- Conflict & Crisis
By JG Vibes
November 4, 2012
**Correction: Since this news has emerged there have been conflicting reports from different government agents in Iran, with some saying that Iran’s nuclear program will not be changed until the sanctions are actually lifted.
Hit hard by economic sanctions and the threat of invasion the government of Iran has announced that they will be suspending their efforts to enrich uranium, giving in to the bullying demands of the United States, Israel, and NATO.
According to the Al Arabiya News Channel:
“Iran has suspended 20-percent uranium enrichment in order to have Western-imposed sanctions lifted, a parliament member told Al Arabiya on Saturday.
Earlier, Foreign Policy and National Security Commission of Parliament Mohammad Hossein Asfari told ISNA news agency that Tehran’s move was a “good will” gesture, hoping that Western countries will lift their sanctions on Tehran.”
In the mainstream media this story will be presented as a sign of success for the sanctions that have been placed on Iran.
However, this perspective totally overlooks the human costs of the sanctions, and disregards the fact that millions of lives were taken by this direct act of war.
Besides, if the United States and their allies have nuclear weapons, then there is no reason that they should be preventing other countries from obtaining them to begin with.
Many people don’t realize it, but the way humans interact with each other on a macro scale has changed very little since the middle ages.
In the middle ages there were people who held dominion over large areas of land and everyone who inhabited that land. These people were essentially slave masters, although they went by different names, such as king, duke, pope, lord and a variety of other titles.
We may no longer live in straw huts with dirt floors, but geographical land masses are still divided in this same way, with the same relationship between slave and slave master existing on every piece of land in the world.
As we saw in the middle ages, sometimes the lords of these separate land masses would get in disagreements, and they would force their slaves to fight one another as the primary way of resolving these disputes.
Again, today nothing has changed, people who live in different geographical locations are still forced to interact this way when their rulers get into disagreements.
One wartime tactic that has been used since the dawn of history is to weaken the enemy by cutting them off from their food supply.
In the past invading armies would burn the crops of their opponents, and surround their city so they were unable to access any of the resources that they needed to survive.
This was how “economic sanctions” worked in the middle ages, and that is exactly how they work today, but the human costs are now much easier to hide because cutting off trade to a particular area doesn’t offend people as much as an in your face “scorched earth” type approach.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, both strategies have the same end result.
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intellihub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio.
You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com