This article is written by Brother Abid-Mustafa
On Sunday 19th September, in an interview on ABC's "This Week" programme, Mr Ahmadinejad said, "If the US administration truly wishes to alter its policies in Afghanistan, and in Iraq, and to move in a direction that serves the interest of the people of those two countries, we are always open to cooperation, as we are now."
Iran's offer of assistance to America over Afghanistan comes at an important juncture for the Obama administration. America's armed forces are stretched, NATO is extremely reluctant to contribute more troops and the Pakistani army is overwhelmed by the flood crisis. But why does Tehran want to extend cooperation, given America's recent efforts to impose fresh sanctions against Iran. Equally perplexing is Tehran's proposal to help America stabilize Iraq. One would have thought that instability in Iraq and America's inability to pacify the Iraqi resistance suited Tehran. But the converse appears to be the case.
Also during the interview Ahmadinejad appeared very keen to discuss Iran's nuclear programme with the "P5 Plus One", a negotiating forum comprising the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. "I think we will have a plan to discuss things," he said. Again, the terms of P5 Plus One are very clear- Iran must renege on its nuclear ambitions and pry open its nuclear programmes to foreign observers-yet despite such harsh conditions the Iranian leadership remains steadfast in its quest to engage the P5.
So why Iran does wants to squander its gains from America's predicament in Iraq and Afghanistan, and furthermore engage with the P5 to give up its nuclear programme? How can such overtures be explained.
If one accepts the axiom that deception is an essential tool employed by nations to secure their interests then the present inconsistencies in Iran's behavior can easily be explained.
Over the past 5 years, the bellicose nature of U.S.-Iran relations has followed a well trodden trajectory, and the tiff over Iran's nuclear programme and the ascendency of Ahmadinejad has played a pivotal role. That is to say fiery rhetoric employed by Washington and Tehran interwoven with covert collaboration between the two, has resulted in America consolidating its presence in the region. The pacification of Iraq and Western Afghanistan, new security arrangements with the Gulf countries, weapon sales for the beleaguered American military companies to Israel and Saudi Arabia, impetus behind the deployment of U.S. missile shield programme in Europe are some of the benefits accrued by U.S. policy makers through a vicious web of lies to hide America's relations with Iran.
Now with American troops withdrawing from Iraq to boost the Democratic Party's flagging fortunes at home, and America facing stiff opposition in Afghanistan, Tehran-its most trusted surrogate in the region-is stepping up efforts to bolster American endeavours to subdue the upward resistance in both countries. This is the reason behind Ahmadinejad's gambit to extend full support to America.
For America to fully utilize Iran's support in the region, the Obama administration has to placate Israel's concerns over Iran's nuclear programme and curb Israeli efforts to attack Iran. In the past America has snubbed Israeli advances to attack Iran. America played down Israel's show of air power over the Mediterranean a few months ago, and has refused to sell it the powerful GBU-29 bunker-busters bombs. Today, America is still trying to restrain Israel, and is working to find an amicable solution to the Iranian nuclear programme that is acceptable to all parties. Unlike the Israelis egged on by the Europeans, America does not want to weaken Iran by facilitating a military strike, as it damages American interests. Tehran's desire to restart negotiations is a way to help America extricate itself from Iran's nuclear quagmire. Ironically, it is Tehran's to Washington together with America's reliance on Iran that provides ample ammunition to uncover the decades old American-Iranian deception that haunts the region. Ahmadinejad's so called expressions of concern for the people of the region are wicked lies aimed at deceiving the ummah by consolidating America's hegemony over her and denying her the return of the Caliphate.
September 20 2010