|The News Line: Editorial
Thursday, 10 May 2018
Workers must stop the war against the Iranian, Palestinian and Syrian peoples!
TRUMP’S decision to withdraw the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with the imperialist powers (JCPOA) and re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran is fracturing the ‘Western alliance’, with America clearly putting itself first, and putting war with Iran right at the top of the US agenda.
The US is now set to ‘reimpose sanctions’ on Iran’s oil sector, aircraft exports, precious metals trade, and to halt Iranian government attempts to buy US dollar banknotes. US National Security Advisor John Bolton is reported as saying that European companies doing business with Iran will have to finish within six months or face US sanctions! It is to be a master and servant relationship. Trump has meanwhile sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to North Korea to prepare for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump stated: ‘We have our meeting schedule. We have our meeting set.
‘The location is picked. The time and date. Everything is picked. And we look forward to having a very great success.’ Clearly, the US tactic is deal with Iran first, and then tackle North Korea and its Chinese sponsor.
Iran’s leader Rouhani has responded by ordering the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) to be prepared for resuming nuclear enrichment at the industrial level. ‘I have ordered AEOI to go ahead with adequate preparations to resume enrichment at the industrial level without any limit,’ he said. He further noted that the Iranian Foreign Ministry would be negotiating with European countries, and Russia, and China in the coming weeks.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif added: ‘In response to US persistent violations and unlawful withdrawal from the nuclear deal, as instructed by President Rouhani I’ll spearhead a diplomatic effort to examine whether remaining JCPOA participants can ensure its full benefits for Iran. Outcome will determine our response.’
If the guarantees by Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China are not met, Iran will resume high-level uranium enrichment. The US’s European allies are incapable of defying the USA, while Russia and China have no alternative but to stand fast.
The US’s key allies in the Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are ready for war with Iran. Israeli planes raided ‘Iranian targets’ in Syria on Monday night while Saudi Arabia is armed to the teeth and spending billions organising an Arab army to fight the ‘Iranian menace’ in Syria and in Lebanon.
Israel will ‘eliminate’ Syrian President Bashar Assad if he continues to let Iran operate from Syria, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Monday. Steinitz told Israeli news site Ynet that, ‘Assad needs to know it will be his end if he allows Iran to turn Syria into a military base in order to attack Israel. It’s unacceptable that Assad sits quietly in his palace and rebuilds his regime while allowing Syria to be turned into a base for attacks on Israel,’ he said. The moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14th will seal the Israel-US war alliance!
Yesterday, Netanyahu flew to Moscow on Victory Day for secret talks with Putin to try to make sure that the Israeli and Russian military do not collide in the ops that Israel is about to undertake in the air and on the ground in Syria. In this fast-ending pre-war situation, the working class of the UK, the EU states and the United States have a clear duty and role to perform.
They must take action to stop the war and disarm the imperialist powers with mass demonstrations, strikes and general strikes, leading to socialist revolutions to overthrow the major imperialist powers – the USA, and its UK and EU aiders and abettors!
The Palestinian, Syrian, Lebanese and Iranian peoples cannot be allowed to fight alone against the might of the bloodthirsty imperialist powers who are seeking to terrorise the planet. In Lenin’s words, the projected imperialist war must be turned into a civil war with the working class putting an end to imperialism with socialist revolutions!
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