President Obama recently dubbed anyone against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iranian agreement “crazies” — how very presidential. Such name-calling is just evidence that one doesn’t want to debate the issue and would rather revert to Saul Alinsky’s tried-and-true tactic of demonization and ridicule — it ain’t working. This is a serious issue, but Iran’s laughing all the way to the bank — literally.
As reported by the Washington Post:
The ink was barely dry on a landmark agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program before a German government plane packed with the nation’s economic elite touched down in Tehran.
They were just the first in a rush of European ministers and businesspeople flocking to a market that is poised to reopen after years of grinding sanctions. Upscale Tehran hotels are packed and tables at trendy restaurants are scarce as foreigners jostle for bargains, even amid uncertainty over whether President Obama can overcome congressional opposition to the deal.
The steady stream of visitors to Tehran is the latest sign of the Atlantic-wide divide between the United States and Europe, where there is scant opposition to the pact that aims to crimp Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry have warned detractors that they would be unable to reimpose a multinational trade embargo if Congress rejected the plans. The five other countries that helped broker the deal have also told Congress that they will not return to the negotiating table. The high-level trips show that U.S. leaders can’t even keep Europeans from booking tickets to Tehran ahead of the congressional vote, which needs to take place by Sept. 17.“We are talking here about 80 million people who need energy supplies, who naturally also need health care, who want to get back off their knees in the oil and gas businesses. There are opportunities and chances,” Joe Kaeser, chief executive of Siemens, a German industrial conglomerate, told German television last month.” Ladies and gents, let’s be honest, this is over. Even if by some amazing grace there are enough votes to override President Obama’s veto, the floodgates are already open and folks are looking to establish new economic markets — free market supply and demand. And in the end, the Iranian regime will be able to say to their people, “we defeated the great Satan and now look how we’ve restored Iran’s prominence and influence.”
Interesting to note that it’s Germany rushing into Tehran to enable them to build their economy. In the 1930s, Chancellor Adolf Hitler spoke of restoring German pride after the embarrassment of World War I.
Indeed, Hitler did this, by increasing production and manufacturing; improving road networks; and rebuilding the German economy destroyed under the Weimar Republic. And once Hitler had restored a sense of superiority in the German people, he had them. And once he had the the German people’s blind loyalty, he then transitioned to the next phase: military strength.
This is exactly what the JCPOA has enabled. The first phase for Iran’s leaders is building the country’s economic strength. And when, by strategic design, the Ayatollahs have allowed enough economic improvement, the Iranian people will not remember their repressive nature. The Iranian people will become loyal followers — recall the massive rallies of 1930s Germany.
Then the Ayatollahs will shift to their hegemonic designs. For Hitler, it was the creation of the Thousand-Year-Reich; for Iran, it’s the global Islamic caliphate. And just as Mussolini and others followed, so shall other nations see Iran as the strongman who stood up to America and Israel. They will see Iran as a powerhouse where European nations come and seek to establish economic trade and procure oil and gas. And all the while Iran will be building the tools of war.
It will start with innocuous requests, responded to with appeasement and acquiescence. Then the requests will turn to demands. For Hitler, let us not forget, these included Rhineland, Sudetenland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and then the blitzkrieg and Poland.
And just Hitler had an ally in Josef Stalin’s Russia, Iran has one in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Then, it was Japan in the Pacific; now, it is China. And instead of fascist Italy, Iran has Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas — and with their power and economic prowess will come other Islamic jihadists.
And let us never forget it was the Jewish people who suffered horribly as a result. The world restored the Jewish homeland and swore, “never again.”
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and it’s playing out today just like it did last century. The recalcitrant lovers of peace who attacked Winston Churchill exist in a different form today — but the tactics are the same. Churchill was castigated as an alarmist and warmonger, but he proved to be spot on!
Amazing, the world came together against apartheid and South Africa, but for some odd reason the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism — Iran — is cool.
Siemens sent a top official to Tehran with German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel last month. Their government plane touched down at Imam Khomeini International Airport five days after world powers agreed on the nuclear deal on July 14.
“The agreement reached between the E3+3 and Iran in Vienna has laid the foundations for a normalization of economic relations with Iran,” Gabriel said, using another term for the group of six world powers that negotiated the deal. The vice chancellor was accompanied by a delegation of top officials from some of Germany’s largest companies, including Daimler, Volkswagen and ThyssenKrupp.
Since Gabriel’s visit, high-ranking ministers from France and Italy also have visited Tehran. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond plans to rush there Saturday to reopen his nation’s embassy, amid concerns that British business is falling behind its continental counterparts. Spain, Sweden and Poland plan to follow in the fall. Most of the lawmakers have brought top business leaders with them.
Next month, Austrian President Heinz Fischer plans to be the first European head of state to visit Tehran since 2004. Vienna also hosted a major E.U.-Iran trade conference just a week after the deal was signed.
“A lot of companies at the moment are preparing agreements to be signed the moment sanctions are lifted,” said Michael Tockuss, the head of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce. He said his association is organizing a trip every week for companies interested in doing deals in Iran. Requests for advice have tripled since the accord was announced.”
What’s at stake with the September vote in Congress on the JCPOA? Yes, it’s an historic event, launching us on the path to a replay of one of the darkest periods of history, World War II. The indicators and warnings are strikingly — and scarily — parallel. Who will history deem the “crazies” when all is said and done? Sadly, it will be Obama and his herd of followers.