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US vs Iran

Hybrid War

globalization- of conflict prevails in the political-military practice of the US and its close allies.

In declaring other states 'rogues' or 'criminals', the US and its ally the United Kingdom have unilaterally taken on the policing role. They have made the sovereign state an individual, in many cases a criminal, and tried to convert themselves into the agents of an intangible, or at least non- judicial, order. Even that concept has been overtaken, however. If the US and the UK earlier attempted to turn themselves into the world's police force, through NATO and the bombings of former Yugoslavia, hiding behind an international tribunal, then the war on terror has transformed them into vigilantes who serve no law.” [2]

And what should countries like Iran do? Ask UN for protection? Some naïve souls still believe that UN functions like a parliament, where the nations acting as world MPs or congressmen pass laws and then the world body enforces them. Nothing can be further from the truth. The reality is that all the nations of the world can pass as many resolutions as they like, but when it comes to enforcing it, they are at the mercy of one of the 5 veto wielding nations (all nuclear states). A nation such as US, Russia, China, France or UK can stop everything simply by vetoing it in the Security Council.

It is therefore not surprising to see that international law is only enforced in situations where the interest of these 5 nations is not directly threatened. And in cases where some of these countries break international law, nothing is done. When it comes to Geneva Convention or world court or other international bodies you can forget about the powerful nations. It is always the weak and beaten nations that end-up answering the prosecutors’ questions.

For example, every day we hear about the allegation that Iran is in violation of “Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons” [3]. But we never hear about any of these 5 being in violation of this treaty. Why? Let us look at this international treaty and see what it says:

Desiring to further the easing of international tension and the strengthening of trust between States in order to facilitate the cessation of the manufacture of nuclear weapons, the liquidation of all their existing stockpiles, and the elimination from national arsenals of nuclear weapons and the means of their delivery pursuant to a Treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.”

Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar

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