Persian proverb states: if a king picks an apple from a garden of people without permission, the royal guards will remove the apple tree’s stump!
This Persian slang indicates when the ruler breaks the law; there is no expectation of the civilians to follow it.
An in adaptable U.S. government’s strategy with the political developments all over the world and the Middle East shows a lack of social sense and pragmatism of the US foreign policy towards these developments. It depicts an opportunistic policy with appeasing nature that would meet ends by trampling on its own foundations.
Tossing the coin that has compromise with dictators on one side and support for democratic Gale of change on the other will not nurture US interests, unless the administration perceives the root cause and reasons for the current Gale of democracy.
Dynamism of real politics which would guarantee interest is to accept the risks of change.
This would mean that at one point, the administration would have to choose between the butcher and the victim; the Dictator and the people.
This was the message carried by chants of brave protesters during 2009 uprisings, which shouted; “Obama Are you with us or Mullahs!” clearly challenging such wrong policy
A clearer outcome of such contradictory policy, has been the damaging US strategy toward the Iranian oppositions in Iraq.
On the scene, we have a dictator in new Iraq- Al Maliki- who is taking orders from mullah Khamenei of Iran and his representative Qassem Soleimani, a commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Squads. The paradox is that at the outset of this friendly union. US short-term and long-term interests are deliberately targeted, and hundreds of patriots are killed by the same forces which give orders to Al- Maliki, the simple result being that : the US is fatally aiding its enemy in Iraq.
The Guardian newspaper on August 26th wrote that Soleymani in a message to General
Petraeus had stated “General Petraeus you must know that I Ghasem Soleymani, control Iran’s policy for Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, and Afghanistan.” Naturally, Khamenie the religious leader of Iranian regime who is the banker and the godfather of terrorism, who had directly ordered the explosion of the Kubar Towers is the man behind Soleimani.
So far, as aiding one's killer to shoot ones head off, the US administration has also, as depicted by Ambassador Butler very recently, helped the Iranian supreme leader, khamenei, in annihilating its main opposition in camp Ashraf by supporting mullahs' closest proxies on feet and hampering all plans to prevent another Humanitarian catastrophe in that Camp.
The EU’s meaningful plan initiated by Mr. Stevenson with regard to protection of Camp Ashraf, despite the bumpy road ahead, has received overwhelming attention from at least 35 parliaments, bearing more than 4000 parliamentarians worldwide.
The US role?
As put by Ambassador Butler in his recent artful interview with the New York times, instead of providing a basic protection against an a massacre in the camp, the envoy diverts efforts by emphasizing on a second solution: to transfer the victim from a semi safe and worldly known place with sufficient contact with the outside world, to a secluded, unsafe and irrelevant place under the nose of the same troops that committed a genocide the last on April 2011.
As far as the real Iranian Diaspora is concerned, the US is the first responsible for the present tragic conditions of those in Camp Ashraf. The Camp which was an independent, wholly safe area respected and commuted by neigh boring Iraqis, became enchained and imprisoned as a concentration camp, all as a good will gesture to the wring side.
The US has had unfulfilled responsibility towards each resident at the camp and the 36 killed in the April massacre, since the mutual agreement with Camp residents reached in 2004. Each Camp resident was announced “protected person” under the 4th Geneva Convention which obligated US compliance with the “Responsibility to Protect” Act, directly making the US liable if any harm was brought to these people. A serious obligation with accountability that will not be whitewashed even by accusing the leadership of PMOI in the camp of preventing freedom of choice for members in the camp, a claim strongly denied by each resident during a a6 month interrogation by US intelligence .
It is not too late , to compensate for all the demise , the right thing to do is to take the MEK off the unjust FTO list and send a clear signal to all those hopeful in the Middle East that , the rich values of the US , which was once recognized by its founders, is still vibrant.