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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Blackmailing Iran

I've been pointing out for years how Iran would be foolish to fall for the West's claim that they would be happy to see Iran with nuclear power, if only they would agree to import all their nuclear fuel from, e.g., Russia. Such a move would put Iran in the position of being blackmailed anytime the West decided they didn't like anything that Iran was doing (or wasn't doing)

And proving my point yet again, the latest news:

American lawmakers have introduced legislation that would redirect US sanctions against Iran to the country's gasoline imports.

The "Iran Diplomatic Enhancement Act" aims to choke off gasoline imports to intensify measures against the Iranian nation for its continued pursuit of nuclear technology.

Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced the act, which has a bipartisan group of more than 20 co-sponsors and targets entities that supply, broker, insure or deliver gasoline to Iran or help the country build refineries domestically.

"Iran's need to import a significant portion of its gasoline is among the best levers we have at our disposal," AFP quoted co-author of the legislation, congressman Sherman as saying.
"The best levers we have at our disposal." What a quaint term for blackmail. Here the blackmail is aimed at Iran's nuclear program, but if Iran were to develop a nuclear program based on foreign fuel, as the West claims it wants, no doubt that too would be the subject of blackmail, with yet another justification (support for Hezbollah or Hamas, etc.).

And of course you have to love the euphemistically-named "Iran Diplomatic Enhancement Act." Trying to destroy a country's economy is now "diplomacy." Only in America.

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