The Case for Iran

Part 3: The U.S. and Iran: A Manufactured Crisis

There have been a number of reports this year that Iran is not constructing weapons. For example, “Intelligence Agencies Say No New Nukes in Iran” was the headline on a Newsweek article Sept. 16 that read in part:

“The U.S. intelligence community is reporting to the White House that Iran has not restarted its nuclear-weapons development program, two counter-proliferation officials tell Newsweek. U.S. agencies had previously said that Tehran halted the program in 2003.

“The officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said that U.S. intelligence agencies have informed policymakers at the White House and other agencies that the status of Iranian work on development and production of a nuclear bomb has not changed since the formal National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s ‘Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities’ in November 2007. Public portions of that report stated that U.S. intelligence agencies had ‘high confidence” that, as of early 2003, Iranian military units were pursuing development of a nuclear bomb, but that in the fall of that year Iran ‘halted its nuclear weapons program.’ The document said that while U.S. agencies believed the Iranian government ‘at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons,’ U.S. intelligence as of mid-2007 still had ‘moderate confidence’ that it had not restarted weapons-development efforts.

“One of the two officials said that the Obama administration has now worked out a system in which intelligence agencies provide top policymakers, including the president, with regular updates on intelligence judgments like the conclusions in the 2007 Iran NIE. According to the two officials, the latest update to policymakers has been that as of now — two years after the period covered by the 2007 NIE — U.S. intelligence agencies still believe Iran has not resumed nuclear-weapons development work. ‘That’s the conclusion, but it’s one that—like every other—is constantly checked and reassessed, both to take account of new information and to test old assumptions,’ one of the officials told Newsweek.”

In this connection, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair — the insider’s insider — testified before Congress in February that there was no evidence Iran is producing the highly enriched uranium required for nuclear weapons.

The September-October issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists contained an interview with Mohamed El Baradei, the retiring long time director of the IAEA, in which he declared: “We have not seen concrete evidence that Tehran has an ongoing nuclear weapons program …. But somehow, many people are talking about how Iran’s nuclear program is the greatest threat to the world….

“In many ways, I think the threat has been hyped. Yes, there’s concern about Iran’s future intentions and Iran needs to be more transparent with the IAEA and the international community …. But the idea that we’ll wake up tomorrow and Iran will have a nuclear weapon is an idea that isn’t supported by the facts as we have seen them so far.”

The Sept. 21 issue of Newsweek reported that “quarrels concerning the ultimate aim of Iran’s secretive nuke program have become so heated that some UN officials are making comparisons to the proliferation of misinformation in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.” The article continued:

In a private email sent last week to nuclear experts and obtained by Newsweek, Tariq Rauf, a senior official with the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, wrote that the mainstream media are repeating mistakes from 2003, when they ‘carried unsubstantiated stories on Iraq and WMD — the same mistakes are being repeated re IAEA and Iran.’ Rauf added that ‘the hype is likely originating from certain (known) sources.’ The message does not specify the sources, but U.S. and European officials have previously accused Israel of exaggerating Iran’s nuclear progress.

On Feb. 22, India’s mass circulation daily The Hindu reported:

Iran has not converted the low-grade uranium that it has produced into weapon-grade uranium, inspectors belonging to the International Atomic Energy Agency have said. The Austrian Press Agency quoted an IAEA expert as saying that the uranium substances that Iran has produced at its Natanz enrichment facility have been carefully recorded and remote cameras have been installed to supervise part of the stockpile. ‘If the Iranians intend to transport these uranium substances to a secret location for further processing, the agency’s inspectors will find out,‘ he said. The expert added that ‘so far, Iran has carried out good cooperation with us in relevant verifications.’

The French news agency AFP reported Sept. 20:

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today denied the West’s charge that Tehran aims to develop nuclear weapons under a covert program, insisting the Islamic Republic bans such activity. ‘They falsely accuse [Iran] of producing nuclear weapons. We fundamentally reject nuclear weapons and prohibit the production and the use of nuclear weapons,’ Khamenei said in a speech broadcast by state television. ‘They know themselves that it’s not true … but it is part of Iran-phobia policy that controls the behavior of these arrogant governments today.’

Iran is no danger to Israel, the United States, or the Sunni Arab world. It wants to protect its revolution, independence and what it considers its precious Islamic Republic. The Ahmadinejad government and Ayatollah Khamenei fully understand that heavy U.S. sanctions are capable of causing extreme agony for the masses of its people and would lead to a weakening of the state. Tehran is also aware that if it produces one nuclear weapon it may be mercilessly attacked.

Iran’s leadership is not suicidal, and is well aware that if Tehran not only produced a weapon but actually launched a nuclear missile toward Israel, the massive retaliation from the U.S. and Israel would obliterate most of Iranian society, whether or not its weapon was deflected by the U.S. anti-missile system that the Obama Administration is now going to place aboard Navy ships in the Mediterranean. (President Bush wanted to deploy the system to Poland and the Czech Republic to threaten Russia, not to defend Europe against an Iranian attack. By moving the ABMs south, Obama achieved two objectives: He got Russia off his back, while assuring Israel of yet another layer of U.S. protection.)

For all its fiery international rhetoric, Iran’s leadership is essentially cautious, and its military intentions are defensive. The country hasn’t started a war in almost 200 years, and the Iranian people have no desire to replicate the horror of the defensive war they waged against the Iraqi aggressor for most of the 1980s.

Developing nuclear weapons in today’s world makes a country a recognized power, and is a great defense against imperial aggression, particularly for a country that has long been on Washington’s hit list and narrowly avoided an invasion during the Bush years.

