by Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog
If I were to sum up the events of Ukraine in one short sentence, I would say: In the fall of Ukraine, the metaphorical west has fallen once again and cannot get up. The proof for this simple assessment should be sought in the answer to a larger contextual question: How does one actualize one’s dream of time travel floating between past, present, and future in order to change events at will and in a manner that the sum total of all outcomes results in maintaining the illusion of a “super-power” status? In other words, how does one successfully nurture one’s god complex? In reality, one does not and one cannot.
Yet, in a world of fiction, in an alternate universe of Westopia “sidewise in time,” some are creating industrial-scale alternate realities, alternate histories, and alternate personalities in well-crafted memes and flicks broadcast 24/7 through virtual channels while imposing a blockade on news of facts on the ground. Is it effective? No, it is not. The bubbles burst as soon as they are created and the cost of spins has become enormous. Why then do they keep on doing this? For two reasons: 1) because they can; 2) because they have no other real, tangible, and effective alternatives. Grasping at tiny twigs while one is sucked into a whirlpool is not effective but hope springs eternal.
Great many articles are providing good details and real time reports about what is actually happening in Ukraine and the Russian operations. In this article, I hope to brief the readers of this blog on how people in Iran are generally viewing the Ukrainian crisis and what sort of stance might emerge out of this particular perspective as far as the Resistance camp is concerned.
Cesarean Section of a New Europe
Tangible and measurable regional geopolitical shifts supported by facts on the ground are now slapping nations right, left, and center into choosing one of three options: 1) Both legs in Western boat; 2) Both legs in an Eastern boat; 3) Both legs in one’s own independent boat. Being motivated by either fear or greed and having a leg in one boat and the other in another, especially when the boats are each moving different directions, is a hazardous for one’s national health. Ouch. It is no longer an option.
In July 2006, during a massive bombardment of Lebanon by Israeli regime occupying Palestine, many Lebanese communities were destroyed in their entirety and thousands of civilians were killed with direct military and financial support from the regimes occupying the United States, Western Europe, and Saudi Arabia. Deliberately trying to prolong their major assault on Lebanon in the hope they could “finish” Hizbullah, then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said:
“I have no interest in diplomacy for the sake of returning Lebanon and Israel to the status quo ante. I think it would be a mistake. What we are seeing here, in a sense, is the growing – the birth pangs of a new Middle East and, whatever we do, we have to be certain that we’re pushing forward to the new Middle East, not going back to the old one.”
Amen. In fact, a new “middle east” was born and it was renamed West Asia in favor of the Resistance from the shores of Persian Gulf and Red Sea to offshores of the Mediterranean. Ms. Rice had midwifed for the United States of America “Labor Pains of a Stillborn Foreign Policy” as Robert Scheer characterized things.
Nevertheless, she dispensed some verbal nuggets that could be used to apply to Ukraine today. One thing is for sure, Ukraine cannot return to status quo ante and what we are witnessing is a C-section of a new Europe and whatever the countries involved do, they have to be certain they are pushing forward to a new Europe and not going back to the old one. A better European country is, for certain, a country that is not a servile follower of the US in its own region or elsewhere around the globe.
United States Mafia Regime the Root Cause of Ukrainian Crisis
One of the most significant factors that has led to the current crisis in Ukraine is the fact that the power-holders of the “west” are consistently and habitually untrustworthy pledge-breakers. The current crises in Ukraine are just a symptom of that chronic disease.
Ayatullah Khamenei delivered a speech on the occasion of the Prophetic Mission, or Bi’that of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam) on March 1, 2022. In that speech, the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran could not have been more frank in his characterization of the current crisis in Ukraine. Excerpts from his speech are quite straight forward. As always, he pulled no punches:
“Basically, the regime of the United States of America is a regime that creates crises and feeds on those crises. The United States feeds on diverse crises created all over the world. [United States of] America is a mafia regime and Ukraine, too, is a victim of this policy of crisis creation. [United States of] America brought Ukraine to this point by infiltrating into the internal affairs of that country, inciting uprisings against its governments by velvet movements or color revolutions, by presence of US senators in the gatherings of oppositional groups and by creating, toppling this government and replacing it with that government. Naturally, they led to this point. We, of course, are against wars and destruction anywhere. This is our fixed policy.”
“Regarding the events in Ukraine, [too] we are for halting the war but the solution to every crisis is possible only if its root causes become known. The root cause of the crisis in Ukraine is the policies of the [United States of] America and the West. One must know these and evaluate and judge the events based on them.”
