Monday, February 06, 2017

Iran's Vital Role in Combating Terrorism

Iran’s Vital Role in Combating Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

Interviewed today by Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, I was asked what conditions would be like today in Iran and regionally if the 1979 Revolution hadn’t occurred, an event I remember well as it unfolded and its immediate aftermath.

I said if the repressive US-installed Pahlavi regime hadn’t been toppled, things would be much worse today with America and Israel having unchallenged hegemonic regional control - a deplorable prospect Iran prevented.

Its sovereign independence remains a thorn in the side of Washington and Tel Aviv. It has powerful allies in Russia and China - hopefully enough to deter any aggressor from trying to topple its government.

Trump and Defense Secretary Mattis outrageously called Iran the world’s leading terrorist state - a dubious distinction describing America, NATO and Israel, an alliance threatening humanity’s survival in contrast to Iran threatening no other nation.

Sergey Lavrov blasted the fabricated notion of Iranian terrorism, saying its government “has never been found linked to Islamic State or Jabhat al-Nusra.” 

(It) makes its own contribution to the struggle against the Islamic State. We have long pressed for creating a genuinely universal front of struggle against terrorism.” 

“I am certain that if we make an unbiased approach to the potential members of such a coalition, Iran must be part of our common efforts.”

Strong words of support, countering disgraceful US hostility, continuing unabated after all these years, possibly worsening under Trump - a way to wreck his geopolitical agenda on this issue alone, compounded by unsettling anti-China saber-rattling.

Speaking for Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that “Russia has good relations of partnership with Iran and we cooperate with that country on a number of issues. We appreciate our relations in the trading and economic sphere and we hope for their further development,” adding:

“It is no secret that the positions of Moscow and Washington on a number of global and regional issues are diametrically opposite.”

He hopes it won’t prevent “building communication and pragmatic mutually beneficial relations between Russia and the US.”

Washington’s hostility toward China and Iran makes improving relations with Russia all the harder, maybe impossible.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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