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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
UK-EU Iran Economic Sanctions:
The Diplomacy of
Coward Israeli Stooges
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 9, 2012
Stuart Littlewood reminds UK Foreign Secretary William Hague
about the questions he has so far failed to answer regarding his
inexplicable hostility to Iran, noting that this failure may simply be due
to the probability that Hague and his government
colleagues are acting on behalf of Israel, not Britain.
Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, is taking a long time to answer
the sort of questions he must have mulled over before starting this country
along another warmongering road to hell.
So on 7 January I sent my Member of
Parliament, a Foreign Office minister as it happens, yet another signal:
wrote to you a month ago asking for an explanation from Mr Hague for
his hostility towards Iran and requesting concrete proof of Iran's
military application of nuclear technology. I have not received a reply.
Mr Hague was also asked, since
he is so bent on ratcheting up sanctions clearly intended to cripple the
Iranian economy, whether Her Majesty's Government had so easily
forgotten the misery and deprivation inflicted on civil society,
especially children, during the 12 years of sanctions against Iraq
before that country was reduced to rubble on false pretenses?
“Please tell us: is Her Majesty's Government going to
send our young men (and women) to die in Iran for
was also curious to know why he's 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. Why hasn’t he
sought sanctions against Israel for its refusal to sign up to the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or engage constructively on the issue
of its nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction programmes?
And aren’t sanctions long overdue for Israel’s repeated defiance of
international and humanitarian laws in the Holy Land?
Sabre-rattling is “beyond stupid"
What threat is Iran to
Britain? How many times has a British foreign secretary visited Tehran
in the 32 years since the Islamic Revolution? Did Mr Hague make amends
for this dereliction of diplomatic duty before embarking on his campaign
for "an intensification of the economic pressure", which many see as
fateful step towards the war with Iran that Washington's neocons have
been cooking up for some time?
Has Iran wronged Britain?
Actually, it’s the other way round. The British government has been a
menace to Iran ever since it took a major shareholding in
Anglo-Persian Oil in 1914 and swindled the host country out of its fair
share of the profits. Worst of all was Britain's abominable conduct
towards the Iranians in 1951-53, when a previous Tory government
sabotaged their democracy and created the circumstances that eventually
caused the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The present-day Tory government,
instead of straining every sinew to pave the way for trade and
cooperation in order to influence the Iranian leadership, is spoiling
for another fight.
Please tell us: is Her Majesty's Government
going to send our young men (and women) to die in Iran for Israel?
In 2001 Jack Straw was the first British foreign secretary to visit
Tehran in the 22 years since the Revolution. The Israelis made a big
fuss, complaining that his trip was "sticking a knife in Israel's back".
Am I right in thinking there has been no top level face-to-face contact
since 2003 and that the Foreign Office has been more concerned about
what Zionist extremists might say than winning the prize of good
relations with Iran?
This latest escalation of hostility cannot
possibly be in the British interest. Mr Hague's job as foreign secretary
is to make friends for Britain not enemies.
“This sabre-rattling – in the midst of a recession – is
beyond stupid. No one has seriously doubted that Iran's
government, surrounded by nuclear-armed or nuclear-allied
powers, would one day seek a similar capability."
Simon Jenkins, the Guardian
Joining the dots in the Gould-Werritty affair
You may have seen the
by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian on 3 January, also asking why
Britain is ramping up sanctions against Iran.
"The EU must this
month decide whether to collude with the US in this dangerous game and
ban Iran's oil exports," he says. "This sabre-rattling – in the midst of
a recession – is beyond stupid. No one has seriously doubted that Iran's
government, surrounded by nuclear-armed or nuclear-allied powers, would
one day seek a similar capability."
The government claims tougher
sanctions will "hasten Iran's economic collapse and deepen rifts within
the regime, in the hope that saner voices will deem the price of
pursuing nuclear weapons too high". But sanctions do not initiate such a
process, says Jenkins. "They just build walls... The idea that any
nation becomes more malleable when threatened from outside is absurd.
Economic sanctions are coward's diplomacy ... merely a low-risk way of
bullying the world…
“As for rattling a sabre whenever Washington
says so, that is the most humiliating idiocy."
Declassified documents show how Washington's dirty tricks
department, way back in the 1960s, was dreaming up evil schemes to
provoke military intervention in Cuba. They created false pretexts such
as staged catastrophes and false-flag incidents that would inflame
public opinion and be blamed on the enemy. The US was prepared to go to
extraordinary lengths and great expense to bamboozle the world into
believing that Cuba was committing hostile acts against the US, thus
providing "justification" for US military action.
changes. How often have we seen this same contemptible game played out
by the US and Israel – and regrettably Britain – to start unjust wars?
Messrs Hague and Cameron both voted enthusiastically for the Iraq
war, a decision of staggering irresponsibility based on neocon lies. The
cost – in lives, ruination and destruction – has been horrendous. The
loss of respect for Britain is probably permanent. What possessed them
to support taking us to war on trumped-up intelligence and inflicting
shock and awe on good people?
I hope you and your colleagues
realize that the British public won’t have their intelligence insulted a
“...there is a silent cross-party agreement among the
political establishment to ally the UK strongly with the
interests of Israel…”
Craig Murray, former British diplomat
In the meantime, former ambassador Craig Murray has continued his
research into the shady activities of Adam Werritty and Britain’s Jewish
ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould. Werrity is the special friend and
self-styled “adviser” to the disgraced defence secretary, Liam Fox, while
Gould before his posting to Tel Aviv was principal private secretary to the
previous (Labour) foreign secretary, David Miliband, and deputy head of
mission at the embassy in Iran. He also spent two years as foreign and
security policy counsellor in Washington and was brought back to serve as
private secretary for foreign affairs to the then prime minister, Tony Blair
Gould was plucked almost straight from university and a sheltered life.
The Israeli newspaper, Jerusalem Post, on 29 May last year reported
he had “declared his commitment to Israel and the principles of Zionism”.
What are we to make, then, of Britain’s representative to the delinquent,
racist regime in the powder-keg of the Middle East?
Majesty’s Government consider appointing a fanatical Islamist as ambassador
In his blog, Murray
claims to have established that Gould and Werritty held at least eight
meetings. “Only two of these eight were recorded by Gus O’Donnell in his
pathetic ‘investigation’ into the Fox Werritty affair.
“It is simply
impossible that Matthew Gould, a senior British diplomat, attended all of
these meetings and events, yet no formal minute or note of any of them
Murray says the media blackout on what Werritty was really
up to is because “there is a silent cross-party agreement among the
political establishment to ally the UK strongly with the interests of
Israel… Werritty’s activities were therefore countenanced by both New Labour
and Conservative leaderships.
My sources within the civil
service remain adamant that the purpose of all this activity was
diplomatic preparation for an attack on Iran…I have proven that the
Gould/Werritty connection was indeed far more extensive than the
Establishment were prepared to admit, and directly implicated Miliband
and Hague with Werritty. It was deliberately underplayed by Gus
O’Donnell’s report, in a blatant act of political lying by the then
Murray says he’s been tipped off that Werritty met with Robert Gates,
recently retired US defence secretary, on two occasions, and he’d be
grateful to any US-based readers who can track that down.