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Monday, June 29, 2015

BOOK - HOW TERROR-FUNDING QATAR HAS TAKEN OVER THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT - And how GERMAN policies favoring IRAN are guided by economic interests rather than concerns with ethics or world security

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A few days ago I posted an article on the way that France plays a double game of battling domestic Muslim terror while financing anti-Israel activities leading to terror.
Ironically, although many French cities are partly under Muslim control (No-Go Zones), the French government enthusiastically supports the partition of Israel for the creation of the Islamic State of Palestine.  
"A France under influence: How Qatar turned out country into its playground"
A book published in France reveals how Arab money, Qatar money in particular, may have to do with instances of government corruption and policies of support for Hamas and the Palestinians.  Former president Sarkozy, for example, was key in favoring Qatar as host of the 2022 Soccer World Cup, in exchange for favors. 
French President Francois Hollande welcomes Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Elysee Palace before attending a unity rally “Marche Republicaine” on January 11, 2015 in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown Islamists. (Photo credit: AFP/ DOMINIQUE FAGET
President Hollande hugs his friend, terrorist Mahmoud Abbas,
chief of the Palestinian Authority, during 'anti-terror' rally in Paris in 2014.
That article will be followed by another one pointing out the peculiar German tradition of taking moral stands influenced by its own mercantile interests.  Case in point:  Iran.  German economy stands to benefit greatly from a deal that will soften sanctions on a nuclear Iran.

Is France betraying Israel
 in favor of Qatar?
 By Guy Bechor
Op-ed: Is the strange French initiative to impose a Security Council resolution on a Palestinian state some kind of secret payment to the Gulf emirate, which has turned France into its playground? 

While both former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and incumbent President Francois Hollande present themselves as "friends of Israel," evidence is growing that behind the scenes they are actually betraying Israel, under an influence that smells very bad.
Omerta autour du livre de Pierre Péan sur le rachat de la France par le Qatar ?A thick book titled "Une France sous influence: Quand le Qatar fait de notre pays son terrain de jeu" (A France under influence: How Qatar turned out country into its playground") exposed last year the very personal relations between the French and Qatari regimes during these two presidents' terms, and asserted that since 2007, France has in fact become a satellite of Qatar, which has bought it and its discretion.
The writers, Vanessa Ratignier and Pierre Péan, demonstrate how Qatar has clearly influenced both Sarkozy and Hollande's decision making. 
In an attempt to save its sinking economy, France provided its foreign policy as a guarantee to an Arab dictatorship in the Persian Gulf, which is the most hostile Arab state towards Israel and one of the supporters of terror in Syria and Iraq.
Qatar invests some $50 billion in France, and the book exposes how it funded Sarkozy's personal divorce settlement with his wife Cecilia, at a total of €3 billion, when he chose to marry Carla Bruni.
Was Israel a price demanded by the Qataris?

Sarkozy pretended to be a true friend of Israel, but the WikiLeaks documents exposed this week reveal that during his presidential term he threatened the White House and pressured it not to support Israel on the Palestinian state issue – a delusion which has been preoccupying Qatar for years, as a project.
This French hypocrisy is both amazing and disappointing. That's not what we expected from this country.
Sarkozy is now busy trying to promote a Qatari representative as the next United Nations secretary-general after Ban Ki-moon's term ends.
Continue reading this item and one about GERMANY's 100 year old love affair with IRAN

According to media reports, Sarkozy was also one of those who supported Qatar's ambition to host the World Cup, a hosting which is now unlikely due to corruption suspicions on a global scale.
Was Sarkozy's support for Palestine's admission into UNESCO in 2011 also part of some hidden payment? France's stance at the time seemed extremely puzzling.
And Hollande, the most unpopular president in his country for decades, has been seen visiting Persian Gulf states, surrounded by giggling sheikhs.
The book asserts that Hollande is also operating under Qatar's influence, and only last month he signed a €6.3-billion deal with Qatar for the sale of French fighter jets.
And again, is Israel part of the payment to Qatar?
Is France's strange initiative at the UN Security Council, to impose the establishment of a Palestinian state, also some kind of secret payment to Qatar or Saudi Arabia?
This initiative landed like an alien, and no one understands it. Why now? And what is it driven by? We have already learned from the WikiLeaks documents that what we see from the presidential palace in Paris is not necessarily what is going on.
Therefore, from now on, we should not believe a word coming from Paris until proven otherwise. And France, which is immersed in petrodollars with a suspicious odor, should be the last one allowed to meddle in our affairs.
And as for France's citizens, who are rightfully proud of their country with its historic vision: Are you in favor of the great France being enslaved in such a shameful manner by a tiny and megalomaniac dictatorship, which just happens to have oil? Is the republic's great vision reaching such a miserable end?



