Iran's Africa problem
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shakes hands with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe in Tehran on November 20, 2006. (Getty Images)
February 29th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Iran's Africa problem

Editor's NoteEliot Pence is a Director at the Whitaker Group, a corporate strategy firm focused on sub-Saharan Africa with offices in Washington, DC and Accra, Ghana. Mehrun Etebari is a senior research assistant at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution

By Mehrun Etebari and Eliot Pence– Special to CNN

Iran’s efforts to build an African buffer against international pressure have hit a snag. With 54 countries (more votes than any other region) and growing influence in multilateral forums, Africa has been the focus of much of Iran’s economic and diplomatic engagement over the past several years. As recently as 2010, the Economist warned of “a new power in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Ideologically, the Islamic Republic has also long trumpeted its support of Third Worldism and sympathy for the economic and political struggles of sub-SaharanAfrica against the perceived neo-imperialism of the western powers. But the continent may not be the friend Iran was looking for. A combination of diplomatic missteps and growing interest in Africa’s energy feedstocks by some ofIran’s biggest customers threaten to further isolate the country.

Senegal — Iran’s purported “gateway to Africa” —abruptly cut diplomatic relations in 2011, amid allegations that Iran’s Quds Force was involved in funneling weapons to Senegalese separatist groups. South Africa, treading lightly between two allies (US and Iran) is said to be looking at ways to reduce its dependency on Iranian crude by sourcing from other African suppliers. South African companies — some of the largest investors in Iran — have considered divestment from long-standing joint ventures and crude oil contracts. Togo, the outgoing Chair of the UN Security Council, offers little security as a US firm recently invested $200 million in a power plant which provides half of the country’s electricity. The most notable friends that Iran does have offer little diplomatic weight (Zimbabwe and Sudan) and are themselves under hefty sanctions.

More concerning for Iran is that the threat of sanctions may accelerate a structural shift away from Iranian oil by emerging markets consumers. A Reuters survey published this month suggested that Asian countries, seeking to reduce exposure to sanctions on Iran, increased imports from African countries since 2010. A review of historical commodity flow data points to a deeper historical trend of reduced dependency on Iranian oil by major emerging consumers, at least in relative terms.  Over the past five years, the proportion of crude oil that India and China import from Iran has decreased. This year, reports indicate they will reduce Iranian imports by 10% in absolute terms.Meanwhile, each country has increased imports from Africa, especially from Angola and Nigeria, on aggregate by over 50%.  Africa’s largest economy is also looking closer to home;South Africa’s Department of Energy has said it is actively considering Angola,Nigeria, and Ghana as replacements for Iranian oil, which represents 29% of South Africa’s crude imports and 5% ofIran’s crude exports.

Consumers are increasingly turning their attention to Africa’s energy feedstocks, which have undergone rapid development in the past 18 months. Major finds in Mozambique and Tanzania are said to be reserved in part to India – Iran’s second largest customer. Ongoing exploration of West Africa’s pre-salt layer, where China has bankrolled the industry’s breakneck development, has already produced one new resource rich country this year (Ghana). Many analysts believe several more in the region are soon to come, with Namibia,Sierra Leone and Congo-Brazzaville topping most lists. While the threat of sanctions onIran’s oil cannot be considered responsible for this growing interest, it does provide added incentive for faster development.

Along with other regions, African resources have long been considered alternatives to Middle Eastern oil. But the reality is that the continent’s resource potential has been constrained by its reputation as a tumultuous place to do business. That narrative is slowly changing. Africa is home to seven of the 10 fastest growing countries and the continent’s growth is attracting one of the most educated Diasporas in the world back to the continent, providing the kind of domestic labor force increasingly critical for expanded exploration and production at a national level. As Africa’s economic development deepens, the continent will see further incentive in strengthening ties to western markets, and less in maintaining increasingly strained economic and diplomatic links with Iran.

The development of African oilfields is the result of many interrelated factors, but sanctions on Iran are building further demand for this new output.  As part of a broader trend, Africa is contributing to growing global oil production at a time when sanctions cut off foreign investment and limitIran’s ability to produce its hydrocarbon resources, decreasingIran’s relative importance in the global energy markets bit by bit. In spite of its diplomatic and ideological outreach, Iran may find itself with fewer African friends and more African competitors the longer American-led sanctions remain in place.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of Mehrun Etebari and Eliot Pence.

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  1. 100% ETHIO STRONGER!

