An opinion article by Konstanin Alexandrov (co-editor of Iran 24/07)
It has been over six decades since the eyes of the world were focused on Europe as they are today. The world, it seems, is heading into a state of war and Europe will once again play a main part in this impending conflict. In contrast to WWII, Europe’s part in a possible conflict will not be as the main geographic stage, but as the continent who’s diplomatic actions could de facto lead to conflict or peace.
Both Iran and the US are trying to steer European actions in their favor. On the one hand, the Iranian delegation to the UN general assembly had met with a vast array of European delegates including (but not limited to) the foreign ministers of; Germany, Sweden, Norway, Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus. These meetings were held for the purpose arranging a meeting between European representative and Iran at the End of this month in Tehran. On the other hand, the US is trying to steer the European leaders away from Iran, claiming that meeting with Iranian leaders will legitimize the Iranian nuclear program, and insure Iran’s entrance into the the zone of nuclear immunity.
Europe has been blamed before for not sopping wars by undertaking the wrong diplomatic actions and this might happen again. The European leaders now have the choice between their natural allies, or a side which stands against everything European democracies cherish. If European leaders choose the latter, and decide to attend the meeting in Tehran, they may find themselves yet again being blamed for a war that they could have stopped.
It is the responsibility of the European leaders not only to boycott the meeting in Tehran, but to openly speak against the existence of such a meeting. Only when Iran understands that the world as a single unit is against their nuclear program, could the program be stopped, and war be averted.