UK Foreign Minister Miliband: “The thesis of conspiracy by foreign powers against Iran is peddled vociferously by the regime”
By Cem Ertür
Global Research, June 21, 2009
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“Obviously the long thesis of the conspiracy by foreign powers against Iran is one that is deeply ingrained in the popular imagination and peddled vociferously by the regime. The demonisation of the West, the United States, the UK to some extent, has been a feature of the last 30 years.”

[UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, BBC Radio 4 interview, 16 June 2009] [1]


“I believe discussion about the Iraq war has clouded the debate about promoting democracy around the world. I understand the doubts about Iraq and Afghanistan, and the deep concerns at the mistakes made. But my plea is that we do not let divisions over those conflicts obscure our national interest, never mind our moral impulse, in supporting movements for democracy […]

In the 1990’s […] the left seemed conflicted between the desirability of the goal and its qualms about the use of military means. In fact, the goal of spreading democracy should be a great progressive project; the means need to combine soft and hard power.”

[UK Foreign Minister David Miliband’s “Democratic Imperative” speech, Oxford University, 12 February 2008] [2]


“I think it’s very important that there is a united front between the countries of Europe, America, Russia and China and countries of the Gulf in addressing the range of issues that are posed by the Iranian regime.”

[UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, Riyadh, 8 April 2009] [3]


“In the next year, the most pressing threat to global order […] comes from the actions of Iran.”

[UK Foreign Minister David Miliband’s “Foundations of Freedom: the Promise of the New Multilateralism” speech, Hull, 21 November 2008] [4]


“Iranian nuclear programme […] poses a threat not just to Israel but to the stability of the entire Middle East.”

[UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, speech at the Annual Lunch of Labour Friends of Israel, Whitehall, London, 4 November 2008] [5]


[1] Iran elections: David Miliband on the Today programme

Foreign and Common Wealth Office web site, 16 June 2009

[2] ‘The democratic imperative’

by UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, David Miliband’s personal website, 12 February 2008

[3] Britain calls for united front to deal with Iran

by Souhail Karam, Reuters, 8 April 2009

[4] Foundations of Freedom: the Promise of the New Multilateralism

by UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, Foreign and Common Wealth Office website, 21 November 2008

[5] ‘Prospects in the Middle East’

by UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Foreign and Common Wealth Office website, 4 November 2008


related links:

The British Parliamentary Committe for Iran Freedom


Long history of Anglo-American covert provocation and action in Iran

by Steve Watson, Global Research, 3 April 2007


A Different Perspective on the Iranian Elections by Gary Sudborough

Iran Faces Greater Risks Than It Knows By Paul Craig Roberts

For workers’ power and a socialist Iran by Peter Symonds

CIA, Iran and the Election Riots

Some observations on the Iranian presidential election and its aftermath by Phil Wilayto

Secrets of CIA (2006)

Iran Israel US Nukes

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