Breakdown Of The
2020 Iran Conflict
This assassination is an attempt to force us into a war with Iran so the rich elites on BOTH SIDES can make a profit. They are also hoping that increased tensions will ensure trump a second term to “see things through”.
Any retaliation that comes now, is NOT to be viewed as a provocation no matter how hard corporate media pushes that narrative.
Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and ALL centrists are also responsible for this current mess. I will be doing a timeline to show how democrats have been HELPING trump through votes and legislation.
WE are the aggressors. WE have attacked them unprovoked. WE have started this fight. WE have committed an assassination and essentially declared war.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS:
March, 1951: Nationalist Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh attempts to nationalize the British-owned oil industry. The shah opposes Mossadegh and accepts the CIA's (Central Intelligence Agency) offers of US assistance in a coup to make him leader and overthrow the elected leader at the time.
August 19, 1953: The CIA staged a coup to overthrow the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh because his policies threatened the profits of BP. Mossedagh was returning Iran's oil wealth to the rightful owners: the Iranian people. In Mossedagh's place, we put a brutal puppet dictator: the shah. The Shah's brutal policies gave rise to extreme right wing Islamic-Persian nationalism, culminating to the rise of Iran's current theocratic plutocracy. Much like the bungling of both Iraq & Afghanistan, they did not stabilize the region, creating the hotbed for violence you see today. Western firms had controlled the region’s oil wealth. When the U.S. firm in Saudi Arabia bowed to pressure in late 1950 and agreed to share oil revenues evenly with Riyadh, the British concession in Iran came under intense pressure to follow suit, but refused. In 1951, Mossadegh nationalized Iran’s oil industry. A fuming United Kingdom began conspiring with U.S. intelligence services to overthrow Mossadegh and restore the monarchy under the shah. This coup caused resentment and distrust against the US, and set Iran from the path toward democracy to that of a dictatorship. This has ALWAYS been about oil, not "keeping us safe".
June 5, 1957: The US (under Republican Eisenhower) and Iran sign the Cooperation Concerning Civil Uses of Atoms, a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement. The program shared nuclear technology and education with states around the world — including Israel, Pakistan and Iran. The program provided Iran with the foundation for its current, highly nuclear program.
1957: According to the Federation of American Scientists, U.S. and Israeli intelligence officers work with Iran to set up SAVAK, an Iranian intelligence organization later blamed for the torture and execution of thousands of political prisoners and violent suppression of dissent.
1963: The shah implements “The White Revolution,” an aggressive campaign of social and economic Westernization that is met with intense popular opposition. Popular nationalist Ayatollah Khomeini is arrested in one of many crackdowns on the shah’s opponents. By the late 1960s the shah relies regularly on SAVAK to quell dissidence.
1976: In one of a series of reforms that alienate his people, the shah replaces the Islamic calendar with an “imperial” calendar, beginning with the founding of the Persian Empire. Many of the shah’s growing number of critics see this as anti-Islamic.
1978: Iranians resort to rioting, mass demonstrations and strikes to protest the shah’s authoritarian rule. In response, he enforces martial law.
January, 1979: The shah flees Iran amid intensifying unrest.
February, 1979: Islamic nationalist Ayatollah Khomeini returns from France, where he was exiled for his opposition to the shah’s regime. For the first time, Iran became independent from foreign powers and regained its sovereignty. Instead of engaging Khomeini, the USA began working to undermine him by attempting to launch a counterrevolution, supporting the Iraqi invasion and strengthening an alliance with Iran's regional rival, Saudi Arabia
April, 1979: Under Ayatollah Khomeini’s guidance, Iran declares itself a theocratic republic guided by Islamic principles, and a referendum is held to name it the Islamic Republic of Iran.
November, 1979: Islamic students storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking hostage 52 American employees and demand that the shah return from receiving medical treatment in the United States to face trial in Iran. The hostage situation ignites a crisis between the United States and Iran.
April, 1980: Iran and the United States sever diplomatic ties over the hostage crisis, and the U.S. Embassy becomes a training ground for the Revolutionary Guards Corps.
July, 1980: The shah dies in exile in Egypt.
1980: Hoping to capitalize on chaos in Iran, Iraq starts a war in 1980. The US fears Iranians will be able to defeat Iraq and continue a takeover of the region. The Reagan administration provides Baghdad with intelligence and resources. When Iraq uses chemical weapons against Iran, the US continues to support Saddam Hussein.
1985: Despite an arms embargo, President Reagan administration officials keep selling weapons to Iran, The revenue from the weapons sales circumvent US Congress to fund Contra guerrillas fighting against the left-wing Sandinista government in Nicaragua. This scandal has become know as the Iran-Contra Affair. Reagan administration officials are charged with lying to Congress about the backdoor efforts to sell weapons to Iran.
