We are confronted by a US presidential second-term election cycle. We all must contend too with various interests. Do we have in play a version of ‘operation boot’? The 1952 US/UK regime-change operation in Iran. And do people regionally also view the late, recently murdered Major General Qasem Soleimani as an Iranian Che Quevara? Would Iran’s supreme Ayatollah be viewed as an Iranian Fidel Castro? How annoying for a rightist US administration: a Cuba in the Middle East. How much more death and devastation will flow out of our fossil-fuel dependency and the military powers of the main players, the chief one being the US?
The decision to toss our head of state into the boiling political pot of the Middle East might or might not have been a piece in its campaign to win a 12-month seat on the United Nations Security Council. Look, here’s our man at the UN shaking hands with Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, and there he is enjoying a bilateral chat with Lebanon’s president!
Even if you believe that the Falklands/Islas Malvinas are as British as Finchley, the memory of the 1982 sinking of the ARA General Belgrano and the 323 lives needlessly taken must be disturbing. Britain has, since then, engaged in several conflicts that might be termed legacies of empire or at least the psychological legacy of empire. It may be on the cusp of doing so again, this time with Iran.
Iran has given the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) the green light to reduce oil output by around 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 2019, after finding a compromise with rival Saudi Arabia over a possible exemption from the cuts.
Ornua, which helps sell €2bn worth of Irish dairy products around the world, including its Kerrygold brand, said it will escape any fallout from the US trade sanctions on Iran because it does not currently distribute dairy products to the Middle East state.