disenfranchised groups—whether that’s groups in Afghanistan, whether that’s groups in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Palestine.  They work to empower those groups to participate in political processes.  At the end of the day, this means that Iran gains favor in those countries, because it has supported the political empowerment of previously marginalized groups, who then come to power in elections.  So Iran is going to come out ahead—just as it has in Afghanistan, in Lebanon, in Iraq.  They’re going to come out ahead.

And then the militant group, the terror group on the ground, is going to be al-Qa’ida.  And I think that, like in Syria, we’re going to be hoping and praying that al-Qa’ida is actually the ‘junior league’ to an Islamic State/ISIS-type of even more radical, even more brutal group on the ground that the Sunnis look to because they have nothing else.  [And they have nothing else] because the United States, with Saudi Arabia, has undercut the representative groups that could represent Sunnis in a political process, like the Muslim Brotherhood—whether it’s in Egypt or their colleagues in Yemen like the Islah.”

On CNN, too, Hillary pointed out that “the train has left the station here.  Iran’s influence in Yemen is now solid.  We’ve lost yet again in another battlefield to Iran in the soft power arena.  In Yemen, Iran has won the soft power argument.  And al-Qai’da has won the military battle there.”

On CrossTalk, Hillary identified an important part of Saudi Arabia’s motivation for persisting in its misadventures in Yemen by looking at the Kingdom’s own internal politics.

“This Saudi intervention in Yemen is enormously popular in Saudi Arabia.  If you look at the Twitter traffic in Saudi Arabia, look at some of the polling data that’s available in Saudi Arabia, it’s enormously popular.  And it allows this new government in Saudi Arabia, with King Salman, to shift from an enormously unpopular policy, where they were going against Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, or even against ISIS with the United StatesThat was enormously unpopular in Saudi ArabiaIt allows this new king to pivot from that unpopular position to something that is enormously popular—something that they can frame as a sectarian conflict against what they call the ‘infidel’ Shi’a...

This is something that the United States should not want to be associated withIt clearly is against our interestsBut we’ve been doing this with the Saudis going back to 1979 in Afghanistan—that brought us al-Qa’ida and, of course, the direct line to 9/11.”

On CrossTalk, Hillary also noted the disappointing international reaction of the Saudi-U.S. military campaign in Yemen:

“The world is actually standing with the United States in the Security Council—and with the Saudis—to blockade Yemen.  There’s nothing, by definition, hopeless about Yemen.  They need an immediate ceasefire, they need an immediate national dialogue and all the stakeholders in the region should be involved.  It’s a simple as that.  Instead, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and a lot of the world community are aiding and abetting the destruction of yet another Muslim country in the Middle East.”

Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett 


139 Responses to “Saudi “Disorientation,” the Yemen War, and America’s (Self-Imposed) Decline in the Middle East: Hillary Mann Leverett on CNN and RT’s CrossTalk”

  1. Rehmat says:

    With Houthi Shia revolutionaries (Ansarullah) still stationed in front of Yemen’s presidential palace, president Maj. Gen. Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation from Yemen’s government Thursday. Hadi’s prime minister and entire cabinet also resigned.

    The Ansarullah revolutionaries say the Yemeni government controlled by foreign powers, has been incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and providing security to the public.

    Hadi regime’s fall is a major blow to the US-Israel-Saudi efforts to counter the growing influence of the ‘Axis of Shia Resistance’ (Iran, Iraq, Hizbullah and Houthi). Yemen carries great strategic importance for Israel, Egypt and Eritrea due to the Red Sea. Since the anti-government mass protests in 2011, the US-Israel-Saudi controlled Gulf Cooperation Council oversaw a managed transition process that left elements of the old US-backed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh regime in control of key departments and placed Hadi in the presidency through a one-man election in February 2012.

    “The Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out systematic assassination programs in Yemen for years, with each maintaining its own kill list of potential targets in areas across the country. These operations were conducted in close collaboration with both the Saleh and Hadi governments,” said Thomas Gaist at World Socialist Web Site on January 23, 2015.

    In September 2014, Jewish Fox News posted an Israeli hasbara lie linking Yemen-based Al-Qaeda (AQAP) collaborating with the Khorasan Group – a fictitious militia invented by US-Israel intelligence – in Syria to attack commercial airplanes with bombs embedded in electronic gadgets.

    “Most independent and knowledgeable experts agree that US Middle East policy is largely dictated by a multitude of Zionist loyalists occupying key policymaking positions in Treasury, State Department, the Pentagon and Commerce as well as Congressional dominance by the Presidents of the 52 Major American Jewish Organizations and their 171,000 full time paid activists. While there is some truth in what some critics cite as the divergence of the ‘real’ US ‘national interest’ from Israel’s colonial ambitions, the fact is that US leaders in Washington perceive a convergence between imperial dominance and Israeli militarism. In point of fact a submissive Egypt serves wider US imperial and Israeli colonial interests,” said Professor James Petras, April 22, 2014.

    In February 2010, David Schenker, an “expert” on Arab politics at the Israel lobby group WINEP said: “When asked last year about the bond between Iran and the rebels, leading Houthi cleric Issam al Imad compared the group’s leader, Hussein al Houthi, to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, a vassal of Tehran. The preponderance of evidence suggests a significant relationship between Tehran and the Houthis. But even if Yemeni and Saudi claims of Iranian support to the rebels are overstated, given Tehran’s track record, it seems likely that Iran is playing some role in fanning the flames of insurgency in Yemen.”

    According to the Long War Journal, published by Washington-based Israel advocacy think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (est. after 9/11), Hadi’s fall leaves the US without a faithful partner amid its drone strike. It claims that the Pentagon carried out 23 drone strikes last year. The US has also trained Yemen military personnel to fight anti-government militias.

    The US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday that Houthi power doesn’t pose a direct threat to American interests in the country.

    On January 23, the Jew York Times in an editorial advised Washington to open direct dialogue with Houthi leaders, saying: “Some of their grievances about widespread corruption and poor governance are legitimate. And despite the group’s stated hostility toward the United States and Israel, it does not appear intent on attacking Western targets.”

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Gen. Efraim Sneh said that Israel cannot remain indifferent to a new Iranian stronghold on the Red Sea that commands the Bab al-Mandab, the opening to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal from the Arabian Sea and beyond.

  2. Karl.. says:

    Funny, Sama’a Al-Hamdani in the RT interview have worked for Yemen embassy i Washington. Enough said I guess.

  3. Rehmat says:

    Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue, who awarded Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper with “The Statesman of the Year Award” in 2012 for breaking-up diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic, is going to be KNIGHTED by Pope Francis on April 27, 2015.

    Harper in his acceptance speech said: “The government of Iran constitute unambiguously a clear and present danger and thus demand a very sober assessment. I speak not merely, friends, of its appalling record of human rights abuse or its active assistance to the brutal regime in Syria, or its undeniable support for terrorist entities, or its continued denial of diplomatic rights, or its pursuit of nuclear weapons, rather it is the combination of all these things with a truly malevolent ideology that should concern us. I believe that the appeal of our conscience requires us to speak out against what the Iranian regime stands for.”

