Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy & The Clash of Civilization

Jon Kofas writes: Contradicting U.S. categorical claims that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, on 14 September 2004 UN IAEA chief Mohammad ElBaradei stated: "Have we seen any proof of a weapons program? Have we seen undeclared (uranium) enrichment? Obviously until today there is none of that." Unlike the Bush administration which did not tell the American people and the UN the truth about what it knew regarding WMD in Iraq, we now have a NEW policy of deception applied to Iran. El Baredei stated that his agency has no information that Iran is building such weapons, but he cannot determine Teheran's intentions regarding nuclear weapons program. That Iran is subject to UN inspections is very significant, considering that Israel and South Korea are not. The U.S. wants to impose economic sanctions on Iran by November when ElBaredei's final report is due, but the IAEA chief stated that he would not able to deliver a conclusive report. Because the trans-Caspian oil pipeline would be operational next year and would deliver 1 million barrels of oil per day, the U.S. estimates that it can impose sanctions on Iran without much risk to oil reduction as possible retaliation. But the broader goal is to distract domestic and global focus from the monumental disasters in Iraq where the resistance to the occupation is developing into a civil war, and to Afghanistan where Hamid Karzai remains the mayor of Kabul. The U.S. wants to determine the balance of power not just in the Middle East, but in Central Asia, where there are huge investments in oil and natural gas. Because there are a number of European companies making huge profits in the tans-Caspian region, the EU has been cooperating with Washington, though cautioning a softer approach on Iran. Perhaps Samuel Huntington was right about the clash of  civilizations, but the causes will not be cultural but old-style western imperialism against traditional societies.


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