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Who Cares About the Iranian People?

Actions like this will only injure the ordinary people of Iran who suffer from the effects of a power game between governments.
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(TEHRAN) - The countries of the world are competing with each other in imposing new financial sanctions against Iran, at a time when the Iranian people still haven't lost the bitter memories of an 8-year war with Baathist Iraq, masterminded and fostered by the United States and its European allies.

With those horrors anything but forgotten, new rounds of crippling sanctions directed against the most strategic industries of Iran come after one another in what is claimed to be the international movement of preventing Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Although the International Atomic Energy Agency and the G5+1 have so far failed to put forward hard evidence that demonstrates the deviation of Iran in its nuclear activities towards military purposes, the fourth round of United Nations Security Council sanctions was agreed on June 9, 2010, targeting a number of Iranian companies and individuals who have allegedly participated in Iran's nuclear and missile program.

The Iranian people still remember the painful days of war with Iraq under the late dictator Saddam Hussein who was armed and equipped by the United States and 14 European countries. The First Persian Gulf War cost the lives of more than 500,000 Iranians and imposed some US $500 billion damage on Iran.

In 1982, Iraq was removed from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism and this enabled the Reagan Administration to transfer a huge amount of dual-use technology to Iraq.

On June 9, 1992, Ted Koppel reported on ABC's Nightline program that Saddam Hussein's government received much of its financing, intelligence and military help from the United States and the administration of George H. Bush.

According to a May 1994 report by the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, pathogenic (disease producing), toxigenic (poisonous), and other biological research materials were exported to Iraq [during the 8-year war with Iran] pursuant to application and licensing by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The United Kingdom, Soviet Union, Netherlands, Italy, France and Germany also played their own role in helping Saddam massacre and slaughter the Iranian people.

Britain was said to have exported thiodiglycol (a mustard gas precursor) and thionyl chloride (a nerve gas precursor) to Iraq in 1988 and 1989.

France sold first-line Mirage F-1 fighter-bombers to Iraq, as well as providing Super Etendard attack aircraft. Between 1977 and 1987, Paris contracted to sell a total of 133 Mirage F-1 fighters to Iraq.

In 1984, Italy's state-owned Agusta helicopter manufacturer sold $164 million worth of helicopters to Iraq.

In early 1987, Moscow delivered a squadron of twenty-four MiG-29 Fulcrums to Baghdad. The Soviet Union also helped train Iraq's infantry and delivered a number of surface-to-air missiles, air-to-air missiles, helicopters and interceptors to Baghdad.

The erosive war between Iran and Iraq was claimed to be a counterbalance to the post-revolutionary Iran, which was experiencing the first years of extrication from the monarchy of a U.S.-backed Shah. It was declared to be a battle against the newly-established government; however, it paralyzed the economy of the country, killed thousands of innocent civilians, immersed the nation into a long period of social crisis and aggravated the daily lives of ordinary people.

Seemingly, history is being repeated once again.

The western leaders send sympathetic messages to the Iranian people and declare that they want the well-being of our nation. They express their understanding of the status of Iranian people and assert that they want to empower the "subjugated" and "oppressed" Iranians.

In a March 2010 televised message directed at Iran, the U.S. President Barack Obama stated the willingness of his country to provide the Iranians with the facilities of a more hopeful future. He said that his country believes in the dignity of every human being. He vowed the pursuance of diplomatic efforts to incorporate Iran into the international community and expressed hopes that his country can reach out to the Iranian people in peaceful, constructive ways.

"Our offer of comprehensive diplomatic contacts and dialogue stands," Mr. Obama said in the video.

"Indeed, over the course of the last year, it is the Iranian government that has chosen to isolate itself and to choose a self-defeating focus on the past over a commitment to build a better future."

However, the United States and its European allies, in line with their past trajectory, are recurrently failing to practice what they preach. The financial sanctions which have been imposed on Iran by the UNSC, U.S. and EU tend to worsen the daily life of ordinary Iranians whose are inextricably dependent on the state revenues of the oil and gas industry. Already stricken with the consequences of continued domestic failures in economy and growing inflation, the new sanctions will harm the Iranians by doubling the prices and reducing their purchasing power.