    Africa is tied up by various industrial Countries:-
    A) Chinese, who are invested on Fuel, Copper,...mostly in West and Central Africa;
    B) Turkey, who are invested on ...........................................;
    C) Various East-European Countries.....................................;
    D) East-Indians......................................................................;
    E) Mid-East............................................................................;
    F) Iran already got more than enough Uranium from Africa.
    For sure, another round Slavery is more likely in Africa. This time, by others, rather than by previous Masters. I guess, this will happen after the war broke-down between the investors in Africa.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  2. ,,,,,iran=syria=hizboallah=shiia=terrorsists=evil

    very few people know that the antichrist aldajjal will be born and rise from iran acording to mohammad hadeeth,,, and as many as 70,000 persians , shiia and some jews will follow him thge devil will cross iraq , syria and all the way to palestine.,...those shiia will never stop until they destroy the world, iran is looking for balck market to be ready they know that 25% of iran oil go to china and they can survive on that, othger 15% be sold using iraqi shiia thugs to sale the share....russia take another 10% anmd they can handel another 15% so the oil sanction will not work we must attack iran now before russian ships stay close to iran too like what they did in syria, if iran will be attacked all othger minor evils will fall...

    February 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Mohammad A Dar

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, absurd, playing prophet, fortune teller, You sound more like a Persian Majoosi hindu than any one else.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • keeramy

      Dear Narraow minded or brain washed,
      Iran has virtually gives to india free oil over 40 years because it used to be and still is one of the poorest and at the same token one of the best independent and more of the educated people of the world. As is the case with Greece that virtually is bankrupt and even the capitalist country do not support or insure the oil industry of GREECE and only Iran virtually giving oil with you owe me (iou) to the country that may not be able to pay back.So,goes the same for Afica.Being a shiea is the most difficult because beleiving in life given by god even to a cerpentin who is not attacking you is a crime against god given life. BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Even uneducated person can tell you that Iran is not equal to syria and etc. But Saudi Arabia vahhaabee unkingdom=us=western idealogy=england=you=criminals=destoying lives=capitalist which means I give you a rope that you can hang me up as long as I benefit from it. I am sure that you have watched so many western movies. Vahhabies are like westernies killing shiia's because shiias believe in Adam,Moses,Christ and descendent of the prophet-hood till Mohammad and the coming one Mahdi.It is not Iran that is so a super power but it is God's hand behind it. Wake up babe.

      March 2, 2012 at 5:02 am | Reply
      • keeretam neestand

        Well said Keeramy. The problem in the world are these corporate media circuses they have popped up around the world (starting in Hollywood) called News Channels have brainwashed these people that ONLY read Mickey Mouse stories, if they read at all, and are so ill-informed that it is a security threat to the normal human beings living on this tiny earth with 7 billion wanting it their way! WAKE UP PEOPLE. PEACE & RESPECT is the "ONLY" way.

        March 2, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • Dear keeramy

      Dear Narraow minded or brain washed,
      Iran has virtually gives to india free oil over 40 years because it used to be and still is one of the poorest and at the same token one of the best independent and more of the educated people of the world. As is the case with Greece that virtually is bankrupt and even the capitalist country do not support or insure the oil industry of GREECE and only Iran virtually giving oil with you owe me (iou) to the country that may not be able to pay back.So,goes the same for Afica.Being a shiea is the most difficult because beleiving in life given by god even to a cerpentin who is not attacking you is a crime against god given life. BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Even uneducated person can tell you that Iran is not equal to syria and etc. But Saudi Arabia vahhaabee unkingdom=us=western idealogy=england=you=criminals=destoying lives=capitalist which means I give you a rope that you can hang me up as long as I benefit from it. I am sure that you have watched so many western movies. Vahhabies are like westernies killing shiia's because shiias believe in Adam,Moses,Christ and descendent of the prophet-hood till Mohammad and the coming one Mahdi.It is not Iran that is so a super power but it is God's hand behind it. Wake up babe.

      March 2, 2012 at 5:03 am | Reply
    • keeramy

      Dear
      those so called friends of syria promissed to get $1000/month or so from Saudi unkingdom and ghateri and after their death a green(blood) card to ....

      March 2, 2012 at 5:16 am | Reply
  3. S.V.P.YADAV

    Respected, Mr.Mehrun Elebari Garu, IRANs concern, Taking all security reasons internal and external before two years. Africas concern, they sold much of Urenium to Iran and money exchanges also more, both two countrys are lot of enjoying. Now IRAN may give subsidy to Asian countrys on Oil. About this issue, U S knows very well. So that, there is no Irans Africa problem.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:34 am | Reply
  4. ,,,,,iran=syria=hizboallah=shiia=terrorsists=evil

    attack this evil iranians and get red of those thugs, they are funding every terrorists in the world from afriac to hamas to hizboallah to libyan revolutions to al qayeda, to syrian bashar al asad, to noril al haleki of iraq, to al dawa part in iraq, to al qodos army and mahid militia in iraq to asyeb ahel al haq and to latin america....

