[ Editor’s note: The Iran nuclear deal has been held up a long time, since Trump put a bullet in its head to show his Republican supporters that they picked the right man in 2016 to defend the country from ‘Iranian threats’.
Four year later we saw that it was not the Iranians attempting to overthrow America, but Donald Trump, and recent disclosure from the January 6 committee and major MSM investigative reporting shows that some of the top Republicans in Congress were co-conspirators with him.
It’s hard to judge if the reason given below is the full story on what is really holding the deal up. Professional analysts always follow a dual track, looking closely at what you can see, but also paying even closer attention for what you should see that has been airbrushed out of the picture.
By that I mean how quiet Israel has been, and there are a number of reasons for that. It is on record for wanting to pre-emptively attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Additionally the US wanting to keep Iran’s Republican Guard on the hooks with the terrorist organization designation, despite the US’ long use of proxy terrorists in the region, without asking NATO or anyone else for permission, and this includes Iraq and Syria over a long period of time.
Also, the US assassination of General Soleimani and his staff with the missile strike at the Baghdad airport gave Iran the right under international law to retaliate. It did that somewhat with its missile strike on the two US bases, but those were military targets, and Soleimani was assassinated while on a diplomatic mission regarding a Mideast peace proposal.
So here we are, with the forces of peace and compromise losing out to the forces of endless conflict and war, as the latter is historically way more profitable. Democratic governments have shown themselves too weak or too cowardly to break this dynamic.
In a way, Western citizens are being held hostage over the threat of imminent war, as in WW3 with Russia, when that dynamic is similar to the Mariupol citizens in their basements with a war raging over their heads, while the real instigator is trying to stick the blame onto a party who has already been victim to US aggression, with US backed Saddam Hussein using chemical weapons on Iran.
A no nuclear deal with Iran will leave it open to continue unsupervised development of its nuclear program, just like Israel has done.
If that happens, I would make a bet that a lobby quickly appears for first strike action on Iran’s program by you know who. Thus ends my cheery missive for today… Jim W. Dean ]
First published May 1, 2022
VIENNA — Negotiations to restore the Iran nuclear deal have reached a complete standstill. Despite having a roughly 27-page agreement virtually ready to go, diplomats are still hung up over one final sticking point between the U.S. and Iran: The status of a powerful branch of the Iranian military, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The U.S. placed the group on its “Foreign Terrorist Organization” list in 2019, part of President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign after pulling out of the nuclear deal, which limited Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.
…“If prospects to restore the JCPOA collapse, the nuclear crisis will escalate and the risk of conflict dramatically increases,” said Kelsey Davenport, director of nonproliferation policy at the Washington-based Arms Control Association. “Restoring the nuclear deal is the only good option for staving off a nuclear crisis.”
…“I can tell you that people who invested themselves heavily in this negotiation are frustrated because a very good agreement that benefits all the parties, as well as the non-proliferation architecture, is being taken hostage to bilateral questions that have nothing to do with the JCPOA or nuclear issues,” one senior Western official