A top Iranian official has denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, labeling him as “more dangerous than coronavirus.” He refers, of course, to the Trump regime’s ongoing moves to block absolutely necessary and sorely needed anti-coronavirus medical supplies from reaching the Islamic Republic. These moves, said Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, are tantamount to “crimes against humanity.”
Specifically, Admiral Shamkhani said that America is actively pressuring the International Monetary Fund to abandon its efforts to assist Iran during this apparently hundred- year pandemic. (See,“the Spanish Flu,” nee, The American Flu of 1918).
The sanction on health items is an illegal and inhumane act and a symbol of Trump’s open hostility to the Iranian people,” Shamkhani wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
The US opposition to granting facilities to Iran by the International Monetary Fund to meet the required medical items to fight against the coronavirus is a real example of crimes against humanity.
At this writing, over 3,700 people have died of COVID-19 in Iran, while the number of confirmed cases there have topped 60,000, according to Johns Hopkins University and Worldmeters.info .
Trump said on Friday that he and the US (which are synonymous in his mind —
je suis l’état) had a “moral responsibility” to help Iran in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic if leaders of the country asked for assistance.”
Fair enough, right? But he went on to add this:
Well they haven’t even asked us to do that,” when asked if the US would consider easing sanctions on Iran in light of the global outbreak.
“If they want to meet, we’d love to meet and we’d settle the whole thing out,” he added.
The disingenuousness of this statement is glaring and flashing like a bright red stoplight on the darkest of lonely highways.
For months, Iran has repeatedly demanded that US sanctions against it be lifted, if for no other reason than to allow it to properly tend to its sanctions-impaired medical care system.
In 2018, the Trump regime re-imposed its “maximum pressure” regimen of crippling sanctions against Iran. That act followed Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement hammered out between the Obama administration, the European Union, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and Iran. Under its terms, Tehran agreed to curtail its nuclear enrichment programs and forgo its nuclear weapons ambitions altogether in exchange for sanctions relief. And by all accounts, that deal was working out just fine, just as it was intended to work — until Trump came along.
Since COVID-19’s initial outbreak in China, the virus has spread throughout every corner of the world, save possibly Antarctica — hitting Iran particularly hard. No matter. Over the course of the last few weeks, the Trump regime repeatedly tightened the sanctions screws in order to Deep Six Tehran’s only remaining real foreign money-maker — oil exports. But, for inexplicable and obviously cruel, even heartless reasons known only to itself, the Trump regime has extended those sanctions to include medicines and medical supplies.
Specifically, on March 26, the Trump regime placed new sanctions on twenty Iranian individuals and companies whom and which it has accused of supporting a Shia militia in Iraq. The Shia, according to Trump and company, conducted attacks on bases in Iraq where US forces are operating.
Here’s a not very novel idea for dealing with this novel coronavirus:
This may be a good time, perhaps even a last chance, for all nation-states to lay down all weapons of war, to forgo all threats of war, and to allow their militaries out of the barracks only in service of anti-coronavirus efforts. Who knows? Such a thing, an ancient but as yet untried, untested idea, might actually catch on and start a trend, ending in worldwide lasting peace?
Yes, yes. It is unlikely, of course, that the US under its current putative “president” would join, let alone lead, such a campaign.
As the Admiral says, though, the imposition of sanctions on medical supplies and medicines, especially in the midst of a worldwide pandemic is tantamount to a crime against humanity. And, in the context of the never-ending violence in the Middle East, these sanctions must also be considered as war crimes.
Indeed, at least one Ohio lawmaker has vowed to submit Trump’s name to the International Court of Justice in the Hague for prosecution as a war criminal. You see, Trump has repeatedly, publicly, tried to practice medicine without a license, by urging people to use an unproven malaria drug to fight COVID-19.
But, alas, that’s another essay altogether, one I’m considering as a working title: “Donald Trump and the History of Snake Oil.”