Iran Should Go Its Own Way

by Serban V.C. Enache

This is a brief case of why I think Iran should leave the JCPOA, in spite of all the bad press it’s going to get on the international stage. The seizure of the Iranian oil tanker bound for Syria should be the last straw. It was nothing short of piracy, completely illegal under international law. Teheran’s strategy of patience vis-a-vis the Western powers was tried and it failed; that’s clear as daylight and any more pussyfooting around will scarcely delay the inevitable [i.e. a permanent cold war situation]. The UN and other international organizations, like the IAEA, simply don’t matter if the Hegemon has set its mind, facts and honor be damned.

The biggest pushers for an Iran-US conflict are the neoconservatives, and sadly, that course of action has support at grassroots level among the Christian Zionists – we’re talking here about the Right, not the Far Right [KKKers and Neonazis]. Despite all efforts made by the likes of Tucker Carlson to educate the Conservative American public about the real situation in the Middle East, many of them remain brainwashed by mainstream propaganda – as is evident in this particular comment section of Newsmax. Here’s a taste of it: ‘If Iran gets a nuke, it will surely use it on Israel’ – ‘Muslims will lie to everyone to get their way’ – ‘They should do what Trump tells them, or have their oil taken as war spoils’ – ‘What have the Iranians done with the billions we gave them?’

That last comment is the type of inquisitive thinking that can’t be raised to Saudi Arabia and Israel – both sponsors of regional instability, terrorist tactics, and terrorist organizations – and the latter [Israel], a big customer of US “aid”. As for the claim that the ‘crazy Iranian jihadists’ will nuke Israel if they get the A-bomb, that’s one of the more easier things to debunk. In over two hundred years, Iran has attacked, get this, ZERO countries. The same can’t be said of the USA or Israel. There is no precedent in history in which a country possessing nukes dropped nukes on another nuclear power. There is no precedent in history in which a country possessing nukes was invaded by a power that had or hadn’t nukes. There’s no better guarantee that you won’t get invaded. Can the West, or better yet, the world as a whole, deliver guarantees that a country won’t be invaded if it disposes of its nukes and nuke-manufacturing facilities? In a rational and just world, yes – such guarantees would exist de jure and de facto. But we’re not living in such a world!

The Right in the US is hungriest to do Israel’s bidding in the Middle East, geopolitical ventures popularized and waged at the expense of US capital and US soldiers’ lives. Bill Maher, years ago asked Netanyahu what’s Israel’s secret for waging speedy wars. Netanyahu answered quickly and truthfully “Our secret is the US.” And no, I haven’t forgotten about the fake doves among the Democrats. Here’s Jimmy Dore utterly destroying Kamala Harris’ hypocritical, hawkish rhetoric.

What trust can the Iranians put in the European powers, let alone in Washington, who betrayed the deal first? The Europeans announce Instex, a system which was developed at a crawl, and one that won’t work if it doesn’t extend to oil sales [which it doesn’t in lack of an accord between Washington and its European allies], and immediately after that, an Iranian oil tanker is seized in international waters. The European signatories of the JCPOE, the actors who allegedly desire a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation, haven’t condemned that blatant act of piracy. Worse still, Iran is the target of false flag operations, designed to make it appear as a rogue state that’s asking for “it” [to be bombed and or invaded]. Iran should swiftly pull out of the nuclear agreement, stating objective reasons for the move and just wish everybody a pleasant day.

The West’s double-standards and warmongering are painfully obvious, or they should be to anyone possessing a fraction of a neuron inside their heads. Countries like Pakistan, India, and Israel are not signatories of the non-proliferation treaty, and you don’t see anyone in the Western or Eastern press calling for sanctions against these countries, based on the fact they have nukes and the capability to produce more.

But won’t the Iranian economy suffer if the country pulls out? It is suffering already, and the more it tries to be patient and negotiate with parties only concerned with their own image on the international stage, who aren’t in truth interested in establishing a functional deal, Teheran’s policy will remain unsuccessful.

