|Southwest Asia News Digest
LaRouche To Prince Turki: What About Sykes-Picot?
Oct. 23 (EIRNS)Speaking at the annual meeting of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki bin-Faisal, former head of Saudi intelligence and former ambassador to London and Washington, denounced U.S. policy towards the Middle East, focusing on the Obama Administration's kowtowing to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prince's remarks stunned the audience by their bluntness, and their harsh criticism of Washington's failure to deliver on a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine crisis, and failure to back the Arab-Israeli peace initiative of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.
Prince Turki also accused the Obama Administration of violently infringing upon Pakistan's sovereignty, with drone attacks on sites inside the country; and he implied that the United States was virtually backing Hezbollah, by refusing to force Israel to remove its troops from Lebanese territory, thus justifying the continuation of the armed resistance in the south of the country.
While much of what Prince Turki charged about the Obama Administration's duplicity and failures was true, Lyndon LaRouche warned that Prince Turki was "notably silent about the British role." LaRouche asked: "What would the Prince say about British dirty dealings in the region? What about Sykes-Picot, and the Saudi role in that longstanding British geopolitical manipulation of the entire region?"
"Far too often," LaRouche explained, "the Saudis have acted as puppets of London in their Sykes-Picot colonial pursuits. The flaw in Prince Turki's criticism of the American failures in the Middle East is his coverup of the Saudi partners in London, who created this mess in the first place, and who perpetuate it to this day, through projects like the secret 'al-Yamamah' slush fund for promoting wars and conflicts throughout Southwest, South and Central Asia. It would not be an exaggeration," LaRouche concluded, "to say that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is itself a product of the Sykes-Picot treachery of London and Paris, which often deployed explicitly against traditional American foreign policy objectives. If you look at the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations towards the region, you see very clearly that these are British policies, imposed through British controls over two successive U.S. presidencies."
As head of Saudi intelligence, and later Ambassador to the Court of St. James, Prince Turki was in the epicenter of the Anglo-Saudi manueverings. "He cannot," LaRouche observed, "claim ignorance about this British perfidy."
NAWAPA Video in Arabic Posted To LaRouche Arabic-Language Website
Oct. 23 (EIRNS)The LaRouche Arabic website and EIR have posted the first NAWAPA tour video produced by the LaRouchePAC's Basement Team, dubbed in Arabic: http://arabic.larouchepub.com/2010/10/23/428/
This comes in the context of a campaign by Lyndon LaRouche's Arab associates to destroy the Desertec insanity sweeping the Arab world. The Arabic website of the LaRouche movement and EIR issued a statement on Oct. 7 by Hussein Askary calling for "killing Desertec," the solar power mega-swindle, describing it as a "satanic/Malthusian" ploy and a "danger to the minds of coming generations, the economy and sovereignty of nations in the Arab countries and Europe," and as "an economic as well as scientific fraud."
The statement stressed: "There is no more effective way to commit genocide against large numbers of people than to deprive them of modern technology to build infrastructure, power production, modern agriculture, and health care." As the fight waged by LaRouche in the U.S. makes it clear what the steps are for recovery, the possibilities for Africa and Asia are known to but a minority of the Arab-speaking population.
This video will be followed by the "NAWAPA Sisters," i.e., the Eurasian case study, Possibilities for Africa, the Darién Gap, and a feature interview with Hussein Askary on the Oasis Plan, the prospect for peace in the Middle East, to be posted very soon.
Obama Lied to Brazil on Iran Uranium Deal
Oct. 25 (EIRNS)EIR InDepth covers the charges made by former U.S. National Security Council official Flynt Leverett, that President Obama's April 2010 letter to Brazil's President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, stating U.S. willingness to back a uranium-swap agreement with Iran, was never intended seriously. When an agreement on the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR) was actually reached among Iran, Turkey, and Brazil, the Administration repudiated it. Here are excerpts from Obama's letter:
"I agree with you that the TRR is an opportunity to pave the way for a broader dialogue in dealing with the more fundamental concerns of the international community," regarding Iran.
"For us, Iran's agreement to transfer 1,200 kg of Iran's low enriched uranium (LEU) out of the country would build confidence and reduce regional tensions by substantially reducing Iran's LEU stockpile. I want to underscore that this element is of fundamental importance for the United States...."
Obama lied that since October 2009, Iran had completely refused to swap the LEU on the territory of any country other than itself, or even discuss it:
"There is a potentially important compromise that has already been offered," writes Obama. "Last November, the IAEA conveyed to Iran our offer to allow Iran to ship its 1,200 kg of LEU to a third country specifically Turkey at the outset of the process to be held 'in escrow' as a guarantee during the fuel production process that Iran would get back its uranium if we failed to deliver the fuel. Iran has never pursued the 'escrow' compromise....
"That is why I question whether Iran is prepared to engage Brazil in good faith, and why I cautioned you during our meeting. To begin a constructive diplomatic process, Iran has to convey to the IAEA a constructive commitment to engagement through official channelssomething it has failed to do."
Iran formally notified the IAEA of the agreement on May 14, but Obama summarily rejected the offer.