By Guennadi Evstafiev, retired general of the external intelligence service - RIA Novosti.
The Iranian authorities and the representatives of the Iranian elite precipitately transfer their deposits from European banks to banks in Asia and, of course, in Switzerland where, as a rule, sanctions are not taken into account. It is several billion dollars.
Many see it as one of the preliminary stages in the mobilization of Tehran before a possible armed conflict with the United States and its allies, if the attempt to settle the situation around the Iranian nuclear program is unsuccessful. The Iranians probably remember their own lessons and the sad experience of Iraq, a neighboring country attacked by the American coalition also under the false pretext of "concealing from the world community stocks of weapons of mass destruction".
Despite the dissimilarity of the regimes and the political and economic potentials of these two states, the scenario developed in Washington against Iran is strangely reminiscent of that planned for Iraq. However, there are indications that American strategists lack confidence after the setbacks suffered in Iraq, which means that the solution of the problem by diplomatic means has an additional chance.