• 26 April 2010
  • Posted By Jamal Abdi
  • Congress, Sanctions, Uncategorized, US-Iran War

Laying the Groundwork for an Iran war

On Friday, the Christian Scientist Monitor published what may be the first mainstream editorial linking the push for “crippling sanctions” against Iran as laying the groundwork for war with Iran.

From “Sanctions on Iran’s gasoline imports? That’s war talk.”:

In this post-9/11 age, the idea of preemptive war against a terrorist-prone country supposedly went out of favor after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Yet Congress is now pushing President Obama toward steps that could easily be interpreted as an act of war against Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

The House and Senate are moving quickly on a bill to force US sanctions on the sale of gasoline to the Islamic Republic of Iran. In theory, the measure would only punish US and foreign companies that export refined oil products to Iran which, despite being a major exporter of petroleum, lacks sufficient oil refineries.

But there’s a big problem: The only way to really enforce such a crippling sanction against the Iranian economy would be through an American-led naval blockade which, by international law, is an act of war.

Meanwhile, the Zionist Organization of America(ZOA) issued a press release this past Friday announcing that, having spent several years lobbying for gasoline sanctions as “the first step”, now that those sanctions are moving forward, they are beginning to lobby Congress on the next step: war.

“Hundreds Of ZOA Activists On Capitol Hill Saying: Crippling Sanctions On Iran & Stop Pressuring Israel”:

Hundreds of Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) activists from 19 states, including dozens of students, took part in ZOA’s annual activist Mission to Washington, D.C., on April 21 to urge Members of Congress to support  legislation for immediately imposing new, robust sanctions upon Iran and enforcing the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 as the first step to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Mission activists urged the necessity of military action should peaceful, diplomatic measures fail to stop Iran’s drive to obtain a nuclear weapons capability…

That hawkish organizations support possible war with Iran is not news.  But the fact that organizations are openly lobbying Congress on this point means a new but all too  familiar threshold is now being crossed.

Posted By Jamal Abdi

    5 Responses to “Laying the Groundwork for an Iran war”

  1. Pirouz says:

    Good post, Jamal.

    Hard to figure there’s an ethnically organized political group in America that so brazenly advocates a war of aggression, but here you have these Zionists doing exactly that. They’re really quite open about their goals of colonialism, war and foreign interest taking precedence over that of the host country. But then, they represent the overt, grass roots element of the the subtler, far more powerful influences of the Israel lobby and mainstream media.

    I think this powerful effort is looking for a war anywhere inside three years. That’s why it is so important not to become an indirect contributor, by participating in any kind of activity that can be utilized in demonizing the Islamic Republic of Iran. By not doing so, Jamal, we’re trying to avert a potential human catastrophe on the order of which Iraq experienced in the previous decade- a truly horrifying thought.

  2. Dr. Doom says:

    It’s tragic that NIAC’s moderators would post such hateful garbage.

  3. Iranian-American says:

    Dr. Doom,

    Are your comments in regard to this article? This particular article is clearly not “hateful”. One would have to have a very bizarre imagination to think otherwise.

  4. Hasan says:

    War with Iran is justified. The regime is holding its citizens hostage and committing acts of aggression against other countries.

    The fact that Hizbollah, Islamic Jihad, and Hammas receive direct support from the mullahs is not even once mentioned in this article.

    The only way to rid middle-east of such hatred is cutting off the source, the Iranian regime.

    I heard this directly from His Majesty Reza Shah. “If all the houses in the neighborhood are being set on fire, don’t just put out the fire, look for the arsonist”. Well, Iran is the arsonist here.

    We have to overcome our love of the country in order to save it. Our desire for a peaceful end to this regime has not been fruitful for over 3 decades. How many more innocent people need to be killed by the regime for us to consider the longer term consequence of a peaceful solution to the Iranian problem?

    Let the ZOA help us get closer to ending this once and for all.

  5. Iranian-American says:

    The comments on this post illustrate the idiocy of the extremists on both sides. One side defends Iran’s corrupt and violent government despite overwhelming proof they are oppressing the Iranian people, and the other advocates all out war on the Iranian people. I always found it interesting how extremists are able to see the absurdity of the opposite extreme and yet are completely oblivious to the absurdity of their own beliefs.

    Fortunately, most Iranian-Americans are intelligent and educated, and thus, as a majority, have very reasonable opinions about what NIAC and the US administration should do in regards to Iran.

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Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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