It certainly is refreshing to hear some good news from the world stage for a change. That good news being the promising preliminary agreement between the nations of Iran, the US and the European Union that would “end” Iran’s nuclear weapons manufacturing process. Of course the devil is in the details, but it certainly is looking good on paper and all the players are pleased with the agreement thus far. This complex and vexing issue of the balancing of a sovereign nation’s autonomy and its potentially deleterious effect on others in the global community is a tough nut to crack. The irony of the US tasked with preventing harm of sovereign nation against sovereign nation is not lost on me. Be that as it may, it is the kind of adult level conundrum that requires intelligent and nuanced negotiations and it would seem that successful terms have tentatively been reached.
The framework of the agreement, now called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is many layered and covers both types of nuclear material, Plutonium and Uranium, which can be processed into weaponry. From reducing the centrifuges that are used in enriching Uranium for potential nuclear weapons to halting the construction of the type of nuclear power plant that makes Plutonium as a by-product of energy creation. Naturally there is mistrust by many, but all agreed-to aspects of the framework include robust inspection and verification with the stipulation that sanctions and all other existing options can be in play quickly in case of violations of the agreement.
The fact that this plan is being hammered out by John Kerry (to some, the agent of Satan) and representatives of the European Union (Godless Socialists, to the same folks) does not sit well with that right-wing-there-ain’t-nothin-a-war-can’t-solve demographic. Presidential hopeful Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker promises, if elected, his first order of business will be to ditch any existing Iranian nuclear weapons deal. Is it any wonder these recalcitrant little boys have the title of, “The Party of No”?
Poor old senile John McCain is in the back ground singing Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Iran…Cute, but stupid. Every time diplomacy is favored over war, the right becomes apoplectic. They have never seen a war they didn’t like. If I hear one more reference to Neville Chamberlain, I will barf. I can hear Rush and company sputtering, “If we don’t nuke Iran we will all be speaking Persian and living under sharia law next week!” Even the right’s favorite Four Star General, Colin Powell (you remember, the guy that sold Bush’s WMDs) said, “”War should be the politics of last resort.” The right wing has a very selective memory.
Speaking of memory, to get the whole story of Iran’s extremist religious government and its origins, one must go back several decades to see how we all got here, I mean, our being the “Great Satan” and all. Once upon a time Iran was in the process of becoming a democracy all on its own, with open elections right around the corner. Mohammad Mosaddegh became prime minister after the Iranian Parliament, the Majlis, voted for him 79 to 12 back in 1951. This all miraculously taking place without any assistance from Uncle Sam. However, Uncle Sam (Big Oil) was not happy because the newly, legally and democratically elected Mosaddegh was going to nationalize Iranian oil and use the money to improve the Iranian people’s lives.
“With the oil revenues,” said Mosaddegh in June of 1951, “we could meet our entire budget and combat poverty, disease, and backwardness among our people. Another important consideration is that by the elimination of the power of the British company [today’s British Petroleum, of Deepwater Horizon infamy] we would also eliminate corruption and intrigue, by means of which the internal affairs of our country have been influenced. Once this tutelage has ceased, Iran will have achieved its economic and political independence. The Iranian state prefers to take over the production of petroleum itself. The company should do nothing else but return its property to the rightful owners.”
Iranian oil revenues for Iranians?! What nerve! Enter British Intelligence and our CIA. Within two years of engineered violence and skullduggery, the democratically, legally elected president Mosaddegh was overthrown. As reported by William Rivers Pitt, “The West’s oil industry barnstormed back into the country. Under the leadership of the Shah, Iran became impoverished, imprisoned and deranged until the 1979 Revolution and the ascendancy of Khomeini [that] sent [Shah] Pahlavi fleeing into the night. The hostages were taken. In the aftermath, the US tapped its ally – Saddam Hussein of Iraq – [on the CIA’s payroll starting in1959] to assist in pressuring Iran, and so Iraq declared a war against Iran that lasted eight years. During that war, the US supplied Iraq with weapons of mass destruction to be used against Iran.” All of which brings us up to the present cock-up of our own creation.
Yes, hind sight is 20/20; however there is nothing new about this disastrous scenario of US “nation building” and meddling. It is consistently repeated throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America, and our CIA and its cheerleaders never seem to tire of it. Engineered overthrow, installation of an “easily controlled good guy” followed by failure, followed by power vacuum filled by worse than what we started with. Sound familiar? Maybe that is seen by some as good for business, but it’s not good for the rest of us who have to clean up i.e., become dead or wounded or insane or jobless or homeless, etc., after each and every one of these unaccountable “shadow government” operations goes tits up. I for one am pleased to see the grown-ups hard at work trying to avert the tragedy of war instead of actively and single mindedly pursuing and promoting it.