A few years ago . I approached my Graduate thesis advisor with a research idea , but was rebuffed for my efforts. In it I put forward the idea that the real divisive and contentious issue in the Middle East was not necessarily solely between Israel and her Islamic neighbors that are commonly played out daily in the media, but between Sunnis and Shiites. Peace between Israel and Arabs , would not translate to the same for the rest of the region. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqqZllyY6sk
I can still almost hear the hysterical laughers by the Professor, who felt that this issue was a waste of time as far as focus, and would not further the cause of mankind much, by passing the ‘so what’ test as a barometer , when commonly tying to decide the merit of a research piece. .
With Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Brazil in the lead as far as data, I eventually decided to write a 163 page exhaustive piece of research that dealt with State’s compliance to the UN’S globally supported international Non Proliferation Treaty Law, while maintaining sovereignty , and pursuing individual national interest objectives.
The recent post election drama that is unfolding in Iran as we speak is very interesting on numerous fronts to many foes ,and the few remaining friends of the theocratic State across the globe.
First you had a cry of election fraud against the ruling religious elites , that brought back vivid memories of the country’s close rival USA when one political elite George W. Bush upstage another family in the Gores and claimed power with the help of entrenched legal powers., and political agents .
Unlike democratic America, the frustrated and united Iranians, are not prepared to accept this lying down. Their defiance are led surprisingly by oppressed literate women ,and this became symbolized quite vividly in our memory recently , as a result of the barbaric treatment of peaceful supporters and a recent murder by religious paramilitary tugs defending the interest of the state as they murdered an innocent bystander called Nada for all the world to see.
Secondly , we saw how social networking agencies such as Twitter and Face books are ‘making a killing’ at the expense of the traditional entrenched corporate media . They in turn try to play catch up ,and lend voice to domestic ,talking heads , elite former friends ,and supporters of the late dictator Shah , whose actions it was that initially began to put in motion the debacle that we see today via a 1953 CIA orchestrated coup.
Thirdly, it is even more interesting to see the political jig and dance between the desperate Mc Cain Republicans , and Democrats led by the Commander in Chief Mr. Obama. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zoPgv_nYg The President with two massive un-winnable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , a s well as a failed sputtering economy left by the America’s first MBA President, is like a crafty chess player ,unwilling to make an obvious move, and so is exercising caution despite public rhetorical criticisms. Let’s see how things play out in the Gulf , should Israel or Saudi Arabia decides to force the issue.
The Muslim State of Pakistan has the first Muslim nuclear bomb, and most Sunni states are ok with it one should note. Shiite dominated Iran’s quest for peaceful nuclear technology is greeted quite negatively in contrast for what some still belies is a mysterious reason by every Arab Muslim neighbor or Islamic state across the globe. Not surprisingly today few rival Islamic neighbors are loosing much sleep over the turmoil in Iran , as many are perhaps silently wishing that the theocratic regime can be toppled and Ali and his Persian clans can be put back in their place - behind the line of true Sunni Muslim believers. I stand corrected.