September 26, 2005
"Top-ranking Americans have told equally top-ranking Indians in recent
weeks that the US has plans to invade Iran before Bush's term ends. In 2002,
a year before the US invaded Iraq, high-ranking Americans had similarly
shared their definitive vision of a post-Saddam Iraq, making it clear that
they would change the regime in Baghdad." Calcutta Telegraph 9-25-05
The UN's nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, officially signed Iran's
death-warrant yesterday. By passing a US-backed resolution that refers
Iran's nuclear program to the Security Council, the member states have
endorsed America's genocidal Middle East policy and paved the way for
another war. Even though Tal Afar, Samara and other civilian enclaves are
still under a withering attack from American forces, and even though reports
of rampant prisoner abuse and torture continue to surface around Falluja,
and even though increasing numbers of young Sunni men, who've been beaten
and shot in the back of the head, are being fished from the Euphrates River
every day; the sycophantic Euro-allies have thrown their support behind a
resolution that will unavoidably lead to another war. Everyone who signed on
to this treacherous pact is equally culpable of the misery it will
Behind the fraudulent rhetoric and grand gestures for peace, the former
colonial powers, Germany, France and England, have bonded with the
Master-state to plunder and occupy the resource-rich world beyond their
borders. They'll be knocking the cobwebs off the pith-helmets and jodhpurs
in jolly-England as they join the campaign to strip another unsuspecting
nation of their natural wealth and subjugate their people.
Old habits die hard.
The balloting on the IAEA's resolution was another stunning example of
US political fakery. Normally the agency requires that resolutions be
Not this time.
The vote for a resolution typically requires that two-thirds of the
members consent. (The resolution only got 22 of 35 possible votes)
Not this time.
Every part of the voting was twisted, manipulated and corrupted to meet
the needs of the superpower and its lust for war. Behind every sordid
ballot, the coercive influence of the American Goliath could be felt.
No one wants this war, but few have the courage to defy their Washington
The resolution will never reach the Security Council where it would be
immediately struck-down by a veto from Russia or China, but the damage has
been done, all the same. The Bush administration will use the mere
suggestion of "non-compliance" as cover for unleashing the Israeli
hell-hounds on Iranian weapons-sites; following the strategy that has been
in place from the very onset.
Schroeder, Chirac and Blair are as guilty of this impending aggression as
the perpetrators in Tel Aviv or Washington.
Iran has no nuclear weapons, no nuclear weapons-program, no plans for
acquiring nuclear weapons, and no territorial ambitions.
They pose no threat to their neighbors.
Did they help to push Israel out of Lebanon after a 20 year occupation?
Yes. Was that a crime?
Tehran is not involved in the Iraqi resistance, is not supplying military
hardware or bomb-making material to foreign terrorists, does not want
another war, and has no desire to be nuked by Don Rumsfeld. Despite the
nonsensical braying from Time Magazine's Michael Ware; accusing Iran of all
kinds of nefarious activity in fueling the Iraqi resistance, none of his
claims can be verified. What can be verified, however, are the myriad
attempts by the Pentagon to propagandize and finger-point at other states
for the problems they created for themselves in Iraq.
Sorry, guys; Iraq is your baby. Now, fix it.
As for Michael Ware, the Pentagon has a whole stable-full of enlightened
scribes ready to manufacture whatever fiction is required for the next war.
Ware is no exception. He's just doing his job.
So far, Iran's nuclear program has operated entirely within the confines
of the NPT (Non-proliferation Treaty) The IAEA's chief Mohammed Elbaradei
has stated repeatedly that there is no evidence whatsoever that Iran is
building nuclear weapons.
But, let's not ignore the real meaning of the NPT. The Non-proliferation
Treaty is nothing more than a legal-framework that institutionalizes the
double-standards and hypocrisy of the more powerful states. Why should Iran
grovel for nuclear fuel for its power plants, while the USA is developing
new bunker-busting nukes, space-warfare weaponry, and upgrading its 10,000
nuclear missile stockpile?
What we really need is an IAEA inspection team to ferret through the US
arsenal. Then the world could really make some headway on proliferation
Why should Iran be threatened and humiliated in front of the world body
when Israel, India and Pakistan stole nuclear technology and developed bombs
The NPT is a degrading apartheid-system that maintains the status quo
and keeps America's boot firmly placed on the neck of the developing world.
It should be replaced with a scheme that puts justice and evenhandedness
above the self-serving bigotries of the superpower and its cohorts.
But, why are we kidding ourselves anyway? The current farce at the UN
has nothing to do with Iran's imaginary nuclear weapons-program. The whole
affair is just a shabby rerun of the lead up to "Shock and Awe".
Where's the hidden stash of Iraqi WMD we were promised by Bush, Cheney
and Powell? Apparently, they were secretly spirited away to Tehran where
they could create the pretext for another war.
Iran's real crime is that it sits on an ocean of oil; the driving force
behind all administration policies. It is in "non-compliance" with the Bush
directive that puts every drop of world petroleum in the hands of the
The EU's participation in this charade tells us that the global oil
shortfall is even more severe than most people imagine. In just 5 years, all
of the existing reserves of world oil will begin trending downward; falling
well short of growing demand. Much of the current research indicates that
Saudi Arabia is drying up as well; leaving western economies at the mercy of
Teheran, Baghdad and Caracas. Despite the phony bluster about "free trade",
Bush and co. have no intention of sacrificing American supremacy to
something as fickle as the market. Nor do they plan to allow the global
economic system to slip into foreign control by entrusting the world's most
valuable resource to the dubious rulers in Iraq and Iran; not while they
have an endless supply of laser-guided missiles and bunker-busting
The handwriting is on the wall. It's just a matter of whether Iran "will
go peacefully into that good night" or not. The ground has already been
cleared for another larcenous crusade; another monstrous, unprovoked
aggression against a peaceful nation. The red-herring of "non-compliance"
will be brandished to the world while Washington gears up for its next
bloody campaign. The plan to reshape the Middle East is moving forward at
breakneck-speed and unsuspecting Iran just entered the imperial crosshairs.
Fasten your seatbelts for another savage cakewalk.
Courtesy & Copyright © Mike Whitney