US must end threats of coercion as foreign policy tool

US must end threats of coercion as foreign policy tool

-Dr. Abdul Ruff


Apparently the so-called “shared values” Americans are boasting of being the base of their philosophy certainly include external coercive politics,  thereby they use coercive tactics to get what USA wants especially from  neutral nations or those countries that pursue independent foreign policy that at times comes in conflict with US global interests. For instance, Iraq and Libya pursued typically independent policies that annoyed US leaders, especially their anti-Americanism. US retaliated by attacking and destabilizing them. Cuba and other Latin American nations also hated US imperialism and pursed their own policies but Washington did not attack them for obvious reasons: Maybe they don’t want to kill Christians because their lives, according to CIA, are as precious as Jewish lives.

Only lives of Muslims are cheap! That means!   USA, Russia and China have today emerged as strategic partners and their target is Islam and Muslims. In fact  all strategic  partnerships even with Muslim nations are essentially anti-Islamic.

Iran and the six major powers reached a deal on July 14 after over 18 months of negotiations aimed at curbing the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme in return for lifting economic sanctions imposed on Tehran.

Defending the deal with Iran against criticism from political opponents and Israel, Obama said: “alternatives to military actions will have been exhausted once we reject a hard-won diplomatic solution that the world almost unanimously supports.” US Congress has until September 17 to vote on the deal. If it passes and survives a presidential veto, a resolution rejecting it would cripple the agreement by eliminating Obama’s ability to waive many sanctions. Obama said blocking the deal would accelerate Tehran’s path to a nuclear bomb and severely damage America’s credibility.

Since threats of coercion as a US foreign policy tool are ugly by their nature and outlook, Iran has asked the United States to quickly seize the opportunity created by a nuclear deal reached between the country and six major powers to change what it called a foreign policy of threats of coercion.

Speaking in reaction to remarks by US President Barack Obama, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cautioned Washington that the use of threats of coercion as a foreign policy will give no other result than damaging America’s reputation and wasting American resources.

In human history only USA has used nuclear weapons on humanity- in Japan. But both USA and Japan are strategic partners to fight Russia and communism. Not even the innocent looking Obama ever mentioned about Israeli nukes and danger they pose to Arabs and humanity at large. But he worried about Iranian nukes and Israel’s safety.  However, Arabs and Americans are also strategic partners so are India, Pakistan and USA. They all perhaps target Islam and unidentifiable enemies.

As a signatory to the NPT treaty, Iran knows its rights and duties. But Israel without signing the NPT treaty has acquired nukes most likely from Washington, illegally and without informing the IAEA. Neither Israel nor USA even mention about the Zionist nukes and their necessity.  Iran has always denied accusations its nuclear program went beyond energy projects and medical research and could yield nuclear weapons. “It would be best to use this historic opportunity to win the valuable trust of the Iranian nation,” Zarif said. He said Iran would not change its policies in the Middle East because of the nuclear deal, echoing comments made by Iran’s top authorities, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its support to its friends and regional allies against common threats and has repeatedly announced its readiness to cooperate … for establishment of peace in the region and the world,” Zarif said.

Iran’s regional Sunni rival Saudi Arabia and several other Gulf Arab countries have long accused Shi’ite power Iran of interference, alleging financial or armed support for political movements in countries including Bahrain, Yemen and Lebanon. Iran denies interference but has pledged support for the Syrian and Iraqi governments, which are both fighting insurgencies by Sunni armed groups.

On the other hand, USA continues to fund divisive forces in Muslim nations by supporting the opposition to destabilize the governments and weakening the nations. It also now supports the autocratic and totalitarian regimes like Russia and China in silencing freedom movements within. Since it considers neocolonialism as being a part of imperialism, Washington has no objection to Pakistani occupation of Azad Kashmir and Indian neocolonialist attacks against Kashmiris.

US threats of coercion to countries like India and China are essentially to squeeze their finances in many guises.

Under the prevailing situations globally, where might and power decides everything, it is extremely difficult for anyone to define democracy satisfactorily, in true terms. There is fundamentally no difference between US democracy and Indian democracy or Russian democracy and Chinese democracy.


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