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Iran, not Covid, is the real menace


THE biggest danger to our world is not Covid-19 but a nuclear Iran, supported by China and appeased by craven, weak Western governments. In 2015, Barack Obama agreed the farcical Iran nuclear deal, in which sanctions were lifted while the regime carried on enriching uranium. Iran now has almost enough for a nuclear weapon. It has repeatedly claimed that its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, which is about as honest as describing Covid-19 as the most lethal disease in history.

For a short while the mullahs of Tehran were curbed by Donald Trump, who had the foresight in 2018 to withdraw from the Iran deal and reimpose sanctions. He knew that the deal was a charade, a means of enriching Iran and an underhand endorsement of its nuclear programme.

But with the election of Joe ‘Beijing’ Biden as POTUS, the Iranian regime has been emboldened once again. In June 2020, I warned that Biden was planning to resurrect the Iran deal, threatening not only the security of Israel but the entire world. His plans reflect the essence of the Democratic Party – anti-West, anti-Semitic and soft on Islamism

Many Western governments have meekly followed Biden’s lead, despite the obvious dangers that negotiating with a newly belligerent Iran brings. At best, this is appeasement; at worst, collaboration with one of the world’s most despotic regimes.

After months of turgid discussions with Iran, long-awaited talks finally resumed in Vienna just two weeks ago. In attendance were Iran, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany; the latter three countries forming the E3 negotiating bloc. On instructions from Iran, the US was allowed only indirect participation. That the Iranian regime were allowed to dictate such terms shows that the West has already surrendered to them.

Unsurprisingly, the Iranians went back on their promises and the whole charade ended in failure, with the E3 temporarily suspending talks and the Iranians wanting an even more favourable nuclear pact than the 2015 one, and refusing to compromise. Their new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, won’t slow down Iran’s nuclear programme. 

In yet another display of diplomatic naivety, French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that the Gulf States and Israel could be brought into the talks. But these countries know the extreme danger which Iran poses to their survival, and correctly refuse to negotiate with the untrustworthy regime. Disturbingly, too, the naive or blinkered US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, still thinks that Iran can ‘negotiate in good faith’. 

The US, Britain, France and Germany were all played by the Iranians during these latest talks. All four are now weakened versions of themselves, diplomatically and economically, thanks to their hysterical and disastrous responses to Covid-19. Western and Israeli politicians have destroyed all that is good in their countries instead of keeping their citizens safe from the real danger of Iran. They’ve built debt, plundered their countries’ wealth to buy vaccines and demolished economies and societies in the name of a virus. Obscenely, there are no resources left to fight Islamist aggression and terrorism.

No longer a big player on the global stage, the West seems to have purposely weakened itself and has lost its leverage.

In direct contrast, Iran is strengthened by its recent diplomatic and economic engagement with China. Last summer, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) signed a 25-year agreement with Iran to buy oil at a discounted price and in return will invest around £300billion in Iranian businesses.

As I wrote at the beginning of this year: ‘Now Iran will receive a financial boost from both the resurrected Iran deal and its new agreement with China, which will gain an economic foothold and a stronger military presence in the region. China will also be able to control the Strait of Hormuz, where most of the world’s oil tankers pass through, and of strategic importance to the US.’

Neither country needs to obey the newly powerless West. China’s successful export of lockdown propaganda means it is now the world’s superpower, with close ally Iran tied firmly to its apron strings. China now knows it can dictate to the West, and by default so can Iran. It is China’s century now, and the alliance between Iran and China is a powerful and deadly one.

Despite its posturing of outrage at the failure of the Vienna talks, the EU has long been in bed with Iran too. Not only has the EU signed away its power to the CCP,  but also undermined the 2015 nuclear deal by trading with Iran. Even if sanctions are reimposed on Iran, these won’t have any effect thanks to the duplicitous actions of the EU. The E3 and US’s goodwill towards Iran is obtuse and meaningless too. They have all kowtowed to the CCP by following its dictates on Covid-19, and could end up agreeing to every single Iranian demand in a new nuclear deal.

The attempt to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is absurd. A US administration with strong, patriotic, Western values, and a priority in keeping the West safe from Iranian terror, would have never contemplated it in the first place. Signing a new nuclear deal with Iran will serve only to bolster the Islamic state, and in turn, its Chinese ally.

The West has unfortunately learned to normalise the abnormal these past 21 months. Pre-2020, a nuclear Iran would have been unacceptable given the fact that it is a global exporter of terrorism. But as the West is now governed by those who detest their own civilisation, acceptance of Iran as a nuclear power would be in keeping in this perverse self-hating and catastrophic path Western politicians are careering along.

The danger of Islamism never goes away. It sleeps, waiting for a chance to pounce. A weakened West presents a perfect opportunity for it to do so. Iran poses an existential threat to our existence, unlike Covid-19.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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