by Jeremy Rosen

I was never an admirer of the Shah of Iran. I was never a fan of monarchies nor of autocracies in general, any more than I am of democracy when there are no institutions of civil society to sustain it. But Persian Jews owed the Pahlavis, father and son, a great deal. For the first time in Persian history since it came under Shia Muslim control, the Jews were allowed the freedom, the equality before the law, and the opportunities they had been denied for a thousand years.

I remember how in the 1950s Britain, Russia and America interfered and battled for control of Persian affairs. To this day resentment against the arrogance of the Imperial powers for the way they tried to control Iranian oil, lingers. Internally Rezah Shah, the founder of the Pahlavis, was a modernist. He tried very hard to battle the primitive medievalism of the Mullahs and their grip mainly on the rural, less educated classes. He promoted education, liberated women, and helped create a dynamic, industrial country that went a long way towards dragging Iran out of the typical backwardness that we see to this day in Afghanistan and elsewhere in that benighted part of the world.

The conflict between religious medievalism and modernity in Iran was made more complex because of Soviet interference through the powerful Tudeh Communist Party. The Shah, under the pressure of the cold war, was forced into a balancing act in which he courted the Mullahs, retracted many of the anticlerical moves of his father, and employed his cruel secret police organization, SAVAK, to clamp down on left-wing and communist dissidents. In the end the combination of left-wing antipathy towards the Shah’s autocracy combined with Muslim religious opposition triumphed.

The Shah was ousted by the Americans. They and the French brought Khomeini (whom the Shah had exiled for his extremism) back from exile because he promised moderation. However as soon as he returned, he and his cronies set about killing opposition, removing moderate, pro-Western leadership and anticlerical voices, and letting loose the oppressive ideology that now inspires, funds, and arms the violence around the world that strengthens their cause.

American foreign policy has always veered between right-wing interference and naïve left-wing idealism. Whereas the Republicans allowed the CIA to interfere in Iranian affairs, Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, believed that if you were nice to Khomeini and gave him a chance he would spread tolerance and good will and become Jimmy’s best friend. Carter has gone on in a similar vein to preach the left-wing gospel of Hamas reasonableness in the face of Israeli intransigence.

We are now once again in a similar situation. The Democrat President believes that being nice to Iran will blunt their revolutionary zeal. Making concessions will “bring them back into the community of nations” and reduce their aggressiveness. Allowing them to have a nuclear bomb will bring peace to the Middle East. It is an exact replay of the mentality of the Carter years.

There is no doubt that there will be a deal regardless. Obama wants it. He will buy it. He probably genuinely believes in it as much as he believed in the Arab Spring and in the benevolence of the Brotherhood. Iran will keep its capacities and its warheads and its plutonium enrichment and, within a few years, its nuclear bombs. There is nothing Israel or anyone else can do. Even if Israel has the capacity to bomb some of the targets, it cannot get them all. The targets are so many, so diffused, and so deep underground that without an alliance of major powers the effort will not be able to be completed. Besides, bombing Iran will only bring its disparate groups more strongly together in patriotic unity in the face if an external threat.

Despite all this I do not see the coming deal as the end of the world. Yes, Iran will get the bomb. Pakistan has the bomb. India has bomb, and so does North Korea. No doubt the Sunni states will get their bombs too. Proliferation will be inevitable. But that does not necessarily mean they will be used or that lunatic extremists will get hold of them in ways that they can be used in localized conflicts.

I remember the fear we all had in the fifties of a nuclear war between the East and the West. It never happened despite all the mischief the USSR got up to. Iran has its own problems. It is dependent on Russia and China and world finance and trade. Its Mullahs know well enough that if they cannot improve their economy and provide jobs, they too will face millions of disaffected citizens, however devoted religiously they may be. And launching nuclear bombs whose spillover will decimate the Shia Hezbollah, or even the Sunni Palestinians, will not bring about the appearance of the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi. Besides they couldn't even defeat Saddam Hussein and his notoriously cowardly Iraqi army. So no—perhaps irrationally—I do not believe that Iran is the Great Satan.

Now that doesn’t mean I would trust those brutes who kill and rape student protestors any further than I could smell them. And the doctrine of “Taqiyya” (lying to your opponents to achieve your long term political and religious ends) will continue to be an essential part of their great Muslim tradition.

But I do not think the leaders are stupid either. They have, after all, learned to use the very social media they ban at home to win friends abroad. And they know how to smile. There will of course be anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers like Ahmadinejad in Iran, just as today there are everywhere else in the Arab world and beyond.

