On June 6, US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, went to Azerbaijan to personally deliver a letter from Barack Obama to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev. Recently, he has shown his displeasure over Obama administration’s criticism of America’s strategic ally which has allowed tens of thousands of war-related flights over its territory to maintain the US occupation of Afghanistan since US invaded the country in October 2001 on lame excuse of Taliban’s refusal to handover Osama Bin Laden to Dubya Bush. Azerbaijan’s strategic position has further increased since Obama announced his 30,000 -troop ‘surge’.
Hillary Clinton also showered Ilham Aliyev with her Zionist charm on phone. However, Illham Aliyev have not forgotten for being ignored by Obama by not inviting him at Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit charade in Washington. The only other regional leader not invited was Iranian President Dr. Ahmadinejad. In a show of rubbing Obama’s Zionist nose, the Azeri President did not bother to invite Robert Gates for the diplomatic dinner at the Presidential Palace and left the job to Azeri Defense Minister, which the Bush’s cowboy declined.
President Ilham Aliyev inherited the Presidency in 2003 from his father, Heidar Aliyev, a hard-core communist leader under USSR. His major bone of content with Washington is that he is not being paid enough (as compared to Israel) for his services in the region which also include letting Mossad run its espionage racket against Islamic Republic from Baku.
How close relation the Jewish Lobby has with Azeri elites can be judged by the fact that the Chairman of the Azerbaijan Reform Party, Asim Mollazade, will be attending a conference to be sponsored by the Washington-based powerful pro-Israel think tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on June 25, 2010. Dr. Ariel Cohen, member CFR and an ‘expert’ on Russian and the Middle East affairs will speak on Development of US strategy in the South Caucasus and the Caspian Basin. CSIS, practically runs White House’ s foreign policy in that region.
Other Washington-Baku ’strategic interests’ also include - Baku in 2009 provided “nearly one quarter of all crude oil supplies to Israel and is considered a leading potential natural gas provider for the US supported Nabocco pipeline”. Israel is also a beneficiary of the Ceyhan-Tblisi-Baku (BTC) oil pipeline which links the Caspian Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean. That’s why Israel wants to weaken Lebanon and Yemen with the help of US military – in order to protect the BTC pipeline and the transporation corridor. Furthermore, Israel hopes a future link between BTC and Trans-Israel Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline.
Heydar Jamal, a welknown Russian political commentator and Chairman of Russia’s Islamic Committee, in an interview told Today.AZ that the latest sanctions against the Islamic Republic is “a vivid evidence of an outright US hostility towards Iran. “Had it not been for Israel’s erroneous action against Freedom Flotilla, there would be all necessary conditions for military action against Iran. But current situation does not allow launching a military action against Iran since Israel faced international condemnation and moral and psychological isolation for its actions.
Baku showed great wisdom and made a very correct and timely statement, which brought it even closer with Ankara. It is already apparent that Israel is doomed state devoid of global support which was an essential tool for a large number of steps openly cynical and disrespectful of international law.
World now supports Iran and Palestine as well as Turkey. Azerbaijan gained huge dividends, declaring that its stands in solidarity with its Turkish brothers over the attack on humanitarian cargo ship in the Mediterranean which resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians. This step makes Azerbaijan one of the independent players on the world political arena”.
Ali Ahmadov, the executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party told journalists on June 12: “‘As a peace-loving nation, Azerbaijan supports the resolution of problematic and contentious issues peacefully through negotiation. A solution to the Iranian problem by any other means is unacceptable to Azerbaijan. Iran and Azerbaijan are not just neighbouring countries, but share historical roots. I hope common sense will prevail in further decisions on Iran”. As if that was not enough salt on Benjamin Netanyahu’s wounds – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to visit Baku on June 16, where he would discuss gas price deal, visa deal and Nagorno-Karabakh and of course the Tehran’s nuclear program and US-Israel new sanctions against it.
Interestingly, two-third of world Azeri population is in Islamic Iran (18% of Iran’s total population). Washington’s favorite Iranian ‘Reformist’ Mir Hossein Mousavi (defeated by Dr. Ahmadinejad in June 2009) is also an Azeri from Tabriz. The head of Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan, Semen Ikhiilov visited Israel in May to lay of the first stone of the Heydar Aliyev Avenue in Hadera. Baku hosted Benjamin Netanyahu in 2003 and Shimon Peres in 2009 – even though Baku has not opened its embassy in Tel Aviv. There are close to 50,000 Azeri Jews in Israel, while 3,000 remain in Azerbaijan. On January 10, 2008 – the Jewish Journal quoted Jewish member of Azerbaijan Parliament, Yevda Abramov: “Our Rabbi, butcher, mohel, chazan – all are educated in Israel”.
Two of the aid workers on Gaza Freedom Flotialla detained by Zionazi forces were Azeri citizen.
Over 95 percent of population (9 million) of Azerbaijan is Muslim (Shias being in majority) - but Islam is not the official state religion, a legacy from the former Soviet Union.