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Can President Rohani Break 'Zionist Grip' Over Capitol Hill? (Kayhan, Iran)


Is the election of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani a sign that a deal with America on Iran's nuclear program, once thought unimaginable, is now possible? According to this editorial from Iran's state-run Kayhan, if the United States can free itself of the 'Zionist lobby', take account of the trauma the U.S., Britain, and even Russia has inflicted on Iran, and convince Iranian leaders that a deal is not just regime-change in disguise, Rohani's election could mark a turning point in history.


August 6, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Former Iran Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq: Arousing the jealousy of the shah and the anger of British oil companies, Mossadegh was toppled in a CIA-backed uprising in 1953. It was a fateful act that continues to scar U.S.-Iran relations. Mosaddeq spent the rest of his life in internal exile. Here he is in 1967.


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TEHRAN: The election of Hassan Rohani, who will be inaugurated as Iran's seventh president on Sunday, opens some intriguing possibilities.


In public statements following his election, Rohani spoke in conciliatory terms and pledged to walk on the path of increased transparency and to boost mutual trust between Iran and other nations.


Iran and the U.S. have had an icy relationship disfigured by passionate emotions that prevent them from pursuing common strategic interests. These include stabilizing Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting militant groups like the Taliban and al-Qaeda, controlling the Afghan drug trade, and calming Syria.


On the American side, hostility is a product of the deeply traumatic hostage crisis of 1979-80, and Iran's long and sometimes bloody campaign to undermine U.S. interests around the world. Iranian hostility springs from a place steeped even more deeply in history. A nuclear deal with Iran will be possible only if the West finds a way to calm Iranian fears that such a deal will be just a repeat of the cycle they have seen over generations.


At his first press conference as president-elect, Rohani set three conditions for talks with the United States:


"Americans should explicitly state that they will never interfere with Iran's domestic affairs … they must acknowledge all of our undeniable rights ... they must set aside all of their unilateral and bullying policies."


This is three ways of expressing the same fear that grips Iranians across political and social lines: that the outside world is determined to control Iran, limit its growth and prevent Iran from fulfilling its national potential.

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During the 19th century during disastrous wars, Iran lost vast territory. Corrupt monarchs sold off everything of value in the country to foreigners. Eventually, Iranians rose up and proclaimed a constitution, but Russian forces bombed its parliament and re-imposed royal dictatorship. In 1907, Britain and Russia signed a treaty dividing Iran between them. Not a single Iranian was at the negotiating table or even knew talks were being held.


Iran's modern dictator, Reza Shah Pahlavi, was obsessed with the idea of building a steel mill, but in 1941, soon after he assembled all the components, allied armies invaded Iran and the project had to be abandoned. A decade later, Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh nationalized the Iranian oil industry, but was overthrown in a coup sponsored by the U.S. and Britain. More recently, Iranians have suffered under an escalating series of Western sanctions.


Many Iranians see the Western campaign against their country's nuclear program as the latest chapter in this story. Any accord between Washington and Tehran will have to couch Iranian concessions in terms shaped to address Iran's deep-seated historical fears.


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Over the past 34 years, whenever Iran has made a conciliatory offer to the United States, Washington was in the hands of militants interested in only war or regime change.


After Rohani's election as president, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham told the cheering supporters of Christians United for Israel:


"If nothing changes in Iran, come September, in October I will present a resolution that will authorize the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb."


Yet the election also led to unusually strong calls for negotiation. Twenty-nine former diplomats, military commanders and national security specialists sent President Obama a letter asserting that Rohani's emergence presents a "major potential opportunity to reinvigorate diplomatic efforts." In another letter, nearly a third of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Obama to test whether the election represents "a real opportunity for progress" and to "utilize all diplomatic tools to reinvigorate ongoing nuclear talks."


The emergence of President-elect Rohani, particularly at a time when President Obama no longer needs to worry about re-election, makes possible what for years has been unimaginable. Reconciliation would allow the world to stop fearing a Persian Gulf conflagration. However, it will only be possible if both sides delicately confront the ghosts of history.


Unfortunately, the new campaign by some U.S. Congress members, which has been warmly welcomed and praised by the occupying regime of Israel, dispels any hope for rationality. The sprawling halls of Capitol Hill continue to be haunted by Zionist lobbying groups.


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Posted By Worldmeets.US Aug. 6, 2013, 6:39pm