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Chess Masters

I’m telling you, the people running the world enjoy moving us around on their crazy chessboard. Regarding Iran, I have been following two trains of thought: 1) the murderous psychopaths in power want to attack Iran and will find a way to do it, and 2) the greedy psychopaths in power want to control Iran and will find a way to do it. I’m guessing they’re all murderous and greedy, but some must be more murderous and others must be more greedy. I tend to think the greedy ones will prevail in the end, but that’s just a hopeful guess. After all, the psychopaths know that they can engineer lots of innocent deaths without actually setting off nuclear weapons, fun though that might be for them. They have the age-old tools of grinding poverty along with many new ways to surreptitiously poison the earth and her inhabitants. So they can really have their cake and eat it too, whereas if they set off a nuclear conflagration they might leave some money on the table. You know?

When I wrote this post, I have to admit I thought it was pretty crazy, even for me. But it’s not looking so crazy anymore. When Ahmadinejad visited Iraq to the strains of ho hum, that was a clue. But a few days later I convinced myself the war with Iran was definitely on. Then a few more days passed, and lo and behold an oped came out singing Iran’s praises. And so on….

Do you see these two tracks? Isn’t that really strange?

Now yesterday a few things bubbled up that merit our attention:

US Moves Toward Engaging Iran

The coming few weeks are going to be critical in the standoff between the United States and Iran as the upheaval in the Middle East reaches a turning point. And all options do remain on the table, as the George W Bush administration likes to say, from military conflict to a de facto acceptance of Iran’s standing as the region’s dominant power.

One thing is clear. The time for oratorical exercises is ending. A phase of subtle, reciprocal, conceptual diplomatic actions may be beginning. An indication of this is available in the two radio interviews given by Bush last weekend and beamed into Iran, exclusively aimed at reaching out to the Iranian public on the Persian New Year Nauroz.

… Bush spoke of the evolution of the Iranian regime’s character rather than its overthrow. The criticism, if any, of Iranian government policies approached nowhere near the diatribes of the past. There was none of the boastful claims that the US would work toward isolating Iran in its region and beyond. In fact, Bush acknowledged, “There’s a chance that the US and Iran can reconcile their differences, but the [Iranian] government is going to have to make different choices. And one [such choice] is to verifiably suspend the enrichment of uranium, at which time there is a way forward.”

The secret American-Iranian security deal in Iraq, and how this connected to McCain’s visit to Israel

Ahmadinejad offered to calm the situation in Iraq, using the three days attacks-free visit to Iraq as a demonstration of what can Iran do, the second offer is to accept the long term Iraqi – American agreement.

…- To end all American – European political and logistic support for the Iranian opposition, especially Iran’s Resistance Council Organization, Pijac Kurdish organization, and other small opposition groups [Arabs, Turkmen, Azari…etc].

- Stop the secret and public American administration incitement of toppling the Iranian regime.

- End the U.S. and Europe campaign to push for the Iranian Jews immigration to Israel.

- To put an end to the campaign of the need to for pre-emptive strikes against selective and sensitive intelligence, military and nuclear Iranian sites.

In exchange for:

- Intelligence cooperation in Iraq and the region, while Washington gives Iran a space to maneuver internationally, easing the international pressure and the embargo, as a result, Tehran to postpone uranium enrichment operations for a period of two years, with the approval of Iran’s nuclear programme by the inspection teams of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

- Full cooperation between Tehran and Washington in all areas, and Iran to ensure the submission of several laws in Washington’s favour by the Shiite coalition blocs and Iraqi Kurdistan Alliance, including oil and gas law, the provinces a law, as opposed to because the American President George Bush to use his powers delegated by the military gives him the right to selective attacks on Iranian sites sensitive, to ensure the security of the American forces and the Iraqi people.

This “Iran - American” deal raised concerns in Israel therefore they invited McCain, the Republican candidate to visit Tel Aviv and asked him to visit Baghdad to be informed about what has been achieved talking with the Iranians, promised him that if the mission is successful, then he will get the support of Tel Aviv and the Zionist lobby in America presidential election.

With the banks and financial system hemorrhaging, perhaps the most pressing need right now (for those in power) is to stabilize their financial pic line. The latest finCEN move could simply be designed to make sure Iran is seated firmly at the negotiating table until the above deal goes through. Eh?

It’s hard for me to think like a psychopath, but I’m giving it a whirl.