Jalil Bahar
by Jalil Bahar

If you do not believe that Iranian Mullahs have a secret link to the Whitehouse; and if you do not believe that the Mullah’s have fooled everyone with a strategy of public enmity and private amity with the US (and Britain); and if you do not think Iran directly supported the US invasion of both Afghanistan and Iraq; and if you think killing over 300,000 communists by the Mullahs was a small domestic incident; and if you do not think there is a coincidence between Russian complaints at the security council two days ago of American placement of missiles on its border with Poland and Rumania (justified by the United States because of perceived threats from Iran’s missile program) and Iranian Missile tests this week (to support American justifications to the Russians); ….then maybe one more set of facts about the grand Caspian Sea theft will persuade you that these Mullahs are indeed western puppets!

These Mullahs are giving away Iran’s national wealth in the Caspian Sea directly to US and British oil companies. The Caspian Sea has something like 12 Trillion dollars of Oil today (and it could be worth double or triple that within a few years if oil prices keep rising). And, beyond the wealth, with all this energy in its hands, the United States now has a stranglehold on the world’s largest energy reserves – both in Iraq and now in the Caspian Sea (and thus key bargaining chips in dealing with an emerging China). As Vice President Cheney recently stated "The Caspian Sea is now akin to the Persian Gulf in terms of strategic importance to the United States".

Here’s how the Mullahs have sold out Iran:
- It all starts with the break up of the Soviet Union. American and British Oil Companies quickly moved in and set up shop in former Soviet republics…such as Azarbaijan (BP), Kazakhstan (Conoco), Uzbekistan (Unocal, now merged with Conoco). Condoleeza Rice, by the way, prior to working at the White House, was a director of Conoco and has an oil supertanker named after her.

- The break up of the Soviet Union then provided a pretext for the ‘defacto’ annulment of Iran’s treaty with Russia involving the Caspian Sea’s the newly established (independent) republics. These republics went ahead and sold licenses to the Sea bed and started extraction of natural resources in contravention of the treaty governing the Caspian Sea – claiming it did not apply to them!

- The Treaty in question is called “The Russo-Persian Friendship Treaty”. It was signed in 1921, superseding all previous agreements. It was ratified by both governments and enforced for over 50 years and has actually NOT been superseded by any other formal agreement. It treated the Caspian Sea as a Lake with equal rights to both parties bordering the Caspian. Iran thus had 50% rights (in every respect, fishing, mineral resource, navigation, etc.) to the Caspian Sea (and its sea bed). This agreement has remained in force through multiple governments (democratic and non-democratic), and the second world war, etc. It has been tested and remained in force.

Since the break up of the Soviet Union, which occurred a few years after Iran’s revolution, there has been an effort to negotiate a new treaty involving all the littoral states bordering the Caspian. It appears now, based on the memorandums that have been exchanged, that Iran’s Mullahs will now settle and sign for something under 13% of the Caspian Sea! '

This, my friends is a travesty and a crime against all Iranians. There is no basis for Iran to accept anything less than the 50% it already owns.

First of all, Iran did not “Break Up” the Soviet Union – the Soviets themselves did it. The Russians can distribute their 50% share anyway they want – but have no rights to give away or allocate Iran’s interests.

Secondly, having been treated as a lake in prior treaties, no one can come along now and claim it is a Sea (defined as part of an Ocean) as if there was direct navigation to the Caspian from an ocean, with bordering states only being allowed to claim water some distance from their own land…as international Treaties governing Seas and Oceans do. There are many other examples of salt lakes such as the Great Salt Lake, and the Dead Sea which are treated as lakes by their littoral states. Labeling the Caspian a Sea does not immediately (scientifically, or geographically) make it a sea. It’s a misnomer.

Thirdly, the issues governing allocations of the Caspian Sea bed and resources can not be divorced from a whole host of other issues – such as environmental protection, and water flow rights from inbound rivers. What if someone has a massive oil rig explosion and pours oil into the Sea that floats into another country's beaches, or what if a pipeline ruptures carrying oil or gas from the Caspian, or what if Russia suddenly decides to limit water flow into the Caspian by the Volga river, or decides to increase its already high levels of sewage waste and effluent being poured into the Volga River which then finds its way into the Caspian Sea? All this squabbling over the Sea could be meaningless if the Sea dries out (like the Aral Sea did nearby …when the Russians cut off water flow to it). In fact the right approach would be to create a policing and regulating authority (like for example “The Caspian Sea Authority” to manage many of these interrelated issues on a day to day basis).

