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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL press release - Trump against Iran: no to the hawkish gear (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:52:48 +0200

Against the threat of American bombing, for the withdrawal of US troops, for the end of Iranian interference in Iraq. Freedom for all the peoples of the Middle East ! ---- The assassination of General Qassem Soleimani by the United States on January 3 increased the risk of an open war by several notches ... if we can however describe as " war " what would probably be summed up as a bombing campaign murderers, in the context of an asymmetric conflict between the US superpower and the mullahs' dictatorship. ---- Let us be clear: an eminent dignitary of the regime, pillar of his conservative fraction, Qassem Soleimani was by no means a friend of the people. A leading member of the Revolutionary Guards, a politico-military institution that controls part of the country's economy, he was the mastermind of Iranian military interference abroad, supporting the counterrevolution in Syria, and then orchestrating the repression of popular protest in recent months in Iraq and Iran. But the extent of the abuses of this reactionary general is not the question.

Qassem Soleimani (here in August 2017) was the mastermind of Iranian military interference in Syria and Iraq.
cc Erfan Kouchari
The primary responsibility for this war which tore apart the Iranian nuclear agreement in May 2018. An unbalanced agreement, since its aim is to ban Iran from a " supreme weapon " with which its main enemy, Israel, is endowed. But an agreement that at least allowed to deflate warmongering tensions in the region. The US withdrawal from the agreement has revived the engregnage ... The assassination of Soleimani is the last step before a real outburst.

Its primary beneficiaries would be the enemy regimes of Iran, that is, states that are just as criminal: Israel, which crushes Palestine with its apartheid and colonialism ; Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who wade in the blood of their protesters and the Yemeni people. These reactionary states only have to be the allies of the United States, France and the United Kingdom.

In March 2018, Donald Trump reaffirmed the alliance with Iran's obsessive enemy, Saudi Arabia. Arms sales were then signed with Mohamed ben Salmane, the crown prince, for $ 12.5 billion.
Its main victims would be the Iranian populations and the economic infrastructure which ensures their supply. Before being denied by the Pentagon, Donald Trump even threatened, in a January 4 tweet, to destroy 52 historic sites " of high value to Iranian culture ", which would constitute an avowed war crime.

Finally, the first result of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani will have been to sabotage the Iraqi popular movement which, for weeks, has demanded far-reaching social reforms, the fall of a regime corrupt and vassalized by Tehran, and the departure of the American soldiers as well as the end of Iranian interference. In a country traumatized by almost thirty years of bombing and American occupation, the US attack could only lead to self-censorship in the name of " sacred union ".

And it is for this reason too, in the interest of the peoples of the Middle East, beyond inter-imperialist rivalries, that the worst must not happen. No to the war against Iran !

Libertarian Communist Union, January 10, 2020

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