Every so often a news story grows slowly building a character set all its own. Such news items are the kind that just keep on giving more and more material though often little after the initial report is actually newsworthy. The deal made, for all intents and purposes, between the Obama Administration and Iran is one of those stories and even better, it just keeps supplying new twists and revealed misadventures and, even better, gives an insight into the motivations behind President Obama and his dealings not solely with Iran but with the Middle East in general and Israel specifically. Today’s little addition to the growing saga that the Iran deal is quickly becoming is about a priceless bribe. Apparently way back at the meetings of world leaders in New York City at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this fall President Obama dispatched an unnamed diplomat with an ornate chalice. The chalice taken in a plain white gift bag to an Iranian official on Rouhani’s behalf, the courier diplomat took care to follow his directions to make the transfer without raising any suspicions or attention, especially from the press, and to make the delivery with little or no excitement that might cause the presentation to be discovered. The apparent stressing of making this gesture as secretive and unpublicized as humanly possible does make one suspect that President Obama and those who assisted in arranging the giving of this rare gift were fully aware that publicity would draw some uncomfortable question and any discovery of the act would leave their motives open to display to the public, something understandably undesirable to the Administration and the President.
The chalice was from the area of Syria which was either part or soon to be part of the Persian Empire. This precious silver chalice dated back to around 700 BC and was reportedly appraised in the one-million-dollar range. Fariborz Ghadar, a distinguished senior scholar specializing in Iran and Persia among other disciplines at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., was quoted describing this chalice, “These were great treasures from a great civilization. Their discovery was of great significance to those who consider themselves Persians, who honor that period in history.” Some experts believe the vessel, known as a rhyton featuring three trumpet-shaped cups that sprout from the body of a griffin. The Iranians had been demanding the chalice’s return for the entire ten-year period it had been held by the United States who had come into possessing the chalice after making a bust on an antiquity dealer after determining the chalice had originally been stolen, as the antiquity is believed to be a vital part of the Islamic Republic’s cultural heritage. President Barack Obama’s administration decided that presenting the chalice would be the best diplomatic gesture that would both ease US-Iran relations and conform to then-current rules regarding interactions between US and Iranian officials. Upon receipt of the chalice the Iranian diplomat’s eyes widened and he thanked the US diplomat profusely for the move, explaining its significance to the Iranian people. It was two days later that Iranian President Rouhani accepted a phone call from President Obama, the first official contact between United States and Iranian leaders since the fundamentalist revolution in 1979 and the ensuing hostage crisis.
Such a gift, or should we call it by its real name, a bribe, was well outside the acceptable means to encourage Iran to return to the bargaining table. This is true especially when the reason for the urgency to meet with the Iranians was the planned virtual complete surrender on all items where the United States and her allies from the P5+1 negotiating team had differed and placed sanctions on Iran in the first place. Apparently this is how President Obama feels that all Western nations should act when having dealings with Islamic radicals who have indicated their distrust, hatred and desire to annihilate western nations should act. First step is to arrange to meet with them by providing lavish gifts or making painful concessions. In the case with the final surrender to Iran it was a basically priceless chalice while President Obama assisted the Palestinians in forcing the Israelis to release over one-hundred terrorists, many with the blood of innocent civilians including children, infants, women, seniors, and even an aged Holocaust survivor. Then President Obama figures it is time to get down to groveling and agreeing to give in on every point of contention providing the Islamic radicals, in President Obama’s case it is Iran, make hollow promises that they will not do anything untoward or transgress any lines that they were nicely requested to honor. Any lack of sincerity or even outright deceitfulness is to be ignored. With Israel this idea is stretched beyond the breaking-point such that when Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announces as he did this week that he intends to continue with the negotiations simply to get the full number of terrorists released and then he will terminate the farcical ruse that are the peace talks, Israel is still expected to help establish a Palestinian State. Abbas further iterated that he will not compromise on even a single point as he believes, just as the Iranians believed, that as long as he waits, eventually the Israelis will be forced by the universal pressures being applied by Europe, the United Nations, the nations of the Non-Aligned Movement ( NAM) which almost universally side with the Islamic block nations and thus the Palestinians, countless leftist NGOs and best of all the President of the United States Barack Obama to grant the Palestinians their every wish and possibly more.
