Observation William Hague Wont Rule Out Military Action In Iran. To do this article justice I have included below:
Foreign Secretary William Hague has told Sky News that Britain was not ruling out military action against Iran.
He insisted all options remained on the table in relation to Tehran’s “increasingly dangerous” development of nuclear weapons.
But he said the UK was not advocating military action and was instead intensifying sanctions in a bid to bring the Islamic republic to the negotiating table.
“We have never ruled anything out. We have not ruled out any option, or supporting any option.
“We believe all options should be on the table, that is part of the pressure on Iran,” he told Sky’s Dermot Murnaghan.
“But we are clearly not calling for or advocating military action. We are advocating meaningful negotiations, if Iran will enter into them, and the increasing pressure of sanctions to try to get some flexibility from Iran.”
Western governments, including Britain, have moved to step up sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme, threatening an embargo on vital oil exports.
Tehran has threatened to block the Straits of Hormuz oil shipment route in response.
Prime Minister David Cameron, during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday, warned Iran that the world would “come together” to ensure the straits remained open.
Mr Hague said today: “This is an increasingly dangerous situation that Iran is developing a military nuclear programme.
“Our sanctions are part of getting Iran to change course and to enter negotiations and we should not be deterred from implementing those.”
Mr Hague also played down calls from the leader of Qatar that Arab troops should be sent to Syria to stop the regime’s violent crackdown on protesters.
Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s comments, made to CBS, are the first by an Arab leader calling for the deployment of troops inside Syria.
But Mr Hague said: “The Arab League will have to consider these sorts of suggestions together.
“It’s only one of 22 Arab nations that have made the suggestion. I don’t think the Arab League is on the verge of doing that.”
When will previous and present government learn the lessons when declaring war on other countries that they should get their own house in order as we have seen high unemployment continue to rise and the economy is alleged to be bankrupt.
Both Conservatives & Labour Governments went to war against countries that have oil. Why not let the citizens of their countries take the lead in over turning their governments we have seen recent examples already.
The conclusion I can only think of its big countries vs oil countries i.e. colonialism returning but with a difference. I concur that there are corrupt or a better use of language political corruption in the world. Recently we have seen the Arabic Upraise against the government. The people in those countries want changes in their own government and they have led some of the way.
British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said during a visit to Washington: “Disruption to the flow of oil through the strait of Hormuz would threaten regional and global economic growth. Any attempt by Iran to close the strait would be illegal and unsuccessful.”
The planned US/Israeli manoeuvres will involve thousands of troops and will test multiple Israeli and US air defence systems against incoming missiles and rockets. Israel and the US have developed the Arrow anti-ballistic system, which is designed to intercept Iranian missiles in the stratosphere.
At the end of January it is anticipated that EU foreign ministers will agree to impose an embargo on Iranian oil imports.
The action follows a report in November by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which supported Western allegations that Iran had worked on nuclear weapon design.
While the US and EU higher-ups believe tough action is needed in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme, there is nevertheless a risk of damage to the shaky economies of the developed world.
Iran is an important oil producer and exports around 2.3m barrels a day. Even though there are guarantees in place from Saudi Arabia to make up any shortfall in Iranian oil supply, this would use up virtually all of the spare capacity from the world’s biggest producer.
The last time that happened, in 2008, oil prices climbed to almost $150 a barrel. Prices are currently running at around $110 a barrel. Such a leap would without question lead to a deep global recession in 2012.
It is clear then that the stakes are high for all sides in the dispute. The threat of loss of supply may be enough to trigger recession in the West, while the reality of choking off the Persian Gulf certainly would result in recession.
In Iran, parliamentary elections are scheduled for March this year, with a presidential election planned for 2013.
The first is in many respects a rehearsal for the second, with many observers seeing the March elections as a showdown between supporters of President Ahmadinejad on one side and conservatives close to Ayotollah Khamenei on the other.
The fact is that all independent, left and progressive forces have already openly protested about the conditions in which the elections are taking place by announcing their decision to boycott them all together.
Khamenei himself has acknowledged the sensitivity of the poll in March, stating: “To some extent, elections have always been a challenging issue for our country,” and going on to ask people “to be careful that this challenge does not hurt the country’s security.”
This is clearly a coded warning to any reformist and opposition groups not to rock the boat, especially in the face of the external threat from the US, EU and Israel.
Although more than 5,000 candidates have put their names forward for the elections, the Council of Guardians of the Constitution – the body of conservative clerics and lawyers in charge of vetting all candidates before elections – will publish the names of those approved by the regime.
In the past, the council has blocked many candidates – including former MPs – from running. It was indeed announced this week that 500 of the 5,000 candidates registered for the March election have already been disqualified. This includes about 20 outspoken and independent MPs serving in the outgoing parliament.
The election is the first significant test of the regime’s ability to bring people to the polls and control the outcome in its favour since the 2009 presidential election, which saw widespread vote-rigging and the “election” for a second term of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the face of well-documented opposition claims that they had outpolled the incumbent president.
In 2009, the regime responded by deploying brute force to silence the mass protest movement when nearly 100 protesters were killed and thousands of activists were imprisoned. The opposition candidates have been detained since that time and denied any right to speak openly on any issue.
The recent announcement that Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, an Iranian-American born in Arizona in 1983, is to be sentenced to death for confessing to being a CIA agent will do little to improve relations between the US and the regime.
With US Congress financial sanctions aimed at Iran’s oil trade due to come into effect in June, the stage is set for ongoing drama in the Persian Gulf. There’s a strong potential for wider economic and military impact if all sides cannot be brought to the discussion table.
No one can be in any doubt that this situation, if not resolved, could lead to a major conflagration of unimaginable proportions and with consequences that will reverberate throughout the Middle East and across the world.
Everything possible must be done to ensure that a military conflict is prevented, including the withdrawal of US and British naval forces from the Persian Gulf.