For more on France's disturbing policy towards Israel:

WHY IS FRANCE, BESIEGED BY MUSLIM TERROR, FINANCING SUPPORT FOR TERRORIST HAMAS and calling for the creation of an Arab terror state on Jewish land?

 A Palestinian journalist exposes the real motivations behind France's advocacy.
  • France's "peace initiative" will not promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  
  • It is a desperate attempt by the French government to buy a few more days of quiet from its Muslim community, all waiting for the order to run riot through the streets of France.
  • If it succeeds, it will lead to an ISIS and Hamas takeover of every inch of Palestinian soil from which Israel withdraws if coerced by the initiative.
  • There is no logical reason to create another Muslim state while the Middle East disintegrates and goes up in flames due to Muslim-on-Muslim violence.
  • The French initiative is not a benevolent gesture meant to help the Palestinians.    
  •  The dangerous European surrender to radical Islam is not only an attempt to hold off its threat to the free society of Europe just a little longer. It is also the result of the economic distress of the Western world, which is seeking to keep afloat by selling itself, literally, for petro-dollars.
 Read more:


April 2015:  France confirms sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar
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January 2013 - Nicolas Sarkozy 'colluded' to get Qatar 2022 World Cup
Read more


June 2015 - Germany is also willing to put ethical and security principles aside, for the sake of Arab money:
Why Germany is the  weakest Western link in nuclear talks with Iran 

By Benjamin Weinthal
The Jerusalem Post

With the Iran nuclear talks entering the final stretch in Vienna, Germany’s role in the negotiations to end Tehran’s illicit nuclear weapons program has largely escaped scrutiny.

The negotiations coincide with this year’s celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany.

First the sphere of economics: Dr. Michael Rubin, a foreign policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute, captured Berlin’s lack of backbone:
Germany has always put mercantile considerations above human rights and a quest for peace.   It has long played a double game on Iran and sanctions, but there was only so far Berlin would go to seek short-term profit when the international community still upheld sanctions on Iran.”

He added, “But with Obama signaling an end to sanctions – even if he says their suspension is conditional – Germany is moving in to rake in the big bucks from Iran’s ayatollahs.”
Since the world powers – Germany, France, US, UK, China and Russia – reached a tentative agreement with Tehran in 2013, there has been no shortage of German politicians and businesspeople bending over backward to court Iran’s regime.
Last month, the Islamic Republic’s oil minister Bijan Zangeneh met with Germany’s Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel to discuss investments in Iran. As vice chancellor, Gabriel is the No. 2 political leader after Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Business representatives from Volkswagen and the engineering giants the Linde Group and Siemens also held talks with Zangeneh.
The burst of commercial activity in May prompted a spokeswoman from Stop the Bomb, an organization opposed to Tehran’s nuclear program, to denounce flourishing Iran-German relations.

“German companies and their lobby organizations are undermining the pressure on the Iranian regime with the support of the Federal government. This makes a bad deal with Iran very likely,” the NGO’s Ulrike Becker said.

In the absence of pressure to influence a change in Iran’s behavior, there will be a “nuclear bomb for an anti-Semitic regime that is the most important supporter of international Islamist terrorism, which suppresses its own people massively, denies the Holocaust, threatens Israel with destruction and executes homosexuals,” she added.
Michael Tockuss, a spokesman for the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce Association in Hamburg, estimates that yearly exports to Iran could rise to €5 billion or €6b. after a final agreement.
The Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany envisions bilateral trade rising to €12b. annually if sanctions are lifted.

Back to the realm of power politics.

The sharp contrast between German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and France’s top diplomat Laurent Fabius underscores Berlin’s feeble posture. While in Washington in March, Steinmeier lashed out at Senate Republicans for their letter to Iran’s Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. The letter put Khamenei on notice that Congress could override a lousy agreement.
“Obviously mistrust is growing ... on the Iranian side if we are really serious with the negotiations,” said Steinmeier, adding that he hoped “the letter of the 47 senators no longer causes any disturbance in the negotiations.”

Politicians and journalists have sharply criticized Steinmeier for his deferential attitude to dictators.

Sen. John McCain accused Steinmeier of being “in the Neville Chamberlain school of diplomacy” for his reluctance to take a robust posture against Vladimir Putin’s jingoism in Ukraine.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, the prominent columnist John Vinocur noted, “I asked a high-level European security official to evaluate Germany’s position on Ukraine. 

"He said, ‘As for Steinmeier, there have been instances at international discussions where he seems to be pitching for the other side.’’’
"Fabius, on the other hand, tossed a monkey wrench into the 2013 negotiations with Tehran because he thought Iran’s rulers had hoodwinked the world powers. He famously termed the nuclear talks “a fool’s game.”

