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The United States, Iran and the Warsaw Conference

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The United States’ much ballyhooed conference in Warsaw, the purpose of which was to gather support for more pressure on Iran, is now over. This exercise in futility did not gain the so-called ‘benefits’ that President Donald Trump and his racist, jingoistic cohorts had hoped. Rather, it exposed disagreements between the U.S. and many of its allies, and worsened some of them.

Some U.S. allies sent low-level representatives, a direct slap in the face to the U.S; some went even further and skipped the event. Many of those invited, whether or not they attended, have criticized the U.S. for its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and are still seeking ways to circumvent U.S.-threatened sanctions if they continue to comply with the agreement. Iran, whose nuclear development program is regulated by the agreement, continues to be in compliance, as certified by international inspectors, although it is clearly under no legal obligation to do so. When one party to an agreement violates it, that agreement is null and void.

Prior to the Warsaw conference, Twitter saw considerable activity in support of it. This could have been due to U.S. propaganda success in portraying Iran as the monster of the world (note: this writer visited Iran in the summer of 2017, and he can assure the reader that Iran is not what the U.S. wants everyone to believe). One wonders how U.S. government officials can possible accuse Iran of being the ‘foremost sponsor of terror in the world’, when the U.S. is currently bombing at least six (6) countries, is working to overthrow the democratically-elected governments of Syria and Venezuela, has invaded, bombed or otherwise destabilized at least 30 countries in the last 50 years, and has caused the deaths of at least 20,000,000 people. Iran, on the other hand, hasn’t invaded another country since 1798: yes, that is 221 years.

But perhaps the U.S. hasn’t been all that successful, and the increase in ‘Tweets’ was due to some other cause.  Trita Parsi, an award-winning activist, reports on his Twitter page that a huge number of those anti-Iran ‘Tweets’ were placed by ‘bots.’ For the uninitiated, a ‘bot’ is short for ‘robot,’ defined as “a program that operates as an agent for a user or another program or simulates a human activity.” It is an electronic method for doing all kinds of things on computers, including recognizing words on ‘Tweets’ and resending them. Any individual with a rudimentary knowledge of programming can create a ‘bot,’ get it to identify key words such as ‘Iran,’ ‘Warsaw’ and ‘Increasing Sanctions,’ to name just a few possibilities, and then have it ‘re-Tweet’ those entries to thousands, or potentially millions, of other Twitter accounts.

Why might someone do this? For people who seek Iran’s destruction, but recognize that this is not what the people of Iran want, it is one way of skewing the perception.

And who would want this? The ugly alliance of the United States and Israel constitute the greatest threat to Iran. The apartheid Zionist entity wants complete hegemony in the Middle East, which would allow it to kill all the Palestinians and take their land. They use pro-Israel lobbies in the U.S. to purchase members of Congress, which then grant Israel unprecedented amounts of foreign aid, and impunity from its crimes in the United Nations.

It is a very poorly-kept secret that the government of Israel spends millions upon millions of dollars to combat the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement. Additionally, the Zionist entity pays university students to write positive things about it on social media. It forbids any investigation of its accusations of war crimes, proclaiming that its own investigations are sufficient; those ‘investigations’ exonerate it every time.

Does Israel commit war crimes, and crimes against humanity? In the 2014 slaughter of the Gaza Strip, Israel bombed residences, mosques, press buildings, hospitals, schools and United Nations refugee centers. That’s six war crimes right there. IDF terrorists shoot unarmed, incapacitated Palestinians. War crime number seven. Those same terrorists guard illegal settler-terrorists as they commit crimes against innocent Palestinians.

And what about general violations of international law? The blockade of the Gaza Strip, the occupation of the West Bank, the housing of over half-a-million illegal settlers on Palestinian land are just three examples.

The United States supports the MEK, once designated as a terrorist organization, but now welcomed into the U.S. family of violence. The MEK has as its goal the overthrow of the Iranian government and has killed thousands of innocent people.

