The Trump administration had originally called the conference to bring Washington in from its isolation for having shredded its participation in the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ‘allies’ of Amerika have found detrimental, as well as the increasing sanctions on Iran for which they’re creating alternatives for doing business with ‘the Pariah Terrorist Nation’ (NSTEX, for Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges”.
I don’t know what the Warsaw Conference had been originally called, but as invitations were being…ignored, and the guest list didn’t even include Iran, they’d rebranded it: Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East, just after Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the EU had claimed: “This is not a trash-Iran conference”
Russia, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Qatar, the PLA, Houthis Rebels in Yemen, nor EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, etc. had attended.
But as Amerika is losing its ability to Rule the World, even her putative allies have been balking at taking orders from Trump, Pence, and Bolton. And as the axiom goes: Dying Empires are even most dangerous and bellicose as they try to exert their total command and control. Let’s hear from a few dissenters who see the conference for what it was:
‘US-led anti-Iran circus in Warsaw unravels as farce’, Finnian Cunningham, RT, Feb. 14, 2019
“Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has been labeling the Warsaw event “a desperate anti-Iran circus.” Last month, it was evident that European states were going to give the conference a miss on the grounds that the thinly veiled agenda would further undermine EU efforts at preserving the Iran deal.”
“On the eve of the Warsaw conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled back the curtains when he revealed the gathering was intended to solidify the “common interest of war with Iran.” Netanyahu’s tweet was quickly deleted but not before it was widely disseminated by critics.
Iran noted it was “no coincidence” that on the first day of the conference in Warsaw, the country saw the worst terrorist attack in years on its soil when 27 of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed in a suicide bombing claimed by a jihadist group. Tehran asserted that the terrorist group had links to “foreign intelligence services.”
“Earlier this week, Iran celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Islamic revolution. The anniversary was vilified by Trump as “40 years of terror.” His National Security Advisor John Bolton also directed a message to Iran’s leadership saying its time was up. Israel’s Netanyahu also gloated in a chilling warning that the anniversary could be the last.”
Cunningham notes that the administration is incoherent in its Syria policy: are troops leaving or not, that most nations know that Trump’s anti-Iranian policy is crazy, and that it resonates mainly in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and of course: Poland, as Trump’s newest lackey, having offered millions for a new Amerikan Army base which Warsaw would name ‘Fort Trump’.
‘Netanyahoo Asks Arabs To “Advance The Common Interest Of War With Iran”, b at moonofalabama.org, Feb. 13
“The meeting took place today but the European powers did not fall for the trick. They want keep the nuclear agreement with Iran:
Even Poland on Tuesday said it disagreed with the U.S. approach to Iran. Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told reporters the nuclear pact was valuable and expressed hope the conference could help participants find common ground.
While the U.S. delegation includes Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, other major players have either refused to attend or are sending low-level delegations. The EU’s foreign-policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said she had other commitments.”
berhard writes that Germany and France only sent lower level staff, the UK foreign minister will attend a side session on Yemen, and that the State Department went to great lengths to obfuscate the true purpose of the meeting, and quotes the State Dept.:
‘The agenda is wide-ranging, and will include a discussion of the Administration’s efforts to promote a comprehensive and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as a conversation on how to address ongoing regional humanitarian crises. The Secretary will provide an update on the situation in Syria and discuss other U.S. priorities in the region, including concerns regarding Iran’s destructive activities.
Smaller breakout sessions will provide ministers the opportunity to focus on specific areas of concern such as missile development and proliferation, cyber security and emerging threats, and terrorism and illicit finance.’
He then quotes this from Bibi’s office (with evidence):
‘I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran. What is important about this meeting – and this meeting is not in secret, because there are many of those – is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran.“
b updated it later to say the original language now says: that the statement has now been changed into “combating Iran”.
“But that is not what Netanyahoo said in Warsaw and there is video to prove it.”
This is the video, but no subtitles. He goes on to say how crazy it was to announce that, not only for the State Department, Arabs, but also embarrassing for any attendees to justify their presence.
‘War summit in Warsaw’, Bill Van Auken, wsws.org, 15 February 2019
“US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a sanctimonious sermon in which he denounced Tehran for threatening a “another Holocaust” and attempting to recreate the Persian Empire by opening up a “corridor of influence” through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
Pence, who peppered his speech with Biblical references and claimed that faith and God would deliver peace to the Middle East, described Iran as “the leading state sponsor of terrorism, and that state which sows the greatest harm and greatest discord across the region about which we gather here today.” [snip]
“The most jarring element of Pence’s speech, however, was directed against Washington’s erstwhile NATO allies for failing to toe the US line in relation to Iran. The US vice president demanded that Germany, France and the UK, all signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, follow Washington’s lead in tearing up the agreement and imposing an economic blockade that is tantamount to an act of war.
The US vice president demanded that the European powers “stand with us” by killing the nuclear accord and, presumably, preparing for war with Iran. Acknowledging that Iran was in compliance with the nuclear accord, Pence declared that the issue was not compliance, but the undesirability of the deal itself.”
For me, Catholic Democrat-to-Evangelical Republican Pence is far more terrifying than the-Tweeter-in-Chief.
Van Auken writes that the American Empire has never forgiven the masses of Iranian poor and working class revolution of 1979 that over threw the Shah, even though the revolution was coopted by the theocratic-bourgeois regime established under Ayatollah Khomeini, Washington has continuously panted for regime change to install another US puppet government. He ends:
“The Warsaw conference, for all of its farcical aspects and overheated rhetoric, has a deadly serious content. It constitutes a nodal point in the drive towards a third world war between the world’s major nuclear powers.”
But then Van Auken is often over-heated in his World War III rhetoric, imo, but still…when war drums are banging…false flags, Bibi?
(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)
‘Trump allies hijack Warsaw summit with calls for Iran war, regime change’,
Laura Rozen February 13, 2019, al-monitor.com
“First, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer in the Russia investigation, called for Iran regime change at a rally in Warsaw of the controversial Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group until recently designated as a terrorist group by the United States, and widely reviled by Iranians both inside and outside of Iran as a cult that fought with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war.”
“US envoy on Iran Brian Hook, in an interview with the BBC Persian service, said repeatedly that the United States does not have a relationship with the MEK, and said Giuliani does not represent the US government. But the fact that the president’s personal lawyer, as well as his national security adviser John Bolton, are or have been longtime lobbyists for the controversial group has made many other countries wary of the Trump administration’s hard-line policies on Iran and where they are heading.”