The US blames Iran for high oil prices in the US and has imposed unilateral anti-Iran sanctions despite its allies like Japan saying it will hurt their own economies.
US House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a new package of sanctions in an attempt to weaken Iran's nuclear program by punishing the banks, insurance companies and shipping companies that interact with Iran oil transactions - even though oil has nothing to do with nuclear energy. AIPAC praised the decision. Described as the toughest yet, the imperial sanction package is now on its way to President Obama for his signature.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Joseph Zrnchik, political commentator from Highland California about the US’ expectations toward its allies in their one-eyed focus to impede Iran's economic development. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.
For how long can these sanctions against Iran continue?
Well, it’s going to depend on how much it’s going to impact the United States. I think the economy is not going very well and if oil prices get driven up as a result of these sanctions, it’s going to cause a lot of harm. I think there will be a big backlash in the United States and more people will start waking up to what’s going on.
How will these new sanctions on Iran disturb ties between America and its friends and other countries?
That’s a good question, I really couldn’t say. It seems right now the US is dealing with Bahrain, they’re dealing with Saudi Arabia and so I don’t really think that they (Bahrain and Saudi Arabia) worry too much about the effects on Iran.
As far as other friends of the United States [are concerned], it’s going to be up to them to start putting more pressure on the United States. As of now Europe has kind of been going well along with whatever the United States wanted to do and I think it’s time for them to start speaking up and asserting their own role.
The United States says that these sanctions are because of Iran's nuclear program. What does oil have to do with the nuclear program?
Well, the US just wants to … [use any excuse to] put pressure on Iran and it was the exact same thing in the first [Persian] Gulf War back in Desert Storm.
They were trying to drive down the price of oil, it had affected Iraq negatively… and the United States didn’t care about what happened to Saddam. Up until then he was an ally of the United States. The price of oil was being driven down on the world markets and of course Kuwait.
Saddam… found Wikileaks, [has been] writing letters to the US saying ‘hey, we need to come to an agreement in reference to the world oil market’, and the US just really didn’t care.
So I don’t really think the US cares very much about its allies and again I think it’s a situation where the allies are going to have to assert themselves and say you know what, the US is overstepping its boundaries and starting to make too many decisions for the EU and other countries in the Middle East.