PLM Statement on US-EU-NATO War Plots Against Iran PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 12 January 2012 20:00

“No to Sanctions Against the People of Iran!”

“No to US-EU-NATO Intervention!”

“Let the People of Iran Determine the Future of the Regime!”

“Philippines Must Take an Independent Stance from the US and Protect the Peoples National Interests!


We are extremely concerned about the escalating crisis in the Middle East as the US and its EU-NATO allies beat the war drums against Iran. While this has become a domestic campaign issue being exploited especially by Republican Party candidates in the lead-up to the presidential elections, Barack Obama, a Democrat President, is deploying thousands of US troops in Israel – around 9000 according to some reports – raising tensions in the region and signalling a threatening message of war preparations to Iran. Barack Obama has also agreed to fresh sanctions against Iran, including targeting the country’s Central Bank, with the EU following suit. Iran has responded in its defence by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil transport hub.


The US charge is that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, despite Iran’s insistence that it is only developing nuclear energy capabilities and not nuclear weapons. Lest we forget, the US also falsely claimed that the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein was building “weapons of mass destruction”, as a pretext for the US invasion of Iraq and the subsequent destruction of Iraqi society. Even the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta admiited when he appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday that Iran is not pursuing the ability to split atoms with weapons, saying it is instead pursuing “a nuclear capability.” In Panetta’s words: “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they’re trying to develop a nuclear capability…” That “capability” falls in line with what Iran has said for years: that it is developing nuclear energy facilities, not nuclear weapons.


We also understand that reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency, albeit vaguely worded, point to no actual evidence of Iranian nuclear bomb-making activity. All enriched uranium produced by the Iranian nuclear program has been tracked and accounted for.


However, using  the vague phraseology of  the recent IAEA report  of November 8 last year, new sanctions against Iran were imposed by the US, Canada and Britain on November 21. The US named Iran as an area of ‘primary money laundering concern’ to dissuade non-US banks from dealing with Tehran. It also blacklisted 11 entities suspected of aiding Iran’s nuclear programme and expanded sanctions to target companies that aid Iran’s oil and petrochemical industries. Britain ordered all British financial institutions to stop doing business with their Iranian counterparts, including the central bank. Canada said it would immediately ban the export to Iran of all goods used in the petrochemical, oil and gas industries. French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed freezing the assets of Iran’s central bank and on November 24, France announced it would restrict imports Iranian crude oil. South Korea is also foreshadowing increased sanctions against Iran, as is the European Union. China and Russia have both opposed the new round of sanctions.


The recent IAEA report, produced under the newly appointed IAEA Director General-designate Yukiya Amano, whose candidacy was supported by the US and who has emphasized his support for U.S. strategic objectives for the Agency, has been described by its critics as a political document rather than a scientific report.


Given this background, as well as the strategic interests of the US and other Western powers in the oil-rich region, and mindful of the fact that Iran is one of the biggest exporters and sources of oil in the world, PLM believes that the war drums signal another war for oil.


Therefore we are opposed to any military intervention by the US, Western powers and their allies to overthrow the Iranian regime, whether it be in the guise of ‘humanitarian intervention’, ‘democratic rights’, ‘gender equity’ or any other such pretext, as was the case in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.


We also note that sanctions have primarily hurt the people of Iran – the Iranian masa who will lose their jobs and livelihoods as the economy shrinks – and not the regime, which continues to survive the sanctions.


We call on the Philippine government to take an independent stance against US and Western intervention. The Philippine economy will suffer from any oil crisis related to war with Iran and the Philippines could become a potential target for trade sanctions by Iran if it meekly follows the US position. A pro-US position will also jeopardize the safety of the many overseas Filipino workers employed in Iran. Hence, an independent stance and foreign policy is in keeping with the national interests of the Filipino people.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 20:09



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