NAM Summit in Tehran: An Appraisal
-By DR. ABDUL RUFF
Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Former university Teacher; website: abdulruff. wordpress.com/ abdulruff_jnu@ yahoo.com.
NAM Summit in Tehran: An Appraisal
-DR. ABDUL RUFF
The two-day 16th summit of the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) summit concluded in Teheran, Iran, on Friday, amid behind the scene talks among the members as per their prior arrangements. And the summit has been credited as one of "most important" political events in the 33-year history of the Islamic Republic.
The summit was a godsend to Teheran, which it exploited to show that it is far from being isolated and is not without supporters. Leaders and diplomats from over 120 nations gathered in Tehran for the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit last week. Top national leaders, including presidents, prime ministers and monarchs from over 50 countries participated in the summit, with over 150 delegations participating in summit events.
Hosting such a major event means that Iran has broke through the diplomatic isolation forged by the US led Western countries since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and enhanced as a result of the country's intransigence over nuclear issues in the past decade. As an ambitious NAM member, Iran has been active in cultivating anti-Americanism at the organization's events.
As the newest member, Egypt's new president Mohammed Morsi attended the summit and held talks with the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, who he called 'my brother', a tectonic shift from the days of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The arrival of Mohamed Morsi, the newly elected president of Egypt, in some ways marked the conclusion of thirty years of hostility between Cairo and Tehran. In 1979, Egypt hosted Reza Pahlavi, the former Shah of Iran ousted by the Islamic revolution. Iran, in return, enshrined the assassinator of former Egyptian president Anwar Sada as a hero. Mursi's trip, albeit very brief, means that Egypt is ready to take advantage of the demise of its previous regime to turn the page on relations with Iran.
At the summit's opening ceremony, Iran's foreign affairs minister Ali Akbar Salehi delivered an eight-point speech on Iran's positions regarding values, terrorism, and UN reform. He also commented on the Syrian crisis, the Palestinian issue and Iran's nuclear program. In an Aug. 30 speech, Seyed Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, emphasized that Iran is committed to peaceful use of nuclear energy but will not give up its legal rights.
The appearance of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the summit is an important diplomatic victory for Iran. Although the USA-Israel terror twin tried hard to dissuade Ban ki moon from attending the summit, Ban seemed to be glad to take the opportunity to listen to the voices of some of the more vulnerable members of the international community. In addition, Ban's presence suggests that he prefers to engage Iran rather than confront it. In order to keep imperialist Americans in good humors, Ban, however, kept up his diplomatic criticism of Iranian policies today during a speech at the School of International Relations in Tehran.
None expected any "fireworks" on Syria in the summit. The Syrian issue had to be resolved by the Syrians themselves and without outside intervention.
As one of the major challengers of the US monopoly, as the dictatorial super power, over international order, Iran has its own interpretations and positions regarding major regional and international issues. As the host of the NAM summit, Tehran received an opportunity to directly express its views before an international audience.
NAM- Past and Present
NAM is an international organization with 120 member states, almost two third of the members of the United Nations General Assembly. President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt and Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru, were the driving force behind the establishment of the NAM at a conference in Bandung, Indonesia, hosted by President Sukarno. Over the past decade, the NAM has witnessed a slow but significant transformation from an institution for non-alignment politics into a forum for developing countries to express and coordinate their common positions on major international issues from international trade to climate change.
In the Cold War era with two ideological blocs led by the US on the one hand and the Soviet Union on the other, it was felt that the vast majority of developing countries that belonged neither to the East nor West needed an institutional expression of their neutrality and independence. With 120 members, the NAM is second to the United Nations in terms of geographical spread.
Countries like India extracted maximum benefits out of the cold war from both USSR and USA but Russia equipped India with military and nuclear terror power. However, the NAM was seen as an important platform to call for freedom for developing nations, especially decolonization of Afro-Asian countries that were under European occupation. In practice, some members of NAM developed closer ties with either of the two superpowers. President Anwar Sadat, for instance, expelled the Soviets from Egypt following the death of Nasser, signed a peace treaty with Israel and moved closer to the West. On the other hand, Cuba, an important member of the NAM was closely allied to the Soviet Union and opposed US imperialism.
