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Simple logic
We should not be blind to Israel's ambitions

By Babak Fani
August 22, 2001
The Iranian

Your opinion piece, "Just wondering" has clearly touched a nerve among not only the Iranian community but apparently among some in Israel as well. I must say that reading your analysis of Iran's security concerns in the context of the question you posed reminded me of the "asb-e assari" complaining about the flies sitting on its nose while being led with blind folds. This analogy is not meant to minimize the issues you raise, but taking the position of "beh maa cheh" with respect to Israel in view of Israel's dominance and influence in the region is nothing short of having blind folds on.

Mr. Rastegar's response, "It is our business", eloquently addresses why as Iranians (whether as a nation living in Iran or a community spread across the rest of the globe), we must not only be concerned with but be vigilant and informed about the actions of the state of Israel. One need not go further than the well documented lobbying efforts by AIPAC that resulted in instituting the US sanctions against Iran and its subsequent efforts to periodically renew the sanctions bill (an initial draft copy of the sanctions bill introduced by Alfonse D'Amato, the then senator from N.Y., was reportedly found on Israelis consulate stationary).

The issue here is not one of Jew versus Moslem, though that is often resorted to as an easy explanation for the ills of the region. Rather, it is the age old lesson we must have learned from our thick history books. What did all the memorizing of those dates of wars and conquests, names of kings and dynasties teach us if not the powerful's desire to conquer more riches and perpetuate its dominance. With that in mind, let's engage in a simple exercise in logic:

2: Iran has one of the largest oil reserves in the world and the second largest reserves of natural gas. If not checked, Iran can easily become the number one power in the region to contend with, and potentially a significant player in the world economy.

2: Israel has nothing to gain and a lot to lose from a strong and economically viable Iran. It has very little to gain because with the annual $6 billion combined military and non-military foreign aid it receives from the U.S. and its heavy nuclear arsenal, it simply doesn't need a strong Iran as an ally. It has a lot to lose because a strong Iran can jeopardize its dominance in the region. Not to mention the fact that any overt alliance with Iran would undermine the very excuse for billions it receives in military aid (Iran of course being the rouge state that sponsors regional terrorism).

2+2: From the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act all the way back to Israel's role in providing military intelligence and supplies to both sides during the Iran-Iraq war to perpetuate the deaths and destruction that war brought upon us, there is ample evidence to support the only conclusion that can be drawn from this simple exercise in logic.

It must be added that both logic and a basic sense of justice is indeed in short supply when it comes to those who bemoan Israel's lack of moral superiority yet advocate a "Friendly stance" while invoking the Persian concept of "daad" no less. The parallel that Mr. Amir attempts to draw with the European powers engaging the government of Iran is plainly not applicable when it comes to Israel. Iran is not occupying other people's land, Israel is, and in the process it is inflicting the kind of atrocities upon a defenseless lot that its own people more than any other should abhor. If one were to draw any parallels, Mr. Amir's prescription for a friendly stance with Israel is akin to Reza Shah's affinity for the Nazi Germany after their occupation of Poland.

All would agree that conflicts are not resolved by perpetuating anger and violence. But it is perhaps the curse of our time that more easily than ever more and more of our minds are being shaped to see the anger and violence as defined by another. Ultimately, the responsibility to seek the truth rests squarely on our own shoulders. Below are a few more sources of information on the Middle East that might help balance, if ever so modestly, the vastly lopsided coverage that is provided by the mainstream media.


Comment for The Iranian letters section


Just wondering
Is Israel a threat to Iran?
By Jahanshah Javid

It is our business
Palestine has historically affected us
By Kamran D. Rastegar

Friendly stance
Friendship with Israel could have benefits
By Amir


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