Why US is targeting Iran
A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time.
A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are already deployed in the region.
The alleged sabotage of four oil tankers, two of them Saudi, and the attack on a major oil pipeline are being linked in certain circles without an iota of evidence to Teheran.
There is no need to repeat that scenarios of this sort are often manufactured to justify military aggression.
For more than a year now, since unilaterally repudiating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal forged between Iran and six world powers, the US has not only re-imposed economic sanctions upon Iran but has also forced other states that trade with Iran to reduce drastically their interaction with Teheran.
US targeting of Iran is a grave travesty of justice for the simple reason that the UN’s nuclear inspection agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has reiterated over and over again that Iran has complied with the nuclear deal.
It should not therefore be punished with old or new sanctions. This is also the position adopted by the other signatories to the deal, namely, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.
But US President Donald Trump is determined to act against Iran, partly because of the growing influence of the Israeli government led by Benyamin Netanyahu and a segment of the Israeli lobby in the US.
Though Israel has harboured deep distrust of the Iranian leadership since the 1979 Islamic Revolution because of the latter’s proven commitment to the Palestinian cause, it is only in recent years that it has begun to sense that a combination of three factors renders Iran and its people a formidable challenge to Israel’s goal of establishing its hegemonic power over West Asia.
Iran’s oil and gas wealth has been reinforced by its scientific knowledge and capabilities underscored by a passionate devotion to the nation’s independence and sovereignty derived from both its historical experience and its attachment to a spiritual identity.
Besides, the Iranian government is a staunch defender of the Syrian government which refuses to yield to Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, in itself a gross violation of international law.
Iran is also linked to the Hezbollah, which has successfully resisted Israeli attempts to gain control over Lebanon, thus threatening the tiny nation’s sovereignty.
There is also perhaps another reason why Israel and the US are hell-bent on targeting Iran at this juncture. Very soon, leaders of these two states will announce the so-called “deal of the century”, a farcical attempt to resolve the longstanding Israel-Palestine conflict.
Because the deal, from what little is known of it, is so palpably unjust to the Palestinian people, the Palestinians and the majority of the people of West Asia are expected to reject it outright. According to various sources, the deal condemns the Palestinians to perpetual apartheid.
Iran and its allies can be expected to spearhead the opposition. It explains to some extent why Iran has to be hobbled immediately.
As an aside, it is ironical that Israel is showing such hostility to Iran when the Iranian constitution not only recognises the Jews as a minority but also provides the community with representation in its legislature. This is unique in West Asia.
Israel’s failure to appreciate this is perhaps proof that its real commitment is not so much to the well-being of the Jews as the triumph of its Zionist ideology with its goal of expansionism and hegemony.
It is not simply because of Zionism or Israel that the US administration is seeking to emasculate Iran. Weakening and destroying Iran is foremost on the agenda of another of Trump’s close allies in the region.
The Saudi ruling elite also saw the Iranian Revolution of 1979 as a mortal threat to its position and power because it overthrew a feudal monarch, was opposed to US dominance of the region and sought inspiration in a vision of Islam rooted in human dignity and social justice.
As Iranian influence in West Asia expanded especially after the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, the Saudi elite became even more apprehensive of Iran and wanted the US to curb Iran’s role in the region.
In this regard, it is worth observing that if Iran has become more influential in the region in the last 15 years or so, it is not only because of the astuteness of the Iranian leadership but also because of the follies of the Saudi and US ruling elite.
The overthrow of Saddam Hussein through an Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003, for instance, paved the way for the ascendancy of Shia politicians more inclined towards Iran.
How and why Saudi and Israeli elite interests and ambitions are intertwined in the US push against Iran is not highlighted in the media, including the new media.
Consequently, only a small fraction of the public understands the real causes for the escalation of tensions in West Asia centering on Iran. It is largely because the media conceals and camouflages the truth, that a lot of people see the victim as the perpetrator and the perpetrator as the liberator.
Or as Malcolm X once put it, “If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
Official policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran calls for the elimination of Israel.ReplyDelete
NOT UNSC Resolution 242 which calls for Israel to return to its internationally recognised birders but COMPLETE DESTRUCTION.
That is Genocide Iran is talking about, and Israel will never, never accept that.
No la... just Tibet and Xinjiang style absorption and re-population by Muslims, followed by prohibition of Judaic religious practices...Delete
Tibet and Xinjiang style absorption and re-population by Muslims!
What a rd brain-dead!
U ain't see anything at all w/o the PLA getting involved.
Malaysia's foreign policies in Middle East International politics have been driven increasingly more by religious sentiments (Wahhabism/Takfirism) since the day Islamist religious bigots influenced by the Saudis established their foothold in Govt. during the days of UMNO and BN rule.ReplyDelete
The shift to more extreme Islamism (Wahhabism/Takfirism) increased when the Saudis with their wealth started throwing their oil monies towards funding of Islamic Govts, Islamic institutions and schools, mosques, tahfiz etc so as to establish their worldwide political support from other countries and safeguard their continuous rule by their Rulers and power hold in the Middle East. They also have the hold on quotas for Moslem pilgrimages from other countries and the issuing of visas which indirectly means all countries with big Moslem populations are held hostages in performing religious rites in Saudi Arabia.
They alone decided and establish the beliefs
(via scriptures/hadiths/fatwas/PR etc) that they are the only guardians of Islamic holy places especially in Mecca and Medina and thus hold to ransom all Moslems who regarded it as sacred places for Moslems of whatever tribes.
Like a lallang (weed), Malaysian Moslems who first cheered the Iranians (mostly Shias) during the Iranian Revolution (1979) changed to supporting Saddam Hussein (Sunni sect) during the Iran/Iraq war (1990) and Iraq/Kuwait war (1990) and Saudi/Yemeni war (2015) also known as a proxy war between Saudi/Iran by always aligning and gravitating towards Saudi Arabia interest.
So, which side do you think Malaysian Moslems and the Govt. will support in this Iranian/(proxy USA) war if it so happens because now USA will be supported by Saudi (Wahhabis/Takfirism) and the Israelis (Zionism)?
Our Malaysian soldiers lives are more important than trying to get involved and achieve someone else idea of Islamic power in the Middle East.
Malaysian soldiers lives are not at stake in the Middle East.Delete
They are in the South China Sea.
"Malaysian" Hew Kuan Yew says it belongs to Tiongkok and you bising about Muslims.
Cina memang pukimak.
Malaysian soldiers lives are not at stake in the Middle East. It's in the sulu sea lah.
& always r the sacrifices of the East M'ian soldiers!
Under the commands of the ampu-kaki & nincompoop melayu from the peninsula!