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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


U.S. intervention in Iran: an update

The fact that the United States pays no attention whatsoever to treaties that it signs is hardly news. Nor is the fact that the U.S. is busy intervening covertly (on top of the overt intervention of its economic warfare) in Iran; we all could have guessed that without Seymour Hersh telling us so, or the former Iranian ambassador to the U.N. saying:
A former senior Iranian diplomat says the White House is making strenuous efforts to orchestrate a "Velvet Revolution" in Iran.

Mohammad-Javad Zarif, the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, claimed on Tuesday that Washington is conspiring to foment discord among Iranians in order to topple the Tehran government.

"The concept of a velvet revolution in Iran should not be considered as groundless fear," said the Iranian scholar.
But I was unaware that, over and above international law in general, that that intervention was actually a specific violation of an actual treaty. It is:
Under the 1981 Algiers Accords signed between the US and Iran in the aftermath of US embassy takeover in Tehran, the White House is obliged to refrain from interfering in Iran's 'internal affairs'.

"The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs," reads Point 1 of the accords, which led to the release of American hostages.

Despite its obligations under the 1981 treaty, the US opened an Office of Iranian Affairs (OIA) in the State Department and tasked the unit with drawing up plans to overthrow the Iranian government.

With the help of Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, the office launched the 'Democracy Program' initiative, which has been shrouded in the cloth of secrecy since its inception.

Elizabeth Cheney launched the Office of Iranian Affairs (OIA) in direct violation of Washington's obligations under the 1981 Algiers Accords.

The US Congress has reportedly appropriated more than $120 million to fund the project.

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in July that US Congressional leaders had secretly agreed to President George W. Bush's $400-million funding request for a major escalation in covert operations inside Iran.

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