Monday, May 21, 2018

Washington's 12 point demands to Iran look eerily like Austro-Hungary's demands to Serbia in 1914 where both were doomed to fail

The Trump administration laid out a new and 'upgraded' Iran deal on May 21 which would facilitate the U.S. getting back on board with what they stepped away from when the President 'tore up' the previous agreement engineered by Barack Obama.  And perhaps what is most interesting is that the upgrades appear to actually be meant to fail as the entire scheme looks eerily similar to what Austro-Hungary did to Serbia back in 1914 following the assassination of the Arch-Duke.


New upgraded Iran Deal:  12 Points
The administration’s demands were outlined in a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which for the first time spelled out all of the administration’s requirements for a new agreement. Pompeo laid out an onerous list of 12 "basic requirements" on Iran which toughened the nuclear demands and called for a wholesale change to Iran’s military posture in the region, that he says should be included. 
Among the demands listed by Pompeo was that Iran must "stop enrichment" of uranium and never pre-process plutonium. Iran must also allow nuclear "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country." 
Pompeo also demanded that Iran must withdraw all of its forces from Syria, end its support for militant groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, stop sending arms to the Houthi militia in Yemen, release all U.S. citizens, and cease its threats to destroy Israel.Some of the requests were a bit more... bizarre: 
Pompeo calls on Iran to rejoin the “League of Nations” (which existed from 1920-1946) - Zerohedge
Austro-Hungarian demands on Serbia:  1914
Acting with the full support of its allies in Berlin, Austria-Hungary had determined in the aftermath of Franz Ferdinand’s assassination to pursue a hard-line policy towards Serbia. Their plan, developed in coordination with the German foreign office, was to force a military conflict that would, Vienna hoped, end quickly and decisively with a crushing Austrian victory before the rest of Europe—namely, Serbia’s powerful ally, Russia—had time to react. As the German ambassador to Vienna reported to his government on July 14, the [note] to Serbia is being composed so that the possibility of its being accepted is practically excluded. 
According to the terms of the ultimatum delivered on July 23, the Serbian government would have to accept an Austro-Hungarian inquiry into the assassination, notwithstanding its claim that it was already conducting its own internal investigation. Serbia was also to suppress all anti-Austrian propaganda and to take steps to root out and eliminate terrorist organizations within its borders—one such organization, the Black Hand, was believed to have aided and abetted the archduke’s killer, Gavrilo Princip, and his cohorts, providing weapons and safe passage from Belgrade to Sarajevo. The Dual Monarchy demanded an answer to the note within 48 hours—by that time, however, anticipating Serbian defiance, Gieslingen had already packed his bags and prepared to leave the embassy. - History
The similarities of both of these demands are in a combination of outrageousness, and the expectation that they would be rejected, thus allowing then (Austro-Hungary), and now (U.S.), to go ahead with plans to sanction, attack, or at the very least put enough pressure on the government to perhaps induce regime change.

And ironically in regards to both these demands, whether it was in 1914 or 100 years later here in 2018, the one caught in the middle is Europe, who neither wanted to see war in Serbia then, nor economic sanctions against Iran now.

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