Posts Tagged ‘regime change’

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A symbol of America’s contempt for international law.

[Photo from the sleuthjournal.com]

By David William Pear

We’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”
-US General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Commander of NATO

 

Contemptuous of international law, the US makes no secret of its plots to overthrow the leaders of internationally recognized governments that reject the neoliberal New World Order. Iran is at the top of the US enemies list. The US has been at it since the 1979 Iran Revolution, when the Iranian people overthrew the US’s “our boy”, the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah had become the US’s “our boy” as CIA agent Kermit Roosevelt referred to him in 1953, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower overthrew the popular democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. Overthrowing governments is illegal according to US law and international law. It is also immoral if one believes in democracy, self-determination, and the sovereignty of nations, respect for human life, and the rule of law.

The Weaponization of Human Rights

The crushing economic sanctions now unilaterally imposed by the US on Iran are causing massive suffering and the deaths of thousands of Iranian civilians. The US response is glee that the sanctions are “working”. This is nothing short of barbaric siege warfare to starve the Iranians out. Under international law the Iran sanctions may be illegal, since they are not authorized by the United Nations. The collective punishment of economic warfare is immoral, economic terrorism and a weapon of mass destruction. Secondary sanctions that impose sanctions on non-US and non-Iranian financial institutions that transact business with Iran amounts to blackmail, especially since it is the US that violated the Iran Nuclear Deal, and not Iran.

Weaponizing human rights is a most cynical tool of US imperialism, especially since the US has a very poor record on human rights at home. While holding itself out in biblical terms as a “city on a hill” (Matthew 5:14-16), the US is not a model of John Winthrop’s Christian Charity, as politicians such as Ronald Reagan have opined. The US is the only developed country that does not consider healthcare a universal human right, and it has been steadily cutting FDR’s New Deal social benefits, while the rich get richer from tax cuts. In 2008 the US bailed out the banks, while millions of homeowners lost their homes. Over 20% of US children live in poverty. Basic human services that are the responsibility of government have been turned into cash machines by privatizing.

George H. W. Bush’s New World Order neoliberals and neocons despise any country that closes its doors to US corporate exploitation, and instead uses its own natural resources for the benefit of its own people. The US uses “human rights” to attack countries such as Venezuela, Libya, and Iran that consider economic freedom from need a human right.

One of the main reasons that Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani negotiated the Iran Nuclear Deal was so that the lifting of UN Security Council economic sanctions would give Iran the much needed ability to increase social spending for the Iranian people. Instead, the imposition of even harsher US unilateral sanctions by the Trump neocon stacked administration has dashed Rouhani’s hopes, and makes the economic situation direr for the Iranian people. The nefarious purpose of sanctions is to make the Iranian people suffer so that they will become disgruntled and rebellious.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracy (FDD) is a right wing neocon funded and infested think thank that has been particular rapacious in attacking Iran. FDD executive director Mark Dubowitz has been previously hailed as “the architect of many of the Iran sanctions”, as reported by The Nation magazine, How the Anti-Iran Lobby Machine Dominates Capitol Hill.

As Robert Fantina has written in Counterpunch, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy is intensively lobbying for the US to sanction Iran’s “The Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order” (EIKO). One of EIKO’s subsidiaries is the Barakat Foundation, which is a charitable foundation that is concerned with social programs for the people. The Ayatollah Khomeini has described it by saying,

I’m concerned about solving problems of the deprived classes of the society. For instance, solve problems of 1000 villages completely. How good would it be if 1000 points of the country are solved or 1000 schools are built in the country.”… The Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order.

Targeting human rights organization to “promote human rights” is a cruel oxymoron. It is weaponizing human rights at its worst, and attacks the most vulnerable people in a society.

Liberals often consider economic sanctions an acceptable, even humane, alternative to force. Nothing could be further from the truth, and progressive people everywhere need to recognize it. Economic sanctions are violence. The Geneva Conventions recognize that siege warfare and collective punishment against civilians are war crimes. How could something that is illegal in wartime be legal in peacetime? The International Committee of the Red Cross has often raised concerns about economic sanctions, including UN authorized economic sanctions.

