Iran, Latin America and the Blunders of Empire: La Jornada, Mexico
Is the United States coming down too hard on Iran, which it believes is building a nuclear weapon? That is the ever-more popular narrative being espoused by important powers that include China, Russia and now, Brazil.
According to this article by columnist John Saxe-Fernandez of Mexico’s La Jornada, Brazil’s rejection of U.S. demands for harsh sanctions is a demonstration of the ‘change in the global and hemispheric balance of power’, which calls for more diplomacy and less threats and uses of force.
For La Jornada, John Saxe-Fernandez writes in part:
Hours before their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her recent tour of Latin America, President Lula and Foreign Minister Celso Amorín of Brazil publicly expressed their conviction that it would be imprudent to “push Iran to the wall. … The prudent method is to establish negotiations.” This expression of preventive (and cautious) diplomacy is another indication of the change in the global and hemispheric balance of power, which is occurring amid an economic, financial and large-scale strategic crisis, the management of which demands calm and an adherence to established international norms.
Lula and Itamaratí [Brazil’s Foreign Ministry] effectively softened the impact of an intense U.S. diplo-military and econo-financial campaign by the United States in Latin America and the rest of the world, pushing for another round of sanctions against Iran. Part of a vast and risky scheme of destabilization aimed at “regime change” in Iran, this persistent belligerence since the triumph of Iranian revolution in 1979 has enormous potential to inflame the Middle East and the world beyond.
The bankruptcy of U.S. diplomacy is obvious: an investigation of its own Government Accountability office (GAO) has shown that between 2003 and 2008, 29 firms that have Pentagon contracts worth over a billion dollars increased their use and creation of subsidiaries in tax havens by 26 percent (these tax havens include the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Switzerland, Dutch Antilles, Bermuda, Luxembourg etc.), in order to forego taxes, destabilize workers in the United States and avoid paying for worker medical insurance.
“It is very striking,” says one political analysis, “that those great global shelters used to hide corporate wealth from the IRS have also been identified by police and other investigators as key money laundering locations for the international drug traffic.”
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