  4. Nasser says:

    Ambassador Chas Freeman’s interview. He is not being completely honest on some issues for example what he attributes simply to money and influence of Israel lobby fails to account for the bigotry and wishes of large swaths of the American electorate. But it is still a good interview and worth reading

  5. James Canning says:

    One obvious problem in Yemen that gets little attention is simply that the country is grossly overpopulated.

  6. Karl.. says:


    James said: “The decision by the UK to attack Libya was obviously made before the UK attacked Libya. And prior to the taking of that decision, William Hague OPPOSED it.”

    I previously showed the following:

    1. On the 3rd of March William Hague said:
    “The UK is “absolutely in line” with the US in preparing plans for a possible “no-fly zone” to be imposed over Libya, William Hague has said.”

    When did UK along with NATO intervene?
    “On 19 March 2011, a multi-state coalition began a military intervention in Libya to..”

    How could you possibly say that Hague didnt support the war when he in fact showed support for the war as early as early march (or even before that)?

  7. Castellio says:

    I have never understood Mr. Cannings’ consistent misrepresentation of William Hague.

  8. fyi says:

    Castellio says:

    April 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    They must have attended the same public school.

  9. Irshad says:

    @fyi – lol!

    Now his going on about Yemen being over populated – it all comes down to s*x for these public school boys!
    When England was poor and over populated, she shipped the excess people to USA, Canada, Australia etc. maybe Yemen can send its excess people to Cardif or Sheffield?!

  10. fyi says:

    Nasser says:

    April 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I agree but he cannot come out and say:

    “Our country used to be informed by the Mythos of the Lonely Cowboy; now it is informed by one of the Mafia.

    Instead of Audi Murphy shooting up the bad guys and ride into that gentle sunset w we fancy ourselves as Dons of a global criminal enterprise.”

  11. Nasser says:


    On an unrelated issue, could you please share your opinion on Russia’s relations with its own Jews and with the state of Israel? Would you regard Russia also to be a champion of the Jews, not in the same vein as the Anglos but to a lesser degree like say the French?

  12. Rehmat says:

    On April 22, 2015, Israeli journalist Arad Nir, wrote at Israeli hasbara news site, Al-Monitor that Israel doesn’t recognize Armenian Genocide as result of its enemity with Iran.

    “It’s mainly directed against Iran’s explicit intend of obliterating the Jewish state as Netanyahu reiterated April 16 at Yad Vashem during a memorial service for the victims of the Holocaust. Herein lies the real reason for Israel’s policy of concerning whether it will recognize the Armenian genocide. The reason isn’t Turkey; it’s Iran,” Nir said.

  13. Rehmat says:


    Like Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin is very popular among the Russian Jews. Some even claim Putin has a Jewish family roots. However, Israel lobby groups do have problem with Putin for latter’s dislike of LGBT community in Russia.

  14. Bussed-in Basiji says:

    All the money and technology and stability is for nothing when you have no self-respect and pride left.

    Basically the BND was spying on German and European individuals and companies for the NSA- and didn’t tell the GERMAN government about it!

  15. Jay says:

    Bussed-in Basiji says:
    April 25, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Gerhard Schindler, the head of BND, has been working for a different master for years!

    The reason for the publicity is to divert attention from the source of Gerhard’s rise and his real master.

  16. fyi says:

    Nasser says:

    April 24, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    The Rus do not consider Jews who have been living in Russia for centuries “Russian”. This is not an opinion that is confined to the un-educated and the ignorant; it is widely shared and even open-minded people make that distinction without blinking an eye.

    The first time I heard it, I was shocked that the non-Jewish Russians maintained such a distinction – my friend in Iran is a Jew but he is an Iranian and I cannot think of any one who could possibly dispute her Iranian-ness.

    Not so among the Russians.

    So, I doubt that they are Champions of Israel – at the popular or state level; they do not share that religious dogma.

    On the other hand, Mr. Putin is a leader of the old-school like Metternich, Bismarck, Disraeli, Gladstone; always being correct diplomatically and politically, trying to preserve international equilibrium, and advance the cause of his country.

    He is thus willing to have relations with any country based on correct understanding and application of proper protocols among states. In case of Israel, he considers several million Russian-speaking Jews (some actually are not Jews) to be an outpost of Russia and thus – likely – he has warm fuzzy feeling for them.

    He does not like Iran, on the other hand, because Iran remains a revolutionary state that is elbowing her way into a more powerful position – by hook or crook. On the other hand, Russia needs Iran for her security and therefore there is a limit to how far he can go in harming Iran.

  17. Nasser says:

    fyi says: April 25, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for your response.

    I was under the impression that maybe they felt a sense of solidarity because these are the two peoples that have suffered most at the hands of the Nazis; and they feel Jews are the only people in the West and Israel the only state they can count on to keep memories of WWII alive.

  18. James Canning says:


    You surely are aware that large numbers of people in Yemen have migrated to Saudi Arabia. Many of the “Saudis” involved in the “9/11” attacks originated in Yemen.

  19. James Canning says:


    William Hague had grave misgivings about western military intervention in Libya. You seem unaware of that fact.

  20. James Canning says:


    Hague argued privately against western military intervention in Libya. Clearly you are not aware of this fact.

    In the Times (London) recently, James Rubin praised Hillary Clinton for her help in convincing Obama to back the Anglo-French attack on Libya.

  21. James Canning says:


    Surely you recall that Bernard-Henri Levy was the European in Benghazi making the loudest noises in support of western military intervention in that country’s civil war.

  22. Karl.. says:


    James said: “Hague argued privately against western military intervention in Libya. Clearly you are not aware of this fact.”

    So first you said that:

    1. Hague was against the Libyan war
    2. Then you said, Hague was against the Libyan war, initially
    3. Now when you have been proven wrong you say that, well Hague said “privately” that he was against the war.

    Enough of your absurd claims. We have Hague pushing for the war in his own words, you can claim whatever you like we all know the facts. Enough of this discussion.

  23. Kooshy says:


    Are you aware if Billy Hague has had any “private” mental jerk offs before and during the Libyan crises? Because I think if you can prove he did have at least one or 2 rounds of it, that might prove that you are absolutely right and he was totally and originally opposed to the war but while he was “privately” ( my assumption) enjoying himself he forgot to “Publicly” announce his opposition to the war on the poor country.

  24. M.Ali says:

    Is James the secret lover of William Hague? How come he always knows what Hague privately thinks?

  25. Smith says:

    fyi says:
    April 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    “A poorly reasoned piece that attributes supreme Machiavellian capabilities to US in carrying out a long-term plan to “hit the oil producers to the ground” – beat them into dust (I think in common American parlance) and be rid of them.

    Silly, really.”

    They have to attribute their sense of non-achievement onto something in order to feel relief. Obviously, conspiracy and treachery are easy remedies. Not to say that the other side is not making any conspiracy. But this is obviously not the cause for such a pathetic performance in these past several centuries.

