Meanwhile, the US’s puppet dictators who do fit to this description (such as the fabulously wealthy House of Saud and the Sultans and Princes of the US support Gulf states, or the other brutal puppet despots the US has promoted and supported in Central and South America and across Africa) are blithely ignored – because this is how they are paid off for betraying their own people by selling the resources of their nations for a song to Western corporates and the elites that own them.
The sanction announcement itself can therefore be seen to be a device for the US regime playbook that forms part of the hybrid war being waged against Iran. By discrediting the leaders of Iran, the hope is that internal and expatriate Iranians will see the country’s leaders as tainted by corruption and not worthy of trust and support. This is designed to create and support internal dissention, protests and conflict, which are further encouraged through the harsh economic sanctions imposed on Iran that restrict access to necessaries such as medicines, vaccines and food items. The narrative so built supports the US’s assertion that intervention is a humanitarian endeavour bolstering their case for a “just war” among their own constituents and the peoples of allied nations the US wants to accede to and participate in the next set of military or economic actions against Iran that they have planned.