News : Middle East
- Published: Tuesday, 02 October 2018
By INU Staff
INU - This week, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told the Iranian regime, “If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens; if you continue to lie, cheat, and deceive, yes, there will indeed be hell to pay.
Let my message today be clear: ‘We are watching, and we will come after you.’” This is clearly some of the most ferocious language ever used by an American administration about a foreign state.
The US exited the Iran nuclear deal last May, and re-instituted sanctions against the regime. President Trump referred to this at the UN General Assembly. He said that America would not allow “the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism” to possess “the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth.”
And Bolton threatened “terrible consequences” for those doing business with Iran.
Still, Britain and Europe intend to do just that. The three European co-signers of the Iran nuclear deal — Britain, France and Germany — announced a new payment system that would allow oil companies and businesses to continue trading with Iran, and side-step the US-led global market.
This sanctions-busting plan is unlikely to work, according to some commentators, as many businesses have already pulled out of Iran because the US says that if they trade with Iran, they cannot do business with America.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Europeans were now “solidifying Iran’s ranking as number-one state sponsor of terror” with “one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional peace and security.”
This Sunday is the 80th anniversary of the infamous Munich agreement, the deal signed by Britain, France, Italy and Germany that permitted Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetenland in Western Czechoslovakia.
British prime minister Neville Chamberlain lauded this agreement as having averted war. But, Britain declared war on Nazi Germany just a year later. Chamberlain’s premise that anything is better than war, showed that appeasement doesn’t prevent war.
If the US must operate Iranian sanctions alone, it can still exert more economic pressure than the rest of the world, because of the secondary sanctions the US will impose against those who try to evade them.
Iran’s economic situation is dire. The Iranian rial is already in free-fall. Because of this, the regime may be forced back to the negotiating table. But, if it steps-up uranium enrichment or restarts its centrifuges, the US would likely launch military strikes against it.
This is why the regime is desperate to keep the nuclear deal in existence — its options are limited without the accord. Europe’s attempt to keep rewarding Iran, as if the deal still existed, is a blow against world peace.
Trump has weakened the world’s terrorist state – while Britain and Europe empowered it, with the appeasement of evil.