Obama's Threat to Iran Reported as Responsible Diplomacy
|BBC News & The Guardian - 18 March 2013||
Barack Obama's New Year message to the leaders and people of Iran for Nowruz was little more than obvious blackmail and threats. At the BBC and the Guardian, however, it has been hailed as the US President's offer of a 'practical solution' to a country that Obama has repeatedly threatened will military attack over the last two years.
The language of his address, coming from the most powerful country in the world which has invaded several countries near Iran in the last ten years, should be seen by journalists as fairly loaded blackmail, with statements such as ‘if the Iranian government continues down its current path, it will only further isolate Iran. This is the choice now before Iran's leaders’, and ‘the people of Iran have paid a high and unnecessary price because of your leaders' unwillingness to address this issue.’
The term ‘I hope they choose a better path’ should, in particular, raise alarm bells for journalists reporting on this message, given that Obama has recently reiterated that ‘when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table’ with regards to the US use of military force on Iran.
Obama’s speech, reported with headlines such as ‘Obama sends holiday message to Iran’ in the Guardian, has a clear message that if Iran doesn’t bend to the US’s demands, they will be ‘isolated’ and denied ‘greater trade and ties with other nations’. Only through conforming to the demands of the US, to ‘reduce nuclear tension’ as the BBC headline reads, will the ‘future of peace’ offered as ransom by Obama be possible for the people of Iran.
The Guardian: Obama sends holiday message to Iran
BBC News: Obama Nowruz message: Iran must 'reduce nuclear tension'
BBC News & The Guardian - 18 March 2013
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