Iran & U.S.: Deadly Embrace
The U.S. assassination of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani on January 2 has poured gasoline on a region already in flames. The Trump regime and its hardline supporters have been itching for a fight with Iran ever since the U.S. unilaterally pulled out of the nuclear deal in May 2018. It has imposed the harshest sanctions in history on Iran and has threatened that country with “obliteration.” Instead of sending more troops and warships to the Middle East, Washington should be sending diplomats. With the Senate impeachment trial underway it is plausible that Trump will pull a ‘Wag the Dog’ move with a military operation intended to distract people. What needs to be done to defuse the crisis?
1- Establish diplomatic relations
2- Sit down and talk
3- Lift sanctions
4- Rejoin the nuclear deal
5- Congress should revoke the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force which every administration uses to justify military interventions.
6- Withdraw U.S. military forces from the Persian Gulf.
One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape. His weekly radio program Alternative Radio is now in its 34th season. His books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said sell around the world. His latest book with Noam Chomsky is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, the media, and the eco-crisis. In 2017 Radical Desi in Vancouver presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, Boulder and San Francisco. David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.