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Last week’s successfully concluded Iran agreement is one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency. Along with the ongoing process of normalizing relations with Cuba, this move shows that diplomacy can produce peaceful, positive changes. It also shows that sometimes taking a principled position means facing down overwhelming opposition from all sides and not backing down. The president should be commended for both of these achievements.

The agreement has reduced the chance of a US attack on Iran, which is a great development. But the interventionists will not give up so easily. Already they are organizing media and lobbying efforts to defeat the agreement in Congress. Will they have enough votes to over-ride a presidential veto of their rejection of the deal? It is unlikely, but at this point if the neocons can force the US out of the deal it may not make much difference. Which of our allies, who are now facing the prospect of mutually-beneficial trade with Iran, will be enthusiastic about going back to the days of a trade embargo? Which will support an attack on an Iran that has proven to be an important trading partner and has also proven reasonable in allowing intrusive inspections of its nuclear energy program?

However, what is most important about this agreement is not that US government officials have conducted talks with Iranian government officials. It is that the elimination of sanctions, which are an act of war, will open up opportunities for trade with Iran. Government-to-government relations are one thing, but real diplomacy is people-to-people: business ventures, tourism, and student exchanges.

I was so impressed when travel personality Rick Steves traveled to Iran in 2009 to show that the US media and government demonization of Iranians was a lie, and that travel and human contact can help defeat the warmongers because it humanizes those who are supposed to be dehumanized.

As I write in my new book, 刀剑入犁:

Our unwise policy with Iran is a perfect example of what the interventionists have given us—60 years of needless conflict and fear for no justifiable reason. This obsession with Iran is bewildering. If the people knew the truth, they would strongly favor a different way to interact with Iran.

Let’s not forget that the Iran crisis started not 31 years ago when the Iran Sanctions Act was signed into law, not 35 years ago when Iranians overthrew the US-installed Shah, but rather 52 years ago when the US CIA overthrew the democratically-elected Iranian leader Mossadegh and put a brutal dictator into power. Our relations with the Iranians are marked by nearly six decades of blowback.

When the Cold War was winding down and the military-industrial complex needed a new enemy to justify enormous military spending, it was decided that Iran should be the latest “threat” to the US. That’s when sanctions really picked up steam. But as we know from our own CIA National Intelligence Estimate of 2007, the stories about Iran building a nuclear weapon were all lies. Though those lies continue to be repeated to this day.

It is unfortunate that Iran was forced to give up some of its sovereignty to allow restrictions on a nuclear energy program that was never found to be in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. But if the net result is the end of sanctions and at least a temporary reprieve from the constant neocon demands for attack, there is much to cheer in the agreement. Peace and prosperity arise from friendly relations and trade – and especially when governments get out of the way.

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  1. alexander 说:

    Here ! Here !
    Well put ,Mr Paul !

  2. I completely agree with Ron Paul on this, and most of his positions. Now, I wish he would go smack that son of his on the back of his head and tell him to get with the program and stop fellating the Israel Lobby. It makes it difficult for us to vote for him.

  3. “But as we know from our own CIA National Intelligence Estimate of 2007, the stories about Iran building a nuclear weapon were all lies”

    You can’t trust the 2007 assessment, the CIA didn’t even know about the Fordo nuclear site until 2009. Maybe the Iranians weren’t building a nuke but certainly they were looking at what it would take to build one:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/11/22/reorganizing-murder-inc/

    ^ It does to recall the quote of John Kiriakou: “The CIA is full of smart men and women but is run by lunatics” and lunatics will put out assessments covering up their criminal incompetence.

    Surely there is every reason Iran would consider acquiring nukes, nukes are a powerful deterrent and in a way Dr Paul makes the case for why Iran would wish to have just such a deterrent, one only need examine our history of jerking the Iranians around –

    • 回复: @MarkinLA
  4. Tom_R 说:

    BOTH PARTIES ARE CONTROLLED BY THE JEWISH LOBBY.
    REAL PURPOSE OF THIS DEAL MAY BE TO GAIN INFO ON IRAN’S FACILITIES

    Thanks for the interesting article, Sir. Maybe this is truly a great agreement or maybe there is something more going on. This is because both political parties are controlled by the Jewish Lobby (the Republican party by the Jewish lobby called the neocons). Both of them are pro-Israel and consider Iran a threat to Israel.

    Maybe the Jewish lobby that controls Obama decided that it would be good to have an agreement, instead of attacking Iran now, with only a few month left in Obama’s reign. Maybe they decided that an attack at this point would not be very productive and that by having an agreement, the inspectors can see where Iran’s nuclear facilities really are, and pass on that information to Israel, which, in turn, will use that info to launch a targeted strike against Iran.

    So it may all be ploy to spy on Iran in preparation for a future attack. Only time will tell.