How would U.S. spokespeople respond, one wonders, if Iran, Russia and other nations actively supported an organization whose goal was the overthrow of the U.S. government? No doubt any such nation would be quickly introduced to U.S. bombs.

The United States and Israel are determined to isolate Iran and overthrow its government, and replace it with one more to their liking, as was done in the 1953, when the U.S., through its own terrorist cell known as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) overthrew the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, and installed the brutal Shah of Iran as monarch. For the next twenty-six years he oppressed the people of Iran, until he was overthrown in 1979, against the wishes of the United States. That revolution established the Islamic Republic of Iran, which the U.S. has opposed since its inception.

The Shah did as his U.S. masters directed; they cared not at all about his oppressive brutality. And when the Iranian people finally were able to rid themselves of the U.S. puppet, and installed a government of their own choosing, their new leaders were not quite so amenable to acceding to U.S. demands. Thus, the U.S. has chosen to sanction Iran for decades, support its enemies, and spread lies about the nation.

The Warsaw Conference didn’t quite accomplish U.S. goals, since most of the world is highly suspicious of the erratic and bellicose U.S. president, not wanting to anger him (U.S. violence has already been mentioned), but not particularly interested in following him over the cliff, either. And the other signatories to the JCPOA continue to seek ways to trade with Iran, thus providing Iran with the benefits that that agreement promised.

What the U.S. will do next is anyone’s guess. Bombing Iran, or supporting Israel in doing so, would not bode well for the Middle East, or the rest of the world. Iran is a large and powerful country, allied with Russia, which would not look favorably upon any such attack. It is hoped that Europe will continue to trade with Iran, enabling its people to live in peace and prosperity. U.S. efforts to the contrary will not turn out well, least of all for the U.S.

Robert Fantina

Robert Fantina is an author and activist for peace and international human rights. A U.S. citizen, he moved to Canada following the 2004 presidential election. His writing appears regularly on Counterpunch.org, Warisacrime.org, and other sites. Mr. Fantina resides near Toronto, Ontario.

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  1. lyn117 on March 1, 2019, 11:06 am

    I would not count the government of Syria as democratically elected, however illegitimate destabilization efforts are

    • JLewisDickerson on March 1, 2019, 12:47 pm

      I agree, but would add that I do not count the government of the U.S. as democratically elected!

    • Brewer on March 2, 2019, 12:43 am

      Assad is a popular leader, enjoying around 70% of the vote. You will not find that in the NY Times but there have been plenty of independent polls as well as monitored elections. I haven’t time right now to dig them up but I suggest you take a look at the masses of Syrian refugees who are returning now that the government is consolidating control.
      https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-47260450/the-syrians-returning-home-after-years-of-fleeing-war

    • Misterioso on March 2, 2019, 11:01 am

      Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban must be so disappointed:

      https://www.vox.com/world/2019/2/15/18225218/warsaw-summit-2019-iran-meeting-conference

      “The US held a global summit to isolate Iran. America isolated itself instead.”

      “Witness the Trump administration’s spectacular failure in Poland.”
      By Alex Ward Feb 15, 2019

      “A US-led conference in Warsaw this week that was intended to isolate Iran has ended up isolating America instead — highlighting one of the central problems of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

      “The two-day, hastily organized summit, which ended on Thursday, was billed as a Middle East security conference. But it was an open secret that the gathering of more than 60 countries was really about getting the world on board with America’s tough-on-Iran policy, even though the US denied that was the case.

      “This annoyed European allies, many of whom sent only low-level diplomatic staff — or not representation at all — to attend the meeting. The discord on the issue of Iran dates back most recently to last May, when the US withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and European allies like France and Britain agreed to remain in the accord.

      “Their reason was simple: Although Trump said Iran tried to obtain a nuclear bomb, European nations saw no indication that Tehran sought one. And even though US intelligence agencies agreed with that assessment, Trump spurned the dealmakers by backing out of the landmark diplomatic pact, re-imposing sanctions on Iran, and threatening to penalize anyone who imports its oil.

