Obama’s Iranian Appeasement Policy Fails – History Repeats Itself – Iranians Seize British Embassy Staffers

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press Writer Karin Laub, Associated Press Writer 41 mins ago

EDITOR’S NOTE: Iranian authorities have barred journalists for international news organizations from reporting on the streets and ordered them to stay in their offices. This report is based on the accounts of witnesses reached in Iran and official statements carried on Iranian media.

Iranian authorities have detained several local employees of the British Embassy in Iran, a move that Britain’s foreign secretary Sunday called “harassment and intimidation.”

Iranian media reported Sunday that eight local embassy staff were detained for an alleged role in post-election protests, but gave no further details. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the employees were detained Saturday, but did not say how many were taken into custody.

The detentions signaled a further hardening of Iran’s stance toward the West which has become increasingly vocal in its condemnation of a crackdown on opposition supporters.

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has alleged massive fraud in the June 12 presidential election and says he is the rightful winner, not President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Miliband, who is on the Greek island of Corfu for a foreign ministers’ meeting, said Britain has lodged a protest with the Iranian authorities over the detentions. He described the step as “harassment and intimidation of a kind that is quite unacceptable.”

“The idea that the British Embassy is somehow behind the demonstrations and protests that have been taking place in Tehran. … is wholly without foundation,” he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090628/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iran_election

In November 1979 radical student revolutionaries, supported by the radical Islamic Cleric Ruhollah Khomeini, seized the American Embassy and held American Diplomats hostage for the next 444 days. The Embassy was seized during the presidency of Jimmy Carter and the hostages were not released until just minutes after President Ronald Reagan was sworn in on January 20, 1981.  

The act of seizing an Embassy or doing harm to Embassy personal violates both International Law and the teachings of the Quran as relayed by the Prophet Muhhamad, peace be upon him, the founder of the Islamic religion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad#Other_religious_traditions  (see: Al-Harith bin ’Umar Al-Azdi) 

Once again, the political leaders in Iran demonstrate, by their actions, their belief that they are “above” the teachings of the Quran and exempt from its directives.

Former Iranian President Bani Sadr (Abolhassan Banisadr – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolhassan_Banisadr ) the first Elected President of Iran following the “Islamic Revolution” has identified current Iranian President Mammoud Ahmadinejad as one of the leaders of the Group who seized the American Embassy and while Ahmadinejad may have had doubts about seizing the embassy, he did nothing to stop the action and did, in fact, fully support the continued detention of the Embassy Staff after the Ayatollah Khomeini “endorsed” the seizure. Five of the American hostages have identified Ahmadinejad as one of their captors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad_and_the_1979_Hostage_Crisis

Obama has mishandled the “New Iranian Crisis” as badly as Carter mishandled the first Iranian Crisis 30 years ago. A failure to understand history is leading to it being repeated or extended …. the current crisis is clearly tied to the original of some 30 years ago.

Talk rather than action. Slogans over substance. Obama and Carter. History repeating itself.

30 years ago a small and violent group of demonstrators seized power in Iran. Now 30 years later, the Iranian people are attempting to reclaim their freedom while the repressive Iranian Government violates both International Law and the basic tenants of Islam.

Islam is a just religion. Islam does not permit the supression of it’s people for the sake of securing power for the few. Tyrants are tyrants because their actions are unjust and self serving.

Obama’ narcissism leads to the dangerous delusion that the tyrants in charge in Iran will be swayed from their course of violent supression of the Iranian people or be dissuaded from their reckless course of nuclear weapons production by the pure “force” of Obama’s rhetoric.

The “Free World” needs more from its leader than his narcissism.

On November 20 1979 a group of ”Islamic militants” seized the Grand Mosque, the holiest site in Islam, located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.  The seizure was timed to take place during the haji or annual pilgrimage. November 20 marked the 1st day of the Islamic New Year and the seizure took place as 50,000 worshipers were preparing for morning prayer. At the time the Saudi bin-Laden Group (yes that bin- Laden family) was involved with renovating the Mosque. 500 armed “militants” or terrorists took control of the mosque and executed both security staff and worshippers. By the time the mosque was retaken from these terrorists, hundreds of worshippers had been killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Mosque_Seizure

The Iranian Government falsely claimed that the U.S. Government was behind the attack on the Grand Mosque, triggering anti American attacks around the world. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/november/21/newsid_4187000/4187184.stm   

The Grand Mosque was seized less than 2 weeks after the US Embassy was seized. The Grand Mosque was seized as international pressure was mounting against the “revolutionary” activities in Iran.  The seizure of the Grand Mosque was not a protest against the United States, it was a coldly calculated action aimed at gaining false support for Khomeini and his “Revolutionary Guards” in Iran.

What type of leaders conduct themselves in this manner? Seizing one of the worlds holiest sites during a religous holiday! Slaughtering innocent worshippers! What does this tell us about the belief system of  those who planned the seizure?