Fourth, any negotiation has to be based on a larger context of the relationship of these independent countries with each other and Iran. Iran can certainly negotiate its interests down, if for example it establishes a larger economic and political block with its neighbors – where like the European Union they might share a currency, a central bank, economic policy, foreign policy etc. Certainly with 20 Million Azeris in Iran and only about 10 Million Azeris in Azarbaijan, there is a basis for some degree of connectivity; and the same applies with Turkmens in Iran and Turkmenistan. Thus Iran could give away its mineral rights but have (in return) an opportunity to increase exports and trade in higher value added goods and thus share in the prosperity it is giving away. Iran could be guaranteed pipeline deals to export the hydrocarbons through its southern ports. Right now, it looks like both Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are by passing Iran with a pipeline through Afghanistan. Apparently Iran’s neighbors do not trust the Islamic Republic enough to put their lifelines through Iran (although it would be by far, the most efficient option.)

Finally, how can anyone sit around any table to negotiate any rights and consider others at the table as legitimate representatives of their nations. Azarbaijan is a dictatorship with a President for Life (that George Bush anointed an honorary Texan), Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are similarly ruled by dictators. And indeed, Iran’s current government has no legitimacy. It is a puppet government established by and directly imposed on Iran by the United States (Remember: the Shah was destabilized, Ramsey Clark was sent to Paris to prepare Khomeini for the take over, and General Huyzer was sent to Iran to dampen the Shah’s Military and thus enable the Theocratic Coup). The switch from direct links with Carter and direct links with the Reagan Camp (October Surprise) are now well documented. The Mullahs switched allegiance from Carter to Reagan before the presidential elections, there was a signed bible to Rafsanjani from Ronald Reagan, Iran-Contra, and direct Iranian support for the invasion of Afghanistan....

This is a puppet government, my friends. It has no legitimacy to give away Iranian assets – and sign a binding long-term agreement for the Caspian Sea.

In any case, the solution (a regional union) would require as a pretext, establishment of legitimate (democratic) governments and thus enable the formation of a representative and legitimate regional political union (this for example is a pre-condition for joining the European Union). The Mullahs would have to take a back seat…and allow real democracy to flourish in Iran before something like this could happen. But this is a long way off, and can not be a pretext for an agreement today.

This whole situation is a sham. It has been reported that for example, these oil companies has gone to great lengths to make lucrative deals with these puppet post-soviet governments. Doesn’t all this sound reminiscent of the Anglo-Iranian oil deal with the Brits stealing Iranian oil for some 40 years (before it was nationalized)? It was recently reported for example, by a former BP employee that the deal-making with the Azeris often entailed - sex, spying and briefcases full of hard currency... [he] has told how he threw champagne-fuelled sex parties to help secure lucrative international oil contracts.

Iranians should flood the streets and protest. This is robbery. We can not sit idly by while the Mullahs give away the bank. Iranians must revolt, take to the streets, demonstrate in front of Azerbaijan’s, Turkmenistan’s, and other littoral state embassies …we can not sit and do nothing. No agreement should be signed. No memorandums should be exchanged. No signal should be provided to Iran’s neighbors to allow them to steal Iranian assets.

Let’s unite as Iranians everywhere in opposition to this Grand Caspian Theft and Larceny. We can not allow this to go forward as planned.


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Re: Jalil Bahar

by jamshid on

Let's not forget how the IRI is selling Iran's other none-Caspian riches to Inida and China. The IRI has signed long term contracts with India and China in which the price of Iran's oil and gas is locked at the current prices.

It is the same as if a contract was signed in the 1980s to sell Iran's oil for $30 per barrel, and then today Iran would still be obligated to continue to sell the $145 per barrel oil at still $30.

This only so that this puppet regime can continue with its survival.

It is not a surprise that a few IRI supporters who are benefiting from this sellout agreements rush to to the defense of the IRI in this thread. Their livelihood of these traitors depends on the survivial of their regime.


Caspian Maspian

by Anonymous415 (not verified) on

Exactly where in these treaties says that Iran and Soviet had 50% share in the Caspian? Daydreaming is good. Asman risma gohtan ham hado soquri darad, just like Iran's limits in the Khazar Sea. Both the mullahs and hypernationalists keep blowing it with the ignoarnce they display on this issue. One would think that between the drunkard Russians and the Islamist Iranians, the latter would be more sobre. I guess not.



by treason (not verified) on


Absolute act of treason by IRI. Giving the Caspian Sea to Russia to obtain nuclear technology. What a travesity.


very well said

by MRX1 (not verified) on

but it's some what late. The second treaty of torkamanchai came in action and while every one was a sleep and apparently every one still is! The right of Iran in Caspian has been reduced to actualy about 8%. have you noticed the regime used to talk nearly every day about Capsian sea and how alborz oil fields belong to Iran and now and then days you don't hear even one word about it!
And that's not the only place either, there are oil/gas fields that were supposed to be jointly explored with Qatar because of supposedly joint ownership. Apparently the qataries are using those oil fields by themselves and yet you don't hear one word from this regime!
THis regime is a giant puppet. it has done things that previous government of Iran under the shah leadership would have never ever approved: from giving away oil & gas, and territory to mass execution of communists, to brining fear to the area so the countries surrounding us armed themself to teeth and thus keep the militery industrial complex in U.S and Europe profitable. if this is not a defiontion for puppet I don't know what is!

