Pact with Iran: Europe buries it in good faith
Un pacto sepultado de buena fe.
Pact with Iran remains in limbo, closer to definitive rupture than to reactivation. There are several reasons for this, but Europe’s position has been the determining factor in this situation. Either because it cannot do much about it, or because it does not want to do so, the Europeans have contributed to things being as they are: without a pact. Even if they maintain the contrary and reiterate their conviction about its validity. Pact with Iran: Europe buries it in good faith as much goodwill in discourse and so little in reality allows us to surmise. What would become of the pact, then, if Europe were to act in bad faith?
A situation in which everyone loses something, and Europe more than anyone else. The United States exposes its incapacity and the uselessness of its pressure mechanisms. Iran is going through one of the most difficult moments of the last decades, which have never been easy. The unstable region has become much more insecure. And Europe, in addition to losing multimillion-dollar business deals, is showing its uselessness as a bloc and the little weight it has in the international arena.
Donald Trump has not attacked Iran’s territory militarily, but he has declared total war on all possible fronts. The economic, commercial, financial, political, diplomatic, media. He has done so since he came to power, but especially since May 2018, when he threw the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) overboard.
Not only that. The U.S. president took to threatening the other signatories. Europe and the Iran nuclear deal, from then on, were memory. Europe revealed its impotence. Unable to antagonize Trump, it also reneged on the pact.
An oppressor oppressed?
The 28 members of the European Union (EU) were categorical in pointing out that spare no effort (Euronews ) to keep the 2015 agreement alive. The statement was made at the beginning of 2020, but several similar ones had been made before.
On this occasion, as in previous ones, the steely firmness lasted two days. It did not withstand the zephyr of tariffs on its cars (The Washington Post) with which Trump blew (and blew) from the other side of the Atlantic…
The gringo truhan does not scatter flowers like the mythological west wind, but threats. And these are less ethereal than the Greek god’s shower of petals.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer confirmed this when confronted by journalists about the US president’s coercion. “This expression or threat, as you will, does exist» (PressTV).
So the United Kingdom, Germany and France, the so-called E3, which when it comes down to it constitute the EU as a whole, changed their minds. They then spared no effort for the opposite. And activated the Dispute Settlement Mechanism (DSM) of the Pact (The Washington Post, again). They did so under the guise of a logical and autonomous initiative.
The double game
“Húbola de bendecir,/ Y ella quiérelo encubrirlo”, wrote Gil Vicente, the pillar of Portuguese and Spanish theater, five centuries ago. That, exactly, was the European stance. Trump was dispatched with ultimatums, while the Old Continent whistled in the cul-de-sac of dishonor.
The activation of the MRD is a maneuver that will hardly serve for the United Nations (UN) to restore the old international sanctions to Iran. For Europe, it is an exhibition of its double game.
Despite the deadlock of the resolution in the Security Council, thanks to the vetoes of Russia and China, it will be another alibi that could be exploited by the United States.
The U.S. has used lesser reasons to do worse things.
The United States has used lesser reasons to do worse. In this case, it could pull new perverse penalties against Iran out of its hat. Any pretext will do when you do what you want anyway.
Revive it, cries the living
The most emphatic definition of the state of the Pact was given by the vivacious Slovak Chancellor, Miroslav Lajčák. Attending the emergency meeting with his bloc counterparts, he unsmilingly blurted out a witticism that no political humorist could have come up with better. “It’s not dead, we have to bring it back to life” (Currently US), the official asserted.
Apparently, according to Mr. Lajčák, it is feasible to resurrect something alive. Or what does not exist. An accurate joke. Like any good joke, moreover, irrefutable.
Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, was forked in the thorny path and trapped in two options. One, to revive the living, if Europeans continue to believe their own lies. Two, to finish killing the dead, if they stop telling tales and listen to Trump.
The dead pact
The Pact, let’s be clear, has long since expired. An elementary truth that even the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy knows. I am referring to Mr. Josep Borrell.
The nuclear pact with Iran expired because, first, the United States withdrew unilaterally and, second, because of the extreme weakness of a Europe incapable of complying with what was stipulated.
It did not succumb because Iran broke the terms or violated the restrictions, as is loudly emphasized by the Pact’s bitter enemies, which it has, and very damaging ones at that. Israel, for example.
Or as stressed by senior European officials who claim to defend it, or as reported by the Western media.
The pact failed, first, because the United States withdrew unilaterally (how many times will it be necessary to remind us of this!) and kicked the table. Second, because of the extreme weakness of a Europe incapable of complying with what was stipulated (how many times will we have to remind them of this!).
The consolation of compliance
The truth is that Europe has no way of doing more than issuing communiqués and trying to gain time with discursive meandering.
Time for what? For Trump to leave. Iran, whose nature they do not know, gives in. Or, perhaps, while talks of parallel worlds (diplomatic, not quantum mechanical) flourish. So that who knows!
Sad reality of a region that wanders around the world with the spectral burden of vanished glories. A satellite continent lacking sovereignty.
No more negotiations
The Iranians have honored their commitments without receiving any compensation in return. They even continue to be “committed to the obligations stipulated” in the PIAC (HispanTV).
But they made it clear, of course, that they will not submit to a new agreement. Iran is not willing to bow down to the new creature that Donald Trump intends to design, the unethical and unscrupulous Victor Frankenstein of Washington.
A creature, let’s take it for granted, as repulsive as the one in Mary Schiller’s letters and more baleful than the Hollywood one embodied by Boris Karloff.
Eight months ago, President Rohani warned that, if Europe were to refer the nuclear dossier to the Security Council, Iran would abandon the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) (IRNA).
The truth is that Europe has no way to do more than issue communiqués and try to buy time with discursive meandering.
The warning was reiterated recently by Foreign Minister Yavad Zarif, with a complex attachment by the president of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majles [Parliament]), Ali Lariyani.
Iran, the addendum notes, will review cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It will do so in case the EU adopts “unfair measures” within the activation of the aforementioned mechanism (HispanTV). It couldn’t be clearer.
From the Iran pact to the impact of terminating it
It is not for nothing that the Iranians cling to what they have. The transcendental Pact was undoubtedly reached after more than a decade of intense negotiations, great tensions and mutual concessions.
Especially on the part of Tehran, which ended up accepting virtually unlimited inspection (intrusion) of its peaceful nuclear development facilities. The pact with Iran was not a whim, but the result of a long process. But the whim of a fickle president ended it. What a disgrace!
The pact was considered a milestone in Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Incidentally, according to some, all the more reason (the reason?) why Trump wanted nothing to do with it. An American domestic grudge for which the Iranians were not to blame, but have suffered all the consequences.
“We have been left with no choice, given Iran’s actions…,” the Europeans claimed to justify initiating the dispute mechanism. “It (Iran) is not complying with the commitments envisaged in the PIAC.” (El País). What audacity!
Criaturas de buena fe
Europe activates the MRD, of course, »de buena fe» (Xinhua, 2019), with the ultimate goal of preserving the Covenant. How about Pharisaism!
As if during the year and a half since Trump kicked him to the curb, E3 has done anything to keep him. Well, other than empty promises and lip service. And as if throughout human history they, the aristocrats of Europe and their governments, have undertaken anything, however minimal, in good faith.
Instead of fulfilling their obligations, the Europeans are now engaged in further violating the Plan by putting pressure on Iran. A total shamelessness when, after Trump, the violators of the nuclear pact with Iran have been themselves.
They, the European leaders, overwhelmed in their weaknesses and incapacities. Not the people who bear on their backs the arbitrariness of one and the other.
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