Globalists Fear Belarus-Iran Alliance
Dr. M. Raphael Johnson, Ph.D.
The global economic downturn over the past year is doing its part to recreate political boundaries and alliances. One of the most damaging for U.S. interests is the development of military and financial ties between Belarus and Iran.
While Belarus is a small country, they have inherited a powerful scientific and technical establishment from the USSR, and the Iranians are making use of this as they plan for a possible Israeli strike.
As the Russians have gradually drawn back their oil subsidies to the Belarusian state, President Alexander Lukashenko has been forced to seek allies elsewhere, including Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Belarusian economy is the highest performing of all the former Soviet states, with the lowest unemployment and the highest trade surplus. Iran and Belarus are explicitly attempting to become the core of a new trading bloc independent of the U.S. and EU, based around free trade and the sovereignty of peoples. It is an anti-globalist trading bloc that includes China, the UAE and Armenia among its members.
Belarusian oil firms have already contracted with the Iranian government to build rigs and to provide technical assistance, as Belarus was Russia’s oil refining specialist throughout the Cold War.
“We think there is a need to create a multi-polar system in the world, which is characterized by balance and equilibrium. We are against a one-polar system and against the use of pressure on other states,” the president of Iran said. “This is why we have a positive view of both bilateral and multilateral dialogue in various spheres [with Belarus],” he added. A world order based on state sovereignty and de-centralization is the real purpose behind this bloc.
The Iranian automaker, IKCO, has returned the favor and is taking advantage of the technical skills of Belarus by investing heavily in the country. In a recent joint statement, the two countries made several points: First, that the global economic downturn is the fault of the U.S. and its globalization schemes. Second, that the point of the Iran/Belarus bloc was to assist in the countering of this downturn, and that military cooperation was to be a large part of this co-operation. Iran is also in on the “currency swap” with the Chinese Central Bank, where the US. dollar is slowly being dumped. The Chinese are going to a multi-currency basis so as to both avoid dependence on the U.S. dollar as well as diversify currency holdings.
This is most irritating to the “human rights” non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the U.S. State Department. Both Iran and Belarus are also developing substantial military ties, and the global press is upset that this might lead to Belarus being the conduit for Russian missile and nuclear technology going to Iran.
This thought has led to hysterical reactions in the West. Radio Liberty has condemned this bloc for nullifying the U.S.-Israeli sanctions against Iran, since trade freely flows from Belarus, Russia, India and China. The U.S.-Israeli sanctions have been set at naught.
Dr. M. Raphael Johnson, Ph.D. is a former editor of THE BARNES REVIEW (TBR) historical magazine. See his website at www.rusjournal.com.
(Issue # 15, April 13, 2009)