Just as at candle-lighting times and birthdays,
“Blessed are You, HASHEM,
Our God, King of the universe,
Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season”
Swedish and International News
In the past 48 hours, and up to now, I have not read any newspapers or looked at the Swedish, Israeli or international media – but yesterday between 1200 and 1500 I did alternate between BBC, CNN and al Jazeera and last night was a night of fright, a series of nightmares – frightened by my fears, interminable in length although in reality those nightmares could have only been a little fluttering of my eyelids, maybe a billionth of a second, like Al-Isra and Al-Miraj
Yesterday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that hopefully, Iranophobia is now over. We will have to ask the Saudis about that now that Iran is basking in the comfort zone, being respected, praised, cuddled and embraced by all of the world’s super powers, now that the sky-high inflation will soon be dampened since Iran is expecting some $ 300 billion assets that were frozen to be un-frozen, now that Iran will no longer be losing $8 billion a month in revenues from unsold oil, due to crippling sanctions. Iran’s long-suffering impoverished masses are rejoicing, it’s export and import and investments time with everybody looking for areas of cooperation (USA, Germany, France , the UK , the UAE , Sweden, along with Iran’s major partners and allies China and Russia and SHELL and TOTAL are standing in line waiting to do some very lucrative business , Iran, such a big and now hungry market and with loads of money to spend on increasing their power and influence in the region – in Iraq, in Syria , Yemen, in Lebanon Sheikh Nasrallah of Hezbollah is rubbing his palms together and smiling, Iran’s rivals in the region are not going to be feeling very happy about the deal, and we know that since the Islamic Revolution that started in 1979 – long before that so called “Arab Spring” , the rivals have not been happy with the idea of peoples’ Islamic revolution being exported to their countries – the very reason why all the rivals unanimously supported Saddam’s invasion of Iran, beginning with Saddam’s destruction of Abadan and that just like Cuba – the idea was, that that kind of revolution or revolutionary consciousness was not for export, the revolution should not succeed and now that Iran is on course, ready to industrialise and to build every sphere of their infrastructure as a modern nation, is admired in many respects as a role model worthy of emulation, of course none of the rivals are happy about this. Not happy about this is putting it mildly. The fear of Iran’s ballistic missiles and Iran as a nuclear threshold power is real – as Aaron David Miller expressed it on CNN, the Iran deal helps promote a large nuclear infrastructure and with that intact, Iran can to go for the bomb within a very short time if they so choose….
The world – we all (that’s all of us) – remember this image well:
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s RED LINE – when he addressed the United Nations.
Fear of death is a real fear whether it’s individual death by drowning or mega-death by fire and asphyxiation.
“ A question in your nerves is lit” : why should thousands of Iranian centrifuges have continued to produce uranium to levels higher than what’s needed for peaceful purposes only – to weapons-grade levels?
Of course, fore-thoughts predate that event (Netanyahu’s address to the UN about red lines) by almost a decade of prior worry and concern which over the years gradually grew in proportion to our imagination and with a lack of any precise information our imagination sometimes grew out of proportion – and as often happens with secrecy, especially secrecy clouded in mystery not only about the extent of the enemy’s animosity, in time the paranoia can indeed grow out of proportion, measured with the reality – the behind the scenes reality of what the paranoid imagination imagines is going on behind enemy lines – the enemy in this case – from an Israeli point of view, being Iran and so would you and I , especially after that serial holocaust denier, that mad man Ah-mad-inejad’s speech in which he said or is supposed to have said that the time would soon come when Iran was going to nuke Israel out of existence – or to be more precise, in translation from the Farsi that he spoke, that his country , the Islamic Republic of Iran was going to “wipe out” God’s Chosen People Israel – off the map, off the surface of the earth. It’s the kind of sentiments that are usually expressed on the annual hate festival known as Quds Day
Is the danger over? Can we come out of our nuclear shelters?
Yesterday, these were some of the headlines:
“Iranians’ prayers come true”
“Iran has been recognised as a nuclear power! “ (Iranian Media Report)
All in English
Let me ask you, how great a sigh of relief do you and Putin heave when you read that “The U.S. estimates that the new measures take Iran from being able to assemble its first bomb within 2-3 months, to at least one year from now.” How true is this?