The NAM has for decades tried to address the burning issues of the day including the apartheid and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and crisis in the Congo, with varying degrees of success. Besides, NAM summits have provided the opportunity for bilateral talks on the sidelines of its multilateral gatherings. For example, the strained relations between Egypt and Iran since 1979 have given way to the beginnings of a rapprochement at the summit in Tehran.
Dissatisfaction with the US as a hegemonic power has always been the common ground of the movement. As the host for this year's summit, Iran also had the opportunity to shape the meeting into a major international stage for global anti-Americanism.
Israeli terror PM B. Netanyahu has branded the summit as a “disgraceand stain on humanity.” Fascist Israeli shield, America has said the visit “sends a very strange signal…” and Netanyahu had told the UN chief that he would be making “a big mistake” if he joined the summit. How dare he say that NAM is a Stain on humanity! They wish to control the middle east, so they armed and paid Syrians, and Libyans, hoping for regime change, governments whom may co-operate with the west and Israel, to fulfill there needs.
The mouthpieces for the Zionist cabal global network do not know or care the meaning of 'Humanity'......the slow systematic genocide in Gaza and their prisons and dungeons filled with innocent Palestinian people and children proves that their allowing Palestinians to breathe is what they consider humanity...zionists are a curse on ALL humanity
It is well known that Netanyahu’s third wife, Sara, is so inhuman. A few years ago, Sara broke the finger of their then Nepalese servant. If Netanyahu wants to correct humanity and remove stains, he has to start at home and correct his wife's inhuman deeds.
Sheldon Adelson is a wealthy Jewish Las Vegas casino owner who is supporting Romney for the presidency of Romney is a good friend of Netanyahu. If Romney is elected, Romney, Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson would constitute an axis of evil. That axis is a huge danger to the world and it is a possible stain on humanity.
The handful of elite and Zionist dogs is calling the shots in USA. It goes beyond the scope of nations. This is a planetary criminal enterprise ruled by corporations and a handful of twisted evil souls. But over 95% of the steeples in this country still believe anything they are told and are either too stupid or too brainwashed to see what it is really all about. Jews say , they are Gods chosen people. There is a saying in Persian that if you spit upward in the air it comes back to your own face, now these comments are symbolic resemblance of Persian saying, what you said it was sent back to your face by simple expression and sharper than knife. The stain that these comments gave to your comment was permanent and can not be clean even with apology. Every year, the American government gives billions of dollars in aid money to Israel. Then Israel uses a small fraction of that money to buy out American senators and congressmen. With the exception of a few, almost all U.S politicians have sold their souls to Israel. If the American people would just open their eyes and notice what is happening, then Israel, the stain on the universe, would cease to exist. The humanity that Zionist apartheid terror regime refers to is Palestinians, But Zionist war criminals and terrorists believe and practice it on a daily basis ought to "the hell" or you may ask millions of innocent occupied Palestinian civilians who have subjected to their so called humanity but their atrocities which are backed by colonial war criminals.
This is one very evil monster Netanyahu who has to be clinically insane! He needs to be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity Time to boycott Israel and its puppet USA.
Many NAM members have urged the Movement to use their collective power to improve bilateral relations. The final communiqué of the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which was adopted unanimously on Friday, has expressed support for Iran’s nuclear program, rejected the United States’ unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic, and called for greater efforts to support the Palestinian cause. .
The need to combat Islamophobia and racism throughout the world as well as global nuclear disarmament were some of the other key issues mentioned in the document.
The NAM states also condemned all forms of terrorism, including state-sponsored terrorism, declared that the structure of the United Nations should be revised, and said every country has the right to have a peaceful nuclear energy program. In addition, the NAM states said that any attack on the nuclear facilities of any country would be a serious threat to humanity and the environment and would be a violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the International Atomic Energy Agency Statute. The final communiqué also stated that Venezuela has been chosen to host the next NAM summit.
In the closing ceremony, President Ahmedinejad hailed the resolution as “effective and historic” and expressed his gratitude to all of the participants of the summit, which he said had a very important message for the entire world. The draft of the resolution was drawn up and approved during the NAM meetings of senior officials and foreign ministers, which were held earlier in the week.
