EU Foreign Ministers: Oil embargo against Iran

Posted: January 24, 2012 in International
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The EU Foreign Ministers have meet in Brussels yesterday and agreed on an oil embargo against Iran, after protracted debates.

Within the EU there had been arguments and objections to this new level of sanctions against the Iran. No surprise, because some European countries have imported quite a lot of Iranian oil. So they were only against this oil embargo against Iran because of selfish reasons, not because of other reasons.

A very good example is Greece. The country had imported in recent years almost half of its oil imports at very favorable terms from Iran. This nice deal for Greece should be over in May. Then, the Greeks should expect a price rise of oil. Elsewhere within the EU it is to expect that the oil price rises in the medium term.

Even if the EU (European Union) has other resources and only imports a fairly small amount of Iranian oil (certainly dependent on the country), the rise of the oil price will be inevitable, in response to the next uncertainties in the oil sector.

Both, the EU and the USA, have also agreed to the new oil sanctions on Iran. Remaining contracts are certainly allowed to be brought to an end, as we know it. After the force of the new sanctions on Iran next week, no new contracts may be concluded, of course.

They want to force Iran in the knee with these new sanctions so that the Iranian government finally acts like the West wants it. It is not only about the nuclear policy of the Iranian government. If there are no “willing” governments, the U.S. will care about them. All Quite on the Western.

Although there is currently no solid evidence about an Iranian nuclear program to produce nuclear weapons, the Western governments do not believe it and just act. Not to mention that even some sources out of Israel published information in recent weeks, that there is no real nuclear program for nuclear weapons within Iran. But the West never cares as long as they can use useful propaganda against any “regime” or countries they “want to change”.

The existing sanctions on Iran already reached an under-development of Iran’s economy. The new oil embargo on Iran will, if it remains long enough, weaken the Iran much more than today. But the Mullahs’ regime of Iran demonstrates, at least outwardly strength, and announced the closure of the Strait of Hormuz once again.

Iran already used this threat about the closure of the important Strait of Hormuz as the U.S. has threatened tougher sanctions some time ago.

Since then a chain rattling has begun on both sides – Iran and the United States. The U.S. president, Barack Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, uses threats to Iran. These threats show his readiness for war quite clear. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate, president of America, a threat to the world peace. What hypocrisies.

Currently, all activities in the Gulf have also indicated that the gearing up for war has already begun.

Already some time ago, the “important” American military base within Bahrain was increased with personnel and soldiers. U.S. warships and warships of other nations are in the Persian Gulf. Some warships crossed the Indian Ocean some time ago and were positioned so that they could soon be in place if there should be a real war against Iran.

In fact, the floating American fortress, the USS Abraham Lincoln, crosses the Strait of Hormuz already. Whether Abraham Lincoln would be pleased about this, should be another question. The USS Abraham Lincoln is a real fortress at sea – with a crew of more than 5,000 people and about 90 combat aircrafts. A threat in the Strait of Hormuz. Even a threat for the world peace.

Considering the usual mission of war for what the USS Abraham Lincoln was produced, it is not really sure whether the floating fortress USS Abraham Lincoln is a perfect war tool in the Strait of Hormuz for this possible war. Of course, even some British and French warships were sighted in the immediate vicinity of Iran and we would not really be surprised when there are one or two German ships, too.

It is questionable whether this is used for deterrent, or whether the Americans and Europeans in fact already prepare themselves for a real war. But it should be a fact, at least, that nobody really wants a war in which it is not clear how it ends. It is not safe to predict which impacts an attack on Iran could have.

The Shiite population in different countries of the region could use the declaration of war against Iran to rebel again. Perhaps more and more Shiites also start to rebel on the entire planet, too.

The world would have been able to experience last year in Bahrain, that the Shiite majority feels oppressed and are keen to fight for their rights, if mass media would had a good coverage on the situation in Bahrain – or interests in a reporting on the brutally crackdowns of peaceful protests by an ally, Bahrain. It still continues in Bahrain.

A war against Iran would shaken the entire region. But Saudi Arabia is not really interested in an even more uncertain situation. The hypocritically Saudi royal family wants to protect their position and that is only possible if the current relative stability is maintained.

It could be assumed for this reason, that both Iran and America exhibit teeth, but are hopefully not really interested to start a war.

One can only hope that there will be no war. If the U.S. president Barack Obama is keen on a new war, there could soon be a war against Iran. A war that would have considerable upheavals in the Middle East and maybe also on the entire world.

Whether there is still a back door left open for negotiations is questionable. After all, the main goal of U.S. Foreign Policy seems to protect Israel and we all know that the Israeli government already maintains a so-called attack plan against their enemies since long – e.g. Iran or Syria.

The former mediator Turkey seems currently not able to have real influence on both sides. The developments in and around the Strait of Hormuz remain still exciting and dangerous.

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