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I believe taking these risks is insane. High level political and military officials in Israel and Washington know it and oppose war. It doesn't mean it won't happen. I think odds are it will against both countries.

For now, US electoral considerations are prioritized. After November 6, anything is possible.

Q: What has been the most important achievement of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran? Will the movement, under Iran's presidency, succeed in retrieving its prominent position in the international developments and influence the global equations in an effective manner?

A: NAM gave Iran multiple achievements: added prestige, perhaps stronger economic and political ties, a big first step toward ending Washington's attempt to impose isolation, and a black eye for America, Israel and their rogue partners.

Not bad for a six day event. Hopefully, they'll be effective follow through. I think Iranian leaders understand and will press their advantage diplomatically.

Right now, Iran came out a winner. Odds are it will pay dividends ahead.

Q: While the NAM summit was underway in Tehran, IAEA published a new report on Iran's nuclear program, leveling new accusations against Iran and casting doubt over Iran's nuclear intentions. Was this report aimed at distracting the public opinion from the successful hosting of the NAM summit by Iran?

A: The new IAEA report was strategically timed to downplay the summit. It's old wine in new bottles. It's wearing thin. It lacks credibility, and deep within the report was information about most uranium fuel, in fact, below weapons grade and much of it either difficult or impossible to convert. Western, especially America's media, said little or nothing.

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The IAEA under Amano keeps crying wolf. He's an imperial tool. Washington installed him. His credibility is low and sinking.

Q: How effective can the non-aligned nations be in solving the regional and international problems, including the crisis in Syria, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, violence in Bahrain and the restructuring of the United Nations? Do they have the power to change the international equations practically?

A: To be effective, NAM nations must transform rhetoric into policies. It's not easy, especially as most of them have close Western ties and vote with America often at the General Assembly.

At the same time, Washington and Israel are losing influence. It takes time, but at some point they'll reach a point where more nations defy them. Challenging them on Iran and Syria would be a wonderful way to start.

On Syria, it's not likely. I fear full blown intervention without world opposition. It's very disturbing, and it could happen soon or post-US elections.

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Solving the Palestinian issue is many years away. Palestinians must do more on their own. Getting rid of Assad/Fayyad leadership is key. They're Israeli/pro-Western stooges. A real Palestinian spring is needed. The so-called Arab one is fake. It's a Western term. Manipulated policy followed.

Q: What do you think about the Western mainstream media's coverage of the NAM summit in Tehran? Has it been a fair and balanced coverage? Have they reacted to the summit in an objective and impartial manner?

A: Western media coverage has been abominable. I've written many critiques. I call them all scoundrels for good reason. They're pro-imperial, pro-war, pro-corporate, and anti-populist. They lie for power. They're not journalists. They're propagandists, including the New York Times and Washington Post. At times, they make earlier yellow journalism look good.

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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