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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Questions for the Zionist UK Foreign Secretary,
By Stuart Littlewood
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 8, 2011
Stuart Littlewood asks British Foreign Secretary William Hague
pertinent questions about his inexplicable hostility to Iran, and argues
that if Hague's aim “is to help preserve the balance of power in the Middle
East so that a lawless, racist regime – Israel –
remains the dominant threatening military force, he must be called to
explain the wisdom of it”.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary William
Hague has written a widely acclaimed 576-page biography of
William Pitt the Younger, who became prime minister in 1783 at the
tender age of 24. Pitt was the war leader during Britain’s running battles
with Napoleon, but it is said that he was uncomfortable in such a role and
considered war got in the way of trade and prosperity.
It is a pity
that Pitt’s abhorrence of war and preference for trade has not, apparently,
rubbed off on Hague. We see our foreign secretary rushing around the
international stage drumming up support for sanctions intended to cripple
another country – a country that could and should have been a strong trading
partner and valuable ally – on the mere suspicion of some nuclear
skullduggery. And he does this without adequate debate, sensible explanation
or popular mandate.
“… the incident [the attack on the UK embassy in Tehran]
was clearly in retaliation for Britain's leading part in
orchestrating sanctions that will damage the Iranian economy
and collectively punish the country's civilian population.”
Hague said last week’s ransacking of the embassy in Tehran was carried
out “with regime consent”. But I read that US Vice-President Joe Biden told
Reuters that he had no indication the attack was orchestrated by the Iranian
Whatever the truth of the matter, the incident was clearly in retaliation
for Britain's leading part in orchestrating sanctions that will damage the
Iranian economy and collectively punish the country's civilian population.
To this is added a burning resentment of Britain’s past sins.
Questions for Hague
Perhaps Hague should pause to reflect
and answer a few questions:
(1) Have we so easily forgotten the cruel and devastating effect of
sanctions on civil society, especially children, before we reduced Iraq to
(2) Would the foreign secretary kindly explain the reasons
for his hostility towards Iran?
(3) What concrete proof is there of
Iran's military application of nuclear technology?
(4) Why is he not
more concerned about
Israel's nuclear arsenal, the threat it poses to the region and beyond,
and the mental attitude of the Israeli regime?
(5) Why is he not
seeking sanctions against Israel for its refusal to sign up to the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) or engage constructively on the issue of its
nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction programmes, not to mention its
repeated defiance of international and humanitarian laws in the Holy Land?
(6) How many times has a British foreign secretary visited Tehran in the
32 years since the Islamic Revolution?
“By pulling our people out of Tehran and kicking Iran's
people out of London Hague has shut the door on diplomacy.
How can he now communicate effectively and build bridges
with a nation he seems determined to goad into becoming an
(7) Did Hague make the effort before embarking on his punitive programme?
(8) Britain's abominable conduct towards the Iranians in 1951-53 when a
previous Conservative government, in cahoots with the USA, snuffed out
Iran's democracy and reinstated a cruel dictator, the Shah, was largely
responsible for bringing about the Islamic Revolution and setting the
pattern of future relationships. Is it not shameful that this Conservative
government is spoiling for another fight? Shouldn’t the Foreign Office focus
on exerting influence through trade and cooperation?
administration, like many others, may not be to our liking but nor was Dr
Mohammad Mossadeq’s democracy 60 years ago. In any event, what threat is
Iran to Britain? And why is Hague leading the charge?
(10) By pulling
our people out of Tehran and kicking Iran's people out of London Hague has
shut the door on diplomacy. How can he now communicate effectively and build
bridges with a nation he seems determined to goad into becoming an
It is difficult to understand how this escalation against Iran is in the
British national interest. Do the British people want it? If Hague's purpose
is to help preserve the balance of power in the Middle East so that a
lawless, racist regime – Israel – remains the dominant threatening military
force, he must be called to explain the wisdom of it.
Hague and Prime
Minister David Cameron both voted enthusiastically for the Iraq war, a
supremely irresponsible decision based on neo-con lies. It has cost well
over a million lives and caused utter ruination for the survivors and the
destruction of much of their heritage. What possessed us to go to war on
shoddy intelligence and inflict shock and awe on good people?
William Hague, according to the Jewish Chronicle,
told Cameron when he became Conservative party leader in 2005 that a deep
understanding of the Middle East would be crucial if he wished to be taken
seriously as a statesman. "We have to be steeped in the Middle East, way
back to historical matters. Because you can't understand it without the
history. That's been one of the failings sometimes with the Western
In which case the pair of them ought to know better.
A reminder to the foreign secretary seems appropriate. Most people
realize that Westminster’s neo-con friends in Washington have war with Iran
on their agenda. But Hague’s job is to make friends for Britain not enemies.
Genuine friends in the Middle East are becoming scarce, millions more
innocent people may die and the cost of oil is likely to rocket if the
West’s aggressive tactics and double standards continue.