The success of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in capturing large territories in Syria and Northern Iraq, and now threatening Baghdad, has raised once again the specter of a Sunni-Shi’a war in the Middle East. Such a scenario is possible, but unlikely. That’s because Sunni and Shi’a believers throughout the world are divided into many factions living under different social conditions and with different religious, social and political agendas. These differences greatly reduce the possibility of the emergence of a coalition of either group into a single bloc opposing the other.
William O. Beeman and Koichiro Tanaka address the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan in Tokyo on the Vienna Talks over Iran’s Nuclear Program. Monday, May 19, 2014. Implications for Japan are discussed.
This interview with Gareth Porter about his new book: Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, exposes the extensive lies and misinformation told about the non-existent Iranian nuclear weapons program.
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My commentary on Tom Friedman’s crude characterization of Iran in the New York Times (April 6, 2014)
Robert Gates was CIA Director and later Secretary of Defense. In his new book, *Manufactured Crisis* Gareth Porter shows that Gates without any evidence first accused Iran of having a “nuclear weapons program” in 1992, starting a campaign of disinformation about Iran that has led to a crisis today, more than 20 years later.
The United States does not respect Iran in cultural terms that Iranians understand, and this is why talks are difficult. Iran will not be subordinated to the United States under any circumstances. Full equality in negotiations is the key to success.
Briefly stated in Iran’s position everything is based on the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to which Iran is a signatory and from which Iran derives its “inalienable right” to peaceful nuclear development.
There is great division of opinion regarding potential U.S. military action in Syria. However, one group is ecstatic over President Obama’s endorsement of a military attack on Damascus. These are the Neconservatives who dominated the George W. Bush administration, and who still hold tremendous influence in Washington. An attack on Syria would be one step in fulfilling “stage two” of a longstanding neoconservative plan to bring about regime change throughout the Middle East in three stages: Iraq, Syria and finally Iran.