Thursday, December 6, 2018
Telecom executive from China arrested in Vancouver
Keith Fraser is reporting that "A top executive with a major Chinese high-tech company has been arrested in Vancouver and is being sought for extradition by the United States apparently for allegedly violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran."
I am not a fan of Communist China but I will say this arrest is a dirty deed done dirt cheap. So what was this telecom company accused of doing? Murdering political prisoners for their organs? Nope. That doesn't seem to bother anyone. What they are accused of doing is violating the United States trade sanctions against Iran. WTF?
The United States has the right to boycott trade with anyone they want to just like any other country has. They do not have the right to force their boycot on any other country just like any other country does not have the right to force the US to obey their selective boycott. This outrage is unprecedented because we have a foreign executive arrested in Canada who has not been accused of committing any criminal offence with the intent of extraditing them to the United States. That is just plain evil. If they can do it to her, they can do it to anyone. This is illegal.
Arresting someone for doing business with Iran? AYFKM? What are they going to do next, arrest the Prime Minister of England? A couple of minutes ago the United States was ready to sell Iran nuclear reactors. Now all of a sudden they are imposing sanctions on Iran again. This sounds a lot like Libya. One minute France is trying to sell Libya a nuclear reactor then as soon as they decide to buy a reactor from Argentina the world invades them. That was a dirty deal.
I realize the change in the policy on Iran comes from the election of a new president who is pro Israel. I get it. I'm not comfortable with selling Iran nuclear reactors any more than I am Canada selling Communist China nuclear reactors. I'm just saying it is a colossal double standard for the US to arrest a telecom executive for doing business with Iran when England is now selling Iran nuclear reactors after the US pulled out of the world agreement.
The US has every right to ask England not to sell Iran nuclear reactors but the US does not have the right to arrest the Prime Minister of England or anyone else if they happen to visit Canada just because they said no. The United States has jurisdiction within the US. They do not have jurisdiction outside the US.
I will point out that Iran aren't the bad guys here. Cyrus the Great was the one that set the Jews free after the Babylonian captivity. British and American meddling in the politics of Iran has breed extremism. Operation Ajax overthrew the democratically elected ruler of Iran to take over their oil.
This arrest in Vancouver has nothing to do with justice or human rights. It's about a trade war. That's all it is and we are all diminished by letting it happen unchallenged.