Should Israel be worried that Germany is a paper tiger in the Iran talks?
Does the Merkel administration have a responsibility to live up to its declarations that Israel’s security is the raison d’être of Germany?
A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry wrote The Jerusalem Post by email last week, saying, “The Federal government stands in frequent and intensive dialogue with the US, as with Israel, on questions of security.”

Author Benjamin Weinthal reports on European affairs and is a fellow of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
The following article from 2014 is on a book published on the German-Iranian relationship.  The book emphasizes the decades-old friendship between the two countries and their surprising points in common, aside from a claimed Aryan heritage.  Did you know that:
In the 1990s, Germany tried to develop a clandestine nuclear program, very much like what Iran had been doing, by developing two sites closed to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).   At the time, President Bill Clinton forced the Germans to shut the program by threatening them with sanctions, a similar tactic used against Iran so far without success.
 Germany and Iran 
A 100 year old love affair 
Iranian journalist and author
Die Deutschen und der Iran. Geschichte und Gegenwart einer verhängnisvollen Freundschaft
(The Germans and Iran: The History and Present of a Fateful Friendship
By Matthias Küntzel  -   WJS Verlag. 352 pages, Hardcover.
According to Küntzel, German leaders have at least two other reasons for helping Iran defy the United States. The first is German resentment of defeat in the Second World War followed by foreign occupation, led by the US. The second reason is that Iran is one of the few, if not the only country, where Germans have never been looked at as "war criminals" because of Hitler.
July 2014 -
As the 5+1 group ends another round of negotiations with Iran, commentators assume that the four Western powers involved -- the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany -- are united in their determination to curtail Iranian nuclear ambitions.
However, in this fascinating book, German scholar Matthias Küntzel argues that Germany's position on this issue may be closer to that of Russia rather than the United States -- with Germany acting as "a shield for Iran against America," as Germany's former Foreign Minister Joshcka Fischer described his country.
The reason, according to Küntzel, is the "special relationship" that Iran and Germany have built since 1871, when Germany emerged as a nation-state.
Two years after Germany was put on the map as a new country, Nassereddin Shah of Iran arrived in Berlin for a state visit of unprecedented pomp.
It is not hard to see why the two sides warmed up to each other. For over a century Iran had looked for a European power capable of counter-balancing the Russian and British empires that had nibbled at the edges of Iranian territory in pursuit of their colonial ambitions. In 1871, Germany looked like a good ally.
As for Germans, they saw Iran as their sole potential ally in a Middle East dominated by Britain and Russia. The friendship was put to the test in the First World War, when Iran refused to join the anti-German axis and suffered as a consequence.
With the advent of the Nazi regime, Küntzel shows, a new dimension was added to the Irano-German relationship: the myth of shared Aryan ancestry.
In World War II Iran again declared its neutrality, but was invaded by Britain and Russia after refusing to sever relations with Germany.
Iranians had always regarded themselves as heirs to an Aryan identity, asserted in bas reliefs dating back to more than 2500 years ago. The Achaemenid King of Kings, Darius, describes himself as "Aryan son of an Aryan".   The very name of the country, Iran, means "the land of Aryans."
The idea of Germans as Aryans, however, dates back to the 19th century and the rise of nationalism in Europe. Then, writers such as Herder and Schlegel claimed that Germans were descendants of original Aryan tribes somewhere in Asia, splitting into several groups moving into India, Iran and Europe. (Much later, the Irish also claimed they were Aryans and named their newly-created republic Eire, which means land of Aryans.)
In the 1930s, Alfred Rosenberg, one of Hitler's philosophers, published "The Myth of the Twentieth Century", a book in which he claimed that the torch of Aryanism had passed from Iranians to Germans. The reason was that Iranians had been "corrupted" by Islam and mixed with "inferior races" such as Arabs, Turks, and Mongols.
Thus, in 1936, when the Third Reich wanted to publish its official list of "superior" and "inferior" races, there was some debate regarding the place to be assigned to Iranians. In the end raison d'etat prevailed and Iran was declared an "Aryan nation".
However, that was not the end of story. The Iranian government demanded that the Reich recognize all citizens of Iran, including Jews, as "Aryans". That demand provoked anger among Nazi officials charged with the "elimination" of Jews.
Küntzel shows that Adolf Eichmann insisted that Iran's Jews, numbering over 60,000 at the time, be listed and rounded up by the Iranian authorities. Tehran rejected that demand and even went further by issuing visas to hundreds of German Jews who wished to leave the Reich. (The Iranian embassy in Paris did the same for hundreds of French Jews).
The "Aryan" myth was a source of major misunderstanding between Tehran and Berlin.
To Iranians, the term "Aryan" was cultural not racial; anybody who partook of Iranian culture could claim to be Aryan. One of ancient Iran's most famous queens, Esther, was Jewish.
The maternal grandfather of Rustam, the mythical hero of Iran's national epic "Shahnameh" (The Book of Kings), was the Arab Zahhak. The late Ayatollah Khomeini boasted of his partially Arab ancestry by claiming to be a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.
