[THS] Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Bomb, Bomb McCain Turns Boom Box!
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Thu Dec 10 09:55:07 CET 2009
Bomb, Bomb McCain Turns Boom Box!
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
December 08, 2009 "Information Clearing House" -- It is extraordinary that the
presidential candidate who hoped to occupy the White House by showing no qualms
about 'bomb, bomb, bombing Iran' is now singing a different tune. The man who
wanted to bury the voices of men, women, and children under the debris of bombs,
has decided that he should not 'just bombard Iran with messages from America' but
become their boom box - VOICE for Iraniansi.
Perhaps some voice has triggered McCain's conscience to have turned this trigger
happy senator into a man who now "supports the values the U.S. stands up for".
Naturally, the values Boom box McCain supports and the US stands for would include
violating international laws, and a 1981 binding bilateral agreement1 signed between
the United States and Iran. VOICE is intended to finance the creation of proxy Web
servers and Web addresses that would fall outside the reach of Iranian government
censorship. Curious that the maverick -- as his running mate, Ms Sarah Palin used
to address him, should delve into this venture given that he admitted to not being
able to use a computer during his 2008 presidential campaign. Perhaps he can take a
crash course himself.
Love for Iranians has turned bomb, bomb McCain into a new person. Indeed, of late,
this hate-to-love has become quite an American phenomenon. Only a couple of years
ago, on September 4, 2007, The Columbus Dispatch of Ohio had a glaring map of
Iran in its opinion page depicting Iranians as cockroaches and Iran as a sewer on a
map of the Middle East. It is a relief that among others, The Dispatch is looking
towards the Iranian people as humans again. The ones who speak of 'human rights'
All media, VOICE, and VOA, are eager to speak of human rights and violations in
Iran. Needless to mention that this excludes any act by 'America' (and allies) towards
the people of Iran such as sanctions. The very sanctions that Boom box McCain and
his neocon cohorts promote -- the very same Iranian-loving (but Iran-hating)
neocons who want to give VOICE to Iranians, undermine Irans sovereignty, flaunt
international law, and most importantly, demand that collective punishment continue
to be imposed on a nation of 70 million.
These same Iran lovers who pushed for the violation of the Chicago Convention
which has been the casualty of the US embargo on trade with Iran. Iranian Airlines
have been prohibited from updating their American aircrafts and America has
prevented Europe from selling parts to Iran. Not only do these sanctions violate the
1944 Chicago Convention, but they have led to the loss of innocent civilian lives. One
has to ask if the VOICE supporter neocons ever question whether there were Iranians
on board who wanted to be heard but whose voices were downed as the planes
Certainly many support Iran's nuclear program which was illegally sent to the UNSC
by the neocons. This abuse of power led to more collective punishment in violation of
Article 33 of the Geneva Conventions. There was no outlet for the Iranians to speak -
no VOICE. Surely one is prompted to ask what has inspired Boom box McCain, his
cohorts, and the neoconservative dominated media in this country to seemingly
embrace Iranians and put aside such language implicit or implied as 'bomb',
The pro-Israeli think tank, the Saban Center at the Brookings Institute, released a
publication in June 2009 penned by neocons Martin Indyk, Kenneth Pollack, et al,
titled: "Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Towards Iran"ii.
Chapter 6 appears to be a strong indication of their motivation.
The United States could play multiple roles in facilitating a revolution. By funding
and helping organize domestic rivals of the regime, the United States could create an
alternative leadership to seize power. As Raymond Tanter of the Iran Policy
Committee argues, students and other groups need covert backing for their
demonstrations. They need fax machines. They need Internet access, funds to
duplicate materials, and funds to keep vigilantes from beating them up. Beyond this,
U.S.-backed media outlets could highlight regime shortcomings and make otherwise
obscure critics more prominent. The United States already supports Persian
language satellite television (Voice of America Persian) and radio (Radio Farda) that
bring unfiltered news to Iranians (in recent years, these have taken the lions share
of overt U.S. funding for promoting democracy in Iran). U.S. economic pressure (and
perhaps military pressure as well) can discredit the regime, making the population
hungry for a rival leadership......
Boom box McCain may have lost the 2008 bid for the White House, but he has not
lost his determination to promote the neocon agenda. The pack are determined to
plunge Iran into chaos and turn a united and proud nation into a divided country in
the belief that VOICE, VOA and the like will deliver Iran to the devil - or from their
boom box "liberate it". However, to paraphrase Edmund Burke: ' it is a liberty without
wisdom, and without virtue. It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice,
and madness, without tuition or restraint.
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich has a Master of Public Diplomacy from USC Annenberg for
Communication and USC School of International Relations. She is an independent
researcher and focuses on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the influence of
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