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* Resurfacing Shock and Awe, why is this different?  Ali Behrooz

* Mr President, Barack Obama,  Ali Behrooz

* Iran’s Conservatives Are Deceiving Themselves  Tariq Alhomayed

* Just When it Ends in Basra, it Begins in Mosul!  Huda al Husseini

* Putin promises Iran continuity in relations: RIA  News Report

* New U.S. carrier in Gulf a 'reminder' to Iran: Gates  News Report

* Iran displays 1800 km-range missile  News Report

* U.S., Iraqi Forces Continue to Battle in Sadr City  News Report

* Iran Top Threat To Iraq, U.S. Says  News Report

* Sadr not U.S. enemy if he sticks to politics: Gates  News Report

* British fear US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikes  News Report

* Pakistan Mulls Talking with Terrorists  News Report

* Shia leader tries to contain militia  News Report

* Bush to maintain Iraq troop numbers  News Report

* McCain doesn't rule out preemptive war  News Report

* Winds of Change  Pablo Ouziel

* Obama Adviser Calls for Troops To Stay in Iraq Through 2010  News Report

* Iran helped end Iraq fighting: Iraq party adviser  News Report

* McCain's "war on terror" remix  News Report

* Saudi Arabia's justice minister departs for Tehran  News Report

* Deployment of Foreign Troops an Insult to Regional States  News Report

* Gun-shy America is losing the best chance to stop Iran  News Report

* Khatami rallies Iran reformists  News Report

* Iran says will soon hold talks with U.S. on Iraq  News Report

* Iran says has built new long-range missile  News Report

* U.S. military in Iraq says to release 9 Iranians  News Report

* U.S. sees decline in Iran-linked bombs found in Iraq  News Report

* Russia and China fall in line on Iran  News Report

* Iran letter sparks new fight between Clinton, Obama  News Report

* Bombing Iran will ensure world peace  News Report

* King Abdullah flies in to lecture us on terrorism  Robert Fisk

* Ahmadinejad to Visit S. Arabia mid Nov.  News Report

* Iranian Guard 'ready to defend revolution'  News Report

* Iran to give crushing response to possible attacks: minister  News Report

* Bush: Missile shield is meant to deter Iran  News Report

* Iran Accuses US of Manufacturing Genetic Weapons  News Report

* Blair: Terror threat like fascism  Tony Blair

* US arrogant attitudes pave way for 'World War III': Cleric  News Report

* Russia’s Putin hunts diplomatic solution in Iran  News Report

* Clinton says she would negotiate with Iran if elected president  News Report

* Britain 'on board' for US strikes on Iran  News Report

* Iran, sanctions and the rumours of war  News Report

* No Iran strike plans, says Blair  Tony Blair

* Gates: Diplomatic efforts to counter Iranian nuclear program are working  News Report

* McCain Jokes About Bombing Iran  Liz Sidoti

* Tehran expects update on cases of two Iranians murdered in France: MP  News Report

* Iran is not a safe haven for terrorists  News Report

* Iran at threat?  News Report

* Iran trying to recruit Israeli spies  News Report

* Iran: Signals on 5 Diplomats  News Report


Iran’s Conservatives Are Deceiving Themselves
[ Tariq Alhomayed]
[Source: asharq-e.com - 24/04/08]


What the Iranian conservatives say to us within the Arab media and at news conferences is not important; what is important is what they say in Iran and their action on the ground.
The conservatives of Iran are practicing political deviousness and trading our issues the same way in which they trade Persian rugs. Whoever spends 10 years weaving a rug knows too well about patience and causing disruption to those who are considered opponents – even if it means disseminating false information bit by bit.
But is the timing in Iran’s interest?
I am writing this because one of the strangest things I read, quoted by the Iranian conservative 'Kayhan' newspaper, was the allegation that “the British sent Lawrence of Arabia to bring together Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab and Al Saud in order to set up a unit in support of Britain.” Is there any other nonsense that could exceed this? Is there any greater falsification that can top this or any instigation against the Saudi foundation that is more dangerous than criticising side topics?
Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab’s call predates over 270 years when Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab and Muhammad Bin Saud, may God rest their souls, pledged allegiance to one other. The sheikh, according to some accounts, was born in 1115 Hijra/1703 AD; however Lawrence of Arabia lived between 1888 and 1935. Lawrence of Arabia emerged during the era of Sharif Hussein Bin Ali and his battle (the Arab Revolt, 1916) against the Ottomans.
Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab's call did not offer a new religion, group or school of thought. It was a reformative call between a sheikh and a politician, the result of which was the unity of a large nation after much discord, under the umbrella of the Islamic creed, which is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The problem with Iran’s conservatives today is that they are lubricating a large machine of deception and confusion in most parts of the Arab world and they continuously target Saudi Arabia, contrary to what they state during conferences or in official statements.
In reality, Iran’s conservatives exert orchestrated efforts in order to mislead and cause confusion. Through information that was leaked by Iran’s conservatives about Saudi Arabia to their newspapers or newspapers affiliated to them in different locations, or even via books subsidized by them; they demonstrate laughable ignorance of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula as a whole.
With the reference to Lawrence of Arabia’s connection to Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab, it appears that the information that the Iranian conservatives hold about Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab’s mission, and the Arabian Peninsula is similar to Ahmadinejad’s information on the poet [Mohammed] Bin Laboun!
Clearly, and unfortunately, Iran’s conservatives will not be able to reconcile with the Arab Gulf, in the past and at present, as long as they are unable to reconcile with themselves within Iran itself. Iran has a civilization as well as prestige; nevertheless Tehran will not be able to establish a distinctive relationship with its neighbours through blackmail and deception.
A Saudi official advised the Iranian leadership with the following words: “If you insist on interfering in Arab issues, our message to you is to intervene in a positive manner.”
I believe that the best action that Iran could take for itself and the region would be to leave the Arab world and its issues alone as it is impossible for those who face real internal crises, such as Tehran, to solve the problems of others.





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