In 1933, Hitler’s Nazi Party set fire to the Riechstag, the German equivalent of the Capital Building in Washington D.C. The Nazi’s then blamed the act on their political enemies and declared martial law, eliminating many of the freedoms previously enjoyed by the German people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichstag_Fire_Decree                                                                                                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqw1R2oA9KA&NR=1  

The ”revolutionaries” who continue to run Iran this day, used a lie concerning their desecration of the Grand Mosque to consolidate their power in Iran. To this day the Iranian’s have been denied a “free election” and have never regained the personal freedoms taken from them under the guise of ”revolution”.  

The Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, made the following comment in 2005, “They have created a myth today that they call the massacre of Jews and they consider it a principle above God, religions and the prophets,”. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4527142.stm

In October 2005  Ahmadinejad said this,                                                                                                                                                                                                  

“The establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world,” during a conference in Tehran on Wednesday, entitled The World without Zionism. “The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land,” he said. “As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map,” said Ahmadinejad, referring to Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayat Allah Khomeini. Addressing about 4000 students gathered in an Interior Ministry conference hall, Ahmadinejad also called for Palestinian unity, resistance and a point “where the annihilation of the Zionist regime will come“. “The Islamic umma (community) will not allow its historic enemy to live in its heartland,” he said in the fiery speech that centred on a “historic war between the oppressor and the world of Islam”.  http://canadiancoalition.com/aljazeera01/IranCallsForDestructionIsrael.html 

The “oppressor” is not Israel but the United States. 

Where was this historic speech reported? Aljazeera.net, not by some Pro-Israel or Pro-West news organization - check the site above for yourself.

These are not isolated statements byAhmadinejad:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9zcElqetqk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad_and_Israel#Statement_during_2005_Muslim_Summit

The ruling elite in Iran are not the true face of Islam, they are the most recent reincarnation of  World War II’s Nazi Party. 

“Once I am really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews. As soon as I have the power to do so, I will have gallows built in rows – at the Marienplatz in Munich, for example – as many as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged indiscriminately, and they will remain hanging until they stink; they will hang there as long as the principles of hygiene permit. As soon as they have been untied, the next batch will be strung up, and so on down the line, until the last Jew in Munich has been exterminated. Other cities will follow suit, precisely in this fashion, until all Germany has been completely cleansed of Jews.” (1)  Adolph Hitler, 1922. http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/people/h/hitler-adolf/hitler-1922.html

http://cghs.dade.k12.fl.us/holocaust/fsolution.htm

No wonder the Iranian people want “change”.

All of these events, speeches, proclamations and threats took place prior to Obama’s inauguration. So why then, did Obama chose to embrace Ahmadinejad at Israel’s expense? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87271 . In Israel there is a growing consensus that Obama’s policies are hostile to Israel and that like his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, Obama favors Hamas over Israel.

Hamas is the Palestinian based Terrorist organization, funded by Iran and Syria,  that is intent on the total destruction of Israel and its replacement by a Fundamentalist Islamic State. A state modeled after the current Government in Iran.  

So much for the Quranic teachings that, “The teachings of the Qur’an favour mutual respect and coexistence with other religions. According to the Qur’an, the Prophet Mohamed told the non-believers “Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion (CIX: 6).” In another verse, the Qur’an declares, “Let there be no compulsion in religion (II: 256).” http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2001/536/in7.htm

 Ahmadinejad’s current “rants” are just another example of man perverting religion for self enrichment and self promotion. The same thing Hitler did in WWII.

Can Hamas be trusted?  Hamas is an off shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

On March 26,1979 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a negotiated Peace Treaty with Israel. http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_1967to1991_egypt_israel_peace.php  The Treaty is the only one to be negotiated between Israel and it’s Arab neighbors. On October 6, 1981, Sadat was assassinated. Sadat’s killers were linked to Hamas through the Muslim Brotherhood. The killers stated that Sadat was killed for entering into the Peace Treaty with Israel. http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_1967to1991_sadat_assassination.php , http://middleeast.about.com/od/egypt/a/me081006a.htm

And after the Jews and “Zionists” are gone who is next on Ahmadinejad’s list?

After Sadat’s assasination Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, who was later convicted of conspiring to blow up the World Trade Towers in New York City and Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenants, were arrested in Egypt and jailed for their part in the assassination.  http://middleeast.about.com/od/egypt/a/me081006a.htm .

