Russia or the West: Who's Really Rattling the Nuclear Saber?
EDITOR'S CHOICE | 23.08.2015

Russia or the West: Who's Really Rattling the Nuclear Saber?

Since the sealing of the ‘Iranian nuclear deal’ last month, there have been some dramatic developments in the region, with new alliances being forged and old ones broken.

While the US tries to take credit for ‘removing the Iranian threat’, the credit actually goes to Russia and its patient but dogged foreign emissaries. Their record is admirable - particularly that of Sergei Lavrov, in seeking peaceful resolutions for the conflicts stirred up by the US and its allies in pursuit of their own aggressive agenda.

Although the so-called ‘P5+1’ talks – the US, UK, France, Russia, China + Germany – have been presented to us as a contest between six world powers and Iran, this is as usual only half the story – both Russia and China have significant interests and political sympathies with Iran. Western governments and their media actually avoid the other half of the story, and particularly avoid mentioning Russia’s central role in the construction of Iran’s nuclear power plants. 

Clearly admitting that Iran has only been enriching Uranium to make nuclear fuel doesn’t fit the Western narrative - how could sanctions be justified on that basis? So we may assume that Russia has been a strong voice in the ‘talks’ on getting the sanctions lifted, particularly now that it suffers under similar politically motivated sanctions itself. 

We may also assume that Russia understands quite well that this whole business has nothing to do with Iran getting nuclear weapons – that it is a charade. (And just as the sanctions against Russia have nothing to do with its ‘annexation of Crimea’ or ‘Russian forces in Ukraine’ – this too is a charade.)

We have to assume these things, because neither Russia, China nor even Iran has spoken out and denounced the process, or the endless roadblocks that the US and allies have put in the way of an agreement.

Perhaps they have just decided to play the game, knowing that one day the Western powers will be forced to play by the rules because their own intelligence agencies have told them the truth – that Iran never had any nuclear weapons or any intention to build them, or at least not since 2003.

It’s actually only the poor mal-informed citizens of Western countries, fed an anti-Iranian diet ever since the Iranian revolution kicked out the Shah and his Western entourage, who believe the sanctions and talks have been about Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

 

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