For all we Jews have to contend with, we have not been stronger since the days of the Maccabees (nor any more loved). Greeks hated us then too. So long as Israel is capable of defending itself, I have no fear. I am indeed amazed at the delusions of politicians, well meaning or not. I do not trust princes. But that is world politics for you. In the end I suspect they will cancel each other out. We must at least concentrate on improving our own societies.

How to go forward? As the Israeli proverb goes “Kabdehu V’Chashdeyhu” — Respect him but suspect him!


-- How About The FBI Investigating This Couple And Their Foundation?

By Elvira Fernandez Hasty

Every time we think the corruption cannot get any worse, buy here come the Clintons to prove us wrong again. The Russian state-owned atomic agency Rosatom bought a 17% share in Uranium One, stomach a Canadian owned company with uranium mines in Wyoming.

Senator John Barrosso of Wyoming and several congressmen raised their concerns about this deal. However, the deal was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is a small executive task force that evaluates investment transactions by foreign companies in the United States. It is composed of cabinet members from the departments of Defense, Treasury, Homeland Security and State, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

Donations to The Clinton Foundation were received by investors in “Uranium One” between 2005 and 2011.

In addition, Bill Clinton received a half million dollars, in 2010, for a single speech in Moscow from a Kremlin affiliated bank.

What can be worse than allowing a Russian company to buy a majority interest in a Uranium mine on American soil in exchange for millions of dollars? It sounds like a 007 movie with Comrade Putin playing Mr. Evil who wishes to control the world’s Uranium. Why is Putin so interested in Russia being the largest producer of Uranium?

Do we understand how corrupt and treasonous this deal is? We’re talking URANIUM!

Uranium is a chemical element found in most rocks in concentrations of 2 to 4 ppm (parts per million). Uranium sources are most abundant in Australia, Canada and Kazakhstan. Other countries fairly rich in Uranium are Russia, USA, South Africa, Namibia, Niger, Brazil and Ukraine.

It is present in nature as three different isotopes: U 238, the most abundant (over 99%), U 235 (0.7%) and U 234 (traces). U 235 is the isotope that is fissile, that is, its atoms can split while releasing energy. While U 238 is not fissile; it is “fertile” -- when bombarded with neutrons it can become Pu 239 (Plutonium) which is fissile.

Scientists can either enrich Uranium sources so as to obtain larger amounts of U 235, or use U 238 to produce Pu 239. Either way nuclear energy is obtained. The latter method uses a breeder reactor. Both can be used for producing electricity and radioisotopes, as well as atomic weapons.

For atomic weapons the Uranium 235 and Plutonium 239 must be enriched over 90%. In a nuclear reactor, the fission chain reaction can be controlled to create enough heat to produce steam which spins a turbine to drive a generator, producing electricity.

Several countries in the world use nuclear reactors for over 30% of their electricity, among them most European countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

Russia also provides natural gas to western Europe via its company Gazprom which was set up in 1989 as the first “private” company but with the state controlling over fifty per cent of shares. It controls one-fifth of world gas reserves and supplies over 25% of natural gas of European countries.

Let us now connect the dots:

Putin plays the game much better than Obama. Putin made his career and deceitfulness serving in the KGB.

He understands that he who controls energy and nuclear weapons controls the world.

Energy is the blood of a country; it gives life and movement; it commands its economy and its national security.

Hence, countries that depend on other countries for their energy can easily become subservient and powerless to direct their own destiny.

Not only can Putin take over Ukraine (rich in Uranium mines), but he can blackmail the USA with his capacity to export Uranium to Iran.

After all, this deal with Rosatom has given Russia control of about one-fifth of all uranium producing capacity in the United States.

After “getting away” with one crime after another, in the past, Bill and Hillary Clinton felt more entitled each time, became more arrogant, and went on to worse crimes.


[Elvira Fernandez Hasty was born in La Habana, Cuba, to immigrants from Spain.  She attended a private Catholic school for women, French Dominicans School, until the age of fifteen.

At that time, the Castro regime militia invaded her home one night in order to question her 20 year old sister, Rose, about her involvement in “counter-revolution” at the University.  After some months of anguish, her father arranged for Rose to obtain diplomatic protection from the country of Honduras, and the decision was also made to send her away before confiscation of private schools by the communist government.  Rose flew to Honduras under the protection of the Ambassador on January 24, 1961, while Ms. Fernandez Hasty left the country for Florida the next day via the Pedro Pan organization that was formed to protect Cuban children from Marxist indoctrination.

After finishing high school in Florida and working at an electric company billing department, Elvira continued her studies at St. Mary College in Kansas.  She graduated cum laude with a BS in Chemistry and later received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana, IL.  Dr. Hasty spent twenty years in college teaching and research, becoming Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chairperson at Mundelein College in Chicago.

In 1997, Elvira and her husband James, moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where she currently resides.

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