This has often been the default manner of bargaining with the Western nations as they have been judged to be impatient and unable to wait and play the long game opting for any solution no matter how awful as long as it is timely. This has been made evidently clear for anybody to observe over the entirety of the nuclear negotiations with Iran as they often said they would consider allowing inspection always to act to delay or even outright reject the IAEA United Nations inspectors always finding some reason to impede their timely accomplishment of their routine and outright stonewalling whenever a surprise inspection was announced. Often the IAEA inspectors were relegated to their hotel rooms and quarantined to their hotel until whatever nuclear site they wished to inspect had been cleansed and readied with everything the Iranians wished undiscovered removed and placed elsewhere. The Palestinian do the same thing when they speak in English claiming to be committed to peace while when speaking to the Palestinians, other Muslims in Arabic or to those allied with their cause such as European leftists and certain politicians such as Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, Ken Livingstone who is a former Mayor of London and outspoken Palestinian supporter or any of the numerous anti-Israeli western politicians in any language. The going comment is that you can tell if Mahmoud Abbas is being deceitful or speaking his heartfelt truths by the language he uses, in English he deceives and in Arabic he speaks his true heart’s desires. What has always been amazing is how the Western mainstream media is completely incapable of translating anything Chairman Abbas says in Arabic when he speaks to Muslim world and especially to the Palestinians. This inability is truly remarkable that they have this inability in a time when simply by entering it onto any computer and requesting a Google translation into any language they desire they can receive a relatively cogent translation of every work spoken in Arabic by Mahmoud Abbas and every other Muslim leader, cleric, politician, dictator, or even protester in Tahrir Square.
The complete inability of Western leaders and politicians to be able to place themselves in the minds of their opponents from other cultures has always been a troubling and disheartening conundrum. This is especially true with cultures which are less harried or operating at a slower pace than those in the West have become accustomed. The Western mind does not appear to be able to grasp the concept that it is just as good to wait unto the tenth generation than it is to accept less than everything you demand. Probably the greatest example of a society that of China which has spent more time waiting for a desired change in their condition such as an occupation by a foreign power than many Western nations have a written history for. This becomes really evident when one realizes that some Western nations are less than a thousand years old while China is tens of thousands of years old and has been through numerous dynasties. Iran may be a new name but it is simply a name change from Persia meant to display their Aryan roots and to put on display their alliance with Nazi Germany during World War II. Another Arab leader that not only aligned himself with the Nazis but had a personal relationship with Adolph Hitler and a number of the Nazi high command and himself commanded Muslim units in the Balkan regions for the Nazis using his troops to round up Jews, Roma, and others determined to be enemies of the Nazis and placing them in extermination camps where many were murdered. This person was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Amin al-Husseini who has been found to have had direct input which actually pushed for the Nazis to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population instead of deporting them as was initially the plan. This information should finally set straight that the Muslim Arabs did not learn to hate and derive their desire to murder Jews from the Nazis but rather they were instrumental in giving the concept that the Jews should be slaughtered to the Nazis. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Amin al-Husseini was the leader of the Palestinian Arabs after World War II under the British rule of the area of Palestine. He was also a mentor to Yasser Arafat who was trained by the Grand Mufti even before he was trained by the KGB. The obsession that was the driving force of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Amin al-Husseini remains as the central concept at the heart of the Palestinian leadership, both Hamas and Fatah. The Palestinian Authority is not interested in peace but is only interested in making gains through negotiations before they turn to a reliance on military force to finish erasing Israel as a Jewish State. They are not concerned with achieving that goal immediately and will wait until they feel they have gained sufficient advantage and strength to completely wipe the Jews from what they consider their lands. After they have achieved this goal they would likely all move to distant lands as their interest in an otherwise desolate and arid land does not exist beyond completely removing the Jewish control over any part of Israel. What makes this a horrific idea is that President Obama has not only done much to assist the Palestinians in realizing their dream, he has actually aided their cause by introducing concepts such as building freezes in Judea and Samaria, the release of terrorist murderers with the blood of thousands on their hands, the return of every inch of contested lands including much of Jerusalem and then there is the apparent fact that President Obama has sided with Abbas and blames Israel for the lack of a Palestinian State. With the President of the United States making Israel the guilty party for the lack of a Palestinian state all Abbas need do is make more and more ridiculous demands and stick to them and with time have President Obama force Israel to capitulate. This is why it is imperative that Israel find somebody to be Prime Minister who is willing to stand up and tell President Obama one simple word, “Lo!” That is Hebrew for no and that would be a sweet sound for many in Israel to hear from their Prime Minister just once when President Obama demands another Israeli suicidal surrender. If President Obama wishes to sacrifice the United States and place the United States as subservient to Islam, that is his choice, but when he demands Israel follow the United States down that suicidal path, then it is time to simply tell him , “Lo!” and bid him fair travels as he walks down the path to perdition.
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