Sunday, 28 October 2012

Hands off Iran

Al Jazeera published an op-ed on the unfolding human catastrophe in Iran

"Some statistics are very telling. Tens of thousands of Iranian boys and young men are haemophilic and need certain drugs that must be imported. Many of them may need surgery for a variety of reasons, but in the absence of proper drugs for their haemophilia illness, the surgeries cannot be performed, because the bleeding could not be stopped."

These sanctions are criminal. US foreign policy is a shitty horror film on repeat. And so many of us throughout history have been forced to watch the same old tiring string of events and imperialist catastrophes. The channel can't be changed, we're straitjacketed and our eyes are forced open with clamps a la A Clockwork Orange. 

It's been said a million times, but US/Israeli hypocrisy is stunning. No surprises here, but the trickery and deviousness continues to blow my mind. Israel owns the most nuclear weapons in the region and refuses to be a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (putting aside the fact that the treaty is a farce like most, since the US persistently violates it anyway). Iran, at least, is a signatory, and allows inspection of its nuclear facilities. The US holds Israel to alternate-world standards.