    God forbid the day, that these people start to see that it is science and innovation that creates wealth. Not conspiracy, oil and mineral wealth.

    Just the other day, Australian PM was in Iran. The issue of discussion as rumored in press was, the export of oil from Iran to Australia (no condition on part of Iran for carbon and greenhouse emissions) and importation of Australian beef and mutton (subject to Australian government certifying the Iranian butcheries respect the animal rights).

    Obviously, the supreme Australian agricultural and veterinary sciences and technologies were not topic of discussion and admire. That would require thinking.

    Take the oil and give us meat. And then after they have a belly full of Australian meat and American grain, they start concocting stories about a deep conspiracy that has blocked their progress.

    The sheep that they are. Absolute pity.

  26. fyi says:


    About Serbia:

    Not every country can be a Cuba or an Iran; it is quite evident.

  27. fyi says:

    Smith says:

    April 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    These essays are not very useful or reliable since one can always find counter-examples.


    Between 1270 to 1277, at the instigation of neo-Augustinians and other so-called traditionalists, the late Etienne Tempier, the Archbishop of Paris condemned 219 philosophical propositions rooted in the Aristotelian Philosophy – largely because those propositions imposed bounds on God’s Powers, Potentialities, Will, and Abilities.

    The Churchmen responded by departing from very many tenets of the Aristotelian philosophy and explore new possibilities; such as the hypothetical existence of vacuum, which itself was necessitated when they considered the idea of plurality of worlds.

    And they did not stop there; they developed theological arguments on the forgiveness of sin – for example – which, in modern language, used infinite series and divisions – an application of Zeno’s Paradox to God’s Ability to adjudicate among the sinner.

    See please “Science and Theology in the Middle Ages” @

  28. fyi says:


    Another counter-example is the late Ibn Khaldun – whose ideas are one of the foundations of Dr. Peter Turchin’s work on mathematical history – he was a conservative judge and scholar and broke with the Philosophical teachings of his time out his own religious convictions; yet he was an innovator of First Degree.

  29. Smith says:

    fyi says:
    April 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you. It is as you said.

  30. Bussed-in Basiji says:

    A refreshingly honest news headline…”ass” would have been even more honest than “ring”.

    “GOP presidential hopefuls line up to kiss the ring in Vegas”

    “Adelson’s weekend convention underscores how “candidates are now being chosen by a few billionaire kingmakers,” says Daniel G. Newman, president and co-founder of MapLight, a nonprofit that tracks money in politics. “Voters no longer have a choice to elect a candidate whose interests reflect their own. A candidate’s stated interests, instead, reflect that of their kingmaker.”

    Earlier this year, conservative billionaire mega-donors Charles and David Koch held a similar kiss-the-ring tribal gathering in Palm Springs, where they appeared to have anointed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as their top choice to win the 2016 GOP nomination, the New York Times reported this week.”

    Adelson’s largesse

    Top recipients of Sheldon Adelson donations in 2012:

    1. Restore Our Future (Mitt Romney super PAC): $30 million

    2. American Crossroads (Karl Rove super PAC): $23 million

    3. Winning Our Future (Newt Gingrich super PAC): $15 million

    4. Congressional Leadership Fund (Republican House candidates): $10 million

    5. Young Guns Action Fund (led by U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan): $5 million


  31. Bussed-in Basiji says:

    Zionist and corporate billionaires determining elections, no habeaus corpus when the President deems it so, global drone attacks by the executive branch including on US citizens, mass surveillance of literally everyone on the globe, prison overpopulation, secret prisons around the globe, mac-jobs, de-insutrialization, mass mortgage defaults, 99% society etc. etc……

    Time to acknowledge that the experiment called the “USA” has failed- miserably.

    Also notice how some ignorant fools in Iran are killing themselves to attach themselves to this shit.

    Oh wait wait, not so fast! Apple makes really cool gizmos- and I want one now!

    I guess that makes up for all that other unimportant shit, right?

  32. Bussed-in Basiji says:

    …and “Netflix” and “youporn”…I mean how awesome is that! Before you had to wait until after midnight to jerk-off to some amateur show on access cable.

    Now you can jerk-off “on-demand” anytime you desire.

    USA! USA!

  33. Amir says:

    Bussed-in Basiji says:
    April 26, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I have been meaning to ask this for some time:
    How much of the problem with the USA is really related to Zionism? I mean, aren’t the Americans responsible for the hubris and “estekbaar”, with their sense of “exceptionalism” and self-righteousness?
    Even if we suppose the American public has been mislead by a media controlled by special interest groups, and politicians are bought, the public is in it with their leaders and اولیاء

  34. hans says:

    Looks like Saudi with the backing of the USA and Israel is trying to show the world that Iran is nothing but a paper tiger. By banning Iranian airplanes in Yemeni airspace, forcing 2 cargo planes to turnaround, this will embolden the terrorists and takiris in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq. Iran cannot allow this to happen, all this diplomatic talk of Zarif adds to this image of a paper tiger. time like this you need a war president, not a “cargo cult” leader.

  35. nico says:

    Maybe that (partially) answers to your question.

    I remember praise from people here about the intellectual revival of the antiwar progressive leftist movement in the name of Juan Cole. (Position I did not share at that time to say the least)

    See the result… Juan Cole wanna eradicate Gaddafi and educate the Lybian into democracy with bombs from foreign countries.
    Is it related to Zionism ?
    Zionism is the excuse of the weak and ideologically driven source of contention used by many to sell simplistic explanations.

    Whatever Canning antisemitic babble… Truth lay elsewhere.

    Maybe is it related to exceptionalism and moral grand standing from the leftist with geopolitical supremacism openly advocated by the political right ?

    Thucydides like ?
    “Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”[74] — This quotation is part of the Melian dialogue (Strassler 352/5.89).

    Well, make your own opinion…

  36. nico says:

    As for the Adelson meeting and fund raising in Las Vegas…
    Is it illegal ?
    It is not.
    Thus who here may have an opinion about its legitimacy ?
    Based on what argument ?

    The relevant critic would be to challenge the ability for unlimited funding from individual and corporation in the first place…

    Is it related to Zionism ?

  37. fyi says:

    hans says:

    April 26, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Iranians do not have the fighter airplanes to escort their own airplanes and break such sieges.

    They cannot, at the present, mass produce trainer jets even.

    On the other hand, Pakistan, which has a robust navy and is a nuclear-armed state, can break the maritime siege of Gaza….

  38. Amir says:

    nico says:
    April 26, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for your reply.

    This is why I don’t join these discussions; I don’t know much about these stuff. From my point of view, there is not much difference between left-progressive movement and Zionism; both draw on, to different extents, Liberalism. Left-progressives are against Zionism because they associate it with Israel and they think Israel is damaging the credibility of “true” Zionism. Left-progressives are against Zionism because that’s sort of, you know, “knowing” something that others don’t grasp yet, sort of “progressive”.

