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      Theatrics in the Middle East

      By *Manuel Yepe

      “Considering the years of propaganda surrounding Iran and its nuclear program, it was clear to any informed observer that the recent US-Iran nuclear deal was nothing more than theatre. Such is the conclusion reached by US writer Brandon Turbeville in his analysis published in “The Activist Post” website.

      The US/NATO imperialist machine has made its desire to wage war on the Persian nation explicit for some time. The only question is just how long this theatre will last before that goal is finally realized. Turbeville says that “while the Western press and corporate media outlets have taken to presenting the deal as either a tragic capitulation to the deadly warmongering Iranians or a brilliant lunge for Western peace, the premise of their presentations are exactly the same –that Iran is dangerous, wants war, and is doing whatever it can to acquire a nuclear weapon.”

      Turbeville wrote that US and Israeli intelligence have both determined that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon nor is it attempting to acquire one, nor is it carrying out aggressive preparations in the region. Iran’s military capabilities are largely defensive, not offensive. The agreement signed with the West was an extraordinary act of conciliation and cooperation. Iran bent over backwards to appease the West in its imperialists aims.

      “I have argued from the very beginning of the US-Iran nuclear talks that the diplomacy taking place was nothing more than theatre to be used later in the rush to war as evidence that the US did “everything in its power” to avoid confrontation. While the future is impossible to predict, one might reasonably believe that the US will soon sabotage the nuclear deal,” says Turbeville. There is the distinct likelihood that the US will soon attempt to implement some egregious demands and conditions that the Iranians will be unable to accept, thus ending the nuclear talks. Or the US will claim that the Iranians are in violation of some minuscule and vague rule, causing them to be in violation of the deal and subsequently causing the deal to fall apart. Any violation or disruption of the nuclear deal will then be used by the US, NATO, and Israel to justify military action against Iran.

      Turbeville warns that symptoms of this can already be seen at NATO quarters through the declarations of French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, who said, “France will not accept a deal if it is not clear that inspections can be done at all Iranian installations, including military sites.”

      The Western or Western/Israeli plan against Iran, along with the theatre of alleged Washington-Tel Aviv tensions has been used before.

      In 2009, the Brookings Institution, an academic center that caters to major banking, corporate, and military-industrial firms, released a report entitled “Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy for Iran”, in which the authors mapped out a plan which leaves no doubt as to the ultimate desire from the US financial, corporate, and governing classes.

      The plan described a number of ways the Western oligarchy would be able to destroy Iran, including a number of methods that might possibly be implemented before direct military invasion and open occupation. The plan included attempting to foment destabilization inside Iran via the color revolution apparatus, violent unrest, proxy terrorism, and “limited airstrikes” conducted by the US, Israel or both.

      Interestingly enough, the report states that any action taken against Iran must be done after the idea that Iran has rejected a fair and generous offer by the West has been disseminated throughout the general public. The report read: “...any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and so will require the proper international context. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its military operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal.”

      The tentative agreement between the US and Iran regarding the latter’s nuclear program, with Israel wailing in the background, can easily be seen as a playout of the plan described by the Brookings Institution.

      The Israelis are not dissatisfied with the United States nor is the United States dissatisfied with Israel. Both parties are merely playing a role in a carefully scripted drama that ultimately involves more war against the enemies of Anglo-American imperialism and the world oligarchy. “While the Iranians are busy negotiating, the Americans and the Israelis are busy gearing up for war,” concludes Brandon Turbeville.

      *Manuel E. Yepe, is a lawyer, economist and journalist. He is a professor at the Higher Institute of International Relations in Havana. He was Cuba’s ambassador to Romania, general director of the Prensa Latina agency; vice president of the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television; founder and national director of the Technological Information System (TIPS) of the United Nations Program for Development in Cuba, and secretary of the Cuban Movement for the Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples.

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