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Facebook becomes a serious PART OF THE PROBLEM.

US Regime Change Targets Thailand

 

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Islamic Terrorism Has an Advocate in the Oval Office

The Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK), or People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran, has a long history of terrorism, of murder, and of attacks on civilians. But its chief Washington lobbyist, John Bolton, is seeing to it that the MEK will be the go-to-organization in the event that “regime change” comes to Tehran. That in and of itself is a crime.

Bolton’s Ascent Gives Iranian Group a New Lease on Life

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Oliver Stone makes a plea for sanity.

– America Is Not Listening –

Judging by the US MSM response to Putin’s speech on Thursday (attached below at 12 minutes), it seems we have a massive breakdown in understanding nuclear issues in this country. For us it’s a matter of boasting, I guess — Trump’s “fire and fury” and the end of Earth. But those paying attention should know that last Thursday, in a low-key but monumental response to American threats, and without much fanfare, Mr. Putin stated what Russia has been doing to protect itself from what they view as a dangerous bully. It surprised many of us, I believe most likely, our over-budgeted Pentagon and over-rated CIA with a pretty stark statement, if not proof, that the Russians can defend themselves quite well for about 12% of the defense budget we waste.

I may be wrong, but it seems that it blows to smithereens all the billions of dollars we’ve spent on ABMs. Big cutbacks are due, but already it seems the Pentagon is asking for more money to keep up with the Russians’ “threat.” The madness will grow.

But what the US doesn’t understand is what Putin is saying. And in that sense, it was a very hopeful speech to me. What he’s saying in the plainest English is: ‘Stop — before it’s too late. We don’t want to fight you! Just leave us alone! Call us names, kick us out of the Olympics, have your sanctions, but don’t keep pushing for “regime change,” aka the overthrow of the Russian State. Don’t keep pressing with your NATO threats on our borders. Don’t keep thinking that you have the upper hand. You don’t. We’re quite capable of meeting all your threats — and frankly more. We don’t have to boast.’

The whole thing smacks to me of a veteran gunfighter in a predictable Western, telling the hot-headed kid bent on proving he’s better, ‘Don’t, kid. Don’t go for that gun. Go home… to your Mama, to your wife, a glass of milk, or maybe a peaceful life… whatever. Just go.’

Maybe it’s not such a bad idea.

Gilbert Doctorow, “Missile-gate: US Intel Misses Russia’s Big Advances in Nuclear Parity,” Consortiumnews, http://bit.ly/2FgUy9H.

“Putin’s Message Couldn’t Be Clearer,” Off Guardian, http://bit.ly/2tklwaE.

Tyler Durden, “Putin: ‘Russia’s New Hypersonic Missile Can Rip US Defenses Apart,” Zero Hedge, http://bit.ly/2F4jZuJ.

Paul Craig Roberts, “Putin’s State of the Union Reveals Russian Superiority in Nuclear Weapons Technology,” http://bit.ly/2D1R8Bv.

Americans are equally misguided by the MSM on Syria. Here Jeffrey Sachs, who’ve I come to admire, presents a wise analysis of American policy in Syria and the lies floated by Hillary Clinton. This of course ties into Russia and Iran on another front. It’s all part of one big mess and we keep moving towards the dogpile. Please let us turn in another direction before it’s too late.

Jeffrey Sachs, “Ending America’s Disastrous Role in Syria,” Common Dreams, http://bit.ly/2Fgf9KW.

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Iran accuses US of ‘grotesque’ meddling through social media

State Department Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein said on Tuesday that Iranians were using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access Facebook and Twitter pages where the department was communicating with protesters.

“We want to encourage the protestors to continue to fight for what’s right and to open up Iran,” Goldstein said.
He said that social-media apps were “legitimate avenues of communication.”
“And people in Iran and throughout should be able to access those sites.”