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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Iran's Nuclear Standoff:
Who Is the Loser?
By Kourosh Ziabari
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 27, 2010
The United Nations Security council has recently imposed the fourth round
of financial sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. This set
of sanctions causes great damages to the daily life of ordinary Iranians and
paralyzes their economy and lifestyle enormously. Aside from the conflict
between the governments and statesmen, it's only the nation of Iran who
loses the game. In this article, I've discussed the plight of Iranian nation
as a result of UNSC imposed sanctions against Iran.
It's more than 8 years that the world's newspapers are filled with
miscellaneous news, reports and commentaries concerning Iran's nuclear
program. Controversy over Iran's nuclear program has spanned through two
administrations in Iran: ex-President Mohammad Khatami's government and the
incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration. The term "Iran
nuclear program" returns more than 6 million results in Google web search.
Thousands of scholars, journalists, politicians and political pundits have
made their own statement regarding this debatable subject.
Terminologically, Iran's nuclear program calls to mind the words holocaust,
Israel, Zionism, Axis of Evil, George W. Bush, stretched hands and uranium
enrichment. The world is watching the uninteresting continuation of
confrontation over Iran's nuclear program and the opportunist journalists
find this tedious charade the best subject to entertain their readers and
enrich their portfolio.
Iran says that it needs enriched uranium to
meet its energy demands and produce electricity. The United States and its
European allies claim that Iran wants to produce nuclear weapons in order to
launch a military strike against Israel. Israel, over the past 5 years, has
been incessantly threatening Iran with a preemptive attack, warning that it
would not allow Iran to achieve nuclear technology.
Nations Security Council, under the pressure of United States and its
stalwart allies, has imposed 4 rounds of backbreaking financial sanctions
against Iran to dissuade it from developing "nuclear weapons". Iranian
officials have repeatedly rejected the claims that they're moving towards
developing nuclear weapons and called the sanctions ineffective, valueless.
These scenarios have been taking place over the past 8 years
repeatedly and there was not a single magnanimous politician to put an end
to the exhausting war of words between Iran and the West categorically.
There are only two possibilities which can terminate Iran's nuclear
deadlock. The first solution is that Iran has to withdraw from its nuclear
accomplishments and submit to the calls of Western politicians by giving up
its uranium enrichment program. The other solution would be the West's
abandonment of its uncompromising stance by accepting a new nuclear power in
the Middle East.
Both of the solutions, however, seem to be
impractical and unattainable as none of the parties involved in Iran's
nuclear standoff have so far shown any sign of flexibility and
reasonability. The West staunchly insists that Israel should remain the sole
possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and the employment of
nuclear energy by the other countries, even for peaceful purposes, violates
the policy of a Middle East with an unrivaled nuclear Israel. Iran, on the
other hand, insists that it would never accede to halt its uranium
enrichment program in lieu of receiving a certain amount of uranium enriched
by a third country to be consequently transferred to Iran to be used in the
nuclear reactors in Bushehr and Natanz.
Both sides of the game
continue to stick to their stubbornness and adamancy. None of them retreat
from their stances which have been indicated a number of times that are
baseless and unfounded. The game which they've started has no winner. It's a
"lose-lose" competition. Amidst their erosive and probably unending clashes,
the Iranian people seem to be the only loser. They're the ones who should
tolerate the intolerable consequences of financial sanctions. They're the
ones who will be deprived of the barest rudiments of their daily life as a
result of the financial sanctions which are purportedly imposed on the
government of Iran.
The Iranian people are the only loser of power
game between Iran and the West. They're competing to surmount each other in
a nonstop match which is designed to show the most powerful competitor.
Once the turn comes to boasting of respecting the human rights and
freedom, the Western leaders chant that they want the well-being, liberty
and safety of the Iranian people. Once it's time to keep silent and watch,
they interfere disturbingly and affect the political destiny of a nation.
I'm referring to Iran's June 2009 presidential elections in which the
Western politicians blatantly took the side of the reformist candidate Mir-Hossein
Mousavi and made an opposition figure out of him, laying the groundwork for
his being demonized domestically; however, once it's time for them to take
action and prevent the Iranian nation from being affected by the grave
consequences of a meaningless power game, they vote in favor of a fourth
round of financial sanctions against Iran unilaterally and prove that their
claims are drastically futile and unrealistic.
The only losers of
this power game are the ordinary Iranian people. There's no doubt about