Washington Hopes for Calamity in Iran

December 31, 2017

In a response to widespread news reports of organized political actions in Iran calling for death to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on December 31, “Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”

Two days earlier the U.S. State Department published the following three paragraph statement on its website:

“We are following reports of multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country. Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are Iran’s own people.

“The United States strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters. We urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.

“On June 14, 2017, Secretary Tillerson testified to Congress that he supports “those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know.” The Secretary today repeats his deep support for the Iranian people.”

Given the Pentagon's enormous drone assassination program, Washington's enthusiastic eulogizing of such threatening slogans amounts to a dangerous addition to the rest of the ongoing U.S. war preparations against that country.

Since George W Bush first unfurled the U.S. pre-emptive doctrine and first-strike nuclear hit list in 2001, consecutive administrations led by both parties in Washington have rendered repeated statements energetically pushing U.S. imperialism's campaign for war on Iran.

The millions of dollars spent for the miscellaneous assortment of propaganda with which Washington wants to prepare public opinion for war against Iran are simply a contiuation of the network of lies which it has spread of its beneficent concern about “freedom” and “democracy” the world over. This is the chauvinism of the U.S. monoply capitalist class which insists that the American “way of life” – so-called “American freedom and democracy” – must by imposed, through force of arms, on the people of other countries.

By labeling Iran and certain other countries as “outlaw” or “rogue” states, U.S. imperialism seeks to justify its own disregard for international law and the accepted norms of relations between states. In the case of Iran, everyone knows that the real motives behind the U.S. policy are the questions of oil and the domination of the strategic Middle East region. To achieve its aims, U.S. imperialism has targeted any government in the region that either defends the national rights and sovereignty of its own people, or seeks to ally itself with one of U.S. imperialism's rivals.

The so-called “national interests” of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class put it in direct opposition to the aspirations and struggle of the American people and confront the peoples everywhere with the atrocious burden of ever-spiralling U.S. military intervention.

In opposition to this interventionist and exploitative foreign policy, the American people must demand the democratic renewal of the U.S. political process and political system so that the decision-making power is placed in the hands of the people.

We must take the initiative into our own hands and fight to bring about a fundamental change in our country's foreign policy.We must implement a genuinely democratic foreign policy which includes:

– Withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad;
– Ending U.S. intervention and aggression in all its forms;
– Ending the militarization of our country;
– Respecting the sovereignty and rights of all.

The program for a democratic foreign policy is the response of the working class to the war program and militarism of U.S. monopoly capital. It is an immediate expression of the internationalist stand of the working class and corresponds with the profound anti-imperialist traditions of the American people.