By Pepe Escobar
January 26, 2012
Asia Times Online

n his State of the Union address, United States President Barack Obama said, “Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal.”

In the real world, this means Washington is willing to go to war – the economic war is already on – against a country that subscribes to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and is not seeking nuclear weapons, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the latest US National Intelligence Estimate.

Obama also said, “The [Tehran] regime is more isolated than ever before; its leaders are faced with crippling sanctions, and as long as they shirk their responsibilities, this pressure will not relent.”

“Isolated”? Not really; see The myth of ‘isolated’ Iran (Asia Times)

Online, January 18). And it’s not the Iranian leadership that is subjected to crippling sanctions; it’s the absolute majority of 78 million impoverished Iranians who will pay the price.

In an earlier statement, Obama had “applauded” the European Union’s decision to slap its own Iranian oil embargo, adding, “These sanctions demonstrate once more the unity of the international community.”

So, let’s talk about the “unity of the international community” – which comprises the US, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, Israel and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as Gulf Counter-revolution Club); the rest of the world is just a mirage.

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