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in the 1920’s by Hassan Al-Bana at the same time Hitler’s Nazi Party was coming into being. The two, Hitler’s Nazi party and the Muslim Brotherhood were allies during World War II. Remember, there was no State of Israel at this time, just a shared anti-semitism between the groups, a hatred of Western style Democracy and a desire to rule the world. The leader of the Brotherhood’s Palestine operations was the “Grand Mufti of Jerusalem”, Muhhamed Amin el- Husseini. The Mufti spent much of WWII in Berlin furthering the Nazi cause. The Mufti helped form an Arabic Division of the SS, a Division responsible for war crimes throughout the Balkan states and Yugoslavia.  http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_mandate_grand_mufti.php . The Mufti was convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials at the end of World WarII, but escaped punishment as he had been granted asylum in Egypt by future Egyptian President Gamal Abd’el Nasser. Nasser was a member of  a group of young military officers who overthrew the Egpytian Monarchy in 1952. On November 17, 1954 Nasser became Egypt’s 2nd President. Nasser remained as Egypt’s Pesident until his death in 1970, when he was succeeded by Anwar Sadat. Sadat had been a close confidant of Nasser’s and had been a member of “Free Officers Group” which had led the overthrow of Egypt’s Monarchy in 1952.  How ironic that Sadat, Nasser’s confidant and second in command, the man to bring peace to Egypt after 30 years of unsuccessful war against Israel, would die at the hands of the Grand Mufti’s supporters, when the Grand Mufti would have been executed for “crimes against humanity”, like so many other Nazi’s, had it not been for Nasser’s asylum.     

In 1940’s, the Mufti requested that the Axis powers acknowledge the Arab right, “to settle the question of Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries in accordance with the national and racial interests of the Arabs and along the lines similar to those used to solve the Jewish question in Germany and Italy”. Rhetoric eerily similar to that spouted by Ahmadinejad today.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d51poygEXYU

The “conflict” started long before Obama was “chooming” on the street corners of Hawaii. It started in the 1920’s and continued in the run up to World War II. In some circles it continues unabated today. The Jewish question is not the only “question” the militants want to eliminate. Like Hitler, the desire to eliminate is founded in unbridled, irrational and pathological hatred.

How bizarre that today, Jimmy Carter embraces Hamas, the very group responsible for killing Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat. That Hamas killed Sadat for making peace with Israel, a peace that Carter desparately tries to associate himself with and claim credit for.

Prior to World War II, as Hitler was consolidating his power, and making his first conquests in Europe, many politicians adopted a policy of what is now called “appeasement”. The last act of “appeasement” was the surrendering of the “Sudetenland”, a large part of Czechoslovakia, to Hitler’s Germany in 1938. This act of appeasement occurred on September 29, 1938. http://www.johndclare.net/EII3.htm

Upon returning from Munich on September 30, 1938, where he had given away the “Sudetenland”, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain proclaimed, “”My good friends this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honor. I believe it is peace in our time.” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1938PEACE.html ,                                                                                                                                  http://german-history.suite101.com/article.cfm/appeasement_and_adolf_hitler_in_1938

Less than 1 year later, on September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland and launched World War II. 

In September of 1939 there were Americans who agreed with the policy of appeasement and actually supported Hitler. These Americans represented a very small minority of  the country. Many of America’s rich and famous supported appeasement, including Joseph P. Kennedy, the American Embassador to England at the start of World War II and father of future President John F. Kennedy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy

President Kennedy on the other hand, authored a  thesis his senior year at Harvard (1940 – a year after the war in europe had started, but prior to America’s entry into the war) titled, “Why England Slept”, (originally titled ”Appeasement in Munich“) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/While_England_Slept) in which future President Kennedy critized the British Government’s attempts to prevent World War II. The thesis was later published as a book and is available on Amazon.  http://www.amazon.com/Why-England-Slept-John-Kennedy/dp/0313228744 . The United States did not enter World War II until  December 7, 1941 and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Between Spetember 1, 1939 and December 7, 1941 the “appeasers” in America hoped to avoid conflict with the tyrants by “giving them their way”.

Winston Churchill, Britian’s Prime Minister during World War II, published his book, “While England Slept” in 1938, one year before  WWII started.

Hitler published his infamous work “Mein Kampf”, or “My Battle” in 1925. http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/kampf.htm 

Churhill’s predictions in “While England Slept” proved prophetic. What made Churchill prophetic? He took Hitler at his word, both the words he pubished in 1925 and those he spoke afterward.

Just how much of history need we repeat in 2009 and 2010? At what cost later?

Unfortunately, the current leader of the Free-World may in fact be a “megalomaniac” and his narcissistic personality disorder may embolden America’s foes. Empty political slogans and flowery speeches won’t dissuade a tyrant. Neville Chamberlain learned as much. Despite Chamberlain’s proclamation of “peace in our time”, the tyrant had to be stopped by force.

Unfortunately for the Iranian people, he has not, to date, been stopped through the ballot box. Free and fair elections in Iran are about as likely as free and fair elections in Hitler’s Germany.

Footnotes

1. Josef Hell, “Aufzeichnung,” 1922, ZS 640, p. 5, Institute fuer Zeitgeschichte. The retired Major Josef Hell was a journalist in the twenties and in the beginning of the thirties, during which time he also collaborated with Dr. Fritz Gerlich, the editor of the weekly newspaper Der Gerade Weg, as cited in Fleming, Gerald. Hitler and the Final Solution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. p. 17

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