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OP-ED: Maybe America's Got Talent, But Not in Iranian Challenge
The reasons are both simple and complex, as with most international entanglements. The simple part is that Rouhani is simply not in charge of his country and therefore not a free angent to make complex international decisions. The complex part, and the element that muddles any conceivable realistic movement to positive relationships is the power of Ayatllah Khomeini and his power to insist the Islamic faith and way of life over Rouhani.
We in America are often willing to forget historical perspectives as new and often horrible events take over the headlines. Certainly what I have referred to as the “lazy media lambs” don’t keep major events in mind for the public as we move on to new events. Consider the potential missile strike of Syria is but a few weeks ago, and how it was overcome in the public mind by the horrors of Nairobi and then Nigeria and then Chicago, and don’t forget the Navy Yard “distraction.”
In waning aftermath of America’s backtracking on an attack on Syria, using chemical weapons as the means to move away from the reality of more than 100,000 Syrian men, women and children had already been done in by Bashar Assad’s henchmen and driven more than a million into refuge in other countries, our virtually total diplomatic and public focus turned making nice with Russia to fish us out of the pits. Then, Russia’s Putin, having paid a reported $23 million to major PR firm Ketchum, found himself the darling of the New York Times op-ed page with a vastly UN-American language contribution penned by the flacks and urging more peaceful approaches.
We lost traction with that one more time.
But what does all that have to do with the latest international peace auditions from Iran? Well, guess who also took to the Times op-ed pages with passionate wishes for peace with America, absent a single mention the Ayatollah might have some different ideas a bout dealing with the American Satan.
Because we like most have convenient memory lapses, the fact that Ayatollah Khomeini in 1980 that it was, and remains, the United States is more a threat to his operation than the Soviet Union because both fear the allures of Western culture….Khomeini who wants Islam to replace Christianity and Russia who does not want its people to get too Westernized.
So , returning to the present and our withering anxiety or concern about Syria, the big headlines in almost all media screamed and wondered about the importance of the Obama “phone call” to the new Iranian president who does not dare veer away the powerful Islamic domain of Khomeini. The nagging question arising again is how much some highly paid PR operations have been shilling for Rouhani, selling words to Western media the new President could not have written.
While all these new theatrics before the UN are taking place, the conflict-weary Americans worry more about their government shutting down, potentially robbing millions of both government and non-government of promised paychecks and any number of businesses of reliable sales.
No doubt, the Congressional mishmash that is embarrassing enough on its own is troublesome, but the reality of it all makes us look even sillier in our diplomatic poker game with Iran who has been supplying bad stuff terrorist organizations, Syria and a few other profitable markets.
It might be more profitable for our own PR stance to cool the communications with Iran’s President that only make him look tougher, and suggest he get in line for our goodwill. Otherwise, our threats of indefinable “consequences” will look just as impotent as our threatened “strike” on Syria that seemed more like media drama and threatening.
It would be nice to simply say “Stay Tuned”, but the final reality is that, unless we are more “unavailable” to all the alleged “goodwill” tossed our way, we may end up losing believers here AND abroad, at least those still with us.Honick is president of GMA International Ltd with offices on Bainbridge Island, WA. He is an international consultant to business and writes on a variety of public affairs issues.