    February 29, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • keeramy

      r u still in the airport where Sadaam used to be.The next step is what happend to your friend Sadaam. So, run.

      March 2, 2012 at 5:21 am | Reply
    • keeramy

      you are so -uked up that it is imposible to save your life. true terrorist are the one who created ben and al-ghaaedeh who were supported by Saudies money and westerns to fight against former soviet union. Surprisingly, you find them with westerners fighters(friends of syirea) in Syria. latest statistics from Izraaeel shows only 20% Izraaeelies support attacking Iran So.80% of Israielies are againt attacking Iran. With three trilion dollars support per year to Israel in the past 50 years have bankrupt every americans born and unborn with the interest rates keep adding to it. an apatied regim like israeel sooner or later will vanish from plestinean lands and pretty soon you will find a plestineans (moslims,-ews,christians,etc) living in their country free of zionism. like it or not Iran is the only country who is keeping Isarel like it or not to survieve. Iran support peoples of israel(plestineans being -weish,muslim,christian,etc) when they have elected government and it is peoples government which means destruction of zionist=apartied=racist=Israel. others like hamas is not a friends of Iran and Iran is not fuding them but it is france,euoropean,and western governments who like any other places in the world support the government and at the same time support the oppositions th the government. the same was true in iran during the puppet shah of iran and the oppositions like moudahadeen khalgh,etc. Iran gives only their believes which is beleiving in gods power, and lip services plus their old american wepons which were never useful and etc.wake up and be independent thinker till you don't think independently your mind won't be free to think straight.

      March 2, 2012 at 6:01 am | Reply
      • Rob

        exactly how much crack have you smoked?

        March 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • keeretam neestand

      Please take your medication!

      March 2, 2012 at 6:48 am | Reply
  5. Marine5484

    In this day and age, Iran and Sub Sahara Africa need to stick together in order to better stand up to the U.S., Great Britain and France. These three countries think they have a right to bully the third world. I strongly disagree!

    February 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • AJAX

      They can play an economic game pitting Russia, China, and rising powers such of Brazil and India, against the embedded western powers of the US, Great Britain, and France. Since they have many options for trade, they can avoid being bullied unless another cold war breaks out. Iran is too volatile. They have many foreign policy interests and are willing to backstab more readily than western powers. I would say that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt are better allies to have.

      February 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  6. nori al maleki of iraq is a thief and the shiia of iran also read the prove