July 3, 1988: During a conflict with Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf, US Navy Vincennes warship shoots down Iran Air Flight 655. The Airbus A300 is a passenger plane carrying many pilgrims on their way to Mecca. All 290 people on board are killed. Americans claim the large plane was mistaken for an F-14 fighter jet.
1996: US passes th H.R.3107 - Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996, known as the Iran Sanctions Act, penalizing investments in Iran's petroleum industry. US President Bill Clinton issues executive orders that expand sanctions and generally ban the exchange of goods and services between the US and Iran.
October, 2001: After the terrorist attacks in the US, Iran offers the Bush administration a back channel with Iran against a mutual enemy: the Taliban. Soleimani aided the US to help defeat the terrorists. In 2002, US President George W. Bush betrayed Iran by includes Iran as part of the “Axis of Evil” in his State of the Union.
August, 2005: Qassam Soleimani was the face of armed resistance against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and contributed in a big way in defeating ISIS
July 31, 2012: US law goes into effect giving Obama the power to sanction foreign banks, including the central banks of US allies, if they fail to significantly reduce their imports of Iranian oil. The result is a drastic reduction in Iranian oil sales and a sharp downturn in the Iranian economy. Hassan Rouhani is elected Iran’s president on a platform of improving Iran’s relations with the world and its economy, something that can only be achieved by easing sanctions. On Sept. 28, Obama and Rouhani speak by telephone in the highest-level contact between the two countries in three decades.
July 14, 2015: Iran and the six powers strike an agreement, under which Iran agreed to take a series of steps, including slashing its number of centrifuges and disabling a key part of its Arak nuclear reactor — in return for significant easing of US, UN and EU sanctions.
June 15, 2017: Bernie Sanders is the ONLY person (besides Rand Paul) to vote against the sanctions on Iran. While the Russian sanctions were the focus of corporate media outlets, it was the Iran sanctions that posed the biggest threat by undermining our mutual agreement with Iran (see Iran Nuclear Deal). We essentially gave Trump permission to go back on our country's promise in that agreement.
May 9, 2018: Trump pulls out of the agreement with Iran regarding nuclear weapons. Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions. Iran had been complying with the deal when Trump decided to pull out. The deal included the following provisions for Iran:
Reducing Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium by 97 percent, and banning them from possessing any uranium potent enough that it could be used to fuel a bomb
Capping its number of nuclear centrifuges, devices used to enrich uranium, at roughly 5,000 — and only permitting it to use old, outdated, and slow centrifuges
Stopping Iran from operating its Arak facility used to make plutonium that could fuel a bomb
Permitting wide-ranging and intrusive IAEA inspections designed to verify that Iran isn’t cheating on any portion of the deal
May 10, 2018: The Democratic Party pretended to be outraged that Trump has pulled out of the Iran deal, but the Democrats’ previous support for sanctions already violated the Iran deal, whose benefits for the Iranian people were almost entirely premised on relief from devastating sanctions. Bernie Sanders was the ONLY democrat to vote against the Iran sanctions.
August, 2018: Total S.A. (a French oil & gas company) officially withdrew from the Iranian South Pars gas field because of sanctions pressure from the US, leaving CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation) to take up their 50.1% stake in the natural gas field, of which it had already 30% and putting the country in more economic turmoil.
October, 2018: When ISIS took control of large parts of Iraq and held Indians hostage, Tehran helped Delhi in securing the release of nurses and locating other group comprising Indian workers
November 2018: The United States officially reinstated all sanctions against Iran that were previously lifted before the U.S. withdrew from the Iran deal.
February 18, 2019: House democrats sign off on huge military defense budget for trump. Nancy Pelosi’s office sent an email to House Democrats proclaiming that, “In our negotiations, Congressional Democrats have been fighting for increases in funding for defense.” Chuck Schumer’s office announced that, “We fully support President Trump’s Defense Department’s request.”
February, 2019: A car laden with explosives hit a bus of Revolutionary Guard soldiers on Zahedan-Khash road in Iran’s border province of Sistan-Balouchestan, killing 27 and injuring 13. Pakistan-based Jaish ul-Adl Takfiri terrorist group, which has ties to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack. Days after the attack, Soleimani said Iran does not want mere condolences, but concrete action from Pakistan. “Can’t you, as a nuclear-armed state, deal with a hundreds-strong terrorist group in the region?" Soleimani said.
April 8, 2019: The US inflicted economic and travel sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and organizations, companies and individuals affiliated with it. He also declared them a "Foreign Terrorist Group", in a pathetic attempt to create fear of Iran.
April 2019: The U.S. threatened to sanction countries continuing to buy oil from Iran after an initial six-month waiver announced in November expired.
