April 20, 2006
Brazil joins Axis of Evil (with tacit US approval)
In reality, the parallel between Iran and Brazil is exact and unmistakable, except in the minds of the fanatical ideologues in Washington, who would use any excuse to further their geopolitical ambitions in the Middle East. Both Iran and Brazil have opted for independence from the Empire, so that they would not have to rely on the major capitalist nations to supply the nuclear fuel for their vital energy needs.
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Washington's need for oil accounts for its shameful support of the Saudis and other regional despots, and was also behind the alliance with the corrupt Shah. With the Islamic Revolution, Iran overthrew the imperial devil's pact and grew into a rival regional power. Ironically, the US embargo has only enhanced its ability to operate independently from Washington.
Given history and Washington's interests in the region, Iran correctly judges that it must develop greater defense against an imperial reach. Thus it has set its eyes on the Bomb (or more likely, as the Japanese have done, the technology and know-how to make the Bomb on short order) as a deterrent to ensure national sovereignty.
Washington of course understands the purpose of this move, and objects. The disgrace of this whole episode, for someone like me who abhorrs nuclear weapons, is that it is all totally unncessary. If Washington had provided Tehran with security guarantees and taken honorable steps to build credibility in the past, Iran would perhaps have seen fit to redirect the huge sums of money necessary for a nuclear program to more pressing areas like social programs and economic development. And if Washington had followed the lead of Brazil's energy policies after the oil crisis of the 1970s, perhaps by now the US economy would be less dependent on Middle Eastern oil fields and the authoritarian dictatorships of Syria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia would no longer be oppressing their people with the dollars of US tax payers.
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