    فساد ونفط يربط ذهبي مخابرات الاردن بأحمد المالكي والشهرستاني

    في مطار الملكة علياء الدولي تم أواخر الشهر الماضي القاء القبض على الفريق المتقاعد (محمد عبد اللطيف الذهبي) مدير عام دائرة المخابرات الاردنية السابق ونجله عندما كان يعتزم التوجه الى احدى الدول الاوربية , وكان تم طرده الذهبي من منصبه قبل اكثر من ثلاث اعوام بموجب مرسوم ملكي حيث كان تولى رئاسة الجهاز بين عامي ( 2005 لغاية 2007 ). وسبب الطرد كان تورط الذهبي بفضيحة اختلاس وفساد وغسيل اموال والمتاجرة بالجنسية والرقم الوطني والجوازات وإصدارها الى رجال اعمال عراقيين وعرب مقابل مبالغ مالية وصلت الى كل جنسية وجواز ورقم وطني مليون دولار حيث كان قام بها خلال فترة رئاسته لجهاز المخابرات وبعد صدور مذكرة القاء قبض من قبل القضاء الأردني“. وحسب "منظمة عراقيون ضد الفساد" فانها قد اتصلت مع مصدر حكومي عراقي مسؤول مطلع في وزارة النفط ومن خلال اتصال عاجل معه خلال الايام الماضية لغرض شرح تفاصيل الحدث من داخل اروقة القرار العراقي حيث هناك شبهات بتورط مسؤولين ومستشارين ووزراء في حكومة (نوري المالكي) بملف غسيل أموال النفط العراقي المصدر الى الاردن. وافاد المصدر الحكومي المسؤول بأن :” المكتب الخاص بمستشارين نوري المالكي ونجله احمد في حالة من الارباك الشديد والهلع بعد انتشار خبر القاء القبض على مدير المخابرات الاردني السابق (محمد الذهبي) لان هناك علاقة سابقة ووطيدة ربطت الاثنين معآ ومنذ الاشهر الاولى لتولي (نوري المالكي) رئاسة الوزراء الاولى . في حينها أقترح وزير النفط السابق (حسين الشهرستاني) على (نوري المالكي) في اجتماع خاص ضم إضافة الى كل من: (سمير حداد / أبو زينب) القيادي في حزب الدعوة والمشرف العام على جهاز مخابرات حكومة المالكي وكالة , وكذلك (طارق نجم عبد الله / أبو منتظر) مدير مكتب المالكي سابقآ إضافة الى (احمد نوري المالكي) نجل رئيس الوزراء والذي دخل على الخط مؤخرآ لاشتراكه بالاستحواذ على حصته من هذه الاموال بعد ان علم بهذا الموضوع من والده شخصيآ ,ولأنه حاليآ يعتبر المحرك والمسيطر الرئيسي والمشرف العام والمباشر على جميع العقود والمناقصات والمصاريف النثرية التي تخص الامانة العامة لمجلس الوزراء “. ويضيف المسؤول العراقي بأن "الجميع اتفقوا خلال الاجتماع باستغلال فرق السعر المدعوم من النفط العراقي المصدر الى الاردن وبأسعار تفضيلية تقل عن سعره الاصلي في السوق العالمية وإيداع هذه الاموال المتحصلة من وراء فرق الاسعار بحساب خاص وسري في (بنك الاسكان والتجارة الاردني) لغرض تمويل مصاريف (حزب الدعوة) ومقراته وكذلك والاهم شراء الذمم من شيوخ وصحفيين ومثقفين وأساتذة ونواب من غير كتلتهم البرلمانية. ولغرض عدم اثارة هذا الموضوع اعلاميآ أو قضائيآ أو حكوميآ في الاردن فقد دخل على الخط في حينها وأشرك (حسين الشهرستاني) مدير المخابرات الاردني في حينها (محمد الذهبي) في هذا الموضوع مقابل مبالغ مالية طائلة تدفع له وتحول الى حسابه السري الخاص في احد البنوك السويسرية لقاء تدخلاته الشخصية لتسهيل معاملات دخول هذه الاموال المختلسة الى (بنك الاسكان) وطلب منه (الشهرستاني) كذلك بأن يقوم جهاز المخابرات الاردني بتزويد حكومة (نوري المالكي) وبشكل سري ودوري كل ثلاث اشهر بتقارير مفصلة حول اعداد وعناوين وأموال وشركات القيادات البعثية والشخصيات السياسية المستقلة والصحفيين المعارضين لنهج حكومته ,وكانت هذه التقارير المفصلة تصل دوريآ وتباعآ وحسب ما تم الاتفاق عليه وانقطعت لغاية طرد (محمد الذهبي) من جهاز المخابرات , ولكن لا أعلم هل لازالت لغاية الان مستمرة أم لا هذه التقارير السرية المفصلة , حتى ان (الذهبي) كان يمارس ضغوط وابتزاز على شيوخ هيئة علماء المسلمين في عمان وتحديدآ الشيخ حارث الضاري لغرض ثنيهم عن الاستمرار في انتقاد حكومة (المالكي) “. النفط العراقي الى ألأردن ثم الى أسرائيل
    ويواصل المسؤول الحكومي العراقي في توضيحاته متحدثا عن صادرات النفط العراقية الى الاردن وبأسعار تفضيلية أقل بكثير من سعره في السوق العالمية بقوله:” أن قيمة اجمالي ما يصدره العراق من نفطه الى الاردن تبلغ شهريآ 320 الف برميل وبسعر البرميل الواحد 45 دولار أمريكي مع فارق سعر زيادة عن كل برميل مصدر الى الاردن تضعه حكومة (نوري المالكي) بحساب خاص وسري في (بنك الاسكان والتجارة) الاردني ولا يستطيع احد السحب من هذه الاموال المختلسة منذ فتح هذا الحساب إلا فقط كل من (سمير حداد ) و( حسين الشهرستاني) ثم أضيف خلال الاشهر الماضية أسم (احمد نوري المالكي) وهم الذين لهم الحق حصريآ فقط بالسحب من هذه الاموال من البنك والتصرف بها , حيث بلغت قيمة أجمالي الاموال المودعة في بنك الاسكان من جراء فرق اسعار النفط لغاية نهاية سنة 2011 بأكثر من ملياري دولار امريكي “. ويقول المسؤول: هذا مع العلم أن (نوري المالكي) وفي فترة حربه مع خصومه السياسيين من الكتل والأحزاب الاخرى ولغرض شراء دعم أصوات القيادات البعثية المتواجدة في الاردن لغرض نيل رئاسة الوزراء لفترة ثانية ـ وهذا ما حصل بعدها ـ فأنه اصبح يدفع لحوالي الفين من القيادات البعثية المتواجدة في كل من الاردن وسوريا ولبنان مبالغ مالية عبارة عن رواتب وهدايا وإعانات مالية مستمرة من هذه الاموال المودعة في بنك الإسكان “. اعادة تصدير النفط لإسرائيل
    ثم أن هناك مسالة مهمة جدآ ما زالت غير منظورة على الساحة السياسية العراقية , وهي ان قسم من النفط العراقي المصدر الى الاردن يعاد تصديره وتحميله من ميناء العقبة بواسطة بواخر الشحن النفطية الاسرائيلية ويصل الجزء الاكبر منه الى اسرائيل أي ان هناك نفط عراقي مصدر الى الاردن من قبل حكومة (نوري المالكي) وبموافقته يصل الى اسرائيل مباشرة , وقد حدث في نهاية عهد ( محمد الذهبي) خلافات مادية فيما بينهما حول طلب الاخير بزيادة حصته من الاموال النفطية المختلسة نتيجة ارتفاع اسعار النفط في السوق العالمية , وقد تدخلت السفارة الاسرائيلية في عمان بهذا الموضوع لحل الخلاف بين مكتب (نوري المالكي) و(محمد الذهبي) ونجحت السفارة في انهاء الازمة فيما بينهما حفاظا على سهولة واستمرار تدفق النفط العراقي اليها “. دور نائر الجميلي
    وقالت "منظمة عراقيون ضد الفساد" حسب ما توفر لها من معلومات صحفية موثقة من مصادرها الاصلية , انه تبين تبين لها :أن على رأس قائمة رجال الاعمال العراقيين الذين سوف يتم استدعائهم من قبل القضاء الاردني خلال الايام القادمة والذين حصلو على جواز السفر والجنسية والرقم الوطني هو (نائر محمد أحمد الجميلي) وعائلته وأقربائه صاحب شركة (العين الجارية) وكذلك المدعو(قاسم صغير ديب الراوي) وعائلته وهو شريك رئيسي بعقود الفساد بوزارة الدفاع (العراقية) مع المدعو (نائر الجميلي).