    {I’m not gonna get ankles-deep into it because I’m not well-versed in it (and I don’t want to embarrass myself).

    The reason I’m asking this is the way I see it, our problems with Zionism aren’t gonna end with the end of Israel; these guys (Zionists in the US) are already lobbying in China against us. Even if Israel was no more, these guys are gonna make a looot of trouble; that’s why, with all respect due, I think you are mistaken where you mentioned “the weak and ideologically driven source of contention used by many to sell simplistic explanations”.

    There is something serious and nasty here.

  39. James Canning says:


    Give me an example of “anti-Semitic babble” you claim comes from me.

  40. James Canning says:

    M. Ali,

    The public attacks on William Hague, for his reluctance to support western military intervention in Libya, were PUBLIC. You clearly failed to notice them.

  41. James Canning says:


    You have difficulty grasping the fact William Hague was very reluctant to support western military intervention in Libya, BEFORE THAT DECISION WAS TAKEN BY THE UK.

    Operative word here is BEFORE.

  42. James Canning says:


    You share the difficulty Kooshy has, in distinguishing between BEFORE and AFTER.

    William Hague was attacked for his reluctance to back western military intervention in Libya. Even after the campaign got underway, Hague was attacked for his reluctance to support a military intervention.

  43. James Canning says:


    Living standards in Serbia are rather higher than those in Cuba. I doubt most Serbs are keen to emulate Cuba.

  44. fyi says:

    James Canning says:

    April 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Some people aspire to be masters of their own destiny; like Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and some others prefer to be servants of this or that more powerful people; such as Pakistanis, Hindu Indians, etc.

  45. Rehmat says:

    James Canning …..If you dare to listen to Craig Murray, UK’s former ambassador to Uzbekistan – you would be surprised to learn that your hero William Hague is no different than David Cameron – a poodle of the ‘Friends of Israel’ Jewish Lobby – and anti-Iran.

  46. Sineva says:

    James Canning says:
    April 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    And the difficulty you seem to have accepting,indeed many here would say a complete inability to accept,is that despite whatever claimed reluctance Hague may have had in the end he chose to go along with and take an active part in the aggression against libya and in the end that is all that truly matters.

  47. hans says:

    fyi says:
    April 26, 2015 at 9:28 am

    this is exactly why they can do this, they know they have Israel, USA backing in the sky. Talking to a old Saudi student of mine, his words “Iran cannot do nothing to us, we are too powerful for Iran”, LOL. Your government is too busy making deals with countries who not so long ago wanted Iran destroyed. This is exactly like what has happened to Serbia after sanctions were lifted, see the results.

    The war is slowly creeping to your borders, wake up, otherwise it will be too late.

  48. fyi says:

    hans says:

    April 27, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I do not think so.

    Iranians correctly concluded in 1988 that Iran cannot be defended from within the Iranian borders and expanded out.

    In that, they modeled themselves on US approach to the defense of the United States.

    Saudi Arabia has no strategic depth; e.h. Riyadh’s de-salination plant can be destroyed and that city will hemorrhage population.

    Your Saudi Arabian student is living a fantasy life – like all Arabs.

  49. fyi says:

    Sineva says:

    April 26, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Many in the German Army did not support attacking Poland, or France, or Russia.

    They privately urged the late Adolf Hitler not to do so.

    I emphasize – “privately”.

    The fact of the matter is that both NPT and UN Charter are dead – the first one was killed by US and the second one by US and EU in combination – later joined by Russia.

  50. BiBiJon says:

    The numbers, and the results

    The Iraq war, you know the infrastructure destroying spree, which “Mr. Bush appeared to remain convinced of the correctness of his approach and of the resoluteness he projected to the world” at the RJC private meeting, has numbers associated with it … trillion$ spent and 100s of 1000 dead, and zero friends made …

    Contrast that with mere $46 billion China has agreed to spend on a infrastructure building spree in Pakistan: zero dead, millions of friends made, and economic opportunities created that in time likely will have return on investment that will make $46 billion seem like chump change.

    Of course David Rothkopf is envious.

  51. BiBiJon says:

    The numbers, and the results

    The Iraq war, you know the infrastructure destroying spree, which “Mr. Bush appeared to remain convinced of the correctness of his approach and of the resoluteness he projected to the world” at the RJC private meeting, has numbers associated with it … trillion$ spent and 100s of 1000 dead, and zero friends made …

    Contrast that with mere $46 billion China has agreed to spend on a infrastructure building spree in Pakistan: zero dead, millions of friends made, and economic opportunities created that in time likely will have return on investment that will make $46 billion seem like chump change.

    Of course David Rothkopf is envious.


  52. BiBiJon says:

    The numbers, and the results

    The Iraq war, you know the infrastructure destroying spree, which “Mr. Bush appeared to remain convinced of the correctness of his approach and of the resoluteness he projected to the world” at the RJC private meeting, has numbers associated with it … trillion$ spent and 100s of 1000 dead, and zero friends made …


    Contrast that with mere $46 billion China has agreed to spend on a infrastructure building spree in Pakistan: zero dead, millions of friends made, and economic opportunities created that in time likely will have return on investment that will make $46 billion seem like chump change.

    Of course David Rothkopf is envious.


  53. Rd. says:

    James Canning says:

    “Hague argued privately against western military intervention in Libya. Clearly you are not aware of this fact.”

    You seem to suggest William Hague is a closet politician!!!!!

    so can you tell us privately when he plans to come out so we can cheer him hip hip hurray for his private ambitions!!!!

  54. Kooshy says:

    hans says:
    April 27, 2015 at 2:07 am
    A little secrete Hans, there would be near to zero chance of Iran attacking or to start a war with any recognized Muslim country unless she retailers to an attack on her territory originating from a Muslim country, not allowing Iran planes entering Yemen is not going to tricker a war to benefit Israel, U.S. And their European clients.

  55. James Canning says:


    I take it you concede Hague would have preferred to avoid military intervention in Libya, by “the West”.

  56. James Canning says:


    Abraham Lincoln tried to avoid civil war in the US. Your approach seems to be that it this was of no importance.

    William Hague wanted to improve Britain’s relations with Iran and with Syria. That he was not able to achieve this, is a matter for regret.

  57. James Canning says:


    You may recall the emphasis you have put on the role played by Bernard-Henri Levy, in setting up western military intervention in Libya. And, how he was able to get around Hague’s objections.

  58. Smith says:

    با ورود به دنیای دیجیتال و گسترش فرهنگ آن به زودی مسالهٔ “عرضه” در عرصه فرهنگی ما نیز حل خواهد شد و در دنیای فکری جدیدی قدم خواهیم گذاشت. عرصه‌ای که در آن در شاهد خواهیم بود که با همگانی شدن دسترسی به اطلاعات توان جمعی ما در زمینه “تولید” دانش و کار علمی چه خواهد بود.

  59. Smith says:

    hans says:
    April 26, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Some issues that you have to consider:

    Iran never intended to break any siege. Even if Iran had sophisticated war planes (which it does not, and will not), Iran would never had gone forward to do such a thing. In short, Iran is not USA or USSR.