Iranian imports from and exports to the West aren’t insurmountable market losses. Teheran should pursue closer cooperation with the few strategic partner states it has and should dramatically expand import substitution programs. Consumers are going to pay higher bills, yes, but in the medium term the situation will stabilize, and long term Iran will benefit from fully matured industries in terms of labor skills, output capacity, and know-how [technology level]. As I wrote in a past article, The Sovereign Nation State, in reference to the wisdom of Friedrich List on historical economics, a nation’s true wealth is the full and multifaceted development of its productive powers, not its current exchange values. For example, the nation’s economic education is more important than immediate production of value, and it might be right for one generation to sacrifice its gain and enjoyment to secure strength and skill for future generations. All measure of achievement is attained through sacrifice. The art of statecraft is knowing which sacrifices to make…

Yet the threat of military confrontation remains either way. Eternal vigilance seems a cliche, but I can’t come up with anything better. Iran, through all channels, private and state-run media, especially alt-media channels, needs to debunk all the false flag operations, it needs to shed an inquisitive light on the past deeds and motivations of its would-be attackers today, the past crimes of US administrations, all the hypocrisy, all the double-dealing, all the mythology surrounding the War on Terror, everything. So long as a majority in the Western audience remains wise against the war propaganda, Western governments will have a tougher time selling their hawkish plans, a tougher time engaging in bombing campaigns and invasion. Sanctions will remain, to be sure, they’ll even get harsher – but no enemy can rob you of your will and spirit.

Israel only reason for US intervention in Syria

In the third paragraph, the Letter asserts: “While our nation has encouraged more stable and inclusive political systems in the Middle East, the regime in Tehran has spread its influence and destabilized its neighbors for its own gain.” To say this is an outrageous distortion of the truth would be an understatement. There is not a sane Iraqi, Syrian, Lybian, Yemeni and most Muslim Arabs who would vouch to such a distortion. In fact, internationally, the US and Israel are viewed as sources of threat to international peace and security; both have boots on foreign grounds but no foreign boots on their grounds. […]

Beyond any conceivable doubts, the Letter was dictated by Israelis or their advocates in Washington, signed and submitted by the 400 congressmen to Trump; the height of hypocrisy. What is dismaying is that hardly any voices of protests were raised in the American society at large or the political or intellectual segments about the fact that four hundred congressmen, who are elected by Americans to serve American interests, at a time when the US is bogged down in the Arab region, sign and submit a letter to the US President concerned almost exclusively with Israel Security.

These congressmen had an opportunity to make a coherent recommendation on US policy in the Arab region in the interest of American National Interest, but instead chose to make recommendations to safeguard the wellbeing and security of a foreign state: Israel.

Read the full article by Elias Samo here.

The False Anti-Militarist Propaganda

by Serban V.C. Enache

The liberal media has bashed Trump’s desire to have tanks and airplanes show up on the 4th of July to celebrate Independence Day. They labeled it as an example of “militarism,” a way of “politicizing” the event, and compared his desire to that of a dictator. Unsurprisingly, liberal Americans seem to live in a bubble. A great many countries on the globe, be they democratic, less democratic, or totalitarian, show off some of their military units during their respective national day celebrations – this includes armed soldiers, cavalry, tanks, artillery, rocket launchers, ballistic missiles, airplanes, and the like.

Before linking videos in support of this fact, we must stress the staunch hypocrisy of the liberal media and of the Democratic Party. One of the most progressive presidents in terms of economic policy, Harry Truman [a democrat], levied permanent conscription. After WW2, the US took over from where the British Empire left off. The US operates almost 800 military bases in 70 countries around the world. It provides military assistance to most of the world’s dictatorships. During the election campaign, before Trump got into office, the mainstream [liberal] media was deploring Trump’s isolationism [America First policy], fearing Trump would close down military bases and get US soldiers out of foreign conflicts and territories. The liberal media, who is de facto advocating for unlimited immigration and no borders, during Obama’s two terms was praising the President for his administration’s record number of deportations [of illegals]. The same liberal media which produces crocodile tears for the fate of refugees and economic migrants quickly dries up those tears when it comes to foreign policy – when it comes to countries who won’t dance to Washington’s tune. To hell with them. Bomb them. Levy sanctions. Starve them out. They’re no different to their neoconservative counter-parts in the establishment. Under Obama’s presidency, the number of drone strikes increased eightfold compared to the Bush Jr epoch. Seven countries were bombed by the US under Obama’s watch, some of them were dismembered and condemned to ruin and chaos: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and Syria. We factor in economic warfare [trade sanctions], the giving of intelligence, funds, and arms – either directly or via proxy to terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, and Daesh. And since people are unhappy with the health situation under Trump, let’s not forget that health care premiums under Obama’s turn also rose.

