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Iran had legal right to counter-attack Israel in self-defense

Israel first attacked Iran’s embassy in Syria on April 1, in an act of war. Tehran had a legal right to respond in self-defense, according to article 51 of the UN Charter, which it did with missiles and drone strikes on April 13.

Iran attack Israel self defense UN Charter article 51

Iran launched a historic attack on April 13, hitting Israel with hundreds of drones and missiles.

Tehran invoked article 51 of the charter of the United Nations, which allowed it to act in self-defense in response to Israel’s bombing of Iran’s embassy in Syria on April 1.

The US, Canada, and European governments loudly condemned Iran’s April 13 attack, portraying Tehran as the aggressor. However, Western officials failed to mention that Iran was acting in self-defense.

Before the Iranian counter-attack, the leading British think tank Chatham House published an article admitting that the “Israeli attack on Iran’s consulate in Damascus on 1 April marks an unprecedented escalation by Israel against Iran in Syria”.

Tel Aviv killed top Iranian military officers, including Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi.

Chatham House stated that the April 1 attack was “the clearest signal yet of Israel’s determination to shift the conflict’s rules of engagement”, by “directly eliminating Iranian leadership”.

Israel’s bombing of Iran’s diplomatic facilities in Syria violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which states that embassies and consulates constitute the sovereign territory of the countries to which they belong.

The US, UK, and France shielded Israel from legal consequences for its act of war against Iran by blocking a resolution in the UN Security Council on April 4 that would have condemned the attack on Tehran’s embassy.

By preventing the UN Security Council from taking action, Western governments made an Iranian counter-attack inevitable.

Before April 13, Western officials knew that Iran was preparing a response.

US President Joe Biden threatened Iran on April 12, ordering Tehran not to attack Israel.

During the April 13 Iranian strikes, the US and UK militaries were directly involved in backing Israel, helping to shoot down Iranian drones. Jordan’s military likewise joined in support of Israel.

While launching its counter-attack, Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations invoked article 51 of the UN Charter “following a 13-day period marked by the Security Council’s inaction and silence, coupled with its failure to condemn the Israeli regime’s aggressions”.

Tehran denounced “Certain countries’ precipitous condemnation of Iran’s exercise of its legitimate right suggests a reversal of roles, equating the victim with the criminal”.

In their statements “strongly condemning” Iran’s April 13 counter-attack, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres all failed to mention that Tehran was acting in self-defense, and had a legal right to respond to Israel’s act of war.

Also left unmentioned was the fact that Israel has repeatedly bombed Lebanon, deep inside its sovereign territory; that a top UN expert has formally accused Israel of genocide in Gaza; and that Israel has flagrantly violated a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague that ordered Tel Aviv to stop killing Palestinians and to honor the Genocide Convention.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Eric Arthur Blair

    2024-04-14 at 18:26

    Memory holes abound in the LEMSOs (Lying Establishment Media Sewer Outlets):
    The 1948 Nakba in which the invading Israeli AshkeNAZIs killed/expelled 750,000 Palestinians from their ancestral homes never happened. The 1967 illegal seizure of Gaza etc by Israel never happened. History began October 7, 2023 with Hamas.

    The CIA coup in 2014 to install Neonazi proxies in Kiev, who went on to kill almost 14,000 Russian speakers in Donbass, never happened. History began February 24, 2022 with Putin.

    Now we learn the Israeli bombing of an Iranian consulate earlier this April never happened. History began April 13, 2024 with Iran.

    HOWEVER 100% bullshit also abounds:
    Evil Vietnamese bombed US ships in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, justifying US mass murder of the Vietnamese.
    Evil Assad used nerve gas in Gouta and Douma, justifying US mass murder of the Syrians.

    The LEMSO mushroom farm: keeping you in the dark and feeding you shit.

  2. Corney Korokan ALONE

    2024-04-16 at 16:56

    Correct.
    Well done again in putting this in perspective.
    This was also clearly presented at the UN Security Council and captured right here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YjY7AZAAkA

    44:16 The Representative of the Russian Federation unequivocally calls into question the blatant hypocrisy of western states, including the United Nations and puts into very simple and clear perspectives on the underlying causes of the instability in the West Asian Region and everywhere else. “Everything that has to do with western nations immediately becomes an urgent issue and so secret that they need to be protected. That is however, not so for every other nations of the world. This is what double standard looks like”. Papua New Guinea and the rest of the Pacific Islands joins the people of the Global Majority to support the clear call by the Russian Federation Representative for an equitable and peaceful co-existence among all nations of the world.

  3. JonnyJames

    2024-04-18 at 11:33

    I second the comments above by Eric and Corney.
    Thanks Ben and G/E – Keep up the excellent work in exposing the facts, exposing the misinformation and exposing the willful, glaring omissions of significant context.

    Also, in historical context: the UK/US imperialist dynamic duo orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically-elected, secular government of Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953. Any mention of “democracy” by the lawless imperialists is pure hypocrisy. The US and vassals are “democracies” in name only.

    In the US, the only “choice” offered in our so-called elections is between a senile genocidal freak, or another senile genocidal freak. And we are supposed to take this seriously?

    Both factions in Congress, are in lock-step: they all support kleptocracy, genocide, and betrayal. I think the same can be said of the US imperialist partner in crime, the UK as well. Canada, Germany, etc. are merely vassals. As for Israel being “the only democracy in the ME” that is just a plain insult to any informed, honest person. Might as well just be honest and tell us: “F you, you believe what you are told and STFU”.

    Tony Blair and Bush Jr. are lauded as wise elder statesmen, while the UK “high court” are busy making a mockery of the law in the Persecution of Julian Assange. And they smugly and arrogantly claim that they respect “the rule of law”. WTF? Some think that the UK is doing this for the benefit of the USA, but they forgot that Wilileaks publications embarrassed the UK government as well. The Brits have just as much of a reason to throw Assange in prison for life as the Yanks.

  4. Energieerhaltungssatz

    2024-04-19 at 14:06

    Precision strikes and invoking Article 51, good moves! Isreal and the Western leadership were getting ready to sell it as self-defense again. Did you notice how hesitant Western officials are calling it “disproportionate”? They fear the countless comparisons of their own actions. No wonder Biden said that he wants “freedom” instead of democracy. Of course he does not precisely define what he means by “freedom”. It just has to sound good. The details are mentioned behind closed doors:

    – Freedom to steal tax money
    – Freedom to wage war
    – Freedom to ignore local and international law
    – Freedom to steal resources
    – Freedom to sabotage critical infrastructure
    – Freedom to censor everyone who dares to defy them
    – Freedom to sponsor terrorism
    – Freedom to do whatever they want at the expense of the masses
    – Freedom to never have to take responsibility for their crimes

  5. Portia

    2024-04-20 at 16:25

    Thank you Ben. You shore up my heart.

  6. William J. Kelleher, PhD

    2024-04-25 at 14:41

    Ben’s report, and the comments that follow, give me a glimmer of hope that one day Progressive values will prevail. The pro-Zionism “Progressives” in Congress make me sick. Why can’t they stand up to the Jewish Lobby and to Genocide Joe?

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