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?
After US President Donald Trump walked away from the Iranian nuclear deal, which closed the door on diplomacy, his administration’s pretext of freeing Iranians from authoritarianism is similar in tone to previous US war propaganda in this region.
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.