By J. Michael Springmann
Well, in my view, the Los Angeles Times article about whether or not the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will be reinstated by the incoming Joe Biden Administration, shows the weasel-worded nature of the American news media, the American body politic, and the control that the apartheid entity of Israel has over the American government.
I am not optimistic at all about any changes in the present situation. I think Biden and the Democrats, who are beholden to Israel and the votes of Israel's supporters in the United States, will not change their views, especially with all that Israeli money going to various Congressmen.
So, I believe not much will alter. The issue, of course, is sanctions, and whether or not the Americans will abolish them. The Los Angeles Times article seems to talk about a gradual, step by step operation. It will be a little bit of this versus a little bit of that, with the Iranians expected to do all the agreeing. The US will emphasize controls on Iranian missiles, with Iran dropping its support for Hezbollah and other freedom fighters in Syria. The article went on about the deep web of animosity between the two countries.
Well, I am afraid that the deep web of animosity has been created by the United States of America with its overthrow of the duly elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953, and the subsequent installation of the repressive Shah.
And after the Shah was overthrown in 1979, the Americans decided to retaliate, and impose more sanctions and, as time went by, the sanctions increased. The Iranian government eventually agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which Donald Trump abolished, with the full support of the rest of the American government, particularly people like Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, who always support Israel, no matter what.
So I think that, in the future, there will be no modification of the present situation. There's going to be plenty of talk. There's going to be plenty of demands for the Iranians to take the first step, the second step and the third step. But I don't see the Americans dropping their sanctions against Iran or ending its inability to use the international banking system to buy medical equipment, medical treatment, and drugs and vaccines against this virus, which I believe came out of an American or Israeli laboratory or, maybe, both.
In my view, it's going to be more of the same with a lot of huffing and puffing on the American part, insisting that Iran is not doing enough to justify going back to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as it was before Trump abolished it unilaterally. I don't see any European countries bucking the United States and saying: “We don't accept your sanctions, we're going to trade with Iran, no matter what.” Well, they permitted their companies to withdraw from Iran, and have not said a word about this and they keep talking about INSTEX and trading riyals for Euros and engaging in complicated banking transactions, an exchange of currencies. But that hasn't happened, even though they've been talking about it for years.
In the end, unfortunately, things will not change and Israel will still control America's policy towards Iran.
J. Michael Springmann is an American political commentator, author and former US diplomat in Saudi Arabia. He is based in Washington. He recorded this article for Press TV website.