New U.S. Pressures Against Iran

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, June 11, 2010

On June 9, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution demanding that Iran freeze all activities related to uranium enrichment.

This resolution was passed under extreme pressure from the U.S. which is demanding that Iran be denied its right to pursue the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes even though international law and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, in particular, guarantee this right.

Over the last several years, the U.S. government has repeatedly asserted that Iran is building nuclear weapons or may build them sometime in the future. Over the last 6 and 1/2 years, the International Atomic Energy Agency, under pressure from the U.S. and its allies, has carried out continuous inspections into Iran's nuclear program. The IAEA inspectors have consistently reported "there is no evidence [that Iran's activities] are related to a nuclear weapons program."

In fact, Iran has voluntarily submitted to extra inspections and protocols far beyond those required by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Still the IAEA reports no evidence of nuclear weapons production.

But the U.S. government is not satisfied and will never be satisfied. Every school child has heard the rule: "innocent until proven guilty" but the U.S. government turns this rule upside down. According to U.S. imperialism, anyone it doesn't like is "guilty until proven innocent." In fact it is impossible for Iran to prove its "innocence" because the U.S. keeps insisting that the weapons, which no one has ever seen, are hidden where they can't be found. And since Iran is guilty, it can be threatened, bullied, inspected, cursed and even invaded.

The U.S. and its allies keep escalating their demands. The U.S. has declared that Iran cannot be allowed to carry forward its uranium enrichment and research projects and that Iran must give international inspectors free license to intrude and spy anywhere on Iranian soil.

A fundamental cornerstone of the Non-Proliferation Treaty is that every country has the right to pursue the peaceful development of nuclear energy, including uranium enrichment. But the U.S. government has announced that "Iran can't be trusted" and because it has been judged and condemned by the emperors of Washington, D.C., Iran is no longer entitled to the same rights as those nations blessed by the U.S. U.S. imperialism is again flaunting international law and declaring itself the judge, jury and executioner of the peoples. It is declaring that it alone can decide which countries are sovereign and entitled to develop nuclear energy and which aren't.

The struggle of the Iranian government to defend its sovereign rights in the face of U.S. pressure is a just struggle which contributes to the defense of peace, international law and the rights of nations.

In sum, this is the "logic" of U.S. imperialism: it declares, without any facts and in spite of the facts, that Iran is guilty. Next the U.S. declares that because it has said that Iran is guilty, Iran must be denied its sovereign rights. Yet more, because Iran disobeys the U.S., it must be subjected to international sanctions and even invasion.

The whole hysteria about Iran's nuclear weapons program, like Iraq's phantom "weapons of mass destruction," is nothing but a Big Lie smokescreen to hide U.S. pressure and justify possible U.S. aggression against Iran.

The American working class and progressive-minded people everywhere must recognize the danger in U.S. imperialism's ongoing threats against Iran. We must continue and step up our opposition to U.S. imperialism's policy of pressure, dictate, interference and aggression.

Hands Off Iran!