Thursday, October 13, 2011

washington's accusations show blatant double-standard

in this latest dispatch from the rooters for war at reuters, ups the ante in the US government's push for war with iran. now the iranians have violated the UN treaty, showing total disregard for international law and institutions:
Alleged Iran plot may have violated U.N. treaty | Reuters: "(Reuters) - An alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States may have violated a U.N. treaty protecting diplomats and could escalate the crisis to an international court.

U.S. authorities have arrested Iranian-American Manssor Arbabsiar for the alleged plot and accused a second Iranian man, Gholam Shakuri, who is believed to be at large in Iran and a member of the country's elite Quds Force."
the only problem is, the US and CIA have been working for years inside iran to destabilize the regime and bring about its fall. while the US and iran haven't been friends since the iranians threw out the CIA's hand-picked dictator, the shah in 1979, is there any excuse for US fomenting terror and paying surrogates to commit acts of mass killing on the US' behalf?

if you're interested in a detailed account of the US government's machinations against the iranians, it's amply documented by seymour hersh in the New Yorker:

that's just a primer, however, on the history of US-directed hostility against a regime that stands athwart washington's ambitions to dominate the persian gulf and control the energy resources there. the purported plot to blow up the saudi ambassador has to be seen in a larger context of regional politics, and the ongoing shoving match between the US and Tehran over who calls shots: the locals or the imperial powers.

more on the setup for this test of wills is in an essay on al-jazeera's site by pepe escobar, which presents the conflict in terms you will never read in the official, government-supported US press:

the US government has become so confident in its ability to manipulate popular opinion that it's ham-handed accusations are ludicrous on their face, and yet are peddled with authority and self-assurance that comes from fat and lazy people who've been used to calling the shots for so long, they have no clue that people no longer take their words seriously. while the folks in TV land here in the US might fall for the increasingly far-fetched dramatics from DC, the world long ago caught on to the con game that is at the heart of US foreign policy -- and which is steering it headlong into a disastrous climax.

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