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Britain's Bovver-Boy Hague Loves Putting the
Boot Into Iran: When Will he Give Israel the Kicking it Deserves?
By Stuart Littlewood
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 26, 2012
Stuart Littlewood argues that British Foreign Secretary
William Hague’s determination to condemn the Iranian people to economic
hardship, his keenness to escalate tension with Iran, and his eagerness to
do Israel’s bidding by creating an environment conducive to aggression
against Iran, mean that he has become the UK’s biggest liability.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has worked himself into a lather
over Iran's blocking of a Foreign Office website. He says:
I condemn this action by the
Iranian government. ‘UK for Iranians’’ was launched to reach out to
Iranians, explaining, discussing and engaging with them on UK policy.
We have no quarrel with the Iranian people... At the launch of our
website, I celebrated the links between the UK and Iran, and the
richness of Iran’s culture... It is not just Iranians who are the poorer
for their government’s censorship, but the rest of the world. We will
continue to look for opportunities to engage with the Iranian people,
confident that Iranians are outward looking and deserve the same
freedoms that others enjoy around the world.
“For months Mr Hague worked overtime to force the people
of Iran into misery, poverty and isolation by imposing a
battery of 'unprecedented' sanctions.”
What a hoot! For months Mr Hague worked overtime to force the people of
Iran into misery, poverty and isolation by imposing a battery of
"unprecedented" sanctions. He then campaigned to have these measures
intensified, and to hell with the consequences – for them and for us.
Hague, with his pro-Israel affiliations, is simply not the right person
to engage with the Iranians or anyone else in the Middle East.
for Iranians'” looks like a clone of America’s “virtual embassy”, which is
also beamed at the Iranians. It too was blocked back in December. The
British website says things like:
The UK would welcome
improved relations with Iran. We have shared interests in a wide range
of issues, including a stable Afghanistan... However, the UK and many
other countries have serious concerns about the Iranian government’s
policies: its failure to address serious international concerns about
its nuclear programme; its support for terrorism and promotion of
instability in its region; and its continued denial of the human rights
to which its own people aspire and which Iran has made international
commitments to protect...
I suspect the only people in the UK who have concerns about Iran's
policies are the Israel flag-wavers and Washington lapdogs that infest our
On the touchy subject of diplomatic relations the website
has this to say:
Since an attack by
government-sponsored militias on the British embassy in Tehran on 29
November 2011, the British embassy in Tehran and the Iranian embassy in
London have both been closed. This does not amount to the severing of
diplomatic relations in their entirety. It is action that reduces our
relations with Iran to the lowest level consistent with the maintenance
of diplomatic relations...
It was Hague's decision to shut down the British embassy in Tehran and
eject the Iranians from London. He had not in any case maintained a full
diplomatic presence in Tehran and the embassy operated at chargé d'affaires
level for several months after the previous ambassador left. Perhaps they
couldn’t find a new ambassador who was willing to jump through Hague’s
foreign policy hoops. So now we do business with Iran through a third-party
So much for the desire to improve relations, reach
out, engage, share interests, talk over "serious concerns" and so forth.
Aiming a final kick our diplomatic service, Hague says:
The international community
has lost confidence that Iran’s nuclear activities are for exclusively
peaceful purposes... We are clear that we have no quarrel with the
Iranian people. The responsibility for any impact on the population lies
with the Iranian government and their failure to meet the requirements
of the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] Board of Governors and
to comply with mandatory UN Security Council resolutions. The Iranian
government can choose to act to bring sanctions to an end at any point.
In other words, we turn the screws but the screams are not our fault –
just like it wasn’t our fault when we did the same in Iraq for 12 long
years, starving their kids, before delivering shock’n’awe and wholesale
Hague said in his Middle East statement on 9 November
2011: “Iran’s actions not only run counter to the positive change that we
are seeing elsewhere in the region; they may threaten to undermine it,
bringing about a nuclear arms race in the Middle East or the risk of
Yet, according to the US intelligence community Iran
hasn’t got an active nuclear weapons programme and Israeli intelligence
agrees. Only a few weeks ago the director of the US’s National Intelligence
Agency, James Clapper, reported: “We assess Iran is keeping open the option
to develop nuclear weapons… We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually
decide to build nuclear weapons...”
Why is Hague so focused on Iran
when Iran’s close neighbour Israel is the one with a runaway, unsafeguarded
nuclear weapons programme?
“Hasn't it occurred to Hague that Israel's huge arsenal
of weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, chemical and
biological – and it's refusal to end the illegal occupation
of Palestine are what's really undermining positive change?”
UN Security Council Resolution 487, in 1981, called on Israel “urgently
to place its nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards”. Israel has ignored
it for 30 years. Hasn't it occurred to Hague that Israel's huge arsenal of
weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, chemical and biological – and it's
refusal to end the illegal occupation of Palestine are what's really
undermining positive change?
Furthermore, as the BBC
reported, back in 2009 the IAEA called on Israel to join the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), open its nuclear facilities to inspection
and place them under comprehensive IAEA safeguards. "Israel refuses to join
the NPT or allow inspections. It is reckoned to have up to 400 warheads but
refuses to confirm or deny this."
It is the only state in the region
that is not a party to the NPT (Iran is). It has signed but not ratified the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. As regards biological and chemical
weapons, Israel has not signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
It has signed but not ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Hague is kicking the wrong target. He needs to propel the toe of his bovver
boot into the US-subsidized backside of the Zionist entity. That’s where
unprecedented sanctions are need.
They are conspicuously absent when
they would be so easy to apply.
And I'm still waiting for answers to
simple questions I put to Mr Hague through my MP, who is one of his faithful
lieutenants in the Foreign Office. They include...
- What concrete proof is there of Iran's military application of
- Why isn’t Hague more concerned about Israel's nuclear arsenal, the
threat it poses to the region and beyond, and the mental state of the
- How many times has a British foreign secretary visited Tehran in the
32 years since the Islamic Revolution?
- Did Mr Hague make any effort to go and talk before embarking on
- By pulling our people out of Tehran and throwing Iran's people out
of London Mr Hague has shut the door on diplomacy. How can he now
communicate effectively with a people he pretends to “have no quarrel
with” but seems determined to goad into becoming an implacable enemy?
And in an exchange of words the other day about the British government's
obscenely greedy tax on motor fuel – it levies a 130 per cent surcharge (in
duty and value-added tax) on the ex-refinery price – the MP in question
tried to persuade me that by December the measures his administration had
taken would save motorists GBP 144 filling up the average family car.
It's a claim that will astonish British motorists who have watched with
alarm as prices at the pump rocket and are likely to go higher, ditto energy
prices as a whole. The government’s policy of making bitter enemies where we
need to have friends and forcing up the price of crude, is hurting us as
well as the Iranians and is already causing catastrophic damage to British
industry and hardship for families and pensioners.
I told the MP I
hoped he wasn’t going to lecture us again on how the only way to defend our
national security was to declare economic war on Iran and its people and
threaten ultimately to vaporize their women and children and reduce their
homeland to rubble. Nearly everyone by now knows it's poppycock. Mr Hague, I
said, “seems to have a thirst for aggravation, has assumed the role of
Europe's bovver-boy and right now is probably this country's biggest