In Praise Of The Brave And The Visionary
Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman started it all. He was the original initiator and architect of the Iran rapprochement. Almost three years ago, he ingeniously set up the initial peace meetings between the USA and Iran. Secret meetings that went on for six whole months right under the radars of the Mossad and every other intelligence agency on the planet. Without Qaboos’ peace-seeking visionary initiative to break the hostile ice between the two foes, America and Iran would not be here today celebrating a golden victory for peace and international diplomacy. All praise and gratitude should first go to this man who worked of his own volition; worked quietly and humbly throughout to bring an alternative to war in a region already ripped by non-state and state terrorism alike. Against virtually insurmountable obstacles, he calculated and worked on behalf of peace. He is a brave leader in a region full of narcissistic and despotic leaders. Even though I am an anti-monarchist, as I’m sure practically everyone who reads Plato’s is, I must here give credit where credit is due. Qaboos behaved honorably for the benefit of not just his country, but for the people of his region as a whole – for humanity. He is a true universalist. He is a Peace Hawk.
Praise should also be given to Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. I have to say here that I’ve never been comfortable with such an over-privileged title – I can just about swallow the title of ‘leader’ let alone the title of ‘Supreme’ leader. But nevertheless, Mr. Khamenei was wise enough to seize on Qaboos’ initiative; was intelligent enough to pick the right Iranian team to represent his country at the negotiating table. And despite his negative ideological inclinations towards American imperialism, he leaned on his higher consciousness and reached out to make peace with a hated generational enemy. He also struck a balanced note with Iranian anti-American hardliners in his own government, allowing them haughty cynicism but simultaneously guiding them away from a destructive and impractically applied ideology. He achieved this without a trace of offence to the ‘spirit’ of their religion and hotheaded ideology. This was a most delicate balancing act that only an older and wise statesman can pull off. Drawing a constructive boundary for the hardliners and choosing the right Iranian team of negotiators was key to the success of the negotiations. Therefore I applaud Mr. Khamenei on his momentous leadership skills. He too should be called a Peace Hawk – or maybe a Supreme Peace Hawk.
Last but not least, a colossal bravo to President Obama for responding to Qaboos’ peace initiative and working it to the bone despite the Zionist and neocon chokehold on our Middle East foreign policy. Nobody took the incessant beatings and public humiliations for peace like Obama did. And a second bravo should be awarded to him for politically outsmarting all the rabid warmongers and naysayers on Capitol Hill and in Tel Aviv. Obama has literally, and finally, activated a change of course in American behaviorism in the Middle East, more aligned with our true constitutional American values. He has slayed the PNAC neocon plan at the eleventh hour and literally overnight, politically chained their large army of global warmongers to the back of the charging peace train. Even if a Republican is elected into office next year, the American public at large will not accept another war involvement in the Middle East, especially a costly, illogical and uncalled for war against Iran. President Obama is responsible for re-normalizing this collective shift towards peace, after an exhausting and abnormal dozen years of aggressive Bushism. This is indeed is a humongous socio-political feat that probably no other personality in our political arena would have been capable of. President Obama is hereby awarded the stellar title of Peace Hawk. Peace Hawk Extraordinaire.