    The intend of Iran sending those planes and ships, was to create NEWS, in turn creating a historical fact. The purpose of such an action is to show which side of history one stands and hope if history goes in the right direction, future will be more beneficial for the party standing on the right side of history.

    Its aim was to show to Yemenis and to the world, that Iran “tried” to break the siege but Iran was not successful due to American and Saudi nexus.

    Filling a couple of planes with hundreds of Yemenis and flying them towards a contested airspace, getting them intercepted by American made planes of Saudi military, while the Yemenis are looking out from the plane windows powerlessly makes a good history. Those Yemenis will go on telling their extended families and tribes about their horror.

    As for Saudi Arabia being too powerful, nothing can be farther from truth.

    Saudi Arabia is a status quo preacher. In a fast evolving world and in an area of this world where things are moving even faster on geopolitical map, such a preacher is only preaching for its own doom.

    Do not get impressed by a few imported relatively sophisticated war planes. Wars are not won solely on technological merit of these war tools eg imported American planes. They are won on ideological merits. Saudis have nothing to offer in this regard, except Takfiri ideology.

  60. hans says:

    KOOSHY< smith

    i think you did not get what i was implying, by Saudi Airforce forcing an Iranian planes out of Yemen airspace, the Saudi were trying to say, "hey there is nothing you can do, all your bluster and bravado talk is just for internal consumption". The takiris and Shia hatters are being emboldened. This is what Saudi wants. I definitely see a split between the government and the revolutionaries.

    Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari comments come after deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s decision to prevent Iran from delivering humanitarian aid to Yemen “would not be left unanswered.”

  61. Smith says:

    hans says:
    April 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    It is not as you say. The biggest shock and the biggest implication of what has happened in Yemen was the failure of Saudis to create a “Sunni” force. They begged Pakistanis to join in and start a ground offensive in Yemen. Pakistan refused. The strategic implication of this refusal is grave for Saudis.

    It is rather the other way, you are implying. It is Iran which is being “emboldened”. At almost no cost to Iran, there is a people fighting in line with Iran’s strategic vision for the region. Not only that, but these people have never been militarily defeated in history. Whether when they fought with Ottomans or with British or with Egyptians or previously with Saudis.

    Saudi Arabia has an Afghanistan on its hand now. At no cost to Iran.

  62. Smith says:


    Again time has come for you guys to write another book.

    May I suggest that one of the topic this must focus on, should be the internal Muslim world dynamics and how US foreign policy must shape itself in response. The political ‘Muslim” citizen and the future of politics in Islamic world are undergoing fast and massive changes.

    While the course of Shia world is pretty much known and progressing, the course of Sunni world is rather looking not so bright.

    This demands for a proper academic examination by scholars of developed world. You are the only ones working in this regard, so the task calls for your attention.

  63. Karl.. says:

    How many here do post comments in newspapers etc? A good way to reach out on topics we are discussing here.

  64. Karl.. says:

    How many here do or have posted comments in newspapers etc? I think its a good way to reach out on topics we are discussing here.

  65. Cyrus_2 says:

    @ Karl

    I do, usually at The Guardian, in Iran-related topics.
    Although I read the comments here almost daily, I rarely post here, as I already largely agree with the basic points being made by you guys (apart from nutcases like Sasan and SL).

  66. Jay says:

    Hague was against it before he was for it, and even when he was for it he spoke against it!!

    We are not talking here about overconsumption of dairy! We are talking about killing and war!!

    Mr. Hague brought about the killing of many innocent Libyans both directly and indirectly – of course, by being against killing them, per your view. Huh?! Just imagine how many more people he would have killed were he for it!!

  67. Nasser says:

    Iran should make it absolutely clear to Pakistan in no uncertain terms that India will not get into Afghanistan through Iran. Closer ties with Pakistan is the strategic prize for Iran. I am actually rather grateful to India for providing Iran with the political cover and excuse for carrying out policies that would otherwise be considered Machiavellian and rude.

  68. Kooshy says:

    Nasser says: April 27,
    Here is another little secret , Pakistan will never ever attack Iran specially for and because of providing Indian access to Afghanistan, why? Simple because countries don’t like to be sandwiched on their 2 longest boarders, do you think in this case will US come to help Pakistan, No, na, na, in face of China US will not trade India for Pakistan, besides nobody likes to F* with a country fiercely nationalist on one side and on the other side a country with some 1.2 billion who hate you to the bone.
    That stupid imbalance scenario is only done before by some Zionist dreamers in Israel and never worked, for over 60 years they didn’t have a day of security realistically they will never get one.

    Iran is not scared of Pakistan to the point that Iranian border guards penetrate inside Pakistan when chasing terrorist and drug traffickers.

  69. Kooshy says:

    Geopolitically Iran will never ever provide port access to Afghanistan or Kurdistan to any foreign country who has a border with Afghanistan or Kurdistan. That includes China or Russia even though Russia don’t have a direct boarder.

    But the reason Iran will give this access to India is to bring a balance against Pakistan in Afghanistan and her southern boarders, that makes Iran’s southern boarders more balanced and secure by keeping the Pakistan government on his toes.
    If Pakistan mess with southern Iran on Saudi or US orders she may get some kick in back from her eastern boarders.

  70. Kooshy says:

    Geopolitics unlike chess is not a game to win
    by killing everyone on the other side of the board. Realistically in geopolitics if you win you may eventually lose ( US in Iraq/ Israel etc.) since one never can kill all her enemies.

    In geopolitics winning is when one can balance powers against each other in her favor and for her interests, that is what Nixon to China was all about or why Obama needs to go to Tehran. Iran has and will survive all because historically and a perhaps even she is the best player on this geopolitical balancing game throughout history. If one don’t know how to play this game like studies one can’t survive that neighborhood.

  71. Sineva says:

    James Canning says:
    April 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm
    And hitler wanted to avoid a war with the british but in the end he still invaded poland,does this make him less responsible?.Your approach seems to be that hagues reluctance somehow absolves him of any responsibility for his later actions against libya or somehow makes him less culpable than his european friends which I think most people here would not agree with at all.Hague comes off as either a very morally weak man who lacks the courage of his convictions or a hypocrite who says one thing but then does another,ultimately hague could not for whatever reason say no to his nato allies and so joined the aggression against libya

  72. Nasser says:

    Somebody please advise Americans to first address their own social problems, an example of which is shown below, before running around the globe overthrowing governments and telling people how to live

  73. A-B says:

    Something to look forward to (NOT!!!) after ‘normalization’ of relations between US and Iran!


    Hey, the ‘tourerists’ must feel [normal] at home, no? We all KNOW that the ‘exceptional’ West will never accept Iran as equal; so can someone please define what a ‘normalization’ of relations between Iran and the West means? … (he said rhetorically…)


  74. Karl.. says:


    Great, although I should have been clearer, I meant in actual paper newspapers, theres alot of people that do not encounter the views as those Leverett’s put forward etc so I think commenting there could be a good way to reach out to more people.

