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West beats the drums for war

by Alys Zaerin
Issue No. 2277

The rulers of the US, Britain, France and Israel last week teamed up to step up their rhetoric over a military assault on Iran.

US president Barack Obama used the G20 summit to outline intentions to “maintain the unprecedented international pressure” on the country.

A British ministry of defence spokesperson said plans are already in place to position navy ships and submarines with cruise missiles around the border.

And Israel’s prime minister has been lobbying for a “pre-emptive” strike.

Western leaders are again accusing Iran of covering up a nuclear weapons programme. This week the International Atomic Energy Agency was due to publish a report they hope will back this up.

This rhetoric is similar to the “dodgy dossier” that launched the bloody invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The West’s attitude to Iran’s nuclear weapons is hypocritical. The only nuclear-armed country in the region is Israel, an ally of the West.

The UN, the US and the EU have already put many sanctions on Iran. These, combined with president Ahmadinejad’s neoliberal policies, have created a dire economic situation for ordinary Iranians.

In Iran, the Green Movement exploded onto the streets in 2009.

This year, the same protesters organised solidarity protests with Egyptians and Tunisians.

We have seen the beginning of a new era of revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. Nato’s intervention in Libya, and a possible war with Iran, are attempts to re-assert the West’s influence in the region.

Any attack on Iran would mean disaster not only for Iranians but for the whole revolutionary wave.

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Tue 8 Nov 2011, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2277
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