1. Iranian officials say Western countries, especially the US, are not seriously committed to implementing the JCPOA. What’s your opinion about that?
MG--I would say that as far as the countries of Europe are concerned--who do not share the same imperial ambitions as the U.S.--they would like to see the sanctions lifted, considering that Iran is a nation of 80 million people that would make for a very profitable market for European goods, services, and technology.
The U.S. on the other hand is another matter altogether. The US suffered a terrible blow to its prestige and its aura of invincibility in 1979 when the Iranians overthrew what was Washington D.C.’s man in Tehran--the Shah. Making matters worse as far as the US is concerned is the fact that almost 40 years later, the IRI and its 1979 revolution has remained, despite the best attempts by Washington and Tel Aviv to undo that revolution with a western-manufactured 8 year war with Iraq, crippling sanctions, attempted color revolutions and all the other dirty tricks that Washington DC and Tel Aviv play against those nations who refuse to bow down before the twin idolatries of Zionist Imperialism and western predatory designs.
This being the case, I think it is important for all persons--both in Iran and elsewhere--to understand that it was never the intention of the US to abide by any agreements with the IRI. The US is not interested in ‘making nice’ with Iran. The US is not looking to rebuild those political bridges that were burned in 1953 and 1979. The sole reason for the ‘warming of relations’ between the US and the IRI is to maneuver Iran into a position where the US will be able to penetrate her political, economic, and social systems, using the lifting of sanctions as the bait, and once these systems have been penetrated by American/Zionist interests, to dismantle the 1979 revolution brick by brick, over the course of decades if necessary.
2. Although some financial sanctions are lifted, European banks are still doubtful about developing ties with Iran. What has made them reluctant to trade with the Islamic Republic?
MG--As I said earlier, the Europeans would love to be free to engage in business with the IRI, but due to the overbearing influence the US has over Europe, they are not able. Ever since the end of WWII, Europe has been removed from the world scene in terms of its previous power and influence, and now, despite a few superficial instances suggesting she is an independent and sovereign power, nevertheless must defer to the US on all matters, which includes American’s plans vis a’ vis reconfiguring the IRI so as to make it more pliable to US demands.
3. Would a Trump presidency be destructive to JCPOA implementation? Do you think this assumption is the reason behind European banks’ decision to be unwilling to trade with Iran?
MG--At this point it is difficult to divine what Trump really plans to do if elected. He has made noises indicating his displeasure with the JCPOA, but again, I would remind your readers that this is a manifestation of political theatre in America where anything can be said or done.
Based upon my study of the entire Trump phenomenon, I do not take him at his word vis a vis the JCPOA. Despite the carefully-crafted appearance of a belligerent posture with regards to the IRI, I envision under a Trump administration and end to the present wars against the Islamic world, save for those operations that need to take place in cleaning up the mess that the US has made with its creation of ISIS. Understand that given the power of organized Zionist interests in America and the manner by which these interests can destroy a candidate’s chances of election with just one wrong utterance that there are certain things that Trump must say if he is to remain in the race.
4. Is the US Congress attempting to slow down the process of lifting anti-Iran sanction? If so, what can Iran do?
MG--Of course they are slowing it down, and for the simple reason that they have no intentions whatsoever of lifting the sanctions. The plan on the part of the US is nearly identical to the manner with which Israel deals with the Palestinians and the ‘peace process’--the carrot is constantly moved out of reach, keeping the tethered animal constantly moving forward in the direction that driver desires. In the meantime, more demands are made on the IRI, each bigger and more invasive on Iran’s sovereignty and rights, but despite whatever gestures the IRI gives in good faith, the sanctions will remain. I believe that in its essence, what the US is doing is to play psychological games--not with the government of Iran as much as with the Iranian people, and of those, especially the young who endure a great deal of frustration over the sanctions that restrict their ability to share their talents with the rest of the world, raising their hopes and then crashing them down, over and over, in the interest of creating angst, anger, and political energy that can then be harnessed in bringing people out into the streets and thus causing social/political instability.
5. Does Iran’s missile tests violate the JPOA? If not, why are the US officials use this excuse to hamper the removal of anti-Iran sanctions?
MG--Although I am certainly no lawyer, nevertheless based upon my reading of the main parts making up the JCPOA no mention was made of Iran’s ability to develop and test missiles used for self defense. Nevertheless, this means nothing when you are dealing with an untrustworthy entity such as the US. If she could, the US would argue that Iran exporting Pistachio nuts was a violation of the JCPOA and would use this as an excuse to keep the sanctions in place. I would remind all those Iranians who have allowed their hopes and their faith in human nature to get the better of their reason that the same United States that is at the bargaining table now with Iran is the same United States that overthrew a democratically-elected government in 1953 and installed a dictator who mercilessly butchered dissidents by the thousands at the direction of Washington DC. As an American, I say with great disappointment and embarrassment that my country, the US, should not be trusted by the people of Iran anymore than sheep should trust wolves to protect them from jackals.
Mark Glenn is an American author and journalist in Idaho who has co-founded Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement. He regularly writes on different topics on The Ugly Truth.