Denuclearisation Spells Doom for Iran

 

The truth is that sanctions are far more deadly than nuclear weapons. 

The United Nations estimated 220 000 men, women and children died as a result of the atomic bombs dropped in 1945 and their aftermath… The United Nations also estimates that 1.7 million Iraqis died due to sanctions, 500 000 of which were children.

The last time Iran invaded another nation was in 1738. The US has engaged in over 50 military invasions and interventions since their independence in 1776.

The recent denuclearisation deal is catastrophic for Iran, simply because it paves the way for yet another US military intervention against Iran.

History proves that America conducts regime change in Middle Eastern nations, which refuse to obey Washington, using a three-tier strategy: sanctions, denuclearisation, and military intervention.

Iraq and Libya provide the most recent examples of nations that have signed nuclear disarmament deals with the West, only to then be invaded by the West.

In 1945, President Truman’s bombers dropped “Fat Man” and “Little Boy” on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 140 000 people instantly. The gruesome images that emerged from the rubble forced US leaders to devise a new, subtle weapon of mass destruction — economic sanctions.

The truth is that sanctions are far more deadly than nuclear weapons. 

The United Nations estimated 220 000 men, women and children died as a result of the atomic bombs dropped in 1945 and their aftermath.

Used as a tool for the enforcement of political change, sanctions occur when one powerful government imposes economic suffering on a civilian population by withdrawing trade and financial relations.

The United Nations also estimates that 1.7 million Iraqis died due to sanctions, 500 000 of which were children. In 1996, a journalist asked former US secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, about these UN reports, specifically about the children. The US sanctions policy is nothing short of genocide.

In fact, the US-led sanctions regime in Iraq killed more civilians than the entirety of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons used in human history. America currently holds 18 nations under sanctions, causing untold suffering for 428 million civilians.

They told us that Iraq was a terrorist state; Iraq was a nuclear threat; Iraq was tied to al-Qaeda. It all amounted to nothing.

From 1990 to 2003, Iraq suffered sanctions, the first stage of the West’s regime change strategy. After losing millions of lives and billions of dollars, Saddam Hussein’s resolve was broken and, in November 2002, he signed an agreement to accept United Nations nuclear inspectors and monitors.

Saddam Hussein’s signature on the denuclearisation deal paved the way for America’s military intervention in Iraq, and the rest is history.

All the while, history repeated itself in Libya. The West executed its triple-barreled regime change strategy of sanctions, denuclearisation and invasion with ruthless efficiency.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was seduced by the siren song of the West. Give up your weapons of mass destruction, they said, and we will welcome you into the international community.

Enticed with an end to sanctions it had endured since the 1980s, improved relations with the West, and a guarantee of security, Col Gaddafi ended his nuclear quest in 2003. Eight years later, his position was as far from secure as one could imagine.

President Clinton signed the now infamous Iran-Libya Sanctions Act. Libyans were unusually vulnerable to the effects of sanctions, because Libya imports 75 percent of its food and oil exports make up 95 percent of its revenue. 

The United Nations Children’s Fund reported that these sanctions caused widespread suffering among civilians by “severely limiting supplies of fuel, access to cash, and the means of replenishing stocks of food and essential medications.” 

Clearly, US sanctions are nothing short of a crime against humanity. As president, Col Gaddafi’s number one responsibility was to protect Libyans, and in late 2003, when he signed a nuclear disarmament deal with the US, he failed in that task.

When regime survival is in question, conventional weapons are unreliable deterrents. Nuclear weapons never fail to dissuade other nations.

The most recent Intelligence Report published in 2012, endorsed by all 16 US intelligence agencies, confirms that Iran ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003. 

Truth is, any Iranian nuclear ambition, real or imagined, is as a result of American hostility towards Iran, and not the other way around. Much like Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction”, the US has used the imaginary nuclear threat to enforce sanctions upon the people of Iran.

The West has executed its first stage of the regime change agenda in Iran since 1979. 

They have cost Iran $120 billion in lost revenue since 2010; and, they even include a ban on the importation of certain medicines and foodstuffs.

Mass human suffering caused by sanctions on Muslim countries is an essential part of their design. Senior US politician, Brad Sherman, remarked, “critics of sanctions argue that these measures will hurt the Iranian people. Quite frankly, we need to do just that”. In short, sanctions have succeeded in causing enough suffering for civilians to force the Iranian leadership to sign a suicidal deal with America.

As part of the latest denuclearisation deal, the US agreed to return the US$42 billion in ceased oil revenues, at a measly rate of US$600 million per month. Clearly, Tehran got too little in exchange for its imminent demise.

The West’s success in the first two stages of regime change signals a final warning for Iran. History shows that, perhaps, it is only a matter of time before Iran reaches the last stage.

In order to avoid this fate, Iran’s leadership should stand firm, refuse to re-engage the West on further denuclearisation, and continue along the revolutionary road that that it charted in 1979.

The old saying that, “power only yields to power”, is unfortunately true. 

A strong military is an oppressed nation’s only guarantee of peace from the war of the oppressor. – The Herald

·  GarikaiChengu can be contacted atchengu@fas.harvard.edu

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