A Rebuke to the American-Israeli Economic War on Iran (Cole in Truthdig)

My column is out in Truthdig: “A Rebuke to the American-Israeli Economic War on Iran”


“In his acceptance speech in Charlotte, N.C., President Barack Obama said, “The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions.” It wasn’t much noted in the Western press, but in fact the recent Non-Aligned Movement meeting in Tehran last month delivered a slap in the face to the Israeli-American financial and commercial war on Iran over its nuclear enrichment program. The 120 countries of the movement, representing some two-thirds of United Nations member states and 55 percent of the world’s population, refused to boycott Iran. More, they upheld Iran’s right to pursue nuclear-powered electricity. But given that the U.S. and Europe constitute half of the world’s gross domestic product and maintain its most powerful standing armies, does the meeting’s symbolic gesture really matter?

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon defied severe pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attended the Tehran summit. Some reports suggested that Ban went because he was annoyed by the vehemence of the Israeli government. India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not only insisted on attending but brought a big delegation of businessmen with him looking for deals with Iran. For the first time since 1979, an Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, flew to Tehran, signaling an end to Cairo’s decades of obsequiousness toward the U.S.

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Also take a look if you didn’t last week at Armin Azad’s guest column here at IC on the NAM meeting in Tehran.

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  1. This piece criticizes sanctions while ducking the core issue: should Iran be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons?

    Of course it is true that nuclear-armed countries preventing other nations from acquiring such weapons are hypicritical. So what? We’re dealing with a much weightier problem here than unfairness and double standards.

    EVERYBODY is in favor of Iran having nuclear power for peaceful purposes. (Well, not quite everybody, I guess Mitt Romney is now campaigning against any enrichment whatsoever.) But governments across the world, including the U.S., are fine with a verified nuclear power program in Iran. So the no-electricty argument is a straw man.

    For myself, I am OK with containment. I don’t buy the theory that Iran going nuclear will lead to proliferation; the Saudis and others would be fine living under U.S. nuclear umbrella. Frankly, I look forward to the day that Iran announces a bomb so we can achieve a cold peace.

    I might think differently if I lived in Israel. And if I were a politician or pundit with a reputation to protect, I might keep this verbotten opinion to myself.

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