Iran implications are dire and go beyond nuclear weapons

Barack Obama is playing dangerous games in the Middle East and they may have dire long range consequencts. Photo: Barack Obama speaks out (

CHARLOTTE, November 30, 2013 – While Barack Obama does his best to keep the Affordable Care Act out of the headlines after another deadline is set to become history, the Geneva Agreement with Iran is quietly changing the face of the Middle East.

The ramifications of the negotiations are far greater than the administration is admitting and significantly more troubling than the media is reporting. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has published the first of several papers intended to explain developments in the Middle East as they pertain to Iran. If true, the issues go significantly beyond the Iranian nuclear problem to a magnitude that may change the face of the region forever, and not in a positive way.

To a large degree the information has been overlooked by Western media, but according to MEMRI, it is being widely reported and discussed in the Middle East. Most notably, Iran’s efforts to obtain nuclear weapons are just the tip of the iceberg.

In the words of A. Savyon and Y. Carmon, “the Iranian regime’s threat to the entire region and internationally has never been solely that of a nuclear bomb. Rather, it is a threat because it is an ideological Islamic revolutionary regime, that openly threatens the other regimes in the Middle East with ideological incitement and subversive activity.”

Savyon and Carmon go on to state, “With regard to this comprehensive threat posed by the Iranian regime, the Geneva agreement enhances Iran’s efforts at subversion in the region and internationally.”

By itself the consequences of MEMRI’s research is dire, but more frightening are the implications that lead directly back to the White House and the Obama administration.

“The agreement shifts the geostrategic power relations in the Middle East and replaces the Arab-Sunni hegemony, which for decades maintained the pro-Western status quo in the Middle East, with Iranian hegemony, which remains as anti-West as it has always been,” write Savyon and Carmon.

Following that statement, MEMRI reaches the dangerous crux of the issue, “…led by President Obama and stemming from his ideology – which he first presented openly in his 2009 addresses at the Turkish Parliament and Cairo University. This policy change involves an historic reconciliation between the U.S. and the regime of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. But it is not limited to Iran; it is a process involving the entire Arab and Muslim world, and it appeals to the peoples and to the revolutionary forces within them, and disregards their leaders.

“Obama presented a vision of an America that identifies with the aspirations and interests of the Arab and Muslim peoples and disregards their regimes. Obama’s perception does not stem from weakness but is ideologically directed; it dovetails with and intensifies the revolutionary changes taking place in the Arab world since the Arab Spring, with the aim of integrating the U.S. into the Arab and Muslim world of the future. Obama sees Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary regime as a legitimate regime.”

Unquestionably there is room for speculation and debate about the ideas presented by Savyon and Carmon, but if their analyses are correct, they clearly explain much about what transpired in recent weeks in Geneva and Iran.

Whatever Barack Obama’s motivations may be, MEMRI says, ‘…the Geneva agreement is instigating a profound and enduring crisis between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, and between the U.S. and Israel.”

Adding further tension to an already tense situation, Savyon and Carmon believe Obama’s strategy will ultimately backfire on him. “Despite President Obama’s expectation that Iran will respond to his move, it is doubtful that the Iranians and their allies in the increasingly strong resistance axis will give his administration the cooperation that he needs in order to advance his historic agenda.”

As MEMRI points out above, this may not stem from weakness on Obama’s part, but it also demonstrates that he is dealing in areas he does not understand even though he believes he does. As a result, Savyon and Carmon are predicting a backlash that has serious consequences throughout the world when they state, “Iran strives to change the global world order that is led by the U.S., and is seeking a status equal to or greater than that of today’s superpowers.

“Furthermore, this historic move by Obama will lead to regional instability. It will not assuage the existing tensions and conflicts; it will only inflame them.”

This is not a game for amateurs. Even if Obama was as adept at foreign policy as he believes he is, he is still walking a dangerous tightrope that threaten global stability by attempting to restructure the Middle East to suit his personal ideologies.

Just in case you need an example of Washington’s current expertise, there’s a healthcare website that is still on the fritz.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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