HANDS OFF IRAN!
Published Jul 30, 2008 11:25 PM
Another moment of truth approaches. While Washington finally joined talks with
Tehran, Congress is still considering a resolution calling for an air, sea and
land blockade of Iran, opening one path to war.
What is the relationship between U.S. imperialism and the Islamic Republic of
Iran? Will the talks lead to an agreement or will the U.S. warships in the Gulf—
or the Israeli military—unleash a massive air attack against the Iranian
people? What is the stake for workers and the oppressed in the U.S.?
The U.S. is the wealthiest, most militarized imperialist state. The
Pentagon’s role is to impose U.S. diplomatic and economic policy on the
world, to control raw materials, to police worldwide ocean trading lanes, and
to impose the power of the U.S.-based multinational corporations to
super-exploit workers worldwide, including workers inside the U.S. Washington
is the home office of world repression and exploitation. Israel is its branch
The Iranian state is the result of a popular revolution in 1979 that overthrew
the shah, a monarchic dictator. A CIA-directed conspiracy had re-installed this
shah in 1953, deposing an elected government. The shah, armed and backed by
U.S. imperialism, had his military and police murder tens of thousands of
people in his failed attempt to stop the 1979 revolution. This revolution
stopped short of overturning capitalist social relations in Iran, but it broke
the grip of the imperialist corporations and opened the door to social
development in Iran.
There is no doubt a sovereign and independent Iran has the right to trade with
whatever countries it chooses, to explore possible energy supplies, including
nuclear energy, and even to prepare for self-defense with nuclear weapons. The
U.S. possesses almost limitless nuclear weapons and Israel is suspected of
possessing 200; these states are both declared enemies of Iran. Nearby India
and Pakistan also possess at least some of these weapons, without U.S.
Washington has just signed a pact helping nuclear-armed India develop its
civilian nuclear power, even though the U.S. excuse for threatening Iran is
Tehran’s program for developing civilian nuclear power.
Last December, 16 U.S. spy agencies reported that there is no evidence that
Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Prevention of nuclear proliferation is the
U.S. cover story. Iran’s independence from imperialism, its sovereignty
and its oil reserves are the real reasons why Washington has targeted the
The next question is—despite Bush’s weakened position as the most
unpopular president since Richard Nixon in his final days in office, despite
Bush’s isolation from not only the U.S. population but sectors of the
Pentagon brass who fear the stress and strain on their ground troops after the
setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the potential for a disastrous
explosion in the Middle East and the entire Muslim world, despite the
possibility of a massive increase in the price of oil, despite all these
dangers—will the Bush gang use what it believes is overwhelming U.S. air
power to attack Iran, perhaps following an initial strike by Israel?
A look at the history of imperialist adventures in World Wars I and II, up to
the assault on Iraq in 2003, shows that it would be foolish to rule out the
possibility of a new adventure simply because that aggression might become
another enormous setback for U.S. imperialism itself—not to mention a
horror for 70 million Iranian people. The Bush gang, the oil monopolies and the
military-industrial complex might be all too ready to back such a risky move.
We cannot rule out that the deepening, unsolvable economic crisis might drive
imperialism to another war.
For U.S. workers of all nationalities facing unemployment, foreclosures and
evictions, not only would such a war be a distraction from their necessary
struggle for economic justice, it would be an additional disaster, no matter
the outcome. They must mobilize to stop this new war. It is the responsibility
of the anti-war movement and the entire workers’ movement to take this
danger seriously and organize the kind of independent struggle that can stop
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