Last Friday, Hujjatul-Islam Khatami, the leader of the Friday Prayers in Tehran, had echoed similar views to a large crowd of participants and pointed to the US and some European countries as the main culprits of the crisis in Ukraine. He said,
“The system’s position about Ukraine has been expressed by the officials but our overall policy regarding similar issues is that we invite all countries that are involved to refrain from escalating and enter into dialogue. Our main concern is that innocent people might get killed. In this event, NATO provocation with [the US] America as its main axis has made the condition more complicated in the region. This is a direct result of [the US] America’s meddling and prying all over the world; it falsely considers itself a superpower while it is not a superpower. On the other hand, in this narrative, the European countries are constantly beating the drums of war as if they see their bread in this war.”
In his most recent speech, Sayyed Hassan Nasrullah, too, echoed exactly the same sentiment. He said,
“The Western countries did everything except direct confrontation against Russia. From surrounding to sanctions to closing of the skies and ports to sending arms to Ukraine to opening all doors to import rebel forces to Ukraine… but when [the US] America attacked Afghanistan, you know very well how they behaved. When they attacked Iraq, what happened? How did they treat [the US] America? Frankly, how did they actually regarded all the wars [the US] America created? How have they been approaching the aggressions of Zionist regime against Gaza and the war of aggression and sanctions against Yemen for years now and all these destructions and killings they have created? So, a comparison between current stand by the west with that against [the US] America’s wars show a double standard.”
Hard Lessons and Warnings to Others Counting on the US/West Support
It behooves various nations who have chosen to put both legs in the boat piloted by the US mafia regime to pay strict attention to what is currently happening in Ukraine. This goes for Westoxicated people within these nations as well. Ayatullah Khamenei pointed out to two specific hard lessons (warnings): 1) the degree to which the US is untrustworthy; 2) the degree to which people of a nation support their leaders. He said,
“Two specific warnings exist in the issue of Ukraine that one can observe. One of these warnings is that the support of western powers of nations that are their puppet is nothing but a mirage. It is not real. This, all governments must know. The governments that feel reassured by [the US] America and Europe must look at Ukraine and Afghanistan. Both the president of Ukraine and the deserter president of Afghanistan said they trusted [the US] America and the western powers but they were left on their own. Therefore, you can’t trust these people. This is the first hard lesson and warning.”
“The second warning and hard lesson is that people are the most important supporter of governments. If the people of Ukraine had come to the scene, the condition of the government and the people of Ukraine had not turned out this way. The people did not come to the scene because they did not accept the government. This is just like the time [the US] America attacked Iraq during the Saddam rule and people did not defend and pulled away until [the US] took over. But this very Iraq, when the ISIS attacked, people entered the scene and were able to ward off the ISIS.”
Last week, Vadym Prystaiko, the Ukrainian Ambassador to England, had this to say in a video interview (see here) part of which I transcribed as follows:
“We had two times more nuclear than France, Great Britain, and China together. Now, we exchanged it for the promise to come to help. And there is just not that this help is not coming but one of those who signed this agreement, Russia, now it is threatening us. This is a great lesson for us but also a great lesson for nations who are threshold nations like North Korea and Iran, who are trying to defend themselves building their nuclear shield. Europeans, Westerns trying to tell them, ‘Guys, let’s not do it. Let’s denuclearize in exchange we will defend you, protect you. Sign some agreement.’ How would these nations look at this?”
In great act of defiance and to show his solid revolutionary resolve and iron will, the brave Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky unfollowed world leaders on Twitter. He showed them.
 Aljazeera News Agencies, “Rice sees bombs as birth pangs,” July 22, 2006. Accessed online at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2006/7/22/rice-sees-bombs-as-birth-pangs
 Robert Scheer (2006). “Labour Pains of a Stillborn Foreign Policy,” From Truthdig: Drilling beneath the headlines, July 26, 2006; Accessed online at: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/robert-scheer-labor-pains-of-a-stillborn-foreign-policy/
 Ayatullah Khamenei, “[US] American is a regime existing on crises that has made Ukraine another of its victims,” Fars News Agency, 1400/12/10 [March 1, 2022] @ 10:27 am. Accessed online at: http://fna.ir/77cho
 Tasnim News Agency, “The crisis in Ukraine is the direct result of the US meddling.” Esfand 6, 1400 (February 25, 2022) @ 13:35; Accessed online at: https://tn.ai/2671563
 Fars News Agency, “The US is the main responsible party for the events in Ukraine,” Sayyed Hasan Nasrullah Speech, Esfand 10, 1400 (March 1, 2022) @ 12:44 pm; Accessed online at: http://fna.ir/77cmb