The US accuses Iran of purposefully killing its own
citizens while offering no relief.
By Jasper Hamann
March 20, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - Rabat – The coronavirus
outbreak in Iran has reached epic proportions,
with a recent study warning millions could die. The
crisis has prompted several countries to demand a
temporary respite from US sanctions intended to
cripple the Iranian economy.
Even before the
coronavirus pandemic, unilateral US sanctions on
Iran had created a deep recession and shortages of
The sanctions were
implemented after the 2018 US withdrawal from the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, intended to
prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Atomic Energy Agency stated that Iran was in
full compliance with the agreement, yet the US
still introduced sanctions to apply “maximum
pressure” on Iran.
In practice, this
“maximum pressure” meant crippling poverty for the
people of Iran even as its government continued to
comply with the nuclear agreement.
Human Rights Watch
revealed that even before the coronavirus pandemic
the sanctions were directly impacting the health of
occasions, US officials have indicated that the pain
US sanctions are causing for ordinary Iranians is
intentional, part of a strategy to compel Iranian
citizens to demand their autocratic government to
‘change behavior’– a recipe for collective
punishment that infringes on Iranians’ economic
rights,” Human Rights Watch reported.
population in order to force them to oust
their government would be something that is
usually subtle and cloaked in rhetoric and
propaganda, but the US has been unapologetic
about its campaign.
“Things are much
worse for the Iranian people, and we are convinced
that will lead the Iranian people to rise up and
change the behavior of the regime,” Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo said in early 2019.
against Iran appear to have a siege-mentality
intended to “starve them out.”
Besieging a city and
depriving it of resources in order to break the
population is a war crime under international
humanitarian law, or the “laws of war.”
When done to an
entire country, however, such strategies are
portrayed by the media as a light-handed measure
that can be freely used as a foreign policy tool by
economically powerful nations.
were already a brutal punishment on the weakest
populations in the target country. Now that COVID-19
is creating an unprecedented health-crisis in Iran,
calling these sanctions cruel is putting it lightly,
according to Salon’s reporting. Even as the US is
struggling with its own Coronavirus crisis, for
which its president takes “no responsibility,”it
presents Iran’s ineffective and opaque fight against
COVID-19 as a wholesale and purposeful murdering of
Iranians by its government.
In his March 17
remarks on the matter, while announcing empty
gestures that will provide no relief to the
thousands of infected Iranians, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo said, “The Wuhan virus is a killer
and the Iranian regime is an accomplice.” while
announcing empty gestures that will provide no
relief to the thousands of infected Iranians.
In return for these
meaningless gestures, Pompeo had the unmitigated
gall to state “in the spirit of humanitarian
gestures the United States also continues to call on
Iran to immediate release all wrongfully detained
Americans being held inside of that country.”
As the US buckles
under the consequences of its own non-transparent
and ineffective early measures against the virus, it
intends to let Iranians starve and die for their
government’s similar ineptitude. Reporting by the
Intercept and others reveal that the US intends to
wreak untold death and misery upon the people of
Iran by continuing sanctions in the face of a
The US still hopes
that those Iranians who survive the current
Coronavirus crisis will blame and overthrow their
own government, until that happens the US appears
committed to their inhumane siege of sickly Iran.
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