      “But then it got worse for the Trump administration. Europe worked out a method in January to bring in Iranian energy while avoiding American financial reprimands. That allowed Europe to keep the nuclear deal on life support while curbing the damage America’s sanctions could wreak on Iran’s economy.

      “Now that the Warsaw conference is over, it’s clear that the meeting has deepened the rift between Europe and America — all because of the Trump administration’s stubborn insistence on the fact that Iran is currently seeking a nuclear weapon. However, he is right to point out that Tehran is doing terrible things, such as propping up Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, launching missiles, and supporting terrorists in the region.

      “’Rather than serving as a unifying diplomatic exercise to highlight Iran’s troubling regional activities, the summit primarily highlighted America’s diplomatic isolation from its European allies,’ Amanda Sloat, a Europe expert at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington, DC, told me.

      “The four mistakes of the US-led Warsaw conference”

      “First, the meeting got off to a bad start.”

      “Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, spoke Wednesday at a nearby rally organized by an anti-Iran group — which was once designed by the US as a terrorist organization — for which he’s been a long-time lobbyist.

      “’Everyone agrees that Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world,’ Giuliani told USA Today on the sidelines of that meeting. ‘That has to tell you something: Iran is a country you can’t rely on, do business with, can’t trust.’ While Giuliani’s comments didn’t happen at the Warsaw summit itself, it definitely tarnished the thin veneer that the US was in Warsaw to speak ill of Iran.

      “Second, attendance at the official Warsaw meeting was poor.”

      “While invited by Brian Hook, the Trump administration’s special envoy for Iran, leaders of Germany, France, and the European Union — all members in the Iran nuclear deal — didn’t come (although UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt did attend). Meanwhile, other European and Arab nations sent low-level delegates to the sessions.

      “That left top American officials, like Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the lurch. Usually they would only attend events featuring their counterparts. But in this case, they flew all the way to Poland to hobnob with foreign leaders well below their stature.

      “Third, even high-level foreign officials who did attend made news for all the wrong reasons. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, blundered on Wednesday when his official Twitter account not only described the true purpose of the meeting, but also accidentally declared war on Iran.

      “’What is important about this meeting, and it is not in secret … is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran,’ the tweet read.

      “The tweet was deleted an hour later, but the damage was done. Apparently it was a bad translation of the Hebrew word for war; Netanyahu meant ‘combating.’ A new tweet using that word instead of ‘war’ soon went up on the prime minister’s account — perhaps to make sure no one saw war in Warsaw.

      “And finally, Pence did himself no favors by using his speech to openly lambast America’s European friends.

      “’They call this scheme a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle,’’ Pence said on Thursday, referring to the mechanism Europe uses to still trade with Iran. ‘We call it an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU, and create still more distance between Europe and America.’ His address amounted to a call for Europe to give up its plans to follow America’s instead.

      “But Pence’s demand was the ill-advised move.”

      “Asking Europe to do something it clearly doesn’t want to do — like cut economic ties with Tehran and scuttle the Iran deal — will only damage fragile US-European relations. What’s more, it will make the Trump administration look weak, especially if those nations don’t listen to America.

      “’The US further widened the divide with its allies at a forum that could have been used to heal some of the wounds,’ says Eric Brewer, an Iran expert at the Center for a New American Security think tank in Washington.

      “The embarrassment in Warsaw was unnecessary”

      “It’d be one thing to do all this damage if Iran actually was pursuing a nuclear weapon in direct defiance of the nuclear deal. The problem is, even US spies say Iran is abiding by the accord — which means all of the self-inflicted pain in Warsaw was for nothing.

      “Per a report issued by top US intelligence officials in late January, Iran’s ‘continued implementation’ of the deal — even after Trump pulled the US out of it — ‘has extended the amount of time Iran would need to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon from a few months to about one year.’

      “What’s more, the report warns that ‘Iranian officials have publicly threatened’ to ‘resume nuclear activities that the [nuclear deal] limits — if Iran does not gain the tangible trade and investment benefits it expected from the deal.’

      “So not only has Trump’s pressure on Iran not accomplished what he wanted it to, his decision to pull out of the nuclear deal could actually push Iran to try to pursue a nuclear weapon.