And if we contrast all the war crimes, all the corruption, all the theft, all the injustice perpetrated by US administrations since WW2 up to the present, including Donald Trump’s administration – we see a clear pattern of militarism, hypocrisy, consistent war profiteering, violence, and death. “Fascism” didn’t start with Trump or the GOP. It didn’t stop with Obama or the Democrats. US financial and military hegemony is BIPARTISAN. It always was. Always will be. Liberals, kindly spare us of your hypocrisy, of your false humanitarianism. The World doesn’t believe it.

Now, then, let’s see some of the other countries who display military units during their national day celebrations: Mexico, South Africa, Romania, China, Iran, France, Russia, South Korea, Japan, North Korea, Italy, Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Austria, Vietnam, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Greece, and many, many other countries.

Hong Kong Protests & the CIA

My comment: Even if the protests have CIA money behind them, the central grievance is shared by many people in HK. They don’t wish to be extradited to the mainland to face trial and sentence; and their motivations are completely reasonable, given the oppressiveness and lack of transparency of the Chinese state. The Communist Party will have to make serious reforms before the people of HK will trust their law enforcement, their magistrates, and prison conditions. I’d like to praise the people of HK for their civic spirit, which far surpasses anything in the West. That same civic spirit [principle and discipline] was displayed a few years ago in South Korea and it was called the ‘candlelight struggle.’

I find it interesting that Trump didn’t have much to say about the protests, other than deeming them “very sad to see.” I also disagree with Rick Sanchez on trade with China. Trump didn’t lose with Xi, neither did Xi lose with Trump. Huawei received some space to maneuver in commercial operations, and so did US farmers. The fact that the trade war between China and the US did not escalate after the G20 summit is a victory for both countries.

Crosstalk: Sanctions on Two Fronts & Dem Clown Show

US-China talks are back on track, but a second front has opened up. US-Europe trade is heading into a storm. Iran is again at the center of the debate. The Instex payment system, alternative to Swift, was designed explicitly for European companies to do business with Iranian firms. But Washington is none too pleased and reiterated its warnings. Also, the circus has come to town and it’s called the Democratic primary. CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Marcus Papadopoulos, and Alex Christoforou.

My comment: I disagree with Marcus Papadopoulos on the question of which side will China take in the US-Iran conflict. He claims that China will pick the United States over Iran, simply due to the large volume and value of trade with it. Marcus invokes Deng Xiaoping’s legacy on Chinese development, stressing the pivotal role the US market had on China’s economic ‘miracle.’ While no doubt that’s true, there was a geopolitical downside. As the Chinese were exporting more net goods to the US in exchange for net US dollars [electronic entries that sit on the Federal Reserve’s ledger], the US was busy encircling China militarily. I don’t believe China will dump Iran to save its trade with the US. Why? It’s good to diversify trade partners, especially oil countries [like Iran] who can fuel your industries with oil, refined oil in particular. At the same time, it’s good to support a partner state who, in turn, ensures a counterweight to US geopolitical influence. Iran and China could help each other tremendously, and again I affirm my belief that Beijing won’t dump the Iranian market and the Iranian state to appease Washington. Instead, China will seek a middle-ground between the two.

