Wednesday April 12th 2006, 5:35 pm
it was ten years, then it was five or six, and now it is sixteen days.
Iran will have a nuke in sixteen days and no doubt they will nuke
Israel on the seventeenth day, if we are to believe the mendacious
neocons. "Iran, which is defying United Nations Security Council
demands to cease its nuclear program, may be capable of making a
nuclear bomb within 16 days if it goes ahead with plans to install
thousands of centrifuges at its Natanz plant, a U.S. State Department
official said," Bloomberg
reports, or rather repeats verbatim, no questions asked, as corporate
media hacks never ask questions and take every whopper dispensed by the
neocons at face value.
Stephen Rademaker, U.S. Assistant
Secretary of State, that is to say a Straussian neocon flunky, does the
math. "Natanz was constructed to house 50,000 centrifuges…. Using those
50,000 centrifuges they could produce enough highly enriched uranium
for a nuclear weapon in 16 days."
It’s obvious what is going
on here. Iran is thumbing its nose at the arrogance of the Straussian
neocons and their obedient lapdog, the United Nations. "Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday the country had succeeded
in enriching uranium on a small scale for the first time, using 164
centrifuges. That announcement defies demands by the UN Security
Council that Iran shut down its nuclear program this month."
It is forbidden for Iran to develop nuclear energy—or even a measly bomb—but Israel is allowed to have around 400 nukes.
France made the mistake of helping Israel manufacture its nuclear program in the late 50s. It was duped in the process.
arose in May 1960, when France began to pressure Israel to make the
project public and to submit to international inspections of the site,
threatening to withhold the reactor fuel unless they did. President de
Gaulle was concerned that the inevitable scandal following any
revelations about French assistance with the project, especially the
chemical reprocessing plant, would have negative repercussions for
France’s international position, already on shaky ground because of its
war in Algeria," explains the Federation of American Scientists.
a subsequent meeting with Ben-Gurion, de Gaulle offered to sell Israel
fighter aircraft in exchange for stopping work on the reprocessing
plant, and came away from the meeting convinced that the matter was
closed. It was not. Over the next few months, Israel worked out a
compromise. France would supply the uranium and components already
placed on order and would not insist on international inspections. In
return, Israel would assure France that they had no intention of making
atomic weapons, would not reprocess any plutonium, and would reveal the
existence of the reactor, which would be completed without French
assistance. In reality, not much changed—French contractors finished
work on the reactor and reprocessing plant, uranium fuel was delivered
and the reactor went critical in 1964."
Of course, the Israelis deceived the French and everybody else and began cranking out nukes like flapjacks a few years later.
early as 8 December 1960, the CIA issued a report outlining Dimona’s
implications for nuclear proliferation, and the CIA station in Tel Aviv
had determined by the mid-1960s that the Israeli nuclear weapons
program was an established and irreversible fact."
said the Iranians are deceiving the International Atomic Energy Agency,
and yet Israel went out of its way to hide its nuke program. "United
States inspectors visited Dimona seven times during the 1960s, but they
were unable to obtain an accurate picture of the activities carried out
there, largely due to tight Israeli control over the timing and agenda
of the visits. The Israelis went so far as to install false control
room panels and to brick over elevators and hallways that accessed
certain areas of the facility. The inspectors were able to report that
there was no clear scientific research or civilian nuclear power
program justifying such a large reactor—circumstantial evidence of the
Israeli bomb program—but found no evidence of 'weapons related
activities’ such as the existence of a plutonium reprocessing plant."
1986, the Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu revealed for the
world the extent of Israel’s secret and illegal nuclear program. For
revealing the truth, Vanunu spent 18 years in an Israeli prison. He is
not allowed to leave Israel and essentially remains a prisoner.
has around 400 hydrogen weapons, nukes 100 to 1,000 stronger power than
a regular nuclear bomb. According to retired US Army Colonel Warner D. Farr, M.D., Israel is the fifth largest nuclear superpower in the world.
the 1973 "Yom Kippur War," Israel used nuclear blackmail to force
Kissinger and Nixon to airlift supplies (see John Steinbach, Israeli Weapons of Mass Destruction: a Threat to Peace). In addition, Israel has used its "dependence" on nuclear weapons to fleece the American taxpayer.
Rubin, economic adviser to former PM Yitzhak Shamir, said "If left to
its own Israel will have no choice but to fall back on a riskier
defense which will endanger itself and the world at large… To enable
Israel to abstain from dependence on nuclear arms calls for $2 to 3
billion per year in U.S. aid" (Mark Gaffney, Dimona, The Third Temple:
The Story Behind the Vanunu Revelation, Brattleboro, VT, 1989, Amana
Books, p. 165; see previous link).
