Sunday, February 16, 2014

After years of Western leaders and mainstream news media demonizing Syria's President Assad... calling for "Assad to Go"... saying the "dictator" has no place in Syria's political future... and cynically talking about "freedom" and "democracy"... we now know they were lying all along!!! 

Every now and then we have a chance to peek through a tiny window to see how "diplomacy" is done behind closed doors. Last week the leaked conversation between US diplomats plotting the overthrow of Ukraine's government was one such dramatic moment.

Another came yesterday, in an interview with Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, which appeared in the respected Lebanese Daily Star newspaper. In a sweeping interview, the Ambassador discussed the recent bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut and the regional threat of the growing number of jihadist groups in Syria.

Then he let loose with this bombshell. 

Roknabadi told the Daily Star that the Iranian government had been under pressure to convince Syrian president Bashar al-Assad not to run again for president. As Syria's only regional ally, Iran presumably has a good deal of influence with the Assad government.

Ambassador Roknabadi:
[U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey] Feltman, during a visit to Iran last summer, asked officials to convince Assad not to run in the elections. The Iranian officials asked him: ‘What’s the problem if he runs,' to which Feltman responded: ‘If he runs, he will win the elections.’ 

Of course, this should remind us of Vietnam. The US government knew at the time that if the nationwide democratic elections had been allowed in Vietnam in 1956, Ho Chi Minh would have won with an overwhelming majority of the popular vote. The candidate supported by the US government would have lost. So the US government prevented the elections, and precipitated war instead!

Further reading
But beware ~ these truths might shock you!
John Perkins on the modus operandi of imperial America to get uncooperative countries to change their policies: