A War that Can Never be Won

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Florence Joseph 

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The negative impacts of Washington's unilateral sanctions on certain countries must shock any conscientious human being. Certainly the US is not blind to the consequences of brute military force, war or any other destructive activity, or is it?

If only the Bush administration would learn how to respond intelligently to situations by respecting other nations instead of threatening them; the seemingly most impossible issues can be resolved through non-violent means.

Washington's recent declaration of further sanctions against Iran is the harshest since 1979, when the diplomatic, business and military ties between Tehran and Washington were severed. These new sanctions reflect America's confrontational approach and discriminatory policies against Iran.

Sanctions on three Iranian state banks, Melli, Saderat and Mellat as well as blacklisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were confirmed last week by Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State.

Such moves may seem directly target Iranian organizations and people but have long-term implications for European and other foreign banks as well as other companies that trade with the oil-rich nation.

Asian and European oil investors may initially be wary to trade with Iran. However, considering that Europe is one of Iran's key trading partners of the country, particularly in energy deals, it is doubtful whether they will totally suspend trade relations due to Washington's unfounded accusations and irrational measures.

The key question here is the whether additional sanctions will resolve any of America's problems. Could it be that Washington using this strategy to provoke Iran which would pave the way for America to “legalize” its evil plots in this region?

The Bush administration needs to be reminded that this is not the first time that Iran has been under sanctions; the country has borne the brunt of sanctions courageously for almost three decades.

It is indisputable that Iran, just like any other country, has a legitimate right to access peaceful nuclear technology - a right which is guaranteed under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)- and has repeatedly stated that its program is aimed at meeting the country's energy needs.

Incomprehensibly, the US is willing to settle North Korea's nuclear issue through dialog but threatens to use force against Iran! This attitude is demonstrative of America's antagonism towards Iran.

Meanwhile Iran has strictly adhered to the rules and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Last week, Bush suggested that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to "World War III.” Yet last month, Mohamed ElBaradei', Director-General of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, stated that Iran's declared nuclear material has not been diverted from peaceful purposes and criticized US go-to-war rhetoric. The evidence suggests that the US smear campaign against Iran is nothing but a sham.

The Bush administration's hostile moves were faced its first key obstacle on Friday when oil surged to a new all-time record high of over $92 a barrel in New York. It is speculated that it may even cross $100 if the market continues to be influenced by US policies.

Past experience shows that any unilateral moves, such as sanctions are doomed to failure. It is time for the Bush administration to see the error of its ways and suspend the illegal sanctions against Iran. Diplomatic options and dialogue should be kept open.


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