U. S. Threatens Iran

January 17, 2006

The U.S. and other big Western powers are threatening Iran with economic sanctions. The U.S. is even leaving open the possibility of military action.

On January 10, Iran opened seals on its nuclear facilities to resume nuclear research on uranium enrichment. This is its sovereign right, as well as in complete accord with its commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

But according to the U.S. and its EU allies, Iran "can't be trusted" because it may be "secretly aiming to develop nuclear weapons." No evidence of this, exists, however.

On January 11, former Iranian president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, said ""We cannot give up our rights...In the age of democracy, the natural right of a country, which wants to make use of the latest sciences, is subjected to assaults. The root cause of these assaults lies in the colonialist nature and policies of the West, whose plan is to keep countries backward." He said the main motive behind the latest accusations and attacks is to punish Iran for standing on its own and for gaining access to the latest science and technology. On January 12, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "The super-powers who build tens of nuclear powerplants annually are trying to deprive Iran of its own legal rights....The superpowers are not opposed to nuclear weapons, because they have it, but they oppose scientific advancement of other nations." According to all international laws, "Iran has the right to gain access to the peaceful use of nuclear energy," he said.

The U.S. is drumming up the so-called "nuclear issue," not only to prevent the development of Iran's nuclear industry but also as part of its all-around pressure and interference against the country. In fact, the U.S. is echoing the same script against Iran that it used in preparing its illegal invasion of Iraq. The U.S. wants to bully the international community to impose punitive sanctions on Iran and to isolate the Iranian government diplomatically, politically and economically. Leading media personalities in the U.S., as well as official government spokespersons, have repeatedly branded Iran as a "rogue" state and have called for preemptive military strikes against it.

The possibility of U.S. military action against Iran cannot be ruled out. In fact, the U.S. is already involved in aggressive, military actions against Iran. Inside occupied Iraq, and in Pakistan, the U.S. is building military bases overlooking Iran. U.S. combat aircraft have been violating Iranian airspace, and Pentagon officials admit that special forces are already engaged in covert operations inside Iran. On January 2, the German newspaper "Der Spiegal" reported that CIA and other U.S. officials are informing their European allies that the U.S. is planning air-strikes against Iran.

Just as with Iraq, the U.S., without any proof, is trying to create hysteria about Iran and alleged "weapons of mass destruction," in order to bring about "regime change" in that country. Gaining control over Iran and its huge oil resources are part of U.S. imperialism's grand strategy for recolonizing the entire Middle East.