Regarding the second half of the show, the clown show of the Democratic primaries… I don’t know who started the label… but I did watch a little bit of Infowars and saw Alex Jones’ sarcastic rendition of the Democrat candidates [Tulsi Gabbard was absent from his list of caricatures]. It was absolutely a clown show! As Christoforou and Lavelle pointed out, the only presidential candidate on the Democratic stage was Tulsi Gabbard. Kamala Harris clearly set herself up to play the victim card against ‘sleepy, creepy Joe,’ invoking an issue that’s been dead for 40 years. Lavelle, Christoforou and Babich noted the very little air time given to Gabbard and to Andrew Yang. Pat Buchanan’s recommendation was invoked and supported, that Trump should trade Pence for Gabbard and it will be a slam dunk. I’m fully behind that idea as well. Here’s why…

As for the Democrats trying to sell Medicare For All, man, they’ve got zero skills in sales… First of all, Medicare For All will never pass in the US if it’s advertised alongside a tax hike. But there’s hope if Democrats would try to sell it alongside a tax cut [a tax cut for labor in particular]. Why a tax cut? Because M4A will trigger redundancies in the [insurance] bureaucracy. One of the best ways to sell a Government reform is by telling people it will lay off busy bodies and reduce bureaucracy – which is what M4A does! M4A is inherently a deflationary policy; it will cause unemployment. And it will cause even more unemployment if it’s paired with a tax hike [a tax hike on the wealth creation side of the economy, not the rent extractive side]. Given its deflationary nature, that’s why M4A should be introduced alongside a tax cut [on the wealth creation side].

Here are the benefits of the program, which, sadly, don’t get air time at all in the mainstream. Doctor-patient time is doubled as doctor-insurance company time is eliminated. Diagnosis, treatment options, and treatment costs are discussed between doctor and patients, instead of with an insurance company. This increases the system’s capacity and the quality of service without increasing real costs. The program’s nominal cost is estimated at around 10 percent of GDP, which is less than being spent today, and even assuming the ugliest outcome, the numbers aren’t financially disruptive and can be easily adjusted. M4A eliminates medical costs for businesses, thus removing price distortions and medical legacy costs. It eliminates problems regarding receivables and bad debt for hospitals and doctors. It wipes out the majority of administrative costs for the nation as a whole; while patients are free to shop around for medical services and prices. M4A is fully compatible with capitalism. Capitalism runs on sales. Sales are fueled by spending, government sector spending, domestic private sector spending, and foreign sector spending. When people don’t have money to buy output, sales decline, and capitalism goes stale [unemployment, poverty, bankruptcies]. M4A puts money into people’s pockets and the people use that money to pay medical service providers [firms that create tangible output, unlike insurance companies].

I’d like to make a very important observation about M4A… so long as the Democrats include abortion coverage irrespective of context, M4A will face strong opposition from pro-life groups and moderates / independents. And they’ll have only themselves to blame. Ditto if they support extending M4A to illegal aliens. Regarding ‘where will the money come from?’ question, the stupid ‘tax & spend liberal’ will never be able to give an honest response. They have to be prepared to say, we’ll deficit spend, the program will get financed and there isn’t going to be inflation. A more elaborate answer than that really isn’t necessary for the audience at large and it’s never given on issues like Defence Budget hikes or bank bailouts – because the source of the funding is the Government sector itself [the Treasury + the Central Bank].

On the matter of medical costs, though, this reform in and of itself is not enough. The Big Pharma cartels have to be smashed, all those markups ranging in the tens of thousands percentage-wise need to be eliminated. But nobody has the guts to fight rent-seeking [patents included], usury, and cartels.

As for Student Debt Cancellation and Free College… Student Debt Cancellation is a sectional policy, and many people will claim it’s unfair that students get debt write offs, but others who are not students, but have debts, don’t get anything. As a principle of fairness, a debt jubilee should cover a large portion of the population, not a minority. As for Free College, it’s a good policy, but only if it has a direction. Not all diplomas are the same. The State should prioritize nurses, medical doctors, engineers, and the like – not professions that are superfluous [so-called Mickey Mouse degrees]. The State should prepare students for the job market of the future. Free College without a clear vector is bound to fail in my opinion.