  75. Amir says:

    Karl.. says:
    April 28, 2015 at 2:08 am
    There was a time when everyone listened to what others had to say, and chose the wisest. Now people have to first decide to which “faction” the message belongs; if they assume it is from their respective “side” it’s alright, and if it belongs to another (or the other) side, they dismiss it out of hand.

    Although I’m not objecting to your suggestion.

  76. BiBijon says:

    A house, and another House

    John Kerry spent an hour at the New York residence of the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations on April 27.


    “The April 29 hearing, in front of a House subcommittee on terrorism and nonproliferation, will focus on the threat from the Islamic State, which has overrun much of Syria and Iraq. Among the invited speakers is Maryam Rajavi, president of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is the umbrella organization for groups that include Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK).”


  77. Karl.. says:

    April 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I think that advice should be to everyone here really, commenting, writing books, blogs etc, if “we” and people alike wont do it, who will do it?

  78. Pragmatic says:

    Forbes mentioned “Crash of 79”. Most probably most of you have read that fiction or you have heard about it. Before (not after, since reading the posts on this thread I have noticed that some of you have problem with before and after, LOL) I get to that, I assure you that Iran won’t attack or get deceived by Saudi’s to get into a war with them. Also, Iran is not a Tiger when it comes to military technology, because her adversaries are stored with hi-tech US arms and war machines! Let’s not deceive ourselves. Saudi Air Force by far has better and newer fighters than Iran. Have in mind Iranian Air Force is below par by today’s standards. Old F-4’s, and F-14’s (which Shah was forced to purchase them).

    This being said KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) is in deep trouble by attacking Yemen. They have made the same kind of a mistake with Libya, Syria, Eypt and Iraq. Their ideaology ain’t working. I am not worried about Saudi’s because as I said in the last article, the demise of KSA has started.

    Now going back to “Crash of 79” whereat the late Shah of Iran would attack Saudi to take over their oil fields. Forbes mentioned that the only way Iran would go into a war with Saudies it’ll be by Russia’s order. Whereat Putin will have his hand on all the oil in Persian Gulf.

  79. Karl.. says:

    What is this now?

    Iran seize ‘american’ ship

  80. fyi says:

    Pragmatic says:

    April 28, 2015 at 9:52 am

    The more these countries fight among themselves – with all their innate peasant cunning – the farther behind they fall. For that takes away resources from development – in the fields of industry, sciences (empirical and otherwise), in medicine, in politics, in the Arts, in Music – in every aspect of life that one wished to consider.

    Until such time as cooperation becomes the norm rather than the exception, it is advisable for Iran to create a nuclear umbrella for herself and her allies so that they could stay behind that strategic shield without being forced into entanglements that saps their strengths.

  81. Pragmatic says:

    With the changes occurred today in KSA, on the surface, it shows they are serious in regards Iran’s Hegemony in the region. The new foreign minister is a puppet of the Bush – Chaney gang.

  82. Amir says:

    I feel obliged to say I’m impressed with Mr Goldman’s persistence, see link:

    I mean, if you want to sell a story, to have to go alllllllllllllll the way down, I mean, you have to push your argument to its limits, where fact and fiction become interchangeable.

    It’s not that Mr Goldman misuses statistics; he has a way with telling lies. I can’t say, with a straight face, “as you could see, my FORGED data and statistics, proves beyond a doubt that …”. This guy (Mr David P Goldman) is really doing something! It’s interesting; repulsive, but interesting.

  83. Karl.. says:


    April 26, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I fully agree, Saudi’s have “control” over the situation and that Iran have to follow saudi demands in Yemen will strengthen the saudis greatly.

  84. Nasser says:



  85. hans says:

    Karl.. says:
    April 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    my take on what is happening is that there is a massive split between the government and the armed forces under the SL. I have said before, Mohammad Javad Zarif will be impeached, he has misled the Iranian public about the negotiations. May is a critical month for Iran, i hope it’s government is better prepared.

  86. James Canning says:


    A number of European diplomats tried to avoid a western military intervention in Libya, and you may recall that Gaddafi’s own blunders helped to wreck their efforts to avoid such intervention.

    You appear to argue that William Hague should have resigned as Foreign Secretary, when the decision by the UK to back France in attacking Libya was made.

  87. James Canning says:


    You appear to argue that it makes no difference how a decision to attack a country was made, if that decision was made.

  88. James Canning says:


    David Cameron does not “fully support” Israel’s actions in Gaza. And Cameron was in my view strongly critical of Israel’s actions in Gaza in late 2008.

  89. Karl.. says:


    James said: “David Cameron does not “fully support” Israel’s actions in Gaza. And Cameron was in my view strongly critical of Israel’s actions in Gaza in late 2008.”

    In fact he said “indestructable”, or did he say something else in private to you through telepahty?

    “David Cameron tells the Conservative Friends of Israel: “You have a Prime Minister whose belief in Israel is indestructible”

  90. fyi says:

    James Canning says:

    April 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Yes, he should have the decency to resign.

  91. Sineva says:

    James Canning says:
    April 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm
    Gadaffis own actions were just a convenient excuse for he west,where was the wests outrage over the crushing of the peaceful protests in bahrain or over mubaraks attempts to hold on to power,it was just more good old fashioned bloodthirsty western hypocrisy.If hague was truly opposed to the war then he should have had the courage of his convictions,ultimately he was quite happy to go along with the war and that is all that matters

    James Canning says:
    April 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm
    Do you even bother reading what you write here?.As for starting a war I think most people here would agree that it is the decision to start that war that really matters
    Heres an example:If I`m part of a team of bank robbers and we are planning a bank robbery but I`m initially reluctant or even opposed to the robbery but am eventually persuaded to take part does this then remove/nullify/absolve me of any responsibility for my part in this crime,am I somehow less culpable than my fellow robbers because of my initial reluctance?.

  92. Rd. says:

    Sineva says:

    ” I`m initially reluctant or even opposed to the robbery but am eventually persuaded to take part does this then remove/nullify/absolve me of any responsibility for my part in this crime”

    exception, when it comes to the angelo/zio
    robber barons, they think they are entitled to do as they wish and canning represents that ideology to the core!

    The only fix for that bunch is the french solution of 1793 or the Iranian solution of 1979 and alike. they are hopeless.

  93. James Canning says:


    You clearly see no value in establishing how a course of events played out. I obviously have a different approach.

  94. James Canning says:


    Give me ONE EXAMPLE of a statement I have made that you consider indicates I support “robber barons”

  95. James Canning says:


    Joe Biden opposed the decision by the White House to expand the war in Afghanistan, in 2009. Should he have resigned?

  96. James Canning says:


    Cameron supports Israel and in supporting Israel believes Israel has made many mistakes in its approach toward Gaza and the Palestinians over the years.

  97. Rehmat says:

    America’s $10 trillion war with Iran for Israel

    The USrael-supported Wahhabi war on Yemen is warm-up of Israel’s proxy war against Islamic Republic of Iran.