To Germans, however, Aryanism was a racial concept linked to blood and biology. The Nazis published supposedly scientific texts about the shape of the heads of "superior" and "inferior" races, the color of hair and eyes and the various shades of skin tan.
The misunderstanding continues even today.
In 1986, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the mullah who served as President of the Islamic Republic, wrote a letter to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl emphasizing "our common Aryan roots." Kohl's Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel liked to speak of "our joint heritage and a 100-year alliance".
In 2009 in a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that the Irano-German "alliance, broken by the Allies in 1941" should be revived. Remarkably, German leaders did not bother to disown Hitler and distance themselves from the murderous myths spun by Nazis.
In the past 50 years or so, the "special relationship" between Iran and Germany has been highlighted in numerous ways. The first German industrial fair held in a foreign country after the Second World War was hosted by Tehran in 1960 with Economy Minister Ludwig Erhard leading a delegation of over 100 German businessmen.
After that, all German Chancellors, starting with Konrad Adenauer, made a point of visiting Iran until the fall of the Shah.
Even after the mullahs seized power, Germans pursued the special relationship through high-level visits, including that of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. The only time the German Federal parliament approved a law unanimously was when it enacted legislation to guarantee investments in Iran.
Some critics claim that the Germans are attached to Iran for purely economic reasons.
Küntzel shows this not to be the case. As the world's number-one exporter, Germany has little need of Iran, which represented less than half of one per cent of all German exports in 2013. Nor is Germany a major importer of oil or anything else from Iran.
According to Küntzel, German leaders have at least two other reasons for helping Iran defy the United States.
The first is German resentment of defeat in the Second World War followed by foreign occupation, led by the US. That resentment cannot be publicly expressed, if only because Germany is a member of NATO and needed US protection against Russia, an even more dangerous enemy, during the Cold War. If Iran thumbs its nose at the US, so much the better.
The second reason is that Iran is one of the few countries, if not the only one, where Germans have never been looked at as "war criminals" because of Hitler. For over 100 years, Germany has been the favorite European power of most Iranians.
Germans reciprocate the sentiment by having a good opinion of Iran.
Küntzel cites a number of opinion polls that show a majority of Germans regard the US and Israel, rather than Iran, as the biggest threat to world peace.
Küntzel also asserts that Germans are fed up with being constantly reminded of Hitler's crimes and beaten on the head with what Martin Walser, one of Germany's most famous writers, calls "the Holocaust cudgel."
Walser says: "The motives of those holding up our disgrace stem not from a desire to keep alive the idea of the impermissibility of forgetting but rather to exploit our disgrace for their present purposes."
That the Holocaust never attracted popular attention in Iran is a relief to many Germans. "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei and former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have repeatedly asserted that Holocaust never happened.
Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani has disputed the figure of six million Jews killed by Hitler, putting the number at "around 20,000". Former President Muhammad Khatami claims that "the facts of the situation have not been independently verified and established."
Finally, the Iranian nuclear dossier provides Germany with an opportunity to play in the diplomatic big leagues. In economic terms, Germany is a bigger power than Britain, France, Russia and China. And, yet, it has no place in the Security Council.
The 5+1 formula creates a parallel Security Council in which Germany has a decisive say. The exercise could become a precedent for other international initiatives in which Germany is treated as a member of the "big powers club."
Küntzel cites another possible reason for Germany's attempts at helping Iran maintain its nuclear program with a minimum of modifications.
In the 1990s, Germany tried to develop a clandestine nuclear program, very much like what Iran had been doing, by developing two sites closed to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
At the time, President Bill Clinton forced the Germans to shut the program by threatening them with sanctions, a similar tactic used against Iran so far without success.
With the United States in global retreat under President Barack Obama, Germany is beginning to assert its independent personality: It is in neither Western nor Eastern camps, Küntzel shows. It is at the center of a new "political pole" in Europe.
Küntzel's book is of special interest for the glimpse it offers into what many German politicians and scholars feel and think in silence.
A recent official German report states: "The Federal Republic has no evidence showing that Iran's nuclear program has a military aspect." That may explain, at least in part, Berlin's ambiguous position during the 5+1 negotiations with the Islamic Republic.
Originally written in German, Küntzel's book is also available in an excellent Persian version and is due for publication in English as well.

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