ABANDONMENT OF THE TRADITIONAL US ROLE AS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD
GREEN MOVEMENT IN IRAN
ATTACK ON BRITISH EMBASSY
AND FRENCH INVOLVMENT
COALITION AND A STRATEGY FOR PREVENTING IRAN FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS
AND CONTINUING TO TERRORIZE THE WEST HAS EMERGED.
Dec 2/11. Something is
happening in Iran. Forces are in motion. But what is happening? And who are
the forces that are on the move? Since this week's bombing in Isfahan, the
world media is rife with speculation that the war with Iran over its nuclear
weapons program has begun. But if the war has begun, who is fighting it?
What are their aims? And what are their methods and means of attack?
In the case of the
Green Movement, what began as a protest movement after the regime stole the
2009 presidential elections, morphed in the ensuing months of protests and
regime repression into a full-blown revolutionary movement.
No longer content to
demand that Ahmadinejad step down and fair elections take place, the Green
Movement began calling for and working towards the overthrow of the regime
as a whole. And since last year, regime installations as well as key members
of the Revolutionary Guards have been targeted on a regular basis. As
The Washington Post
reported last week, since 2010 there has been a fivefold increase in the
number of explosions at Iranian oil pipelines and refineries. Whoever is
behind the blasts is clearly targeting Iran's high value economic assets.
And now they have
moved on to military installations and nuclear sites.
According to the
official Iranian press agencies, the "students" raided the British Embassy
because they were furious that Britain announced it was cutting its ties
with Iran's Central Bank.
And this brings us to
the "students" who raided the British Embassy on Tuesday. On Thursday the
regime released from jail all the "students" arrested for raiding and
torching the embassy and briefly holding British personnel hostage.
Their release is yet
further proof that the embassy attackers were neither students nor angry at
Britain. Rather, as British Foreign Minister William Hague and others have
alleged, they were regime goons who belong to the same Basij force that
massacred, tortured and raped the anti-regime protesters from the Green
Movement in 2009.
In the absence of US
leadership, a coalition and a strategy for preventing Iran from acquiring
nuclear weapons and continuing to terrorize the West has emerged. First, we
have the Iranian opposition which is apparently actively involved in
sabotaging with the aim of overthrowing the regime. Second, we have Israel
which is completely committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear
weapons. And finally we have leading European states that are increasingly
determined to take practical steps to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear
participation in such a collaborative strategy would be helpful. But between
the explosions in Isfahan and Bidganeh, and the surge in attacks on other
regime targets; and Europe's notably robust response to Iran's attack on the
British Embassy, it is possible that these goals can be accomplished even
with the US following far behind.