Commentary

We Must Defend Principles

July 22, 2010

U.S. imperialism's demand that Iran stop its nuclear energy program is nothing more nor less than a way to fabricate a pretext for war.

Openly displaying its imperial mentality, the Obama administration insists that because Iran is a "rogue state" it "can't be trusted," and is not entitled to the same rights as other states to pursue the peaceful development of nuclear technology. In other words, Obama is playing the Grand Inquisitor, claiming that U.S. imperialism has the right to decide which countries are the "evil ones" and to unilaterally impose punishment on them.

In short, Iran – a country "guilty" of opposing U.S. pressure and interference – is portrayed by U.S. imperialism as an "international outlaw," is ordered to forfeit its legitimate right to nuclear technology, and this demand is used to justify U.S. pressure and war preparations. The entire charade is only a flimsy pretext and a way to prepare public opinion to accept U.S. imperialism's aggressive, imperialist aim of recolonizing Iran.

At the same time, U.S. "gunboat diplomacy" and militarization of the region offers imperialism innumerable ways to fabricate charges against Iran and use them to declare war.

The root of the problem is that the alleged danger of Iranian "nuclear proliferation" is a pretext for U.S. interference and provocations. In this way, U.S. imperialism has declared itself the judge, jury and executioner of the Iranian people.

The anti-war movement must defend principles. We must oppose the imperialist tactics of concocting pretexts and provocations. We must unreservedly defend the sovereignty of Iran.