Jalil Bahar

In Response To Mirza Khan

by Jalil Bahar on

The nuclear issue is a red herring; the sanctions have no teeth... The sanctions were designed NOT to have teeth.

Respectfully, YOU are being too simplistic. The underlying point here, is that this is an issue where the regime can be cornered - with the Iranian people.

And by the way they have signed a memorandum in September 2007 essentially agreeing to the delianation; and more importantly both Azarbaijan and Turkmenistan are extracting hydrocarbons from what in effect are Iranian territory. The regime is holding a blind eye to that.

Bottom line, whether the regime is Islamic, Secular, Monarchist, Communist, whatever...the "Caspian Sea Theft" is a clear basis for ousting the regime. This is an issue ALL Iranians can rally behind and exploit to put democracy back in place in Iran! There is real opportunity for the opposition to rally behind this issue and unite.



What's the role of UN ..

by aaj sr (not verified) on

what's the role of UN in this situation?
The same UN where IRI is not recognizing it nor listening to?
Isn't the time to be part of International family, and thru the same institution abide by their rules and forcefully, but democratically get our rights in Caspian Sea and in Persian Gulf, including forcing Arab countries for a final resolution, once for all to honor the name of Persian Gulf and all interest belong to it?


Too simplistic and black and white, Dr. Bahar.

by Mirza Koochak Khan (not verified) on

Dr Bahar,

Your article ignored the fact that Iran's government has not supported, but has vehemently opposed, the division of the Caspian Sea resources as proposed by the former USSR states. Your article also did not mention that Iran's government DOES NOT and REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE the proposal offered to those states, even to this day.

Moreover, with regard to the US-Iran links, your analysis is too black and white. Are there covert and clandestine relations between certain elements in the US and certain channels in the Iranian government? Absolutely. And the US definitely had a major hand in ousting the Shah and bringing Khomeini to power. However, there are also major strategic disagreements, and deep, meaningful contradicting interests between most elements of the US government and Iranian governments.

Iran's government is not a "puppet" of the US. It is merely negotiating with the US clandestinely in areas of mutual benefit (such as the logistics and aftermath of the Iraq and Afghanistan war theaters). This is not "puppetry." It is realpolitik.

If Iran's government were truly a "puppet" of the US, it would have sold out Iran's main strategic interests - its defense and technological advancement - and ended its nuclear program long ago. This could be exchanged for saving the regime from US pressure. In such a "bargain," they could receive a "reproachment" with the US, in exchange for giving the US and Britain "unfettered access" to every corner of Iran, including military bases, in order to forever "verify" he end of the program. This of course would end Iran's sovereignty, giving foreign "policeman" the right to inspect any corner of the country, and would set a precedent for giving Western powers a veto right over the Iranian nation's pursuit of advanced technology forever.

But Iran has not done this. SO, despite evidence of occasional clandestine realpolitk negotiations and accomodations between elements of each government in matters of mutual interest, the US-Iran relationship is by no means indicative of a "master-puppet" relationship. Maybe some high elements of the Iranian regime are US agents (perhaps a figure like Rafsanjani), but the entire Islamic Republic leadership structure is certainly not.


Excellent and thoroughly

by my2cents1 (not verified) on

Excellent and thoroughly informative article. Where are the anti-Imperialists/jihadists on this site???


Shol kon seft kon mighi ha

by Alborzi (not verified) on

Make up your mind, the US had 3 air craft carrier in Persian Gulf and all sort of sanctions. Including seizing their assets now you are saying they are buddies. Now if you had said its the Englisah then I would believe you.


Thank You

by Kam (not verified) on

This is an issue that has been bothering me and does not seem to addressed at all. It is drowned out by all the noise relating to the nuclear issue. Thanks for bringing it up. We should spread awareness regarding this as much as possible.

Maryam Hojjat

I agree!

by Maryam Hojjat on

I am with you 100%. You are very right that IRI is a puppet of US & Brit.  Your Reasons are valid and besides this criminal system (IRI) being in power for thirty years is another manifestation for being a puppet and selling Iran's wealth to these to blood sucker countries.