‘US-Israeli warmongering against Iran illegal under UN Charter’

(source: PressTV)
Thursday, August 23, 2012

A US daily says the recently heightened Israeli propaganda about launching an imminent attack on Iran actually aims to win an American pledge for attacking the Islamic Republic during the sensitive election season.

According to the report, other analysts argue that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recently hyped-up rhetoric of threat reflects his distrust in the US administration as well as the seemingly friendlier Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney when it comes to launching a military strike against Iran.

Meanwhile, the Israeli president has ruled out a unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, saying Tel Aviv will need Washington’s help for a military operation against Tehran.

The wealthy pro-Israeli lobby groups in Washington have persistently used their power to influence political campaigns and exert leverage over elected US officials to win favors for the Tel Aviv regime.

Press TV has conducted an interview with the co-director of the International Action Center, Sara Flounders, from New York to shed more light on the issue at hand.

She is joined by security analyst Charles Shoebridge from London and Gordon Duff, senior editor of the Veterans Today website from Ohio, on Press TV’s News Analysis program.

The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Sara Flounders let’s start off with you. Under the UN charter, does Israel or the US for that matter have a legal right to preemptively launch a military attack on Iran?

Flounders: Well, under the UN Charter, actually Article Two, clause four, it is important to recognize that not only it is considered the real violation of international law to launch a war, but it is also a violation to threaten war and that is something that Israel and the US have done continually.

Every time the US claims that all options are on the table, that is a direct threat of war and it is meant to encourage Israel to make its threats of war.

I think that a great deal of this is coming out of deep, deep frustration that the US and Israel feel on the eve of the Non-Aligned [Movement] meeting. They have made every effort to isolate Iran and it is clear that they have failed.

They have made every effort through sanctions, through war threats and that is not the response that is coming from the global participation in the Non-Aligned [Movement] meeting in Tehran.

Press TV: Sara Flounders, let us look at the US stance in terms of a summary of it, anyways, and see if you agree.

They have said time and again, ‘all options are on the table’, using a carrot-and-stick policy. But statements from the White House are considered too vague by Israel.

That is one interpretation of it, now could it be that by publicly raising the possibility of an attack on Iran, Israel perhaps wants to push the Americans into showing their hand so to speak?

Flounders: Well, there is a lot of push and pull going on, but it is important to always recognize that Israel of course, cannot do anything without US approval, Israel is a completely dependent… financially and in every way, diplomatically, politically, its military equipment, 60 million dollars a day, every day for more than 60 years, Israel has received from the US. So they cannot survive without US approval and they cannot move in any kind of an attack without US approval and knowledge and information beforehand. That is for sure.

The US does not give military equipment out around the world unless really, in effect, they control the trigger on it.

But all of this talk of war, this threat of war, a violation of international law in itself, but all this constant threat of war is an effort to change the terms of the debate, change the discussion; seize back the limelight at a time when in Israel and in the US there is a complete economic crisis, there is political campaign, elections and so on underway and so this is all useful for grabbing headlines.

It is extremely dangerous too, because a lot of US equipment is moved into the [Persian Gulf] region and so terrible things can happen by threat or without information and so on.

So I think that it is important to, in every way, be on the alert, but at the same time it is important to recognize that Israel was not able to secure one square mile of Lebanon when they invaded, attacked and bombed in 2006.

So the idea that Israel could take on Iran, they are capable of doing great damage, but this is not a big power.

Now the US has shown again and again that they are capable of enormous destruction and yet they faced other failure of their policy in Iraq and in Afghanistan and they are unleashing terrible havoc and destabilization in Syria, but no matter how much arms they pump in, they have not succeeded in overturning the government in Syria.

So there is a lot of talks and threats and demands that things go their way, but this is an empire in decline and decay, its only sure ally is the one it has created, and that is Israel, and they are talking tough, but I do think that the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Iran is extremely important to challenge the sanctions and the threats against Iran and there are countries around the world that really had no part in these threats and feel that these threats are also a threat to their own sovereignty, to their own ability to move forward in development.

Press TV: So Sara Flounders, one conclusion that has been reached about this is that this is not about Iran’s program.

This is about Iran gaining more strength, having more power in the region and that is what scares the United States along with Israel.

Flounders: Yes, exactly, really what concerns the US is that they are in every way losing their control and domination, which they have had for generations, and of course which they lost in Iran with the Iranian [Islamic] revolution. But now they can feel in every sense that hold slipping with developments in Egypt and Tunisia they could create great destruction as they did in Libya.

Totally, you know, seventy days of bombing but they have shown even they are incapable of rebuilding, incapable of a stable regime coming from it. When you look at the enormous, enormous destruction that they created in Iraq, what a terrible, that is a world crime in every sense, what they are doing today in Afghanistan…

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