"The Israeli nuclear
arsenal has profound implications for the future of peace in the Middle
East, and indeed, for the entire planet. It is clear from [the late]
Israel Shahak that Israel has no interest in peace except that which is
dictated on its own terms, and has absolutely no intention of
negotiating in good faith to curtail its nuclear program or discuss
seriously a nuclear-free Middle East," Steinbach concludes.
fact, Israel has no intention of ever signing a nuclear proliferation
treaty and has worked nuclear blackmail and threats into its on-going
effort to balkanize and dominate the Middle East.
believes that Israel will ever sign the UN Convention prohibiting the
proliferation of nuclear weapons… is day dreaming," Ze’ev Shiff, an Israeli military expert, wrote for Haaretz.
moral and political meaning of nuclear weapons is that states which
renounce their use are acquiescing to the status of Vassal states. All
those states which feel satisfied with possessing conventional weapons
alone are fated to become vassal states," Munya Mardoch, Director of
the Israeli Institute for the Development of Weaponry, declared in 1994
(see previous link).
Obviously, Iran understands this
"vassal sate" dynamic all too well and that is why it may develop a
nuclear bomb—certainly not in sixteen days, as Stephen Rademaker warns,
Rademaker is married to Danielle Pletka,
vice-president for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American
Enterprise Institute, the criminal organization where Bush gets his
"minds." Pletka is described as an early neocon and associate of Martin
Indyk, the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, founding executive
director of the criminal Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and
research director for AIPAC.
Birds of a feather plot mass murder together.
are slim to none the United States under the rule of perfidious
Straussian neocons will allow Iran to develop a nuclear bomb and thus
enjoy the untouchable status North Korea apparently enjoys (notice the
neocons are not plotting to invade or shock and awe North Korea because
this will result in widespread destruction of South Korea and even
Thus we can expect the neocons to launch their
long-planned shock and awe campaign in the near future. It is
impossible to predict an exact or even approximate date. But if the
escalating rhetoric and saber-rattling—prompted by hysterical demands
emanating almost weekly from Israel and echoed and amplified by the
Straussian neocons—are any indication, it will be sooner before later.
Rademaker may believe—or rather want us to believe—Iran is sixteen days
away from building a nuke. But the Israelis disagree. Iran’s
announcement it has enriched uranium "is worrying for everyone as we
have seen with the international reaction," declared General Dan Halutz,
Israeli military’s chief of staff, according to Zee News Limited. "The
Iranians are not [capable of building a nuke] yet. Time is an essential
element in the diplomatic process, and I believe that things will
change during this process," Halutz added.
In fact, Iran appears to be a long way from developing highly-enriched uranium of the sort required for a nuclear bomb.
should be noted that Iran has enriched uranium to 3.5 percent (fissile
material) and this is sufficient for light water reactors, not nuclear
weapons. "Uranium enriched to 20 percent U-235 or higher is considered
highly enriched uranium (HEU), which can be used in nuclear weapons.
The higher the percentage of enrichment, the easier it is to use the
uranium to make a nuclear bomb because less material would be required
to form a critical mass for a nuclear explosion. The uranium used in
nuclear weapons is typically enriched to 90 percent U-235 or higher,"
notes the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
other words, Mr. Rademaker is telling another in a long succession of
Straussian neocon fibs. Iran is nowhere near the level of isotope
separation required to "worry not just Israel but the entire world," as
Halutz puts it.
"Only a handful of countries have the
capability to produce weapons-grade uranium—namely the five nuclear
weapons states (US, UK, France, USSR, and China) and a very few others
(including South Africa and Pakistan). Typically, a uranium enrichment
plant covers many acres of land and uses as much energy as a large
city. Such plants are large and sophisticated; they cannot be hidden
from aerial surveillance," explains Gordon Edwards (he forgot to include Israel).
According to the UK Telegraph, Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility "will soon have the capacity to enrich uranium to weapons grade."
Rademaker thinks that will happen in a little over two weeks—or he wants you to think so.
I’ll conclude with a quote from Juan Cole:
is really going on here is a ratcheting war of rhetoric. The Iranian
hard liners are down to a popularity rating in Iran of about 15%. They
are using their challenge to the Bush administration over their
perfectly legal civilian nuclear energy research program as a way of
enhancing their nationalist credentials in Iran.
Bush is trying to shore up his base, which is desperately unhappy with
the Iraq situation, by rattling sabres at Iran. Bush’s poll numbers are
so low, often in the mid-30s, that he must have lost part of his base
to produce this result. Iran is a great deus ex machina for Bush. Rally
around the flag yet again.
If this international game of
chicken goes wrong, then the whole Middle East and much of Western
Europe could go up in flames. The real threat here is not
unconventional war, which Iran cannot fight for the foreseeable future.
It is the spread of Iraq-style instability to more countries in the
I beg to differ with Mr. Cole. Bush—or
rather the Straussian neocons who use him every day as a less than
satisfactory sock puppet—the neocons could not care less about Bush’s
"base" of pathetic fake-patriots clueless about reality (as the
Straussian neocons tell us they create reality—at least for the easily
duped and bedazzled). Additionally, "the spread of Iraq-style
instability to more countries in the region" is precisely what the
I don’t know if Cole buys into the fallacy
that Bush blew it in Iran—expecting a "cakewalk" and rose petals tossed
in admiration—but if he does he need only read the PNAC documents and
other neocon literature. The Straussian neocons will not rest until the
entire Muslim Middle East is in flames