  5. Dave37 说:

    Hopefully peace between us if we can keep it but at the sametime I remember reading in Time Magazine about the Iranian’s sending 12 year old boys, who had been judged too westernized, to walk into the mindfields and clear the way for their army.

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  6. MarkinLA 说:
    @Ronald Thomas West

    Anybody with uranium can build a nuke. They will get one within a year of feeling they need one. This agreement probably does nothing but does anybody really want a war with Iran? Haven’t we screwed things up in the ME enough, let them screw things up themselves for awhile.

    We have this moron Walker:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/07/20/scott-walker-we-might-have-to-take-military-action-against-iran-on-day-one/

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  7. JN 说:

    Rick Steve’s Travel journal on Iran is well worth watching–fun, informative, and propaganda-diffusing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYoa9hI3CXg

  8. J Yan 说:
    @Dave37

    Mindfields indeed. Evidently, 时间 successfully planted its propaganda there.

    • 回复: @SolontoCroesus
  9. Iran that has proven to be an important trading partner and has also proven reasonable in allowing intrusive inspections of its nuclear energy program

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    这是 unfortunate that Iran was forced to give up some of its sovereignty to allow restrictions on a nuclear energy program that was never found to be in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. But if the net result is the end of sanctions and at least a temporary reprieve from the constant neocon demands for attack, there is much to cheer in the agreement.

    “Giving up one’s sovereignty” does not strike me as “reasonable,” it strikes me as appeasing the nuclear-armed brute in the region, Israel.

    I do not agree with you, Dr. Paul, that this is a good deal.

    I think it’s Versailles Treaty with bribes.

    Just as zionists were at the table calling the shots that resulted in Jews winning Palestine and Germans as well as Palestinians and the states of former Ottoman empire who had been promised “self-determination” by Woodrow Wilson getting the shaft, this deal is all about making Israel feel good and Iran getting the shaft.

    为什么?

    Israel is the bad actor in the region.

    Dr. Paul said “sanctions are an act of war.” Iran has been forced to compromise its sovereignty to remove those acts of war, which is being done, as Paul further noted, not because they are illegitimate or immoral but so that the US and others may trade with Iran.

    So the US wages war against the innocent and protect and reward the guilty, and call it a “good deal” when we stop punishing the innocent because by so doing we reap economic benefits.

    巴斯达。

  10. @MarkinLA

    I didn’t even have to look at the article to know you have the definition of moron correct. Another synonym for moron would be Rick Perry. And there’s more. Of course that’ll likely leave us with a choice of ‘sane’ psycho-killers, Jeb vs Hillary, ‘elected’ to perform fellatio on Bibi. I expect it’s too late to dismantle the negative aspects of civilization intelligently:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/14/gods-chosen-a-dumb-idea/

    Or, if you’re into satire…

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/08/22/demons-anonymous/

    ^

  11. alexander 说:

    亲爱的保罗先生,

    I was reminded the other day in a conversation I heard between Scott Horton and Gareth Porter (on the Scott Horton show)of the famous Neocon adage,. “We are an empire now and when we act we create our own reality”, that was referenced by Mr Porter when discussing the distinction between the factual and the phony in the new Iran agreement.

    Mr Porter was correct in referencing the statement at the time,and it is worth a little more ink just to think about it, now …

    ” WE ARE AN EMPIRE NOW, AND WHEN WE ACT, WE CREATE OUR OWN REALITY ”

    What strikes me about it Mr Paul, is how “profoundly” Terroristic it is , in its implications .

    Essentially the statement is seeking to supplant “reality’ as we all know it, with” Fraud “.

    It is what decent human beings would, aptly describe ,as ” FRAUD POWER” !

    It is a dictum that equates the power of “The Neocons ” and their “empire” with the capacity to “defraud the world”!

    how shocking and disturbing is that to you ,Mr Paul ?
    It should be deeply so, to everyone , it sure is to me .

    That having harnessed into its possession all the essential levers of accountability, jurisprudence, and dissemination, it has developed into a supreme engine from which virtually any deception, deceit or defamation can operate with complete impunity .

    It seeks to IMPOSE on the human “decency” that underwrites all our interactions a new paradigm : ” Fraud is good .”

    When Justin Raimondo, of Antiwar.com..makes references to the notion of a “Bizarro world”, that we have all been thrust into after 9-11…I think he is making a clear reference to this Neocon paradigm and how it has “kidnapped reality” and replaced it with a “fake one “it has fabricated to suit its own ends .

    The implications of this, are so far reaching, especially within the indictment or investigation of any criminal or terroristic behavior, one has to wonder why they have not been put in Guantanamo Bay, or have had their feet to the fire,…for the security of all mankind…for having uttered it !

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