The new sanctions against Iran have nothing to do with the government of Iran which the western leaders are entangled in a tedious and uninteresting conflict with. These sanctions, and any kind of unpremeditated actions like this, will only injure the ordinary people of Iran who should suffer from the effects of power game between the governments.


The latest writer to join's team; Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian media correspondent, freelance journalist and the author of Book 7+1. He is a contributing writer for websites and magazines in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, South Korea, Belgium, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. He was once a member of Stony Brook University Publications’ editorial team and Media Left magazine’s contributing writer, as well as a contributing writer for Finland’s Award-winning Ovi Magazine. As a young Iranian journalist, he has been interviewed and quoted by several mainstream mediums, including BBC World Service, PBS Media Shift, the Media Line network, Deutsch Financial Times and L.A. Times. Currently, he works for the Foreign Policy Journal as a media correspondent. He is a member of Tlaxcala Translators Network for Linguistic Diversity and World Student Community for Sustainable Development. You can write to Kourosh Ziabari at:

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Esfandyar July 5, 2010 4:24 am (Pacific time)

Excellent and heart breaking article , should put shame in the forehead of USA leadership to the end of time, What America have done and is doing to Iran is not much different from what Hitler did to Jews , except that American slaughter of Iranian is a gradual one Hitler was a speedy one..Kuresh Zaibari is precise and to the point as he always is

Ralph E. Stone July 2, 2010 7:50 pm (Pacific time)

A world with less, rather than more nuclear weapons, would be a better, safer world. There are at least nine nations that are known or believed to possess nuclear weapons (the nuclear club) and are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT): United States, Russia (successor state to the Soviet Union), the United Kingdom, France, and China. India, Pakistan, and North Korea have conducted nuclear tests but are not parties to the NPT. Israel is believed to have nuclear weapons. India tested what it called a "peaceful nuclear explosive" in 1974 and India later tested weaponized nuclear warheads in 1998, including a thermonuclear device.. The 1974 test was the first test developed after the creation of the NPT, and created new questions about how civilian nuclear technology could be diverted secretly to weapons purposes. Yet, we entered into the U.S.-India agreement for civil nuclear cooperation in October 2008, even though India refused to become a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Unfortunately, the U.S. views Iran as a belligerent nation more like North Korea, rather than a "friendly" nation like India. A double standard? Probably so.

Anonymous July 1, 2010 9:08 pm (Pacific time)

from anon 1 to anon 2.. point taken, but maybe Iran was just protecting themselves. I dont know, seems everybody wants to rule the world, but if they want to, hopefully they could do it in a more honest manner. Its good we all work together for truth. Truth seems a difficult thing to find these days, but if we all keep trying, that is a good thing. And yes, it might be good if people look into the iran-contra scandal. The likes of what is still going on to this day via afghanistan opium drug trade. The rabbit hole goes deep, and all roads lead to the rothschilds.

Anonymous July 1, 2010 6:58 pm (Pacific time)

Iran is partly to blame for the start of the Iraq-Iran war and is definitely responsible for the continuation of the war from June 1982 to August 1988. The author forgot to mention about the Iran-Contra story and how the west also was also selling arms to Iran.

Anonymous July 1, 2010 10:57 am (Pacific time)

Actually, Iran has bent over backwards trying to make fair deals. None were accepted. Did not Iran follow the rules by sending their uranium to (France i think), for enrichment, but never got it returned? Why would they get fooled twice? Iran has followed the IAEA rules, and has not started a war in 200 years.
It does seem like war is inevitable. The economy, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, all falling apart, while the big banks get rich, the gulf spill, a big distraction will be necessary to cover up the incompetence of DC.
Iran has much to improve, I wont deny that, but i dont think they deserve sanctions that only hurt the people, or to be bombed.
While sanctions are in place, and bombing planned to follow, I think it only proper for us to take a look at what we are bombing.
The only reason for bombing iran, is so the military industrial complex can put in a puppet government, and continue their world domination", the same reason israel continues their siege on the Palestinians.
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