If you’re just waking up and think you’re still in a bad dream, well, we’re all living it now. Thanks, Obama!
Major powers and Iran have struck a historic nuclear deal, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East.
Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.
It is a major policy victory for both U.S. President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist elected two years ago on a vow to reduce Iran’s diplomatic isolation.
But the announcement provoked a furious backlash from Israel, with one cabinet minister saying it gives the Islamic Republic a ‘licence to kill’.
Miri Regev, a former military spokeswoman who serves as Israel’s culture and sports minister, said it was ‘bad for the free world (and) bad for humanity.’
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely also attacked the accord, tweeting: ‘This deal is a historic surrender by the West to the axis of evil headed by Iran.
‘Israel will act with all means to try and stop the agreement being ratified.’
Israel has been at the forefront of efforts to block an accord that would lift sanctions on Iran.
Iranian officials over the years have repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel and Tehran also has backed militants groups that have attacked Israel.
In the words of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, “The campaign against arrogance is one of the principles of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the Holy Quran mandates the drive against arrogance.”
Within this context, there should be no respite from the campaign against arrogance, even after the conclusion of the nuclear talks with the P5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China). And the reasons are plenty:
-The US and its cronies continue to destroy nations with great impunity and no accountability.
-Innocent civilians are still dying because of the US-led wars of aggression and domination in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya.
-The US-backed Israeli apartheid in occupied Palestine refuses to go away while international civil society has been unable to do anything about it.
–The evil of ISIL – America’s own creation – just like al-Qaeda and other terrorist outfits, continues to wreak havoc across the Middle East and North Africa, while the US-led war on terror continues to entertain the world as a bad joke.
-Millions of refugees are still suffering in harsh conditions while the US and its Israeli-Arab allies are largely to be blamed. They have even intensified their air war campaign against sovereign nations to push for regime change and preserve their regional status quo.
All this and more are just the tip of the iceberg. These are just some of the obvious reasons why Ayatollah Khamenei insists the Iranian nuclear negotiators shouldn’t negotiate with their American counterparts regional issues such as Syria and Yemen.
What’s more, the refusal to accept such an arrogant system is “the main reason” behind the bullying powers’ hostility towards the Iranian nation. Even the Holy Quran agrees: The campaign against arrogance will never stop as evil never sleeps.
It’s an evil that could easily double down on its undiplomatic tirade of “the deal may go either way.” It’s an evil that can easily come up with the current “we may walk away” shtick – duly reproduced to exhaustion by Western corporate media. It’s an evil that can overtly “change horses” in the middle of the race after detailed agreements and conversations with diplomats and negotiators. It’s an evil that has no political will to really commit itself to international diplomacy, let alone end the Wall of Mistrust and feature a clinched deal.
With the American spin machine on overdrive, the hostility between Iran and the United States is here to stay.
Sure, we can trust these guys.
In case you’re feeling skeptical, here you go:
Top admin official, Ben Rhodes, in April: "We will have anytime, anywhere access to the nuclear facilities." https://t.co/sxDuxTcf4Y
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) July 14, 2015
The only thing we need to “verify” about #IranDeal is what Obama was thinking when he agreed to it. This deal is an absolute disaster.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) July 14, 2015
Oh, and if you thought Obama would abide by Congressional approval, think again:
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 14, 2015