The Sanctions Keep Coming Against Iran

The rhetoric back and forth between Iran and the United States has fired up again, which is to be expected since the collapse of the JCPOA. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that after President Trump withdrew from the Iran agreement, the Persian nation would again ramp up its uranium enrichment. When we realize that the Trump administration’s goal is to feed the coffers of the defense industry, it helps us understand why it would want to move towards war with Iran and undermine any attempt to negotiate in a peaceful manner. However, the real aggression in this situation is not the rhetoric, but rather, it is the economic warfare waged against Iran in an effort to force the country into compliance.

Since the United States’ failed coup attempt in Venezuela, the focus has been on the eighteenth most populous nation on earth (at over 81 million people, it has an equivalent population to California, Texas, and Pennsylvania combined). The mainstream media in the United States parrots the words of the government officials and builds the narrative that Iran is a bad actor in the region that must be stopped. The preferred tactic at this stage is to strangle the enemy economically in the hopes that the government will buckle under the pressure or the people will rebel, but it is important to understand that the United States used a similar tactic of sanctions prior to full-out invasion of Iraq. Also, sanctions against Japan were one of the largest contributors to that country's attack against Pearl Harbor. It is not a question of whether the United States will commit to a hot war with Iran, but it is a question of when it will happen.

Recently, the United States government has targeted Iran’s metals export sector and policies made by European countries to bypass U.S. sanctions in order to relieve Iran and normalize relations. American efforts to cripple Iran’s economy have so far been successful, as Iran’s oil industry has been hurt, and now its second largest industry, steel, copper, aluminum, and iron, will face hardship. In addition, European countries have set up a method for getting around U.S. sanctions through Instex, and Iran has followed suit with the Special Trade and Finance Institute (STFI) arm of its central bank. The purpose of this is to allow some trade between countries like France, the United Kingdom, and Germany and Iran, especially trade related to humanitarian aid, despite the obstacles set by the United States and threats of sanctions against European countries. The United States is looking to prevent these types of actions from continuing because it takes place outside of the American Empire’s financial system and disrupts sanctions policies.

The United States government keeps blaming Iran for the destruction of oil tankers with little or no evidence for the claims, which may be used as justification for war. As tensions between the United States and Iran continue to deteriorate, we must understand that it is our officials that are leading us down the war path. Although sanctions seem like a less aggressive and alternative technique than committing troops, they have real consequences for the civilians, who are often harmed as a result. This is often the point, as the United States government would like to see the people struggle and take action against that government, but this economic form of terrorism has consequences for Americans too. Anti-American sentiment and the potential for war increase, which benefits government officials and military-linked corporations. However, we are left to pay the bill, send our family members overseas to fight a war for the governing elite, and suffer from any civil liberty violations that are arbitrarily deemed necessary to keep us safe.

Plus, we are edging closer to a large-scale global war, as countries have now started to choose whether they support the American Empire and its current global economy or alternative methods through countries like Russia and China. Will a war with Iran lead to a global war? Why take the chance? Iran is not going to attack the United States unprovoked because doing so would be suicidal, so why must our government continue this economic and rhetorical war?

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Published on June 14, 2019 03:36
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