April 15, 2012
15 APRIL 2012
“As the sanctions morph into a virtual blockade, they raise the specter that all blockades do — of provoking a violent response. Just as dangerous is the specter that the sanctions will drag on without producing tangible results, impelling covert or overt American action against Tehran to save face.” – Juan Cole,“Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster: What History Should Teach Us About Blockading Iran.”
“On October 7, 1940, exactly fourteen months before the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum penned a memorandum, recommending that the United States government provoke the Japanese into attacking America, and thus, allowing America to enter WWII with the American people fully behind the decision. The memorandum is called theMcCollum memo, and there is little mention of it in history textbooks.” – “October 7, 1940: The Day That Should Have Lived in Infamy.”
“If there is no free conversation human aggression accumulates. A man who listens only to his radio or is caught by the hypnotism of the movies must discharge his aggression somewhere else. But the civilizing sublimation of conversation does not reach him, so he cannot get rid of his aggression.
People have learned to be silent listeners. Dictatorship asks only for silent citizens. If man cannot redeem himself of his everyday tensions through words, the archaic primitive demands within him grow more and more awake. The world falls prey to his accumulated obsessions, and in the end collective madness breaks through. Let us talk now, so that we do not become mad animals!” – Dutch-American psychoanalyst Joost A. M. Meerloo, “Conversation and Communication.” (1).
The American-Iranian talks are designed to fail.
Investigative Journalist Gareth Porter says America’s posture in the talks with Iran this weekend is based on threats and unworkable demands in his article, “US-Israel Deal to Demand Qom Closure Threatens Nuclear Talks.”
For the piece, Porter interviewed Reza Marashi, a former official at the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and the current research director at the National Iranian American Council. “The absence of any groundwork for significant incentives,” writes Porter, “leads Marashi to believe the administration plans to rely on threats rather than incentives to get Iran to agree to its demands.”