Trump’s grab at Iranian oil

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump: Steal Iraqi Oil

9 November 2015

Donald Trump is very clear about his intentions in the Middle East. He wants to steal their oil. The oil. O-I-L. Oil. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down. …

“Donald Trump says …:

“I’m looking to take the oil. I want to take the oil. I want the oil”, Trump said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

“You know, if you stop transportation, I mean, you’re talking about the blood — the blood of the world and we’re going to have to be very, very strong”, Trump said.

Read more here.

Donald Trump not just advocates grabbing pussies, but also grabbing oil. And not just in Iraq. Also in Iran.

Donald Trump profits along when Big Oil profits. And Trump profits along when Raytheon cruise missiles are fired. So, two ‘good’ reasons for Trump to tear up the Iran deal, bringing war on Iran. and maybe World War III, closer.

By Shane Quinn in Britain:

Trump’s eye is firmly on the vast mineral riches of Iran

History teaches unequivocally that US high-minded announcements are a only a cover for regime change and securing a massive resource grab, says SHANE QUINN

US President Donald Trump insists that Iran is stoking the “fires of sectarian conflict and terror” while being “responsible for so much instability.”

No such accusations are directed at major US ally Saudi Arabia which funds a range of terrorist groups in the region. The US itself has been the greatest proponent of “sectarian conflict and terror” in the Middle East starting with the 1990s Gulf War.

Only recently, Trump threatened: “If Iran threatens us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid.”

But it is the West that has a long history of intervention in Iranian affairs, starting in 1953, when the US and Britain overthrew the country’s elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh because he had the temerity to nationalise Iran’s oil reserves, putting them out of foreign reach — an unacceptable prospect.

Mossadegh was replaced by the subservient Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who, according to Amnesty International, would compile one of the worst human rights violations on record. None of that mattered so long as the US and its new junior partner Britain had control over Iran’s oil supplies.

In August 1962, president John F Kennedy wrote to the Shah: “The United States greatly appreciates the highly important strategic location of Iran” advising him to be “vigilant against the pressures of international communism.”

Despite the shah’s grisly human rights record, he visited the West regularly, meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 1959.

In April 1978, the shah also saw new prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Tehran. Later, following his ousting, Thatcher said she was “deeply unhappy” in being unable to offer the shah refuge in the UK.

The MoD, the arms deal and a 30-year-old bill for £400m. In the 1970s Iran paid Britain for thousands of tanks, but when the Shah fell they were sold on to [Saddam Hussein‘s] Iraq. Now Tehran wants its money back: here.

Perhaps such meetings are not all that surprising. For example, Indonesian dictator General Haji Suharto, who oversaw the mass murder of over a million people suspected of left-wing sympathies, was also invited to Buckingham Palace in 1979.

In April 1985, prime minister Thatcher saw Suharto during a state visit to Indonesia, saying that she and the dictator “have a close identity of view on so many things,” and describing him elsewhere as “one of our very best and most valuable friends.”

Thatcher’s government was supporting the Suharto regime with weapons sales.

Suharto also made repeated trips to the White House, being warmly hosted by a number of US presidents from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton.

The shah, while in power, was known as “a protector of Middle East stability”, which meant allowing US companies and banks to access Iran’s vast riches.

In the background, his notorious secret police Savak was killing, maiming and torturing by the thousands.

It was created in 1957 with CIA assistance … Savak is referred to today as “the most feared and hated institution” in Iranian history.

In early 1979, the shah was at last overthrown by popular resistance, despite president Jimmy Carter saying just months before that his was “a progressive administration.”

One can assume that US and British elites are concerned solely with gaining control over natural resources, while ignoring the enormous human suffering that supporting such dictatorships entails.

Tony Blair, for example, has gone so far as to blame Iran for the many problems in Iraq and the entire region, following the 2003 US/UK invasion, and openly called for “regime change in Tehran.”

Once Iran slipped from US influence it became “evil”, just like North Korea and Iraq, according to US president George W Bush. Tellingly, in 1982, president Ronald Reagan took Saddam Hussein off the list of states sponsoring terrorism so he could supply the Iraqi dictator with extensive military aid in his 1980-88 war against Iran.

The conflict’s longevity, which killed hundreds of thousands on both sides, would not have been possible without US backing for Saddam.

For imperialism, Iran is an even greater prize than its neighbour Iraq. It is almost four times larger, with a population at 80 million twice that of Iraq.

Iran possesses far greater strength and international clout, with the world’s fourth largest oil reserves, along with rich deposits of iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromium, uranium, gold and magnesium.

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