- Things are getting more complex concerning Iran's nuclear
program. The Brazil, Turkey-brokered Tehran Declaration according to which
Iran agreed to ship 1,200 kilograms of its Low Enriched Uranium to Turkey
for further enrichment to be used in Tehran's research reactor was welcomed
by a fourth round of UNSC sanctions and a set of unilateral sanctions imposed
by the EU and United States against Iran.
- At the same time, Tel Aviv has renewed its war threats
against Tehran, cautioning that it might use the Saudi Arabia's airspace
to launch a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities; however, the
war of words and struggle over dominance and superiority between the governments
does nothing but costing the daily life of ordinary Iranians who has been
already entangled in a 30-year-long embargo by the United States.
- "Sanctions rarely accomplish what they are intended
to do, or what they are claimed to intend to do. They usually hurt the
poor and middle class the most," says Eric Garris, the prominent American
peace activist and the founder of Antiwar website.
- "The Iraq sanctions are an excellent example. Sanctions
are nothing more than a form of collective punishment and a step toward
war," he adds.
- According to Garris, the United States has resorted to
the exercise of double standards by putting a lethal pressure on Iran to
halt its nuclear program while neglecting the atomic arsenal of Israel
that has threatened Iran with a nuclear strike several times: "Of
course these double standards are not justifiable. But it is not just Israel.
The U.S. and several Western nations have threatened Iran with nuclear
weapons, yet they deny the right of Iran to possess the same sorts of weapons."
- "It would not be surprising if Iran was trying to
obtain nuclear weapons, although there is no evidence that they are trying
to obtain them, given the number of countries threatening them with the
same. The U.S. should begin disarmament of its own nukes and encourage
others to do the same," stressed Garris.
- Eric Garris believes that the obligations of Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty are being imposed on Iran discriminatorily: "The
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has become a farce. Nations like Israel,
Pakistan, and India are not pressured to sign or submit to inspections,
while Iran is forced to comply with even more inspections than are required
by the treaty. The treaty can only work if it is applied equally across
- The co-founder of Antiwar website also believes that
the United States has labeled Iran a "state sponsor of terrorism"
fallaciously: "Iran is no more a state sponsor of terrorism than the
U.S. is. By labeling a nation this way, the West is able to deny it basic
respect and rights and to paint it as some sort of backward nation of thugs.
Americans need to learn the recent history of Iran, including the US-backed
overthrow of the democratic regime in 1953 and US support for Saddam in
the Iran-Iraq War."
- Responding to my question about the prospect of Israel
without the unconditional sponsorship of the United States, Garris stated
that it would be so effortful for Israel to survive politically should
the White House lifts its support for Tel Aviv: "Israel would have
a hard time sustaining their warfare, welfare state without the billions
of U.S. aid and its unconditional diplomatic support. Americans need to
kick the ultimate welfare queen, Israel, off the dole and cut off all foreign
- And the final word of Eric Garris was about the recent
Freedom Flotilla massacre: "The international community, by and large,
let Israel get away with an act of piracy on the high seas. They also
continue to let Israel get away with turning the Gaza Strip into a giant
prison camp, using collective punishment as the only rule of law."
- - Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian freelance journalist
and media correspondent. His articles and interviews have appeared on Tehran
Times, Press TV, Global Research and Foreign Policy Journal. He has interviewed
Noam Chomsky, Vicente Fox, Peter D. Feaver, Theodoros Pangalos, Joshua
Frank and Gilad Atzmon.