December 28, 2014

Videos: Iran Chat with Gary Sick + Amin Tarzi - What America Needs to Know about Iran

America and Iran are two stupid lovers who have bad girlfriends. America has Israel, who is abusing the kindness of America, and Iran has the Arabs, who are ungrateful about what Iran has sacrificed for the Palestinian cause. So they both deserve what they get for being stupid.

Gary G. Sick (born 1935) is an American academic and analyst of Middle East affairs, with special expertise on Iran, who served on the staff of the U.S. National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He has written two books on U.S.-Iran relations, in addition to a number of co-edited books and numerous articles and scholarly contributions. . . . He is an adjunct professor of International Affairs and a senior research scholar at Columbia's School of International & Public Affairs, where he has been voted one of the top professors.
Title: Iran Chat with Gary Sick. Source: American Iranian Council. Date Published: December 21, 2014. Description:
In this exclusive interview, Gary Sick tells host Kayvon Afshari that the core issue separating the US and Iran isn't the nuclear issue, terrorism, or human rights. Rather, the challenge that must be dealt with, he says, is history.
"Gradually, as these other issues have emerged, and as we've shown, we've discovered that we can actually talk to Iran directly. The attitude is why shouldn't we talk to them about these things that actually make sense, and the U.S. government has said not yet, not until the nuclear thing is over. But, in fact, there is a kind of a dam waiting to break there, and of course that's one of the things that really worries the Saudis and the Israelis and others. That once the United States and Iran find themselves in a position to talk directly, they will talk to Iran rather than to Saudi Arabia, for instance. That's happened in the past, and the Arab have good memories about that, bad memories, but they remember well. Anyway, so they worry about that very much." - Gary Sick [14:04 - 14:54]. 

Title: Amin Tarzi - What America Needs to Know about Iran - FPRI's 2012 Middle East History Institute. Source: Foreign Policy Research Institute. Date Published: August 6, 2014. Description:
"What Every American Needs to Know about Iran" by Amin Tarzi at FPRI's Middle East History Institute on "Iran and the Geopolitics of the Middle East," in Pittsburgh, PA on October, 27-28, 2012.
"I came to this country in 1980, as a refugee from Afghanistan. . when I came to America, what did Iran mean to Americans? I went to a school in Flushing, New York, I didn't speak English when I came to this country so I was learning English in the back of a Catholic Church at an ESL class. There was a guy who was kind of my friend, we were the only ones who were not from there, I think he was from the Dominican Republic, and shirt said 'Iran Sucks.' . . So in the 80's that's what Iran meant to Americans." - Amin Tarzi [3:38 - 4:33].