On Tuesday 8 May 2018, the world witnessed the withdrawal of the US from the Iranian nuclear deal, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by President Donald Trump.

This was done with the usual flourish of his pen and held up for the world to witness as is his usual show-and-tell stance.

However, there was nothing of the kindergarten about this action – it was one which holds serious ramifications for the world at large.

This move had been signalled in earlier speeches in which he decried the JCPOA and the Obama administration’s efforts as being “the worst deal ever” while voicing his determination to scrap it.

At this stage, the other signatories of JCPOA – UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, European Union and UN – have refused to drop the agreement and have spoken against this action.

The US is now aligned with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Arab emirates.

It was not enough to just scrap the agreement, the Trump administration had to have support and this was sought through ties to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Quite early in Donald Trump’s Presidency this courtship began. He found ready helpers in these regions, with the rise of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud and Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel. Both were sworn enemies of Iran, religiously and politically.

The Saudi Prince has worked long and hard to bring the Arab Emirates and Bahrain into alignment, while Benjamin Netanyahu has once again brought out his “smoking gun” to the attention of world leaders in an effort to blacken Iran.

However, as usual, his theatrics were not wildly accepted particularly when it was discovered that his information was from before the JCPOA.

One of the first indicators was the announcement that the US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem. This was not a move which would inspire peace within the volatile region.

Nevertheless it has been warmly greeted by the Mayor of Jerusalem who on 8 May announced the naming of the square adjacent to the embassy as “United States Square in honor of President Donald Trump”. [1]

Another very serious indicator was the accusation that Iran was involved in the September 11 attacks on the US.

Although the 9/11 Commission found no evidence of Iranian support, still court action was sought and on May 2nd 2018, judgment was made against Iran with a demand for payment of over 6 billion dollars to be paid to the victims and relatives of the 9/11 attack.

This is such a curious state of affairs when earlier Saudi Arabia was the focal point and had been accused of funding and supporting Al- Qaeda’s actions.

It is notable that earlier this year Saudi Arabia called upon the US Federal Judge to reject the lawsuit holding the Kingdom to account for the same action as has now been levelled at Iran.

Of course the earlier statements and fatawa by Iranian Clerics regarding the inadmissibility for Iran to use nuclear energy for weapons of mass destruction on a religious basis have been labelled lies.

How else could the JCPOA be destabilized unless the world at large was convinced of the duplicity of Iran in this instance?

However, a paper was released by Iran in March 2014, not by the Iranian Supreme Leader alone, but by all Shi’ite Jurists, on the prohibition of, and the acquisition and use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (including nuclear weapons).

Although nuclear energy is relatively new in international terms, nevertheless principles in Islamic Jurisprudence give ample testimony covering this phenomenon a follows:

“The most prominent general principles that can be applied to weapons of mass destruction are principles governing differentiation of targets, protection of environment and ensuring safety and security of non-combatants during war and conflict.

Since by definition, WMD are indiscriminate, make no distinction between military and civilian targets, have a long-lasting, destructive impact on the earth and the environment, and endanger the health of everyone, including those of future generations, one can readily find several long-established general principles of Islamic and particularly Shi’ite Jurisprudence applicable to WMD. Reference in this regard can be made to texts and edicts which are over a thousand years old.” [2]

If one is to accept the Iranian stance on WMD as given in the paper of March 2014 as being the belief and principle to which they adhere, then, indeed, we are witnessing the gravest injustice. At the very least the 9/11 accusations against them are hollow untruths.

At the most we are witnessing a whole nation being condemned and sentenced to a bleak future, no doubt in readiness for further attacks which may well ultimately create a global war.

One may be forgiven for thinking that we, like Alice in Wonderland, have suddenly fallen down a rabbit hole into another dimension.

It is as if, in some quarters, wrong is right, lies are truth and truths are lies; that honour is of no account and that lives of so many, from every side, are expendable in order to serve the purposes of those who deem it necessary.

[1] United with Israel – by United by Israel Staff [2 May 2018]
[2] International News, News “Iran releases paper on Religious foundations of Shiite Islam’s ban on weapons of mass destruction.”