The resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly’s Human Rights Committee was approved Thursday in a 85-30, with 68 abstentions. 10 states were not present at the voting session. This means that while it doesn’t have the approval of a majority of the member states (108), the resolution will probably be approved by the 193-member world body when it comes up for voting next month.
Speaking ahead of voting on the Canadian draft resolution, Iran’s deputy ambassador to the UN Es’haq Al-e Habib said the countries sponsoring the measure have done everything in their power to “suppress or derail” Iranian people’s “century-long struggle for the causes of human rights and democracy.”
As is often the case, the United States and its handful of allies are behind this new move. They are also the ones helping the US to impose its unilateral sanctions against Iran on vague charges.
However, these illegal sanctions and other political charades at the UN against Iran have produced a tangled web that often hurt bankrupt American and Western companies more than Iranian oil and gas exporters.
Given the intemperate and increasingly confrontational posture of the United States and its vassals, it is obvious that there is nothing to this than meets the eye:
1. Iran stands at the center of US ambitions in the Middle East and Eurasia. With its growing influence, Iran is the crucial link in the formation of a new Asian energy security grid by China and Russia. That explains why Washington and Arab vassals are desperate to keep Iran out of any transnational oil and gas pipeline deal, project or equation.
2. Iran has the largest combined oil and gas reserves in the world after Russia, and it refuses to be a US vassal. Its growing influence on the Western front is more to do with America’s support for corrupt and hated regimes and their ill-fated wars on Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen than it has to do with any active Iranian hostility, threat or intervention.
3. On the Eastern front, it is geopolitical circumstances that dictate Iran’s geo-strategic importance. The rapidly emerging economies of China and others and their growing energy needs in a world with finite and depleting energy reserves have been the forcing house for a new alliance of oil exporting and importing nations in Central and Eastern Asia.
4. China and other Asian giants need to secure supplies of oil and gas from Iran. The most significant development is the decision by the Trump administration to give sanctions wavers to China, India, South Korea, Japan, and some European countries to continue to purchase Iran’s oil which cannot be replaced by other producers.
5. As regional powers strengthen ties in this key energy market, they are also looking to China, and away from the West. Washington is desperate to stop this. The problem is Washington cannot replace Iran in the energy market in this part of the world so easily.
6. The South Pars gas field – the largest in the world – is shared by Iran and Qatar. They play a key role in global gas supply security as well, which means just like its oil exports, Iran’s natural gas supply cannot be replaced.
7. Washington is counting on its allies Saudi Arabia and Israel to sabotage Iran’s role as a reliable energy supplier and security provider. Its unilateral sanctions and political charades at the UN are specifically designed to isolate Iran, curb energ investment in the country and destroy its oil and gas infrastructures and stop it from being a reliable energy hub connected to the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea through pipelines and sea routes.
Considering the above, understanding the real reasons behind the sinister sanctions regime and baseless accusations against Iran regarding human rights can help us understand better why the American interventionists and cohorts continue increasing hostilities towards Tehran, why they refuse to end their illegal wars on Iran’s allies in Syria and Iraq, and why they push the region into chaos. Yet a look at their failures and defeats in the last 4 decades displays that they will eventually be forced to acknowledge defeat.