      “The Warsaw conference was surely meant to help rectify that. It did anything but.”

      • Mooser on March 2, 2019, 9:39 pm

        Sheldon Adelson looks a little piqued, lately.

  2. gamal on March 1, 2019, 11:35 am

    “however illegitimate destabilization efforts are”

    but that actually makes very little sense..when we recall how hard it is to have ‘democracy’ when one is not permitted it, “destabilisation efforts” are actually not without effect.

    Countdown to the Destruction in Syria? Timeline of US and Allied Interventions in Syria (1916-2016)

    1920– French defeat an independence movement in Syria. (3)

    1925– France defeats a second independence movement in Syria, shells Damascus (3)

    1936– France grants Syria independence, but French parliament refuses to ratify (3)

    1941– Syria declares independence (3)

    1944- Jewish irregular armed units operating independently of Jewish Agency control (but at times with its tacit approval) launch a campaign of terror against British personnel and Arab civilians in Palestine. (4)

    1945– France tries to stop independence movement, shells Damascus, kills 400 (3)

    1946– Independence from France, Syrian President is Shukri al-Quwatli (5)

    1947– The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon—UN testimony by Rabbi Fischmann, member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine (6)

    1948– Israel created out of Palestine, Arab-Israeli War

    1948- Syria participates in Arab wars against Israel in 1948, 1967 & 1973, earning U.S. enmity. (7)

    1949– CIA-sponsored coup under Truman over oil pipeline through Syria, see Deane Hinton quote (1)

    1949– Two more coups, CIA man overthrown in the second, another returned in third

    1954– Fourth coup, CIA-supported Adib Shiskali overthrown (5)

    1955– Shukri al-Quwatli re-instated (see above, 1946). (5)

    1956– CIA under Eisenhower tries to overthrow al-Quwatli with ‘Operation Straggle’ (8)

    1957– Eisenhower implements ‘Operation Wappen,’ another coup attempt (5)

    1957- Turkey masses 50,000 troops on Syrian border after the latter was claimed to be a ‘Soviet Satellite’ with ‘not more than 123 Russian MIGs’ (fighter planes). Reporter Kennett Love later said that “there were indeed ‘not more than 123 Migs’. There were none.” (8)

    1960s– Frequent coups, military revolts, civil disorders and bloody riots

    1970– Minister of Defense Hafez al-Assad (image left) seizes power in a bloodless coup

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/countdown-to-the-destruction-in-syria-timeline-of-us-and-allied-interventions-in-syria-1916-2016/5509557

    • JWalters on March 1, 2019, 4:34 pm

      “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates,”

      That is still the goal in the secret hearts of the true believers. That includes Baghdad and half of Iraq. Directing the US to invade Iraq was a step in that direction.

    • just on March 1, 2019, 4:56 pm

      Thank you, gamal. Then there is 1970 until this very minute…

      Just today, I read some seriously malodorous poo from Neocon Natalie Nougayrède in the Guardian:

      “Assad can still be brought to justice – and Europe’s role is crucial …”

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/01/assad-europe-lawyers-syrian-war-criminals

    • RoHa on March 1, 2019, 8:49 pm

      “1960s– Frequent coups, military revolts, civil disorders and bloody riots”

      Can you give us a quick run-down on how many of these were home-grown, and how many were foreign interventions?

  3. JWalters on March 1, 2019, 4:26 pm

    “The ugly alliance of the United States and Israel”

    Actually, it is not an alliance. The United States is now an Israeli bot.

  4. JWalters on March 1, 2019, 4:47 pm

    Hopefully the Europeans will divest themselves of the Israel-US war profiteering lunacy. However, the Zionist agents in the US are continuing their push for more war.
    “The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran”
    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-right-may-finally-get-its-war-on-iran/

    These people are a menace to the human race and need to be put in prison.

  5. Citizen on March 1, 2019, 9:13 pm

    I look around the world, and US and Israeli politics, and the most certain of anything I am is that the US will attack Iran.

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