U.S.'s Latest Mud-Slinging
By Ardeshir Ommani
On the front page of one of the
recent issues of The New York Times, the colorful picture of President
Mahmood Ahmadinejad and Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan and their
undeniably friendly posturing was not an outcome that the U.S. administration
and the Congress was expecting to see. George Bush and the U.S. Congress
have blamed Iran and especially
Revolutionary Guard Corps for the arms being used by the Afghani and Iraqi
resistance movements to defend their motherlands.
However, in a striking contrast,
President Karzai has called Iran a friend of Afghanistan
and a source of stability in the region. No doubt, his favorable judgment
of Iran has annoyed President
Bush and all those in the U.S. government who wish to
see greater tension between Iran
and its immediate neighbors. The same could be exactly said for Iran-Iraq
relations. Just two weeks ago, President Nuri Al-Maliki of
Iran and met with not only
President Ahmadinejad, but also the group in the highest echelon of the
government of the Islamic Republic, including the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran.
Al-Maliki appraised Iran as a friend of the
people of Iraq
and a source of stability and security in the region. Once again the
amicable relation between Iran and Iraq pained the U.S. ruling class that
imposed the war on Iraq and is responsible for the deaths of 4000 regular and
mercenary troops, 30,000 U.S. troops injured and maimed and 700,000 Iraqi men,
women and children killed and two million Iraqis who have been forced to abandon
their homeland and face refugee status in neighboring countries.
It is an indisputable fact that the
U.S. would like to create tension or at least see a lack of cooperation between
Iran and the rest of the world in the same manner it has tried to isolate Cuba,
Venezuela, and Iraq before its current occupation. But the fancy dreams of
George Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
and Senator Joe Lieberman, to name a few, are turning into nightmares and
In the same issue of The New York
Times, next to the picture of Presidents Ahmadinejad and Karzai, an article
described that the Bush Administration with the consent of the
obedient Congress is planning to declare a huge segment of the Iranian military
force, known as the Revolutionary Guard Corps, a ‘terrorist’ organization.
One may ask what is behind such a naked provocation and demonization of a large
defense force of a sovereign nation?
One obvious reason for the countless
use of such defamatory and hateful terminologies as terrorism, terrorist and
Islamofascism by the U.S.
authorities and their compliant media is their open and naked hostilities
towards the revolutionary resistance of the Muslim world to the violent
penetration of Western imperialism. But these misnomers are nothing
new. In Boston, the British monarchy confronting the
revolutionaries in 1776, in Russia, the Tsar facing the
wrath of the working class in 1917 and in Iran,
the Shah confronting the upheaval of the masses of Iranians in 1979, all called
their opposition: “terrorist”. By calling the sizable army of
Iran – 125,000 man strong –
a ‘terrorist group’, the U.S.
is pursuing a more devious objective. Being so far unable to intimidate
the influential members of the European Union (EU) and other members of the
United Nations Security Council such as Russia and China to agree to pass and
implement a third resolution that would impose harsher sanctions against Iran,
the U.S. is trying to blackmail the international community and force their
companies to divest from Iran’s economy, particularly in its oil and gas
Limits to U.S.
It is doubtlessly not an easy job
for the U.S. to force such giants of oil and gas industries as Totalfina Elf of
France, ENI of Italy, Bow of Canada, Royal Dutch Shell, Norsk of Norway, GVA of
Sweden, Sheer Energy of Canada, LG of South Korea, Statoil of Norway, Inpex of
Japan, Sinopec of China, DNGC of India, SKS of Malaysia, Repsol of Spain, China
National Offshore Oil Co. and Liquified National Gas Ltd. of Australia, all with
a projected total investment of $190 Billion, out of Iran. These
companies’ decisions to invest in Iran have certainly the
backing of their respective governments and no amount of U.S. blackmail – calling
Revolutionary Guard Corps a ‘terrorist group’ – will be convincing enough to run
them out of town.
Resorting to a new mendacity, the
administration is desperately attempting to impose the arbitrary rules and
spurious bills passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on other sovereign
nations, just because it decides to call the defense forces of other countries
as “terrorist”. Washington,
unilaterally, and in its own delusional mind is setting the legal grounds,
albeit nationally, to charge the oil and gas companies of other countries with
the crime of cooperating with and assisting the Iranian ‘terrorist’
revolutionary corps. Let us not forget that all the evidence gathered by
so-called intelligence services is circumstantial and does not stick.
About the author: Ardeshir
Ommani is a writer and an activist in the anti-war and
anti-imperialist struggle for many years, including against the Vietnam
War. Ardeshir is a co-founder of the American-Iranian Friendship Committee
, where news of his most recent visit to Iran
in March & April 2006 can be read. He helped launch the successful www.StopWarOnIran.org
campaign. In the 1960's, he was
a co-founder of the Iranian Students Association (ISA), which contributed to the
struggle against the Shah of Iran, a U.S.
Two of his recent articles: "Erratic U.S. Foreign Policy" can be
viewed at Persianmirror.com and “U.S. Arms Sales –
Source of Instability” at payvand.com.
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