This criminal administration has been beating the war drums on Iran for a long time now. The Democrats have been debating about “What to do with Iran”. Of course most Americans jump in with their own versions about this “Iranian problem” , but what the majority of Americans fail to see, is that whatever Iran does or doesn’t do, is absolutely none of our business.
The UN Charter that the United States is a signatory of, expressly states that the use of force, or the threat of the use of force, is prohibited unless a country has been attacked, and we have not been attacked by Iran. The Bush Administration also broke the UN Charter when he attacked Iraq. This is something that the American people will have to live with forever.
The Democrats, while mentioning the folly of Bush’s foreign policy, remain in lockstep with the Neo-Cons when discussing the “threat” that Iran poses to America and their neighbors in the region. The so-called “top tier” candidates have refused to take the use of force against Iran “off the table”. This is an indicator to me that the aggressive foreign policy of the United States toward member nations of the UN will continue unabated.
Let the truth be known is that Iran has not done anything that we have not done on a much larger scale. The truth is that we aided and supplied the Muhadjeen in Afghanistan with Stinger Anti Aircraft shoulder fired missiles from our own Army’s inventory to knock down Hind helicopters in Afghanistan that caused many Russian soldiers to lose their lives. Why didn’t Russia bring sanctions on us in the UN? They knew only too well who was supplying the weapons to the Afghani’s.
Maybe the Russians didn’t bring the problem of us supplying their enemies to the Security Council because they knew that they were involved in an illegal war in that country. If that is the case, we are guilty of exactly the same thing in this illegal, immoral occupation in Iraq, except we have the temerity to actually cry “foul!” when someone or something tries to upset our plans. It seems that the United States believes that anything it does is legal, even if we invade another country that is no particular threat to our nation. In truth, the CIA and the “Delta” force should have been branded “terrorist” organizations by the world body for what we did in Afghanistan during the Russian invasion, in exactly the same way we brand the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
This particular way we have of looking at the world is immoral, illegal and most importantly, illogical. What we are telegraphing to the world in unmistakable terms is that we are the arbiters of World Law and that we “own” the world. The truth is that most nations in the world don’t share that view. The troubling part of all of this is that our own nation’s opposition party in this country follows the Republican view that Iran should do exactly what we say, because we say it. Not once have I heard the three “tier one” candidates express moral outrage because of our “rule the world” stance. Meanwhile, the only one that I have a problem with about this is John Edwards who should know better. Hillary Clinton is a menace to Progressives everywhere, her demeanor and her arrogant military stance on Iran shows this writer that her administration will be just as immoral and illegal as the administration that is now in power. Obama on the other hand is trying to woo both Democrats and Republicans along with Independents that might have a problem with Clinton. The only one that seems to be his own man is Edwards, and his stance is troubling.
Iran has been working with the IAEA since 2002. They are a signatory of the non-proliferation treaty. They have continuously told the IAEA that they will not enrich uranium above 5%. When the Security Council voted for sanctions against that country, they reactivated their enrichment process after letting it be dormant for 4 years. Brazil and a number of other nations including Japan, South Korea, and many other countries have nuclear reactors. Who are we to tell Iran that they cannot have them? Meanwhile Israel has an estimated 300 nuclear warheads.
The nation’s that surround Iran do not have good relations with Iran. They are Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. They do not wish to see Iran build a nuclear device. However, the populations of these countries by polling organizations around the world do not want a war between the US and Iran, the blowback from an attack on Iran would be devastating to our relations with other nations in the region, and the world.
Have we not learned anything from The Second World War? When nations unilaterally attack other nations the eventual wrath of the world community will surface. Besides being morally repugnant and illegal, attacking Iran will be an act of telling the world that we care not about world opinion because we are in control. John Edwards is smart enough to know this and should speak out loud and clear so that Progressives in this country can rally around someone that isn’t afraid to stand up to the extremists that have brainwashed this nation with superficial lies and twisted distortions.
That’s the way I see it.