    وقالت المصادر ان (نائر الجميلي) وهو بدوره شقيق زوجة وزير الدفاع السابق والمستشار للشؤون العسكرية حاليآ لحكومة (نوري المالكي) سعى جاهدآ لغرض أن يتم تدخلهما سياسيآ واقتصاديآ لدى الحكومة الاردنية والملك عبدالله الثاني "بصفة شخصية" لغرض ارغام القضاء الاردني على غلق ملفه وعدم اثارته اعلاميآ وهذا ما اوضحه من خلال احاديثه خلال الايام الماضية لدى بعض اقربائه وأصدقائه التجار الاخرين الذين سوف يتم استدعائهم من قبل القضاء الاردني لحصولهم على الوثائق والجنسية وأن لم يفعلوا له شيء سوف يفضح جميع ملفات وعقود الفساد وسوف يأخذ معه الى السجن الذين كانوا متورطين معه على حد قوله . ويشار الى انه وحسب ما قالت مصادر تتابع شأن فضيحة الذهبي واركان الحكومة العراقية برئاسة المالكي، فإن موضوع تقديم (محمد الذهبي) الى القضاء الاردني جاء بعد أن نصحت وزارة الخارجية الامريكية الملك عبدالله الثاني في زيارته الاخيرة الى واشنطن بأن يتم تقديم (الذهبي) الى القضاء لغرض امتصاص سخط وغضب الشارع الاردني الذي يخرج كل فترة بمظاهرات وهتافات يطالب فيها بمحاكمة رموز الفساد والمسؤولين في الاردن. ولوحظ انه بعد عودة الملك من رحلته الى اميركا مباشرة، فان القضاء الأردني بدأ بإجراءاته ضد (محمد الذهبي) وتقديمه الى المحاكمة وعدم السماح له بالهرب مهما كلف الامر, خوفآ من كشف الذهبي لبعض أهم رموز الفساد في الاردن والمرتبطين بصورة مباشرة ببعض اعضاء الحكومات الاردنية السابقة والحالية. شكوى ضد الذهبي بالاحتيال بـ 5.5 مليون دينار
    والى ذلك، باشر مدعي عمان القاضي أشرف الحباشنة امس الاول التحقيق في قضية جديدة ضد مدير المخابرات الاسبق محمد الذهبي. وجاءت القضية من طرف ابن وزير التصنيع الحربي العراقي عبد التواب حويش في عهد الرئيس السابق صدام حسين الذي يدعي على الذهبي بتهمة الاحتيال. ومفاد الشكوى ان ابن حويش سلم اشخاصا قالوا انهم مقربون من الذهبي مبلغ 5.5 مليون دينار مقابل توسط الذهبي لدى السلطات العراقية للافراج عن حويش . وحسب الشكوى فان المبلغ سلم الى الاشخاص وعندما اكتشف ابن حويش انه وقع ضحية احتيال تقدم بشكوى الى دائرة المخابرات لكنه ابعد من الاردن. ولكن بعد اقالة الذهبي عاد ابن المسؤول العراقي السابق الى الاردن ليتقدم بشكواه ضد الذهبي.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • GMAN19

