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Monday, June 25, 2012

End June-Early July protest West's war on Iran, Syria

Stop the War Coalition week of action
Re-reporting, editing by Carolyn Bennett

Protest threatened attacks on Iran, intervention in Syria.

Bath protest at drone conference June 25-28
London-wide public meeting on Syria and Iran June 28
Student protest in Trafalgar Square June 30
Norwich Street Stall June 30
Wandsworth Street Stall June 30
“Independence from America” protest (Menwith Hill base) July 4

Western threat

U.S. oil sanctions on Iran are set to take effect on June 28; EU sanctions on July 1.

“Even in the absence of an immediate conflagration, oil sanctions are an attempt to weaken Iran and are therefore a prelude to war. Not an alternative to it.”

Responding to the United States and European Union’s latest threats of sanctions, Iran has threatened closure of the straits of Hormuz.

South Central Asia
Horn of Africa
After inconclusive negotiations by the P5+1 nations meeting in Iraq, Stop the War Coalition reports, “the UK warned of a ‘25-50 percent’ chance of war with Iran.”

Western threat to Iran

On Saturday, Press TV reported Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov having “dismissed the effectiveness of setting deadlines for the settlement of Iran’s nuclear energy issue [and] denounced such timetables as ‘artificial.’”

Lavrov said the latest round of the multifaceted talks, June 18-19 in Moscow, between Iran and the P5+1resulted in no agreements “on the essence of the Iranian nuclear problem” but from Russia’s point of view “the meeting was quite useful.”

Before the Moscow meeting, Iran and the P5+1 (United Nations Security Council permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, plus Germany) had met for two days ending May 24 in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  In the past three years, before Baghdad, Tehran and the P5+1 have held three rounds of talks: one in Geneva in December 2010 and two in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2011 and in April 2012.

As this engagement has continued, Press TV reports, “the United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military strike in attempts to force Iran to halt its nuclear energy program, which they (the U.S. and Israel) claim has a military component” and Iran disputes. Iran’s officials “insist that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran is entitled to pursue nuclear technology for its numerous civilian purposes.”

Notwithstanding unsubstantiated claims and counter claims , the United States and the European Union “have imposed tough embargoes (effectively an act of warfare) against Iran,” which go so far as to include bans not only on “sales of fuel for Iranian passenger aircraft,” but also on “medicine.”

Western threat to Syria

As with Libya “humanitarian” killing
The U.S. joint chiefs of staff chairman threatened, after reports of the “Houla massacre,” that the United States “might take the ‘military option’ if it was ‘asked to do so.’” The new president of France, François Hollande, has also joined the military intervention drive (foreign aggression ‘not to be ruled out’) in Syria, “his country’s former colonial territory.” (More recent news stories confirm that U. S. militants are on Syrian soil.)

“The Houla massacre,” according to Wikipedia, “was an attack that took place on May 25, 2012, in the midst of the Syrian Uprising, in two opposition-controlled villages in the Houla Region of Syria, a cluster of villages north of Homs. The Syrian government alleged that Al-Qaeda terrorist groups were responsible for the killings. Houla residents and opposition groups alleged that the Syrian military and government-hired militias known as Shabiha were the perpetrators.”

A June 13 article by Chris Marsden citing Germany’s leading daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, said, “The May 25 Houla massacre was perpetrated by opposition forces aligned with the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

“The report refutes the official account by the United States and other major powers and presented uncritically by the media.

Without providing any serious evidence, the United States and its allies claimed that either the Syrian Army or pro-government Shabiha militias carried out the mass killing of over 100 people.…

“The most important question posed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung report is what role was played in the massacre by the United States itself.
“Clearly, given its own extensive contacts with the Free Syrian Army, and the political, financial and military backing for the FSA by Washington’s regional allies—Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey—the Obama administration will have been well aware that the massacre was the work of anti-regime insurgents and not the Syrian army, even as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others called for additional action to be taken to depose Assad.

“It is entirely possible that Houla was a massacre made in the USA.

“U.S. policy in Syria has from the start been based on the whipping up of a Sunni-based sectarian insurgency, with the aim of destabilizing and deposing Assad’s Alawite regime. This, in turn, is linked to U.S. preparations for a military attack on Iran, which would be further isolated in the Middle East with the demise of Assad, its major ally in the region.”

Near East
East Africa
Relatively recent Historical context of “humanitarian” killing
Former Yugoslavia
“With the experience of Bosnia and Kosovo to draw upon,” Chris Marsden wrote in the WSWS article, “this was done not merely in the certain knowledge that bloody internecine fighting would result, but with the intention of provoking civil conflict in order to provide a pretext for military intervention in humanitarian guise.”

The disgraced William Jefferson Clinton (U.S. President 1993-2001), in the throes of impeachment affairs, bombed Iraq in 1998; and in 1999, led NATO, in a bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. The figures of dead and displaced in these ventures were estimated in the hundreds of thousands, even millions.

Stop the War Coalition is calling a week of action at the end of June to protest threatened attacks on Iran and intervention in Syria.

Sources and notes

“End of June 2012: Hands off Iran and Syria Week of Action,” June 7, 2012 Iran / Syria Action Local Events, Stop the War national office: email office@stopwar.org.uk or call 0207 561 9311

“Russia rejects effectiveness of setting deadlines for Iran nuclear issue,” June 23, 2012

“U.S. urges Iran to take ‘concrete action’ regarding N-issue amid pressure,” June 2, 2012,
Iran and the P5+1 - Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany - wrapped up their meetings in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on May 24 and agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow on June 18-19.


“Houla massacre carried out by Free Syrian Army, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Chris Marsden), June 13, 2012, http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/syri-j13.shtml

U.S. in the former Yugoslavia

Early estimates said at least 200,000 people died and more than 2,000,000 were displaced during the 1992–95 war. Later studies put the death toll at approximately 100,000.

In May 1995, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces launched air strikes on Serbian targets after the Serbian military refused to comply with a UN ultimatum. To enforce a November agreement taken at U.S.-sponsored peace talks in Dayton, Ohio, a 60,000-member international force was deployed in December. Britannica

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