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No end to US war on Iran by other means

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on "Evaluating the Trump Administration's Policies on Iran, Iraq and the Use of Force" in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 28, 2020. (AFP photo)

By Stephen Lendman

Since Iran regained its sovereign independence from US/UK-installed tyrannical rule in 1979, Dems and Republicans waged sanctions war on the country and its people without letup — along with countless other dirty tricks.

Whether Trump or Biden is inaugurated in January won’t change longstanding US war on Iran by other means.

It’s always been all about Iranian independence from US control, along with wanting Israel’s main regional rival neutralized.

It’s also been about US rage for unchallenged control over the Middle East, its vast hydrocarbon resources and populations.

It’s never been about an Iranian threat because none ever existed.

In 1977, the US International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) empowered presidents to claim foreign threats even when none exist.

They can unjustifiably declare a national emergency and regulate commerce accordingly.

Following its 1979 revolution, the US launched war on Iran by other means.

At first, its policymakers seized $12 billion worth of Iranian government bank deposits, securities, gold, and other properties — including $5.6 billion held by overseas branches of US banks.

A full trade embargo followed.

In January 1981, it was lifted short-term under provisions of the Algiers Accords.

Most of the country’s assets were unblocked, while Iranian Assets Control Regulations were enforced.

Throughout decades of US sanctions war on Iran, they’ve been unjustifiably justified by spurious claims lacking legitimacy.

US presidents since Jimmy Carter were and continue to be unacceptably hostile toward Iran.

Countless rounds of illegal US sanctions were imposed on the nation and its entities — aiming to make its economy scream and ordinary people suffer.

In 2010, the Obama/Biden regime’s Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA) extended and hardened the Clinton co-presidency’s 1996 Iran Sanctions Act that punishes firms doing business with Tehran’s oil sector.

It went further by prohibiting imports of Iranian foodstuffs and carpets.

Imports of other Iranian products and services were banned — directly or through third countries.

US exports to Iran are prohibited, including from offshore locations.

US firms, organizations, and individuals are banned from having normalized trade or other relations with Iran.

Trump regime “maximum pressure” went beyond where its predecessors went.

Everything the US threw at Iran since 1979 has been and continues to be in flagrant breach of international law.

Despite decades of all-out US war on Iran by other means, its ruling authorities successfully withstood the onslaught.

The diabolical US plot failed. The same goes for its sanctions war against other targeted nations.

On Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that his government is indifferent toward whether Trump or Biden was elected on November 3.

Calling the process a “spectacle,” he explained that Iran will “decide and act based on our own interests” regardless of whether Republicans or Dems are in charge of US policymaking.

On Thursday, Iranian President Rouhani said the following:

“All signs in the US and elsewhere in the world indicate that the world has come to realize that (the policy of) maximum pressure does not work and its era is over.”

In late October, Rouhani stressed that US “sanctions have impacted people (adversely), but have failed to break us.”

Since 1979, Dems were more hostile toward Iran than Republicans until Trump appointed Pompeo as his foreign policy chief.

Will Biden/Harris continue “maximum pressure” on Iran?

Will they harden Trump regime policies by piling on more toughness?

Will their unacceptable demands for returning to the landmark JCPOA kill any chance of it happening by either wing of the US one-party state?

All nations free from US control are on its target list for regime change — wars by hot and/or by other means its favored strategies.

US war on humanity at home and abroad in pursuit of unchallenged global dominance in breach of international, constitutional, and its own statute laws leaves no doubt about its status on the world stage.

America is a rogue state, a pariah state, a nation contemptuous of world peace, stability, the rule of law, and governance of, by, and for everyone equitably.

Whether Dems or Republicans control the White House and/or Congress, dirty business as usual war on humanity remains hard-wired US policy.

Stephen Lendman, born in 1934 in Boston, started writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.



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