An Opening to Iran? – Article by Ron Paul

An Opening to Iran? – Article by Ron Paul

The New Renaissance Hat
Ron Paul
October 6, 2013
Last week, for the first time since the 1979 Iranian revolution, the US president spoke with his Iranian counterpart. Their 15-minute telephone call was reported to open the door to further high-level discussions. This is a very important event.I have been saying for years that we should just talk to the Iranians. After all, we talked to the Soviets when they actually had thousands of nuclear missiles pointed at us! The Iranians have none, according to our own intelligence services. I even suggested a few years ago that we should “offer friendship” to them. Unfortunately, so many so-called experts have a stake in keeping tensions high and pushing us to war. They did not want to hear what I was saying. It seems, though, this is beginning to change now with these recent events.

The phone call was one of the most important moves away from war and conflict in a long time. Taken with the Obama administration’s decision to hold off on bombing Syria, we should be encouraged.

It is also probably a good sign that this phone call has infuriated the neoconservatives at home, the pro-war faction in Israel, and the hard-liners in Iran. Now that a process of negotiation has begun, the chance of war has been significantly reduced. The US is very unlikely to bomb Iran while it is talking with them, and Israel is also unlikely to start a war while the US is at the negotiating table with the Iranian leadership.

But we should also remain very cautious. Obama’s war on Syria was only stopped because the American people finally stood up and said “enough.” The message was received loud and clear and it shocked the neocons pushing war. They were used to being in charge of foreign policy.

In a recent CNN poll, more than 75% of Americans favored negotiations with Iran. This is very good news, but those pushing for war will not give up that easily. Believe it or not, some Members of Congress have recently introduced legislation to authorize war on Iran – even as these first steps toward a peaceful resolution of our differences begin to bear fruit!

So no, they will not give up that easily. There are many in the president’s own Cabinet who do not want to see US/Iranian relations improve. Even the president himself seems unable to avoid provocative statements — such as his claim that the Iranians are only willing to talk because the sanctions have been so successful in bringing them to the table. That is a false and unnecessary boast, and if he continues in such a way he will destroy what progress has been made.

But we are in the majority now. There are more than three-quarters of us who do not want war on Iran. It is essential that we keep the pressure on the Administration to ignore the war demands in both political parties and among the so-called foreign policy experts. There will be much more war propaganda coming our way as the warmongers get more desperate. Americans must see this propaganda for what it is. They should educate themselves and become familiar with alternative news sources to gain the tools to counter the propaganda. We do have a better chance at peace, but this is no time to let down our guard!

Ron Paul, MD, is a former three-time Republican candidate for U. S. President and Congressman from Texas.

This article is reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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    The Mind of an Islamist September 29, 2013

    A computer is a machine that can be programmed. So is the mind. And it is the mind that I wish to discuss, perhaps as “a voice crying in the wilderness”.

    From “South Pacific”

    In 1942 a musical called “South Pacific” was produced, which had in it a song called “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”. The lyrics go:

    You’ve got to be taught
    To hate and to fear.
    You’ve go to be taught
    From year to year,
    It’s got to be drummed
    In your dear little ear.
    You’ve got to be carefully taught .

    You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
    Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
    And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade.
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
    Before you are six or seven or eight,
    To hate all the people your relatives hate.
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    Here the writer recognized the mind as a computer (if only implicitly) to be programmed.

    From a Catholic Clergy

    Some time ago a catholic clergyman, possibly in answer to an interviewers question, said “Give us a child through its 7th year and we will teach it so well in the Catholic belief that it will never depart from those teachings.”.
    Here, again, the speaker recognized the mind as a computer, again perhaps only implicitly.

    From the Islamic Clergy

    The Mullahs of the Muslim World teach their children, from near birth through adolescence and well beyond, that Islam is the only true religion, that the Qur’an is the Word of God, that the Islamist are His chosen people, and that the sharia is the Law of Islam. They are taught that the infidel is their enemy and that to deceive that enemy is a proper strategy. These teachings are so implanted in the mine of the Islamist that they are impervious to reason, and so cannot be won over by diplomacy or arbitration.

    All un-believers are evil and must be destroyed, because Islam must rule the world. The battle, which began about 600 AD, could well be the Battle of Armageddon, after which the world will end and the Believers will be taken into Heaven to be with Allah.


    Yes, we are well into it, and unless this battle is cut short by a timely and massive retaliation by the “Unbelievers”, meaning us, who recognize the reality of that which is happening and accept the necessity of such a retaliation.

    The Evidence and the Way

    In his book “Winning the Unwinnable War” Elan Journo lists the various terrorists attacks on us, what happened, and what our response was. We never identified the Enemy, and by killing only a few of that Enemies soldiers we actually encouraged that Enemy, to such an extent that bin Laden called us a “paper tiger”.

    Journo provides the evidence and describes in exquisite detail the state of mind of our Leaders (which indicates their incompetence for the job to which they were elected), and explains what must be done and why and when.

    When? ASAP

    The seriousness of the Terrorists Attacks can be seen by going to Google and asking for a “List of Islamic Terror Attacks”. There you will find, in Wikipedia, just such a list which covers the last 43 years (Worldwide, until May of 2013) which, in summary, lists:

    222 attacks
    7408 killed
    7325 wounded,
    and many billion so dollars in property damage.

    (Other lists found under Google are equally horrifying.)

    These attacks, we’ve recently been promised by the Enemy, is just the beginning of an escalation of such attacks. Will it take another World Trade Center attack, or even worse, to awaken us?

    James Wright

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