Of Iranian masterminds living in the United States, Vali Nasr comes to mind…
On listening to President Obama’s speech I thought that he should be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, one more time!
And what prize should Senator Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran John McCain receive? Satan’s prize?
On Second thoughts, I thought, Barack Obama, John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif MUST be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace – even though PM Netanyahu would raise hell and certain other kinds of objections against such a good idea.
OK, the deal is not perfect – there’s the 90 days Adoption Day – during which period Iran is supposed to start dismantling their nuclear program, and then there’s Implementation Day, culminating in Transition Day – full compliance. As has been repeatedly remarked by several commentators on yesterday’s BBC, CNN and al Jazeera, Iran has every economic incentive to comply with the terms of the deal especially since Iranian parliamentary elections are due next year, an election in which the hardliners (those who would prefer that sanctions continue to bite -as if the centrifuges should go on spinning and churning out weapons grade uranium, without any consequences whatsoever) are hardly likely to succeed.
Lindsey Graham: said on CNN that the Iran nuclear deal “will make everything worse”
“This might be the single most important paragraph of the Iran deal”
From my very limited layman’s understanding, here’s the most controversial part of the deal: according to President Obama, “Inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities” Given that the inspectors shall have to give 24 days’ notice and the inspectors must follow an additional protocol known as “managed access” that Iran can object to or challenge certain military sites being inspected and the snap-back clause is then kicked into action and takes all of 65 days, that’s what’s meant by “anytime, anywhere”??
Answers from Mark Fitzpatrick on the Iran deal
Nuclear Scientist Imad Khadduri on the Iran nuclear deal – he says that there are 4 stages towards making the bomb and that the deal limits and confines Iran to stages 1 and 2 (uranium enrichment to no more than 20% – but that since Iran can still at a given moment decide to enrich uranium to get to the break-out stage , the danger of them doing so is not yet permanently over…
Marwan Bishara on the Iran nuclear deal
And to all of the above and to Benjamin Netanyahu’s existential and primordial fears the Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons could be invoked by the Mullahs and normally, that should be enough to calm him down, but I don’t think Israel’s Prime Minister or Israel’s hysteria will be calmed down that easily: me too, I’m now reading this for the first time: Israel condemns Iran nuclear deal ! as if the end of the world is prophetically near…
What options are available to Israel apart from unsuccessfully lobbying Congress and Senate to not give their approval, when his best friend and president of Israel’s strongest ally Barack Obama has already warned, “I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal”
Improving the quality of friendship with the Palestinians, in order to avoid more ire and possible Hezbollah fire from the Iranaians?
Engineer a Regime Change in Iran?
Yesterday, I heard Flynt Leverett talking about other areas of interest USA – Iran
Will Netanyahu’s influence be such that the US sanctions (individual country sanctions – not the UN sanctions against Iran) remain in force?
The US and Iran will cooperate and join forces in fighting ISIS
Will the unhappy Sunnis attack Iranian interests in the Iranian spheres of influence, more vigorously?
How far this US- Iran co-operation will extend in solving the Sunni-Shia rivalries in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, remains to be seen…
Consider: Yes this just came in:
Nuclear deal pushes Israel aside in Washington, raises Iran to leading US partner and ally
Here’s a heart-moving slice of video from the film Timbuktu – : some jihadists enter a mosque with their guns
Since writing the above I’m now looking at what Ha’aretz has to say about the Iran nuclear deal
All of the Ha’aretz articles read so far are interesting, among them the one captioned Obama: Israel has yet to provide better alternative to Iran nuclear deal and this spiteful article Poor Netanyahu, the world has taken away his most beloved toy – the Iranian bomb
Of course in reading anything in Ha’aretz we must bear in mind that it’s a left wing paper – usually in opposition to Right Winger Bibi Netanyahu…
Sweden’s Hans Blix the former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, weighs in on the Iran nuclear deal
Yesterday, on al-Jazeera in connection with the weapons inspectors work in Iraq, Imad Khadduri made a distinction between unannounced inspections for gathering intelligence and unannounced inspections for scientific purposes. Is there really any difference between the two? There might soon be some slight friction about this, with regard to monitoring Iran’s scaled down nuclear program…
Sweden’s reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran
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