  98. Rehmat says:

    James Canning – David Cameron, like our Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, is a Christian Zionist. There are over 65 million Christian Zionists in America alone. They sincerely believe that a “Jewish Israel” will hasten the arrival of their Lord Christ, who will convert all Jews in the Holy Land to Christianity by sword.

    In October 2004 – Mark Ames, a Moscow-based Jewish American journalist and editor, wrote: ““The 65 million American Evangelical cultists love Jews for one simple reason: They hope to bundle every hairy Jewish ass up, air-freight them to the West Bank and East Jerusalem (once those areas have been cleansed of Muslims), and use the Jews as bait to bring upon the Rapture, as kindling in the Apocalypse, the final battle that will bring Jesus back to Earth. None of this can happen until every last Jew is penned into the occupied territoriesand the Jews won’t get there unless the far-right runs Israel and America. Currently 65 million American cultists are using everything in their power, from prayer to politics, to make this Helter Skelter scenario come true.”

  99. Sammy says:

    For Nico and A-B :

    Gold Effect On Mining & Shale Wasteland
    Commodities / Gold and Silver 2015 Mar 27, 2015 – 05:24 AM GMT
    By: Jim_Willie_CB


    Before diving into the featured topic, let it be known that the USD-based platforms and USGovt-sponsored continental trade unions are a dismal failure, poorly crafted, poorly sold. The effect will be to accelerate the gradually accelerating USDollar rejection on a global scale. The war and sanctions angle continue to support and defend the USD, but it is unsupportable (due to crippling debt) and indefensible (due to QE hyper inflation). The previous week was the most damaging in many years from a psychological standpoint. The Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AAIB) won converts recently from Australia and Britain, but last week from Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and seemingly Japan. A noticeable impact was observed on the Kenyan impostor squatter, who works to contain the damage.

    This week Turkey joined the AIIBank. Keep in mind that the AIIBank is for development projects. It begs for a more honestly stated function for the New Development Bank also promoted and funded by China. The NDB is the gigantic Trojan Horse. The Jackass has been boldly stating that the NDB is for converting USTreasurys, EuroBonds, UKGilts, and JGBonds into Gold bullion and will form the BRICS Gold Central Bank. The conversion process will send the Gold price toward $10,000 per ounce. It is written, but in secret. It will be done, from expedience. It must be, in order to put the global financial system in sound structure and equitable balance.

    With the debt default from Greece and Ukraine lingering, never to go away, the big Western banks are constantly facing a failure event. However, the bigger immediate threat might be the Emerging Market debt. It is fixed in USD terms. So the debt burden has shot up over 20% in almost all such nations due to currency shifts. Therefore with debt failure on one side and banking platform abandonment on the other side, the King Dollar looks legless, castrated, full of acne, with too much evidence of voyeurism in allied bedroom windows, and too much shooting civilians for sport. The King Dollar needs a quick trip to the funeral parlor, then cemetery, in favor of the Gold Standard. The clear path has been laid out. The Gold Standard will arrive from the trade ramps, not the FOREX window. Then later, the global banking systems will discard the USTreasurys held in reserve. The event will trigger QE4, and collapse the Western central bank franchise system. Then comes the New Scheiss Dollar on a contrived platter. Gold will win, just a question of when, how, and the depth of global economic destruction…..

  100. Rehmat says:

    fyi – did you know one of Iranian-born Jew became president of the Zionist entity?

  101. Rehmat says:

    Israel Lobby: Iran declare war on United States

    The Jewish World Review wrote on May 1, that since Maersk Tigris ship belongs to Marshall Islands, which has a defense treaty with the United States, like Israel, under which Washington is obliged to defends Marshall Islands’ right.

    “Given the US’s formal, binding obligation to the Marshall Islands, the Iranian seizer of the ship was in effect an act of war against America,” Caroline B. Glick said.

  102. James Canning says:


    David Cameron does not suffer from the delusion that expelling Christians and Muslims from “The Land of Israel” will hasten the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

  103. Sineva says:

    James Canning says:
    May 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm
    I have no problem with analyzing how a course of events played out or the decisions that led to an outcome,but in the end it is the out come of those decisions that is the most important thing and in this particular case that outcome was an aggression against another country and I personally see absolutely nothing in the behavior or actions of those western leaders to make them any less responsible for what happened,you on the other hand seem very reluctant to accept this fact and instead go out of your way to try and excuse/justify or lessen their responsibility

  104. Bussed-in Basiji says:

    “The key to solving economic problems does not exist in Lausanne, Geneva and New York. It exists inside the country.”

    “As I said, the problems that exist are not solved by talking. It is necessary to take action and to show innovation. Second, the solution to the economic problems of the country should be found inside the country. Production is the spinal cord [of economy]. The spinal cord of the economy of resistance – which we have spoken about before – is strengthening domestic production. If this is done and if our effort is focused on this matter, then labor problems will gradually be solved, labor and laborers will become valuable, everyone will be employed and unemployment – which is a problem in our society – will gradually be reduced and removed. The main basis is production.

    Some people might say that there are certain prerequisites for the issue of production which you always repeat and stress in your public speeches and in your meetings with officials. They might say that in the current conditions – sanctions and international pressures – it is not possible to boost and strengthen production. I do not deny that the unjust sanctions that the enemies of the people of Iran and the Revolution have imposed on our nation are not ineffectual. Without a doubt, they exert some influence, but I deny that these sanctions can prevent a public, well-organized and well-planned effort for boosting production. I do not agree with this. When I take a look at the country, I see that production has particularly increased in those areas where the enemies have exerted more pressures and imposed more sanctions. This has been achieved because of the efforts that officials and our enthusiastic laborers and youth made. I can witness this. It is in front of everyone’s eyes.”

    “We should really pay attention to the fact that part of our achievements was made due to the obstacles that foreigners created for us. We should appreciate the value of this. They did not give us anything and we had to act on our own. When the path of importation becomes wide open and when we import whatever we like, then our desire for self-indulgence draws us towards laziness and idleness. This is another side of the matter. Therefore, when I place emphasis on the issue of production, some people should not say that production is not possible under severe and strict sanctions. This is not the case. It is possible to do so. Whatever you decide to do will be possible if you show determination, bring all your power to the arena and ask Allah the Exalted for His help and guidance. We have tested this.”

    “Investors and those who are well-to-do should invest. I knew some individuals who could have invested their money in lucrative businesses which were not related to production, but they did not do so. They said, “We will not do this because we want to render services to the country”. They invested in production with less profit because they understood that the country needs it. Well, this is an act of worship. An investor who thinks about the needs of the country, who does not invest his money in speculation or lucrative but harmful businesses and who invests it in production instead is doing a very good deed. Therefore, investors play a major role.”

    “In some industries, we are among leading countries in the world, but some people import the same products from outside the country. This is the responsibility of everyone including the administration. The honorable Minister of Labor is present here. I request that you bring this up and insist on it in the administration. Those products and goods that governmental organizations need and use should not at all be brought from outside the country. This is a major and great matter. Considering the vast scope of its activities, the administration is a number one consumer. Executive officials should not say, “We need such and such a thing urgently, but it does not exist in the country. Therefore, we should bring it from outside the country”.