June 7, 2019: The US Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions to Iran's petrochemical industry for financial supporting to IRGC (Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps)
June 24, 2019: Trump imposed additional sanctions, this time on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, his office and those closely affiliated with his access to key financial resources. Trump targeted eight senior commanders of the navy, aerospace and ground forces components of IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) with sanctions.
July 12, 2019: House democrats unite to give Trump a HUGE military budget of 733 billion, without ANY stipulation for how that money is to be used.
July 31, 2019: The United States placed sanctions on Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
November 10, 2019: Iran finds field with 53 billion barrels of oil, increasing Iran's reserve by one third.
December 12, 2019: Pelosi and house democrats pass $738 billion military spending authorization package, ignoring progressive Democrats angered by the loss of provisions that would have curtailed endless wars and put President Trump’s most violent foreign policy ambitions in check. Provisions to prevent Pentagon money from funding President Trump’s border wall, ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s bloody campaign in Yemen, and requiring Trump to seek congressional permission before attacking Iran were dropped in negotiations by Pelosi. The 2020 NDAA is larger than the authorization approved by Congress the year prior, boosting Pentagon spending by an additional $22 billion.
January 2, 2019: The US assassinates Irans top General, Qassim Soleimani in an unprovoked attack and an act of war.
- January 2, 2020: The price of oil skyrockets after the assassination of Iran's top General, Qassim Soleimani by the Trump administration.
January 3, 2020: Countries around the world publicly condemn the assassination by the USA, calling it 'An extremely dangerous escalation' and an 'urgent need for de-escalation'. These countries include France, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, Canada, Russia, China,
January 4, 2020: The Department of Homeland Security confirms there's 'no specific, credible threat' from Iran against the USA, further proving this assassination was an unprovoked attack against a country we are not at war with.
January 4, 2020: Ignoring the fact that he is the one who attacked Iran, Trump said that if Iran strikes any Americans or American assets, the United States has targeted 52 Iranian sites, "some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture. They attacked us, & we hit back. If they attack again, which I would strongly advise them not to do, we will hit them harder than they have ever been hit before!". This statement is a lie, as you will see in the timeline provided. We have always been the ones provoking them.
January 5, 2020: Iran raises their red war flag after the assassination of their top ranking general, Soleimani. Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolize both the blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain.
January 7, 2020:
After Biden Offers 'No Comment' Response To Middle East Escalation, Critics Suggest: How About 'No War With Iran'
Common Dreams - January 8, 2020
There Is Zero Actual Evidence Iran Is Responsible For Killing Hundreds Of Americans
Common Dreams - January 7, 2020
Iran Says It Has Concluded Its Response To U.S. Strike, Does Not Seek Escalation
Newsweek - January 7, 2020
Video: Iranian General Assassinated By Trump Was On Peace Mission At The Time
Secular Talk On Yutube - January 6, 2020
Video: Democrats Aided Trump's MANIACAL Soleimani Strike
Rebel HQ On Youtube - January 6, 2020
Iraqi Prime Minister: Soleimani Arrived In Baghdad To Received De-Escalation Proposal From Saudi Arabia. Trump Supported Initiative.
South Front- January 5, 2020
How To Avoid Swallowing War Propaganda
Current Affairs - January 5, 2020
Trump Officials Begged Iraq Not To Vote To Kick Soldiers Out: Report
Raw Story - January 5, 2020
'If You Are Wondering Who Benefits': Weapons Makers See Stocks Surge As Trump Moves Closer To War With Iran
Common Dreams - January 4, 2020
The Soleimani Strike Defied the U.S. Constitution
The Atlantic - January 4, 2020
Bernie Sanders Reminds Liz Cheney Of Iraq War Lies After Daughter Of Bush VP Attacks So-Called 'Fraud Of Socialism'
Common Dreams - January 4, 2020
Sanders To Introduce Legislation Blocking Iran War Funding
Berniepost - January 4, 2020
America Is Guilty Of Everything We Accuse Iran Of Doing
The Week - January 3, 2020
Video: Senator Sanders Warns Of Dangerous Escalation After Top Iranian Commander Is Killed In Air Strike
C-Span - January 3, 2020
Video: Bernie Sanders Remarks On Iran Following Suleimani Assassination
Bernie Sanders On Youtube - January 3, 2020
Video: Trump Risks War After Assassinating Top Iranian General
The Rational National On Youtube - January 3, 2020
So…Are We Going To War With Iran Now?
