Iran, along with Axis partners, enjoying more diplomatic successes: analyst

March 5, 2016

TEHRAN - Yuram Abdullah Weiler, a political commentator, predicts that Iran and its resistance partners will achieve more “diplomatic successes” in the years to come.

“With the U.S.-led sanction regime collapsing as a result of the JCPOA, I anticipate Iran along with its Axis partners enjoying further diplomatic successes and more prosperous economies in the years ahead,” Weiler tells the Tehran Times.
Weiler says even some western analysts see the recent truce in Syria “as a major victory for Iran and its Axis of Resistance partners”.
Following is the full text of the interview:
Q: What is the role of Iran in the “Axis of Resistance”?
A: Iran is the leader of a confederation of state and non-state regional actors, including Syria and Hezbollah, that seeks to challenge U.S. attempts at domination in the Middle East. Operations executed by the Axis can also include resistance fighters from other countries as well, as can be seen by the deployment of Iraqi forces in recent combat operations against takfiri extremists in Syria. Essentially, the Axis of Resistance is embroiled in a three-pronged defensive operation with one front against U.S.-led western imperialism, another opposing Israeli aggression, and a third combating Wahhabi takfiri extremism.
The term “Axis of Resistance” itself appears to have been coined in response to former U.S. president George W. Bush’s categorization of Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “axis of evil” in his state of the union address to the U.S. congress on January 29, 2002. The Libyan newspaper Al-Zaaf Al-Akhdar sharply criticized Bush, pointing out that the three countries had nothing to do with the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. At that time, the U.S. had named Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Libya, Cuba, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism. In 2006, Palestinian interior minister Said Seyam used the term “Axis of Resistance” in an interview with Al Alam, naming Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas, all of whom are resisting U.S. hegemony and the Zionist regime.
One author has gone so far as to state, and I believe correctly, that Iran has become indispensable to the security architecture of the Middle East, the veracity of which can be seen by the increasing closeness exhibited between the Saudi monarchy and the Israeli entity as they connive feverishly to undermine the ever increasing diplomatic power of Iran.
Q: Why is the U.S. afraid of the “Axis of Resistance”?
A: In my opinion, there are two reasons for Washington’s fear of the Axis of Resistance: Firstly, the Israeli entity sees the strong alliance among Iran, Syria and Hezbollah as a potent counterforce possessing increasing capability to blunt the Zionist regime’s current regional hegemony; and secondly, there is the potential for Iran’s economy, in concert with the economies of other nations resisting U.S. domination, to undermine the current U.S. petrodollar scheme and thus cause further economic decline in America.
The fear the Israeli entity has of Iran and the Axis of Resistance can be inferred from the methods employed and dollar amount spent by the Zionist lobbyists, which includes AIPAC, the Israel Project and others, in their continuing attempts to scuttle the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). AIPAC formed “Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran” and launched a $40 million advertising campaign aimed at quashing the agreement. While the ad campaign itself is not surprising, that the ads themselves fail to mention Israel or AIPAC certainly is, implying that both of these shopworn “brands,” AIPAC and Israel, are losing ground in their ability to sell their political goods to Americans, the majority of whom have expressed support for the Iran nuclear agreement. Nevertheless, the all-out campaign by the Obama administration to market the deal between Iran and the P5+1 demonstrates the persistent subservience of the U.S. political apparatus to Zionist interests. So despite public opinion to the contrary, American politicians must be unswervingly fearful of Iran and the Axis of Resistance not only because of Zionist lobby pressure, but also because support for the Israeli entity is still the ultimate political litmus test for fitness to hold office.
As far as the economic threat, Iran and the other Axis of Resistance members by themselves at present do not appear at first glance to wield sufficient economic clout to topple the U.S. petrodollar regime. However, a closer examination reveals the precarious nature of the U.S.-imposed financial order and how it may already be perched on the precipice and poised to fall.
In 1971, U.S. president Richard Nixon reneged on the international gold standard, replacing it in 1973 with the petrodollar system under which Saudi oil had to be purchased with U.S. dollars. The petrodollar system was later extended in 1975 to cover all OPEC oil transactions, creating an artificial demand for dollars, which even at today’s depressed oil prices amounts to almost $1 trillion a year. This demand could be sustained so long as the U.S. was able to impose, by military force if necessary, the use of dollars by a majority of the oil-producing countries. But as Iran, Syria, Iraq, Venezuela, Libya, Russia and others have moved towards petroleum transactions in other currencies, and thereby putting downward pressure on demand, the potential for the value of the dollar to fall rapidly has increased dramatically.
The Federal Reserve “prints” money and loans it to the U.S. government at interest rates, which are set by the Fed itself. Therefore, any reduction in dollar demand represents a reduction in interest earnings for the Fed, and this is the source of the fear of Iran and the Axis of Resistance. Of course, this arrangement makes the U.S. military tantamount to the armed wing of the international banking cartel whose mission is to enforce the use of U.S. dollars and curtail the growth of any sizeable bloc of resistance to their petrodollar Ponzi plan.
The U.S. economy is also vulnerable to the “oil weapon” currently being deployed by Riyadh to influence Washington to look the other way while the Saudis continue their wars of aggression in Yemen and Bahrain as well as their support of Wahhabi extremists in Syria. As the Saudis pump more oil, thus keeping prices low, the demand for U.S. dollars, and hence international banking cartel earnings, is lowered. How soon before the collapse of the petrodollar system? Based on the upward trend in gold prices since December of 2015, perhaps sooner than we may think. In any event, Russia and China are buying gold to support their currencies.
Q: What is your prediction about the “Axis of Resistance” in the future, especially after the Syrian crisis?
A: It is well known that Washington has played a major role in creating the monster known as Daesh, ISIL or ISIS, and now finds itself in a dilemma over whether to engage the takfiri extremists seriously, or feign opposition and concede to the wishes of its major regional NATO ally Turkey, which supports the terrorists as part of its regional imperial aspirations.
Realizing the intentionally ineffectual nature of the U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition, Russia, upon request by the Syrian government, entered the fray, and, much to the chagrin of Washington, has put the U.S.-Saudi-Israeli joint regime change conspiracy in jeopardy. Saudi Arabia has also acknowledged the failure of its attempts to pressure Lebanon into curbing Hezbollah in Syria by unexpectedly withdrawing pledges of some $4 billion in military aid.
Of course with Iran striking a major blow against Washington’s regional hegemony by means of the successful negotiation of the JCPOA with the P5+1 powers, the Axis of Resistance is now stronger than ever, especially with collaboration of Russia as an extremely effective and important ally. Likewise, the recent truce in the Syrian crisis has been viewed by some western pundits as a major victory for Iran and its Axis of Resistance partners. The reality of this renewed strength can be seen in the speculation over a new deal being required between Tehran and Washington in order to maintain the Syrian ceasefire.
Given the recent string of successes with Iran at the helm, the Axis of Resistance appears to be gaining in strength and momentum. With the U.S.-led sanction regime collapsing as a result of the JCPOA, I anticipate Iran along with its Axis partners enjoying further diplomatic successes and more prosperous economies in the years ahead. Even the U.S.-controlled International Monetary Fund is in agreement with this prognosis, predicting a “post-sanctions growth dividend” of more than 5 1/2 percent through 2017.

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Of course with Iran striking a major blow against Washington’s regional hegemony by means of the successful negotiation of the JCPOA with the P5+1 powers, the Axis of Resistance is now stronger than ever, especially with collaboration of Russia as an extremely effective and important ally.