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Text of commentary by Mehdi Taqavi headlined "An analysis of Miliband's anti-Iran theory" published by Iranian newspaper Iran on 11 December
At a time when with the decline of the American neoconservatives the Middle East is ripe with change, David Miliband came to the Persian Gulf region with the aim of what is called "creating unity in the disorderly ranks of the Arabs". Before that trip, extensive propaganda had started in British media, indicating that the head of the British diplomacy was taking with him a new plan for the Middle East. This propaganda was so extensive that some news sources in that country claimed that Miliband's plan could fill the vacuum that had been created as the result of America's absence and the "period of transition" in the Middle East.
Miliband's political package was opened in a sumptuous reception that the princes [rulers] in the Emirates [UAE] had arranged for him. However, with great surprise, it was noticed that his political package contained only a repetitive and worn out message. The message that [Gordon] Brown's envoy presented to his Arab hosts contained nothing but the boring subject of the alleged "Iranian threat".
During the course of his visit to Abu-Dhabi and in his long speech Miliband expressed concern about Iran's attempts to gain access to nuclear weapons, and in keeping with his Anglo-Saxon language [way of thinking] he said that Iran posed a threat to the security of the Middle East. In the speech by the British guest of the Emirates it was repeatedly claimed that: "Iran with nuclear weapons would deliver a heavy blow at the pragmatic and peaceful strategies in the region."
By looking at the archive of the plans that have been presented to the Middle East during the eight years of the terms of [President George] Bush and [Tony] Blair one can see that the plan of the young British foreign minister does not contain anything new. Even the words and sentences that he has used to convey his theory are exactly the same words that have been used by other Middle East players, and in fact are copies of the ideas of some other politicians such as [Condoleezza] Rice and Blair. May be …