Beyond the Cusp

September 1, 2012

NAM Convention Answer to Mullahs’ Prayers

The NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) held their conference of one-hundred-twenty nations in Tehran, Iran giving the Mullahs a stage before the world. The Mullahs did not let the world down by almost immediately making inflammatory statements and continuing throughout the week. Likely the low-point was the Iranian Supreme Leader commenting on Israel saying, “ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people.” This and the other comments were so far beyond the cusp of things acceptable that Ban Ki-moon felt pressured and commented that he “strongly rejects threats by any member state to destroy another or outrageous attempts to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust.” Ban Ki-moon added, “Claiming that Israel does not have the right to exist or describing it in racist terms is not only wrong but undermines the very principle we all have pledged to uphold.” The United Nations felt that the atmosphere emitted from the conference in Tehran was so toxic that they needed to make excuses for Ban Ki-moon’s attendance where such bigotry and hatred had become the central part of the message. The statement read, The “Secretary-General conveyed the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues for which cooperation and progress are urgent for both regional stability and the welfare of the Iranian people.” The release continued with further clarifications stating, “On the nuclear question, the Secretary-General said he has been following closely Iran’s talks with the P5+1. He said he regretted that little tangible progress has been achieved so far during these intensive talks and that the talks needed to be serious and substantive. He said that Iran needed to take concrete steps to address the concerns of the International Atomic Energy Agency and prove to the world that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. He said that there is no alternative to peaceful, diplomatic and negotiated settlement which should be reached step by step and based on reciprocity.”

The week before the convening of the NAM Conference both the United States and Israel had requested that Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon refrain from attending the conference as by attending he would give the Mullahs the appearance of acceptance for their hatreds which were sure to be part and parcel of any conference held in Tehran. The Secretary General could have saved himself and the leadership of the United Nations any embarrassment or need for explanations and apologies simply by having heeded the warnings voiced by the American and Israeli leaders. Adding to the public warnings was the statement by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu who recently called the summit, “a disgrace and a stain on humanity.” He has subsequently commented “In Tehran today, the representatives of 120 countries heard a blood libel against the State of Israel and were silent. This silence must stop. Therefore, I will go to the UN General Assembly and, in a clear voice, tell the nations of the world the truth about Iran’s terrorist regime, which constitutes the greatest threat to world peace.” By his presence, Ban Ki-moon allowed for some of that stain to be splashed onto the reputation of the United Nations adding to other injuries from the past such as the Durban Conferences, all three of them thus far, which were nothing more than bigoted hatreds and slanders against solely Israel and the Jewish People all of which were held to blame for every ill and calamity which had ever plagued the human race. The driving impetus which steered the Durban Conferences from honestly investigating racial hatreds, xenophobia, and other social ills and hatreds that still plague the human existence to the singular condemnation of Israel and the Jews was these same one-hundred and twenty non-aligned nations which make up the NAM. Their actions on the world stage during Durban I, Durban II, and Durban III gave a track record which should have acted as a glaring flashing neon warning that their conference, especially with it being held in Tehran, Iran, was going to be problematic at the very least.

Another piece of business that was enacted during the NAM Conference was the passing of the office or the President of the non-aligned nations from the current holder, Egypt, to the next holder, Iran. Other high points were the fact that new Egyptian President Morsi was in attendance in Tehran though Morsi did not make any overt signals of making an alignment between Egypt and Iran. Instead, President Morsi suggested a new proposal for addressing the Syrian situation where a group of nations consisting of Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia take the lead in finding a solution to end the slaughters and chaos in Syria. We find President Morsi’s choice of nations to be interesting as we at Beyond the Cusp had predicted that there very possible would be a four way struggle for the leading position should a new Caliphate be formed with Turkey, Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia all vying for the title. By holding the Presidency of NAM and the conference being held in Tehran, Iran took advantage of the leaders of the other contenders for leader of the Muslim world having to come to their capital. This was one of the subtle undertones which were most evident in the number of speeches and press releases committed by the Mullahs and President Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders. That is why Egyptian President Morsi’s announcement of having the four nations working to bring an end to the Syrian civil war for the sake of the Syrian people and the Islamic world. This was also a smart play for extending and improving the chances that the Muslim Brotherhood will end up the eventual winners and rule Syria once Bashir Assad is forced from office. Iran, on the other hand, is heavily invested in continuing the rule of Bashir Assad and likely resented the Egyptian President’s demand that Iran promise to cease arms shipments to the embattled Syrian leader as the first step in finding a sane solution.

On the international stage the NAM Conference had very few surprises. There were the usual denunciations of the United States and Israel. There were the same old calls for the complete revamping of the United Nations to reflect the new and changing world and alignments. They stated a desire for a new formula for the Security Council with the stripping of their veto and permanent status of Britain, the United States, France, Russia, and China and placing far more power in the hands of the NAM members. There were the expected calls for forcing the industrial world to make larger investments in the future and the building of the developing nations. The conference was everything one could either hope or dread would result depending on your point of view. One optimistic item one can take from the NAM Conference is that some of the member states have begun to progress down the road to becoming industrialized nations and have begun the long climb from a purely agrarian economy to an industrial economy. This will also lead to more advanced agricultural methods being implemented as their wealth grows. This is promising as only by bringing these countries up to an industrialized and information age economies which will allow them to share a larger share of the wealth while their contribution to world wealth increases driving the size of the world’s economy even higher thus avoiding the other option where everybody loses and the developed countries are torn down by the less developed world in an effort to make all societies equal. This is most evident when one looks at the advantages and the new visions coming from countries such as India, Brazil, Argentina and other nations which are well on the road to modernity. Perhaps within the next decade or so we will see the number of members in NAM start to decrease as more nations join the first world economic levels and no longer harbor societies filled with loathing and envy for those they see as exploiting their wealth and denying them a future with any chance for success. This can be made more likely if we can encourage representative governances and the rule of law replacing the rule of men which enforces a repressive nature which tends to oppose development and progress.

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