No Enforcing Policy Works Out, Logic Indispensable

Friday, November 21, 2014

Abdolreza Ghofrani
Former Senior Diplomat and International Analyst

As usual the Middle East, not being peaceful, is fraught with episodes (if positively we do not call them catastrophes). ISIS is merely one of the predicaments of this critical region. We have witnessed that United States has been confused and undecided in its foreign policy; and as Aaron David Miller, well known research associate in Woodrow Wilson international studies Institute has put, “US does not have a clear judgment in its foreign policy” particularly for this region. In fact, being thousands of miles away from sensitive regions including ME, after decades, Washington still does not have a meticulous and right vision of the ongoing developments in this area. Amusingly, this is not just the notion of other countries but that is of American politicians, scholars and even the common citizens'. Have the US administrations not, after the elapse of many years, truly understood this? Why, notwithstanding tremendous economic and military power, United States cannot overwhelm the problems it faces in this region and of course other areas? Unfortunately, for decades, the big problem with American statesmen has been this misapprehension that they can achieve their goals by force and bullying. Though this has proved to be thoroughly a failure, Washington still try this failed policy that has not so far brought Americans anything but economic and social problems. Just a few years ago a newspaper had put a big image of former Secretary of State wearing a big hat of traditional cowboy saying;" we are governing the World!". How come you govern the world that ISIS is beheading your fellow citizens under the eyes of the whole world and you can do nothing? United States allegedly has intended to establish democracies of its own type in the countries in the ME and North Africa, the goal that has never been achieved and in no way is possible. Then it is worthy to note that United States is not fully aware of cultures, traditions, customs, history and sociology of the countries of this region, and if relatively knows, because of its ill judgments put by Miller, US cannot analyze facts in a rational context leading to a good understanding of the conditions that prevail in the region.

The ongoing nuclear talk with Iran is not an exception. Why, in spite of all its numerous potentialities and capabilities, the Americans cannot sum up that their inflexible positions in this context will not but lead to more complicated problems and deep crises? Some American people probably may not be fully aware of any nation's aspirations, pride and values that if be ignored will categorically upset their administration policies and balances. Were the human and financial catastrophes in Vietnam fiasco not an invaluable experience, or if you like lesson, that any one, with a common sense, should and can take stock of?

Over the past couple of days and shortly before the resumption of new round of nuclear talks in Vienna, we have heard the US high ranking officials even Secretary of State John Kerry voiced different comments on nuclear talks, sometimes contradicting, that make anyone having his own doubts of plausibility of US policy  and the basis of their decisions. Why Americans are so insisting on imposing sanction against Iran? Does not all this support Miller viewpoint that US is unaware of the facts? Does this not prove the confusions in US foreign policy?  Why Americans have not been convinced and ascertained that despite the problems caused by imposing illegitimate and inhuman sanctions have not worked out either in Iran or any other country? The only result of these sanctions has been the instilling and deepening of hatred in the peoples of those countries. Even if, supposedly, there have some people supporting US policies, including these sanctions, they are numbered and decreasing. In her prized book "Political Psychology in International Relations", Dr. Rose McDermott, professor of political science in Brown University has asked why people of the world hate us (Americans) while we respect the human rights of the peoples of all countries? She may be right .The common American citizens may think and feel that way, but what about their government?!! It is an irony that these sanctions have so far cost US enormously causing economic problems for US; and making its rivals to take the chances to their best benefit in all parts of the world. Actually those rivals have replaced US in those countries. As a matter of fact there has been only one single reason that illuminate the basis of US policies and that is the Israelis lobbies, that have had far too influence in the Senate; and it is interesting that time and again authors and analysts talk of unawareness of some US Senators of the realities of the world. In this mess, it is only Israel that makes the most of it and causes big problems for Americans. Now we are at the threshold of 10th round of nuclear talks. American realism and pragmatism can be tested. If so there is still hope that US does not add up its problems. Otherwise, surely, there won't be good consequences for its present policies and simultaneously provide problems for other countries and begets and deepens more hatred in the world that the author of the book politics psychology in international relations asks why?

Key Words: Middle East, Aaron David Miller, American Politicians, ISIS, Nuclear Talk, Iran, US Foreign Policy, Realism, Pragmatism, Ghofrani

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