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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist
“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx
Apr 13, 2015
Iran and the United States, along with Great Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China, signed off on the framework for a nuclear agreement on April 2nd in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The U.S. will call off the international embargo on Iranian oil once the International Agency for Atomic Energy verifies that Iran has reduced its capacity to enrich uranium and reduce its stockpile of already enriched uranium. The embargo has caused unemployment and higher prices for a decade in Iran.
But even if the economic situation gets a bit better for the Iranian population, the accords were not meant as a humanitarian gesture, not in the least. They are part of the power games played by the imperialists. Iran will no longer be considered one of the axes of “Evil,” as Bush junior pretended to fear. It is a regional power that the U.S. and its allies need in the chaos they have created in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, with the authorization of the United States government, have funded the emergence of Islamic militias, to the point that the situation has gone way beyond their control. At this point, the U.S. leaders see Iran as a country able to re-establish a certain equilibrium in the Middle East.
Iran is an industrial country, densely populated, able possibly to influence what occurs in Syria, Iraq or Yemen. Once again it is to become a pillar of support for imperialism on the checkerboard of the Middle East.
U.S. imperialism is trying to get out of its contradictions by allying itself with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, all states competing to control these armed militias. So no, the nuclear accord will not end the tensions, nor the attacks of the militias, nor the misery of these populations.