Do As I Say, Or No Deal

Amid the news of the possibility of the collapse of a diplomatic deal between the United States and North Korea due to the United States’ insistence on continuing joint military drills with South Korea and new economic sanctions on Venezuela for its alleged rigged election that brought Nicolas Maduro back into the presidency of that South American country, the United States has begun the process to re-impose economic sanctions against Iran. The new demands that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spewed at the Islamic republic will do nothing to bring about peace in the Middle East, but they do push an agenda for American imperialism and bullying in the region.

These demands and the economic sanctions are an act of terrorism and war because the United States government is attempting to worsen the quality of life of the Iranian people by blocking goods and services from entering or leaving the country and force the Iranian government into compliance. The ultimate goal of this is to get the Iranian people so infuriated about the situation that they will protest and rebel against the Iranian leadership. Using violence or intimidation to make a point or enact change is what terrorism is, and this is exactly what the United States government is doing to Iran. Iran has not actually threatened the United States, so there is little justification for doing this.

Yet, in the mainstream media and during government announcements, all you hear is how much of a threat Iran poses to the United States and its allies and how economic sanctions or the nuclear deal that the United States just withdrew from are the only solutions to curtailing this alleged threat. On the contrary, if the United States ended its military and economic coercion against other nations, there would be no threat against the United States and no reason to believe that other countries’ weapons programs were targeted at American troops and civilians. It is exactly because the United States government involves itself in so many conflicts and regions around the world that it has so many enemies. Some countries view this involvement as imperialism and a threat to their national sovereignty, and is this really an unreasonable perspective given the recent invasion of Iraq and the bombings of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen? This is in addition to the constant covert operations that the United States has been involved in since the Cold War to get rid of unfavorable leaders in noncompliant countries. Do we really expect other countries to view us positively after behaving so badly?

So, what are these demands that the Trump administration has put forth? There are twelve points that range from completely halting Iran’s uranium enrichment to allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to its nuclear sites, to the releasing of all detainees of the United States or its allies, to the terminating of all groups that are arbitrarily determined by the United States to be considered terrorists or acting against the interests of the United States government (including Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Houthis in Yemen), to the complete withdrawal from Syria of all of its military forces. Only after these unrealistic items are met satisfactorily will the United States consider an agreement with Iran and possibly remove economic sanctions. This ludicrous diplomatic policy (or lack thereof) has the United States changing “when I move you move” to “when I make demands you act.”

We strangle Iran’s economy, surround it with military bases, attempt to influence its elections and the political positions of the people, and talk about how we wish the Iranian government were replaced with something more compliant to American interests. Yet, we expect the Iranian government to bend over backwards to do whatever we want. We are the most powerful nation on earth and have the power to force Iran into compliance (barring intervention from Russia or China), but we must ask if this is the right thing to do and whether or not it is prudent. If we really want Iran to halt its nuclear and missile programs and its anti-American rhetoric, perhaps the best course of action would be to just leave it alone.

Thank you for reading, and please check out my book, The Global Bully, and my website for more information.
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Published on May 24, 2018 03:18
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