NAM- Looking to Future
By holding the NAM summit, Iran has asserted to USA and its allies that Tehran is not diplomatically isolated, as the enemy of Iran has been bluffing. AlthoughEgypt President Mohamed Morsi gave an endorsement of the anti-government rebellion in Syria – Iran's closest regional ally – in his speech as he transferred the NAM chairmanship from Egypt to Iran, Tehran did not object to that. Opinions are allowed. . Syria's 18-month uprising needed to be supported and was an extension of the Arab Spring revolt that toppled his predecessor in Egypt, the pro-Western Hosni Mubarak. Iran also praised the regional "Islamic Awakening."
The two-day foreign ministerial meeting of the NAM member states wrapped up with member states finalizing a draft document after two days of deliberations. The meeting of the heads of state will discuss the draft document, which mainly focuses on the Palestinian issue and the Syria unrest.
Over the years since the Cold War ended, the NAM has lost some of its clout on the international stage.
That the summit took place was a diplomatic coup for the Islamic Republic, which is under unrelenting pressure and threats of isolation by Western nations because of its nuclear policy. The USA and its allies also leaned on many NAM members to boycott the Teheran summit, with little success. USA and its allies still feel NAM should have folded up with the end of the Cold War since it was a product of that era, and that its existence is an anachronism in a unipolar world. Tehran summit belies that as an erroneous notion. The presences of many celebrities, though in the name of participating in the NAM Summit, also deliver complicated political intentions of various participants.
If the NAM had collapsed then, and nothing would please the West more, it would have had to be reinvented. Many of the concerns that led to its founding are still very much in evidence, underscoring its relevance. The Teheran summit's call for "fundamental changes" in global governance and collective management of the world as the precondition of establishing peace, illustrates this.
The success of this year's NAM forum indicates that many countries identify with Iran's quest to challenge the incumbent international order. The coming three years will witness Tehran holding the chairmanship of the NAM. It is almost certain that Tehran will input its radical anti-American agendas into the schedules of the NAM. As a result, Tehran will most likely become the center of global anti-Americanism.
The NAM event is meaningful both for the forces seeking world peace and end of WW-III launched by NATO rogues. It also revolved around the themes like Iran's diplomacy and the global anti-America politics.
China Org media opinioned that the summit seemed to appear more like a rally of anti-American forces. The attendance of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, North Korean top official Kim Yong-nam, and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe indicated that almost all major countries who oppose US-led hegemony sent delegations to the summit at the highest possible levels. The participation of certain more pro-US members, including Jordan and Bahrain, did not meaningfully dilute the general anti-American sentiment.
If the NAM appears to be anti-West and in particular anti-American, it is because its members feel threatened by US display of arrogance of power in relating to the weaker nations. As the world's lone superpower following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the USA has been dictatorial and riding roughshod over other countries, behaving like a global policeman.
One way in which Washington has established its hegemony over members of the NAM especially those in Africa, has been by imposing neo-liberal economic policies on them by using policies of the IMF and World Bank. In addition to this, the USA has also been in the forefront of imposing Western mores as universal values to which all countries must subscribe. Not surprisingly, such approach to global interaction that insists on a single American narrative is a cause of alienation and resentment on the part of developing countries, most of which constitute the NAM.
Globally thousands of so-called media journalists, working on payroll for America and its allies have unwittingly promoted capitalism and imperialism in their own countries, no matter which country they belong to. In fact these journalists and other media nuts, operating anti-Islamic propaganda agents, spread lies about Osama and Sept-11 hoax.
The US would take into account this new development, as well as Iran's chairmanship of the NAM, when formulating policy for its future dealings with the country.
America should mend its old arrogant ways of coercing other nations to get what it wants triclomatically. .
Efficiency and efficacy of NAM as the most important political tool of the Third World would be realized only it fights for the freedom of fall besieged nations like Palestine, Jammu Kashmir, Chechnya, etc. and resolution these vital issues would enhance its status as a powerful forum to address the genuine concerns of the humanity.
This indicates that the Zionist control of Western media and their warmongering has been costly ineffective.-------