Thursday 4 January 2018

Weighing the imapct of Iran protests (China Daily)

US known to say one thing and do another

M. D. Nalapat, a professor of geopolitics at Manipal University, India

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was expected to secure economic concessions in exchange for accepting the severe restrictive conditions in order to strike the nuclear deal with the US and the other four permanent UN Security Council members, and Germany. History should have taught him that the US cashes in on every concession and then puts fresh conditions for offering anything substantive in return.
Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi paid with their lives despite dismantling the weapons of mass destruction in their possession and abandoning their WMD programs at the behest of the US. And since Rouhani will not be able to meet Trump's demand of breaking Iran's ties with Lebanon, Yemen and Syria, he should not expect the US to keep even its earlier promises. It is not coincidental that the Iranian protesters are calling for Iran's withdrawal from all the three countries, and by default "leave them to the US". The nuclear deal cost Iran a lot and won it little. 

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