    Well, do you not plan? If you need it urgently, why do you say it now? You should have said it two years ago so that domestic manufactures would have enough time to plan and to build and test it. This way, you could have it today. These are important, not minor, issues. The administration should prevent itself from using those foreign products which can be manufactured inside the country, ranging from pens and paper on your desks to building materials and other products. It should consider this haraam for itself. Government officials should prevent self-indulgence, the desire for ease and comfort- these are the least of problems that exist- and, God forbid, abuse.

    We have experienced, tested and witnessed this. Once – many years ago – a task was being carried out in the country. They were building something. I summoned the officials in charge and I asked them not to use any foreign product in what they were doing. They promised to do so and they kept their promise honorably. When we received a report and carried out an investigation in the end, we found out that 98 percent of the materials were produced inside the country. Only two percent did not exist in the country and they imported it. Well, this is possible. So, consumers are one of the major bases of strengthening and promoting domestic products.”

    “These are our responsibilities. These are the responsibilities of our different sectors. This is the cure for solving the economic problems of the country. If we want to solve the economic problems of the country, we should focus on production. Everyone is responsible in the way that we explained. Of course, some responsibilities are heavier and some are lighter, but everyone is responsible in some way. The key to solving economic problems does not exist in Lausanne, Geneva and New York. It exists inside the country. If everyone works hard and shows diligence, problems will -by Allah’s favor – be solved. The people of Iran and the officials of the country have accomplished even greater feats in the course of these years. So, they can also resolve the issue of production. The current administration is thankfully working hard in an enthusiastic way. There are a number of well-informed individuals in the administration. They should make efforts, work hard and pursue the matter. By Allah’s favor, they should solve problems.”

  105. Karl.. says:

    Saudis and their allies invade Yemen?

  106. Rehmat says:

    James Canning – Are you saying that you know David Cameron from inside-out, because you dated him in the past??

    Those must be your ‘memorable’ days, right!

  107. Rehmat says:

    Last year, Alexander Prokhanov, Russian president Putin claimed that ISIS/ISIL fighters are trained by Israelis and fed with intelligence. He said ISIS was created to counter Iranian influence in the region.

    On February 8, 2015, Israeli military linked DEBKAfile website claimed that the US has betrayed its regional allies, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel by cooperating with Iran in Yemen. “Saudi Arabia, the Gulf emirates, Jordan and Israel are watching the US-Iranian partnership in Yemen with deep foreboding. They fear the Obama administration is using the war on Islamists as a façade for promoting Tehran’s regional ambitions,” it said.

    Then in March, ISIS took the credit for killing 142 worshippers in two Shia mosques. I think the credit goes to Israel for blood of Houthis Shia martyrs.

  108. Amir says:

    Karl.. says:
    May 3, 2015 at 6:37 am

    At least the Houthis (Ansarollah) are denying it. I’m not sure whether I read it here or somewhere else, but someone argued that the KSA is trying to capture a foothold in Yemen (southern Yemen, in Aden preferably) to install Abdu Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, as the head of government, of the Republic of Yemen, and should that fail, as president of South Yemen.

  109. James Canning says:


    You apparently do not read British newspapers. David Cameron’s religious beliefs are not a secret.

  110. James Canning says:


    You appear to argue that William Hague could have prevented western military intervention in Libya. You are mistaken.

  111. Sineva says:

    No,but he could have possibly prevented the uk from taking part in it.The driving force behind the aggression was the europeans and later on the us,the uk was under no obligation to get involved but went along anyway.

  112. Rehmat says:

    James Canning – here something your Zionist eyes might have missed ….

    Last week, David Cameron’s ruling Tory party suspended its council candidate in Derby for May 7 election. Pakistan-born candidate, Gulzabeen Afsar. She is accused of making an antisemite statement on her Facebook page. She called Labor Party leader, Ed Miliband, Al-Yahud (which in Arabic means the people who follow Torah).

    In a post, she said: “Just can’t take Mr Ed Miliband seriously!” and later said: “Never ever will I drop that low and support the Al Yahud!”.

    Canning – in case you don’t know, Ed Miliband is a ponafide Zionist Jew – but you may like to call him, ATHEIST.

  113. James Canning says:


    And your grounds for concluding I am a “Zionist” are: ____________.

  114. James Canning says:


    I think Britain could have prevented western military intervention in Libya, but doing so would have caused some problems with France.

  115. Bussed-in Basiji says:

    Well apparently we’ve gotten to the whole point of the exercise, haven’t we?

    U.S. oil delegation to visit Iran this week – Iranian official

  116. Bussed-in Basiji says:

    “Penetrating the Iranian Market 101”

    You see the trick is to call whatever you do- for example being the rep of a US corporation and getting a fat comission for perpetuating the assembly plant economy and a hundred plus years of industrial dependency on the west- “national production”.

    Remember you can do whatever the fuck you want- just pay lip-service to Agha and “national production” and everything will be fine.

    Oh and don’t forget the regular payments to the resident crime family from Kerman- of whatever the fuck you are doing while paying lip-service to…otherwise they will have you in a bag faster than you can say “Rafsanjani…”

    …and don’t forget to smile and laugh- a lot and unnaturally!…and throw in an irrelevant anecdote from your time as a student in the US when the conservation is getting too serious. This is the beginners level of what in Iran is called “goh-mali”- a thing which requires its own class.

  117. Sineva says:

    Bussed-in Basiji says:
    May 5, 2015 at 2:37 am
    Sad to see,I would`ve thought that iran would`ve learnt its lessons about dealing with the west/western corporations

  118. Amir says:

    Bussed-in Basiji says:
    May 5, 2015 at 3:15 am

    I’ve been meaning to ask a question for some time:
    What is the benefit of an economy that is fueled by consumption (domestic or foreign) anyway? What if a public transportation system is better than let’s say two cars in every garage?
    Now, I’m not saying we should forgo small-auto manufacturing, but I’m just asking why is THE WHOLE WORLD copying the US طابق النعل بالنعل?

    If everyone would live the way the Americans do, the world’s resources would end soon, right?

  119. Karl.. says:

    US provoke again, almost crash into Iranian ship

  120. Irshad says:

    With the recent changes in Sudayri Arabia and Hollande’s attendance of the PGCC conference in Riyadh, whats the changes of the French-Sudayris-Qatar-Turkey going for military intervention in Syria? After reading that the tecent op-ed by Sudayri mouthpiece, Khassogi, it seems they are drunk with Yemeni blood and now need to keep on kicking Iran in to the sand, by taking out Assad. With this kind of attitude and behaviour, one would have thought Mr Ahmednejad was still in power instead of the smiling duo, Rouani-Zarif!

  121. Irshad says:

    When will Iran step up against the Sudayris? Sometimes one needs to slap a person for them to see sense…