      What's all that jibberish?? English please, you know, the language of winners not whiners.

      March 2, 2012 at 6:14 am | Reply
      • keeretam neestand

        GMAN19 stick a sock in it neanderthal. Although there should be NO ARABIC OR ANY OTHER LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH on this site. We cannot read what you have pasted in Arabic. Post that on CNN Arabic site. THANK YOU!

        March 2, 2012 at 6:51 am |
      • Bud 1

        you go GMAN19!

        March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  7. j. von hettlingen

    Indeed the oil resources in Africa should be a caveat for the Arab exporting nations that they no longer could use oil as a weapon.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:52 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      The unjust distribution of the revenues, rampant corruptions, social unrest and civil wars are the flip side of the coin.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:54 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      It's doubtful if the ordinary people in Africa worry so much about the brawl between Iran and the West.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:57 am | Reply
  8. krm1007

    India is playing a double game with Americans in Iran.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
  9. syrian shiia areillers thug killed 15,000 people already

    فيسك: كلمات مثل التنظيف والتطهير تستخدمها الجيوش عندما تتخلى عن الحقوق الإنسانية (الفرنسية)
    علق الكاتب البريطاني المتخصص في شؤون الشرق الأوسط روبرت فيسك على تعبير "تنظيف" الذي تستخدمه السلطات السورية لدى هجومها على مدينة حمص، قائلا إن هذا التعبير تقشعر له الأبدان، ولا سيما أنه عادة ما يسبق الكثير من القتل.

    ودلل على ذلك في مقاله بصحيفة ذي إندبندنت باستخدام الإسرائيليين لمرادف ذلك التعبير بالإنجليزية عندما اجتاحوا لبنان عام 1982، وسقط أكثر من 17500.

    وهو ما تكرر قبل ذلك بخمسة أشهر، عندما اجتاحت القوات السورية حماة (إلى الشمال من حمص) وسقط ما بين عشرة آلاف و15 ألفا.

    ويشير فيسك إلى أن السلطات السورية قالت حينها إنها تفتش المنطقة وتحقق، وكانت الكلمة المستخدمة "البحث". ويقول إن تلك الكلمة بمثابة حلاوة الكلام الذي تستخدمها الجيوش عندما تعتزم التخلي عن الحقوق الإنسانية.

    فالبريطانيون استخدموا كلمة "تمشيط" في الحرب العالمية الثانية، فسقط نحو ستين مليونا، وكذلك فعل الروس.

    كما استخدم الألمان كلمة "تطهير" اليهود بالشوارع عام 1944، وهي الكلمة التي استخدمها اللواء ستروب يورغن في تقرير الشرطة حين قتل خمسين ألفا، كما يقول فيسك.

    ويخلص الكاتب البريطاني إلى أن التنظيف والبحث والتمشيط والتطهير كلمات تعبر عن قتل جماعي معفي من المسؤولية.

    ويعلق على ما هدد به مسؤول سوري من أن "شهر الحسم" قد بدأ، قائلا إن كل شهر في سوريا كان شهر حسم، ولكن ذلك امتد إلى عام حتى الآن.

    ويذكر الكاتب بأن الرئيس العراقي الراحل صدام حسين تحدث عن "شهر الحسم" في الحرب مع إيران، ولكن تلك الحرب امتدت ثماني سنوات، وقتل فيها نحو مليون ونصف المليون.

    ويختم فيسك بالقول: للأسف، إن جميع العطور العربية لن تجمل تلك الأيدي المتورطة في عمليات القتل.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Mohammad A Dar

      No one is responsible for death and destruction in Syria but gentiles., slaves of hindu western countries. They do not deserve any better treatment than their hinduism against good people of Libya. Most of armed people fighting in Syria are non Syrians, hired criminals to do dirty work of western hindus and their gentiles, slaves.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • GMAN19

      BLAH, BLAH BLAH!!

