Determined to achieve a legacy agreement with Iran to put a shine on his lackluster presidency, Barack Obama signed a deal that far from making the world a safer place, will potentially light the fuse of the Middle East tinderbox. The nuclear deal contains many clauses and annexes that seem to relate mainly to the lifting of sanctions in Iran. In return the West gets very little, apart from a few scant paragraphs detailing Iranian cooperation in slowing down its nuclear enrichment process for a period of eight years. It is a bad deal for the West and a breakthrough deal for Iran. The agreement was signed in Vienna on 14thJuly and must be ratified by all of the participating legislatures within 90 days. The world is facing a countdown to disaster in Iran.

The deal will release over $150 billion in assets that were frozen under the sanctions, re-vitalizing the broken Iranian economy and enabling the theocratic regime to re-double its funding of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Bashir al-Assad in Syria and the brutal Shi’ia militias in Iraq.  Page after page of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action (JCPOA) relates specifically to the dismantling of all sanctions on Iran’s banking, insurance, metals, aviation, shipping, arms and general trade markets, even covering the re-opening of Iran’s right to sell carpets and caviar to the West! Ludicrously, the West must also now end its “exclusion of Iranian citizens from higher education coursework related to careers in nuclear science, nuclear engineering or the energy sector.”In other words Western universities will now train Iranians in advanced nuclear technology to ensure that they are properly equipped to build a nuclear bomb.

More ominously, the JCPOA commits the E3/EU+3 nations to supporting Iran’s crumbling economy financially with export credit guarantees, grants, financial assistance and even loans to the Government of Iran. All “persons, entities and bodies”previously banned from travelling to the West will have their full rights restored and must in future be issued with visas. Hidden away near the foot of this 12-page list of Iranian banks, petro-chemical companies, sanction-evaders and individuals is none other than General Ghasem Soleymani, the notorious commander of the terrorist Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Soleymani has a long history of supporting terrorism and has the blood of many Americans and Europeans on his hands, but under the terms of the JCPOA he will now be able to travel at will to Europe and America.

In the ‘General’issues at the very end of the lengthy agreement we find an astounding clause under the heading ‘Nuclear Security’, which statesthat the E3/EU+3 nations “and possibly other states, as appropriate, are prepared to cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and practices”. This will involve strengthening “Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.”In other words the West, together with China and Russia, will now be committed to protecting Iran’s nuclear facilities from attack by Israel or Saudi Arabia. The situation is staggering!

To add insult to injury, the JCPOA agreement commits “Senior Government officials” of the E3/EU+3 nations and Iran to“make every effort to support the successful implementation of this JCPOA including in their public statements.”The ink was hardly dry on the agreement before Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a fiery address in Tehran said: “Whether this scheme is approved or disapproved, we will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon. Even after this deal our policy towards the arrogant US will not change. Our policy in the region is 180 degrees different from the US,"he told an audience of hardliners who cried: “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”. 

John Kerry recently addressed Arab leaders in Qatar in a bid to reassure them about the deal, but his words rang hollow in a region that fears Shi’ia domination by a nuclear-armed Iran. They know the fascist and oppressive theocratic regime in Iran cannot be trusted. That’s why this pact should be rejected. The only way to make the world a safer place is to topple the corrupt mullahs and restore freedom and democracy to the beleaguered people of Iran.