Nikki Haley attacks Iran, forgets her country is currently bombing seven nations

American Herald Tribune | Robert Fantina: United States violence and war mongering never cease. It doesn’t matter which party is in power, the Democrats or the Republicans, other nations across the globe will be victimized.

Since the beginning of the administration of current President Donald Trump, government hostility towards Iran has been the focus. His predecessor, Barack Obama, along with the leaders of five other nations and the European Union, signed an agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which limited Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions, in exchange for the removal of sanctions against Iran. This agreement was ratified by the United Nations.

U.S. law stipulates that the president must certify every three months that Iran is in compliance. Obama did so during the remainder of his term after the agreement was signed, and Trump did twice, but reportedly told his advisors to find some way of being able to declare that Iran is non-compliant.

In October, despite the agreement of the U.N. and all other parties to the agreement that Iran was in complete compliance with the agreement, the U.S. violated it by refusing to certify compliance. At that time, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., the highly unqualified Nikki Haley, proclaimed that Iran was being deceitful, and that if it was complying with the letter of the law, it was failing to do so with the ‘spirit’ of the law.

It must be recognized that this was a complex agreement. In order to avoid any possible misinterpretations, it had to be, to assure that there was no question about the ‘spirit’ of the law, so that the technical components of the agreement – the ‘letter of the law’ – would be that on which compliance would be judged.

On December 14, Haley once again disgraced herself on the international stage, when she displayed a missile that she claimed Iran delivered to rebels in Yemen. This, she warned darkly, was just further evidence of Iran’s nefarious purposes.

During this speech, delivered inside a military hanger in Washington, D.C., she made this amazing statement: Iran’s “ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region.”

Is it possible that she is either not aware of the fact, or is trying to distract from it, that the U.S.’s ‘ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region’? The U.S. is currently bombing seven nations.

She is also concerned, she claims, about Iranian support for rebels in Yemen, who are fighting against the government. Yet in Syria, the U.S. has for years been supporting rebels who are fighting against the government. With Iran’s assistance, Syria has been successful in expelling most of them.

Haley further proclaimed that, since the signing of the JCPOA, “The undeniable fact is that the Iranian behavior is growing worse”. It seems she misspoke; a more accurate statement would be that ‘the undeniable fact is that that U.S. behavior is growing worse” since the JCPOA was signed.

There is a photograph of the U.S. ambassador standing in front of the missile in question. It is reminiscent, if not in appearance at least in theme, of then U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s appearance before the United Nations on February 5, 2003, where he accused Iraq of having chemical weapons, and dramatically held aloft a test tube which, he proclaimed, represented deadly chemicals in that country’s possession. This, of course, was a lie, and one that enabled the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which killed at least hundreds of thousands of people, displaced millions more, destroyed the country’s infrastructure and left Iraq in chaos.

Today, it isn’t Iraq, but Iran that is in the U.S. crosshairs.

Iraq has been vanquished; it had no weapons of mass destruction, but the destabilization of the Middle East by the U.S. is being systematically attempted at Israel’s behest. Israel must remain a shining city on the hill, made possible, of course, by $4 billion in foreign aid from the U.S. It must be the only strong nation in the Middle East, which is why its undeclared nuclear arsenal is not questioned by its main benefactor in North America.

And now what nation threatens Israeli hegemony in the Middle East? Iran, of course, which is why Haley, under the direction of her boss, the incompetent and irrational Trump, is targeting it. In her recent comments, she also said this: “You will see us build a coalition to really push back against Iran and what they’re doing”.

There doesn’t seem to be a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for such a coalition. The other signatories to the JCPOA all condemned Trump’s action in not certifying compliance, and indicated that they would continue to respect the agreement.

And the U.S. doesn’t have much of a history of coalition building. When the U.S. decided to invade Iraq in 2003, it announced its coalition. However, about 87% of the soldiers sent on that particular fool’s errand were from the U.S. Iceland, for example, sent two soldiers.

One must never underestimate the gullibility or short memories of U.S. citizens. The fact that the government lied to them in 2003 about Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction will do little to deter them from believing the current government’s lies about Iran. But what they also don’t understand, with little knowledge of the Middle East, is the powerhouse that is Iran. With a population thrice that of Iraq, and a powerful, battle-trained military, combined with strong alliances with other nations, Iran is a formidable foe for any invading nation.

Will Trump and Haley be able to convince the U.S. to go to war against Iran? With the chaos that currently engulfs the White House, anything is possible. But it is also possible that Russia will prevail upon the U.S. to avoid such a suicidal move.

The U.S. government and its citizens always seem happiest when they have a common enemy: Communism, Iraq and Islam have all had their day, with Islam still vilified in the U.S. Now it is Iran, a mostly-Muslim country, with traditions different from those in the West, and therefore, in the minds of the ignorant, frightening and dangerous. But Iran is only dangerous to those who fight it or its allies; the nation has not invaded another country since 1798.

Hopefully, Ambassador Haley and her twisted opinions will not prevail, and Iran will be able to continue living in peace. If it is forced by the U.S. and/or Israel into war, that peace will be temporarily shattered, but after victory, will return. It is in the U.S.’s best interests to avoid such a war.