      March 2, 2012 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • keeramy

      one thing you guys have to understand and that is shiia thru. out the history have always defended themselves when they were attacked and that is their part of beleives which god is given life and no one can take that life away unless they were attacked or ofended and once they are attacked they will blow them away that they will never think to attack them again. If a reptil is not attacking you then you are not his mission given by god so,let it live because he has one life to live. these all non sense comes from ignorent westerners,vahaabies,etc. If only if they would understand what true muslems(shiia) which are the most moderates sects in islam then they will be one of them. remember, what they beleive,"they shall not kill" So, remember they are about three hundred million shiia in the world which their reliance in their beleives in Iraq and iran and,etc. In other words, who wish to attack iran with three hundred million people spread all over the world.

      March 2, 2012 at 6:23 am | Reply
  10. IRAN=SYRIA SHIA=IRAQ SHIIA= HEZBOLLAH-TERRORISTS

    LLOK AT AAHMED NEJAD, HE LOOK LIKE A RETARD MUSLIM THOSE SHIIA EVIL ARE KILLER THEY KILLED 15000 ALREADY IN SSYRIA .ALL THOSE WHO SAYS IRAN WILL RAISE ISRAEL TO THE GROUND ARE WRONG. IRAN IS A PAPER TIGER, THERE ARE 45 OPPOSITION GROUPS READY TO FIGHT, MAKE SURE TO HELP MOJAHEDI KHALQ, HELP IRANIAN CHRISTIANS, HELP THE KURDISH IN IRAN MORE THAN 5 MILLION, HELP THE ARAB SUNNI ARABESTAN AND THE BELOOSH, HELP THE LURE AND STUDENT MOVEMENTS, HELP THE PERSIAN AND BAHII FAITH AND MANY OTHER MINORITIES ARE WAITING FOR USA TO ATTACK SOI THEY CAN FINISH THOSE VILLAGE IDIOTS CALLED MULLAS AND THERE SICJ CULT CALLED SHIIAZIM THOSE EVIL WILL BREAD EVIL WE MUST UNITE TO FINISH IRAN...ATTACK THEM NON STOP 24 HOURS WITH ALL THE MIGHT , DESTROY THE COMAND AND CONTROL THE SHIPS AND SUBMARIENS, THE NUYC SITES THE ARMY BASE AND ALL THE COMMUNICATIONS AND RADAR SOFT AND HARD TARGET, DESTROY QUM AND TEHRAN LEVEL THEM TO THE GROUND DONT WORRY ABOUT THE OIL, IF IRAN CUT THE OIL SAUDI AND THE GULF CAN PUMP 3 TIME MORE OIL TO COVER THE LOST, MAKE SURE TO ATTACK SHIIA IN IRAN SO THEY DONT ALLOW IRAN TO ENTER IRAQ. HELP THE SUNNI IN IRAQ TO ATTACK IRANIAN FORCES IN IRAQ, TURKEY WILL HELP USA FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN WILL HELP, THE SUNNI ARE WAITING TO FINISH THEM OFF ALONG WITH BASHAR AL KALB IN SYRIA. HELP THE KURD TO CONTROL THE NORTH.......IRAN MUST BE LEVELED TO THE GROUND. ARREST AND KICK ALL IRANIANS AND SHIIA FROM THE GULF STATES DONT HIRE THEM AND DONT ALLOW THEM TO COME HERE.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  11. IRAN=SYRIA SHIA=IRAQ SHIIA= HEZBOLLAH-TERRORISTS

