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Gordon Brown has a Choice

By Stefan Simanowitz, CASMII
The Gordon Brown's Mansion House speech is the clearest indication yet that he intends to offer British military backing to George Bush's aggressive plans for sanctions and military intervention against Iran. In a thinly disguised threat, Mr Brown said: "Iran has a choice - confrontation with the international community leading to a tightening of sanctions or, if it changes its approach and ends support for terrorism, a transformed relationship with the world." This use of the term "international community" ignores the fact that a majority of the nations and peoples of the world recognise Iran's legitimate right to uranium enrichment. Mr Brown also ignores the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found no evidence whatsoever of either a weaponisation programme nor has anyone produced any evidence of the Iranian state's support for terrorism. It also ignores the fact that Iran's referral to the United Nations Security Council was, in itself, illegal.

One of the reasons that Prime Minister Brown was eager to call a November election was to secure a new term in office before being dragged into a deeply unpopular American-led military adventure against Iran.

Recent strategic, military and political maneuvers have left little doubt that attacking Iran is top of George Bush's list of things to do before he retires, and President Sarkozy has replaced Blair as Bush's cheer-leader in chief. Brown, keen to maintain the so-called special relationship but fearful of a backlash of public opinion, finds himself caught between two stools.

The findings of last week's poll by the International Herald Tribune suggest that only 11 percent of the British public would support military force against Iran.

With Russia and China unlikely to support a UN resolution authorising military action, it is likely that President Bush will order a strike on Iran 'in support of the authority of the UN'. This was the pretext used for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Sarkozy will offer substantial military support. Brown will be tempted to do the same, but knows if he does so, he might wave his chance of election victory goodbye .

Rather than being swept along in President Bush's slipstream, we call on Gordon Brown not to ignore the wishes of the British public. We urge him to be his own man and desist from any illegitimate and unjustified military action against Iran. He should encourage Bush to resume negotiations with Iran on the nuclear enrichment issue without preconditions and support the agreement reached between Iran and the IAEA aimed at resolving the current stand-off.

... Payvand News - 11/15/07 ... --

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