The Logic of the US Government: Give RQ-170 Drone Back to Us

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ali Abdullah-Khani

The US President Barack Obama took part in a joint press conference with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki in Washington on Monday, December 12, announcing that Washington has asked Tehran to return the US reconnaissance drone which recently violated the country’s airspace. The news irked almost everybody in Iran and various comments were posted under it in different news websites(1).

But do we really have to look surprised and bite our fingers out of consternation? I think not. All dual remarks, conflicts, contradictions, and gestures that we see in the political regime of the United States can be understood within framework of “Regime of Truth” as defined by Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault. While projecting the rise of nihilism in the West, Nietzsche believed that the Western way of life is meaningless as there is no truth, no value, and no love in it. What remains is this: “The will to power which is superior to the will to survive. What then is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms -- in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that is what they are; metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins.”

Foucault has also explained the regime of truth in another, yet more appealing, way by saying that knowledge and power are two flip sides of the same coin. By discussing the political economic concept of truth in the West, Foucault identifies the creation of truth in the contemporary Western society with five traits:

•The centering of truth on the scientific discourse which creates it;

•Accountability of truth to economic and political forces (that is, truth is as important to Western political powers as economic production is);

•“Diffusion and consumption" of truth via societal apparatuses (namely, the truth diffuses through Western educational and information systems and the range of its penetration is quite vast despite the existing limitation);

•If Truth is not monopolized by the Western political and economic apparatuses (the army, intelligence services, and Western media empire), its distribution is controlled by them; and

•The truth is the issue of a whole political debate and social confrontation (for the West, truth is the same as ideological rivalry).

It is in accordance with the logic of the regime of truth that Israel can launch a 33-day war against Lebanon and commit all kinds of crimes against humanity while bathing in unbridled support of the US government. Later on, the then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice drew an analogy between the calamity of war in the Middle East and the pain of delivering a child.

In line with the same logic, President Obama can shed tears for a woman who has been killed on the streets of Tehran, but remain silent toward putting a hot iron rod through the skull of a Bahraini protester or the killing at point-blank of an Egyptian demonstrator at the hands of the security forces of the country’s former dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

The US government can arrange a court hearing in which the Iranian officials are incriminated of supporting the Lebanese Hezbollah and killing the US marines in Beirut while American presidential candidates are currying favor with Israel by saying that overthrowing the Islamic Republic is their ultimate goal. They can also, and within the bounds of that logic, send their spy drone deep into the Iranian territory and yet ask it back when it is downed by Iran. They can also shoot down Iran's passenger plane with approximately 200 passengers onboard over the Persian Gulf, kill a great number of innocent women and children and then give a medal to commander of the warship which has shot the plane.

It is only for the US government to offer gratis military and financial aid to the former suppressive regime of Egypt for many years to be used by that regime for repressing people’s freedoms, torturing them and fomenting administrative corruption and, out of the blue, change course after people take to the streets and appear in the frontline of the Egyptian revolution.

It is only for the US government to create so much hype over human rights of the Iranian nation and introduce Iran as the main violator of human rights by adopting various positions, resolutions, statements and diplomatic measures, but remain silent toward medieval Arab regimes of the Persian Gulf region, establish the most cordial political and military ties with them and, in the meantime, manage such notorious prisons as Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

It is only the US government which can claim to be fostering peace in the Middle East and yet, vote against the membership of the Palestinian Authority in UNESCO despite widespread international backing and even threaten the world body with discontinuation of Washington’s financial support.

It is only the US government which can charge the former Iraqi ruler, Saddam Hussein, with the proliferation of the nuclear weapons by producing various kinds of documents and organizing a host of official speeches, then attack Iraq without permission of the United Nations Security Council, occupy it despite the opposition of the world’s public opinion, including the public opinion inside the United States, hold Iraq under occupation for more than 9 years, kill thousands of innocent people, and then leave the country on tiptoe without having found any nuclear weapon there.

It is only the US government which can consider Iran's nuclear activities as a nuclear threat to the whole world and ask for the highest degree of punishment for Iran ignoring the fact that the country’s nuclear facilities have been regularly inspected by International Atomic Energy Agency for thousands of hours; that the country has not been involved in any war during the past 200 years; that Iranian officials have frequently announced that they do not want to develop a nuclear weapons capability; and that the country’s nuclear activities has been under keen eyes of all Western intelligence agencies. At the same time, the United States can maintain an arsenal containing thousands of nuclear bombs which can destroy the whole plants a dozens of times while being the sole country to have used atom bomb in human history and to have waged the highest number of wars in the world during the past 20 years.

All these facts and hundreds of other cases are telltale signs of the “regime of truth logic” which is currently governing the political system of the United States. Therefore, we must not be actually upset at Obama’s request on Tehran to give the spy drone back. This is the vintage logic of the political system in the United States.

*Dr. Ali Abdullah-Khani is the Chairman of Tehran International Studies & Research Institute (TISRI).


•You are very rude. Do you want us to add something before giving it back!

•What an interesting world! A thief has forcefully and without permission encroached upon private environment of another person, has left his equipment behind and now wants them back!!! The more we march forward, instead of becoming more civilized, the Western heads of states are apparently losing their intellect!

•Come to our school after the last class, take it and give it back to that lazy student in the region that only kills people.

•As if he has been playing football in the street, his ball as fallen in Iran's yard, and now he wants it back!!! How outrageous!

•O God! You know that if Iran had done the same, they would have declared war. The US is the ancient Rome.

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