    LOOK AT AAHMED NEJAD, HE LOOK LIKE A RETARD MUSLIM THOSE SHIIA EVIL ARE KILLER THEY KILLED 15000 ALREADY IN SSYRIA .ALL THOSE WHO SAYS IRAN WILL RAISE ISRAEL TO THE GROUND ARE WRONG. IRAN IS A PAPER TIGER, THERE ARE 45 OPPOSITION GROUPS READY TO FIGHT, MAKE SURE TO HELP MOJAHEDI KHALQ, HELP IRANIAN CHRISTIANS, HELP THE KURDISH IN IRAN MORE THAN 5 MILLION, HELP THE ARAB SUNNI ARABESTAN AND THE BELOOSH, HELP THE LURE AND STUDENT MOVEMENTS, HELP THE PERSIAN AND BAHII FAITH AND MANY OTHER MINORITIES ARE WAITING FOR USA TO ATTACK SOI THEY CAN FINISH THOSE VILLAGE IDIOTS CALLED MULLAS AND THERE SICJ CULT CALLED SHIIAZIM THOSE EVIL WILL BREAD EVIL WE MUST UNITE TO FINISH IRAN...ATTACK THEM NON STOP 24 HOURS WITH ALL THE MIGHT , DESTROY THE COMAND AND CONTROL THE SHIPS AND SUBMARIENS, THE NUYC SITES THE ARMY BASE AND ALL THE COMMUNICATIONS AND RADAR SOFT AND HARD TARGET, DESTROY QUM AND TEHRAN LEVEL THEM TO THE GROUND DONT WORRY ABOUT THE OIL, IF IRAN CUT THE OIL SAUDI AND THE GULF CAN PUMP 3 TIME MORE OIL TO COVER THE LOST, MAKE SURE TO ATTACK SHIIA IN IRAN SO THEY DONT ALLOW IRAN TO ENTER IRAQ. HELP THE SUNNI IN IRAQ TO ATTACK IRANIAN FORCES IN IRAQ, TURKEY WILL HELP USA FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN WILL HELP, THE SUNNI ARE WAITING TO FINISH THEM OFF ALONG WITH BASHAR AL KALB IN SYRIA. HELP THE KURD TO CONTROL THE NORTH.......IRAN MUST BE LEVELED TO THE GROUND. ARREST AND KICK ALL IRANIANS AND SHIIA FROM THE GULF STATES DONT HIRE THEM AND DONT ALLOW THEM TO COME HERE.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  12. IRAN AND SHIIAZIM ARE EVIL

    Here's my take on the Iranian Nuclear

    Q: FIRSTLY, are we willing to trust Iran with Nuclear weapons?
    A: No way! Else risk having a volatile ME brimming with nukes in tha hands of unstable Islamic radical regimes!
    and they will send the nuc to syrian thugs and killers and we saw what the shiia killers can do as they kill there own people

    Q: Can we let diplomacy go on right until the point Iran gets nukes?
    A: No way, we need to stop them right at their tracks! we must attack iran and syria now and keep israel and middleast safe and keep the world safe from the evil shiia and iranian thugs

    Q: Is a war in the ME now more disastrous than after Iran has developed nukes?
    A: Clearly NOT!

    Q: Will a war with Iran now cause major upheaval, increase terror against Americans all over the world incl. terror right here in America from homegrown Islamic radicals?
    A: No . But it may just be necessary to prevent potential major catastrophe or even a WW3 later on. iran is a paper tiger they do have more than 45 opposition groups we can use them to attack iran from the inside among them the arabestan province , the sunni in iran, the kurdish in iran, the lures and turks, the assyrians, the stuudents and women movments, the bahaii and persians egtc.....we must help the iraqi sunni to destroy the iran interests behind the lione.

    Q: Is war the only answer to stop them?
    A:yes! as diplomacy will never work with iran and syria or any shiia , they are an evil liers, they call lies taqeya, there god called ali and hussain!!!
    dont allow iranians to come to usa canada or any where for any reason that include the iraqi shiia and syrian shiia thuygs.

    Q: Is it time to strike Iran?
    A:yes 100% as the arab spring rising and the sunni arabs will help to attack the shiia interests, saudi arabia and gulf states will pump more oil 3 time more to offset iran oil problem so no worry about oil flow and price.

    Q:What do we mean by Iranian compliance?
    A: STOP enrichment beyond 3.5% and surrender in a verifiable manner all stocks of enriched Uranium above 3.5%
    Dismantle their underground enrichment plants in Qom and other places. Allow IAEA inspectors unfettered access to all facilities. THEY WILL NEVER DO THAT MARK MY WORDS DONT BE FOOL ATTACK NOW....OBAMA WILL NOT ATTACK THE REASON BECAUSE HE HAS A NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE AND HE WILL KEEP THAT IMAGE OF PEACE , BUT THAT WILL DESTROY THE WORLD....WAKE UP OBAMA

    DONT TRUST IRAN AND THE SHIIA

    Until we do all these the world can never be safe from ISLAMIC NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL !!!!!

    March 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  13. Noochy

    I've never seen a thread with such poor english all around.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  14. Timothy Obisakin

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    Kony2012.com

    He Must be stopped!

    March 7, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  15. Timothy Obisakin

    KONY 2012! Please watch this video! Africa needs your help! Children are dying every second! Please go to Kony2012.com and watch the video! Please participate and lets stop Joseph Kony 2012 God bless you as you do so!

    Kony2012.com

    He Must be stopped! Help

    March 7, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply

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