Rolling Stone - January 3, 2020
The Killing Of Qassem Suleimani Is Tantamount To An Act Of War
The New Yorker - January 3, 2020
Video Of Trump Warning 'Our President Will Start A War With Iran Because He Has Absolutely No Ability To Negotiate' Resurfaces
Common Dreams - January 3, 2020
Defense Stocks Lockheed Martin, Northrop, Raytheon Rally After U.S. Kills Top Iranian Commander
Investor's Business Daily - January 3, 2020
The United States' Main Allies Are Abandoning Trump Over His 'Dangerous Escalation' With Iran
Business Insider - January 3, 2020
Hundreds Of Thousands Of Iranians Flood Streets To Condemn US Assassination Of Qassem Soleimani
Common Dreams - January 3, 2020
Four Years Ago, Trump Had No Clue Who Iran’s Suleimani Was. Now He May Have Kicked Off WWIII.
Interept - January 3, 2020
Trump’s Strike Has Drawn A Sharp Line Between The Democrats Running For President
Buzzfeed - January 3, 2020
Trita Parsi: U.S. Assassination Of Iranian General Is Major Escalation & Will Make America Less Safe
Democracy Now - January 3, 2020
The Week - January 3, 2020
Iran's 'Forceful Revenge' Against The US Is Likely To Include Cyberwarfare, And Experts Warn That The Attacks Could Be Devastating
Business Insider - January 3, 2020
Sanders, Khanna Introduce Legislation To Block Funding For A War With Iran
The Hill - January 3, 2020
'Right Now Is The Moment To Decide If You Are Pro-Peace Or Not': Ocasio-Cortez Joins Progressive Chorus Against War With Iran
Common Dreams - January 3, 2020
Video: Tulsi Gabbard Slams Soleimani Airstrike
Fox News On Youtube - January 3, 2020
Trump's Iran Move Puts 2020 Democrats In A Political Bind
MSN - January 3, 2020
3,500 More U.S. Troops Headed To Middle East After Soleimani Killing
MSNBC - January 3, 2020
Oil Prices Rise On Fear Of Iranian Retaliation Against U.S.
CBC News - January 3, 2020
Sen. Tim Kaine Files War Powers Resolution To Stop Trump From 'Stumbling Into A War With Iran'
Common Dreams - January 3, 2020
‘The Death Of Diplomacy’: Rand Paul Condemns Strike On Soleimani, Says There’s ‘No Scenario’ For U.S.-Iran Peace Talks Now
Mediaite - January 3, 2020
'An Explicit Act Of War': US Kills Senior Iranian Military Official Qasem Soleimani In Baghdad
Common Dreams - January 2, 2020
Iran Foreign Minister Warns Killing Of General Is 'Extremely Dangerous & A Foolish Escalation'
The Hill - January 2, 2020
All US Presidents Are ‘Captives Of The Military-Industrial Complex’: Scholar
Press TV - December 31, 2019
'Atrocious': 188 Democrats Join GOP To Hand Trump $738 Billion Military Budget That Includes
Common Dreams - December 12, 2019
Congress To Vote On $22 Billion Defense Increase One Week After Trump Slashed Food Stamps
The Intercept - December 10, 2019
Iran Still Selling Oil Despite U.S. Sanctions: TV
Reuters - December 2, 2019
Iran Says It Has Discovered A Massive New Oil Field With 50B Barrels
CBC - November 10, 2019
Iran Oil: New Field With 53 billion Barrels Found - Rouhani
BBC - November 10, 2019
Iran Finds Oil Field With Over 50 Billion Barrels, Rouhani Says
New York Times - November 10, 2019
Budget Deal Gives A Big Funding Boost To Defense
Trump, Congressional Leaders Clinch Sweeping Deal On Budget And Debt Ceiling
CNN - July 22, 2019
House Democrats Unite To Pass $733B Defense Bill
Politico - July 12, 2019
Lies About Iran Killing US Troops In Iraq Are A Ploy To Justify War
Truth Out - July 9, 2019
We Must Stop The US From Going To War With Iran
Bernie Sanders - The Guardian - June 21, 2019
Iran Nuclear Deal: Trump Pulls US Out In Break With Europe Allies
BBC - May 9, 2018
Trump’s Withdrawal From The Iran Nuclear Deal, Explained
Vox - May 8, 2019
The Democrats Keep Capitulating On Defense Spending
The Atlantic - February 18, 2018
The US And Israel Reportedly Signed A Secret Pact To Take On Iran
Business Insider - December 28, 2017
Bernie’s Vote On Sanctions Was About Protecting The Iran Deal From Trump
Huffpost - July 30, 2017
U.S. Senate Votes Near Unanimously For Russia, Iran Sanctions
Reuters - June 15, 2017
Video: Noam Chomsky: The United States, Not Iran, Poses Greatest Threat To World Peace
Democracy Now - September 22, 2015
Hillary Clinton: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran… We Would Be Able To Totally Obliterate Them.”
Global Research - July 5, 2015