Iran — even if it knows how to produce a nuclear bomb — will not weaponize because it wishes to demonstrate its adherence to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and because it desires to survive the hostility of America and Israel. At the same time, Iran does not intend to be humiliated and hampered by hugely excessive restrictions and intrusive surveillance that is not applied to other countries in compliance with the NPT. Nor does it intend to turn tail because of threats from those who object to its support of the Palestinian people and its opposition to imperialism.

If the United States genuinely wishes to resolve its dispute with Iran, it is possible to do so rationally and without violence. But this means President Obama must treat Iran as an equal, accept the reality that Tehran and Washington see the world differently, and negotiate in good faith.

Most Americans and virtually the rest of the world have high hopes about Obama, especially after the dreadful Bush Administration. We certainly recognize the improvement, but have doubts, not high hopes, when it comes to the direction of American foreign policy. We see little difference, other than the cosmetic, between the Obama Administration’s international strategy and the strategy of American global domination and hegemony based on military power that has prevailed in Washington in its present incarnation since the end of World War II.

We’d like nothing better than to be proven wrong. But that would take the development of a massive progressive movement in this country, focused in this instance on world peace, the equality of peoples, and justice for all, a not unreasonable goal worth struggling for, in our view. And as far as nuclear proliferation is concerned, the only true solution is total nuclear disarmament, a position, by the way, that Iran appears to be putting forth these days.

Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Jack A. Smith is editor of the Activist Newsletter and a former editor of the Guardian (US) radical newsweekly. He may be reached at: jacdon@earthlink.net. Read other articles by Jack.

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  1. dino said on October 1st, 2009 at 4:55am #

    Of course Iran is not interesting to get nuclear weapon,getting nuclear bomb is not a way for Iran to fill more secured.Iran has a military budget half of that of Israel.Even the greater Russia got broken because she tried to keep the pace of US in armament.And i think that Israel doesn’t dare to attack Iran.Remembering what happened in 90 in the first Gulf war when Tel Aviv got emptied and was impossible to get a fly ticket for not matter what place outside Israel any Israeli government will not begin a such adventure.After Saddam fell the Israelis came back but in the case of a war with Iran surely they will not come back because will be more seriously.So why this ado?Is not for nothing.First the “free world” hope to destabilize Iran,thing that almost they got in June.Ahmadinejad should be changed because he dare to speak about holocaust and how it is used.Second,the “free world” need always enemies to explain military budget and to instill the brains of its citizens with how generously they,the Western, keep a good order in the world.And last ,to make their citizens to think less on economy crisis.

  2. Shabnam said on October 1st, 2009 at 8:05am #

    Mr. Smith Thank you for your articles that exposes the imperialists and Zionists manufactured crisis to deny Iran of her right in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes to meet her energy requirements for Iran’s development where is LEGAL UNDER NPT. On the other hand, Israel continues her ILLEGAL nuclear enrichment activity to make more bombs to add to already 300 bombs where made ILLEGALLY despite repeated demand from the international community to let IAEA inspectors in to inspect her bomb making factory where ISRAEL HAS REFUCED WHICH IS A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW.
    Recently, Obama made the same demand where John F. Kennedy made in 1963 meaning signing of NPT and inspection of the bomb factory but according to Mordechai Vanunu, let to Kennedy assassination by Israel.
    Unfortunately, the ‘left’ and percieved ‘progressive’ forces in the United States and Europe have decides to strengthen the hand of war criminals, US and Israel, and go after Islamic resistance movements and Iran’s legitimate election where Zionists and her allies, THE LEFT, view it as ‘fraud.’
    Hands Off people of Iran (HOPI) is actively in the business of helping Zionist’s interest by leaving Israel and US totally OFF THE HOOK and going after HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH and IRAN because these forces are using ISLAM to mobilize the indigenous population against the war criminals, US and Israel and its allies where members of HOPI ARE CITIZEN OF THESE COUNTRIES FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS.

    HOPI, is circulating a petition where has been signed by Chomsky and Joanne Landy from CPD, a phony ‘anti war movement’, where has recently been exposed and condemned by Edward Herman and Petersen for its pro US and Israel activities which strengthen US and Israel’s hand against Iran and other targeted countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

    The Iranian presidential elections are not a factor behind the ‘anti war movement’ inactivity in the West. The reason is that the “anti war Movement” in the west is under influence of Zionist Jews who lead the ‘left’, and manipulate the movement in order to protect the interest of the ‘jewish state’, that’s why the ‘left’ in the west cannot unify but divide people. These ‘movements’ are using the moment to divert attention away from the main issue of our time, the influence of Zionism on foreign policy of the ‘empire’ in the Middle East and North Africa to wage war against Israel’s enemies in the region to protect Israel’s expansionist policy in the region and beyond. Obama follows the same rule set by Jewish lobby to protect his seat at the White House. As Jeff Gates describes:

    [Barack Obama is a political product of Chicago’s West Side Jewish community and the nation’s “first Jewish president” according to former Clinton White House counsel Abner Mikva.]

    The ‘left’ and the ‘progressive’ forces in the West are allies of US imperialism and Zionism against the Islamic liberation movement where the latter is trying to resist worse than OPPRESSION meaning EXTERMINATION by Israel and the US. The phony left like Hands off People of Iran, HOPI, and ‘anti war movement’ such as Campaign for Peace and Democracy, CPD, where both are supported by majority of closet Zionists including Noam Chomsky, Joanne Landy, Solomon and the Iranian clowns like Makhmalbaf who is Mousavi’s representative in France and has signed a petition written by HOPI, against Iranian election – where is rejected by HOPI and closet Zionists including Noam Chomsky and Joanne Landy, as ‘fraud’. Makhmalbaf has recently signed a petition with a Zionist liar who poses as ‘philosopher’, BERNARD HENRI LEVI, strong supporter of Israeli genocide of Palestinian and the war in Iraq, to expand the interest of ‘jewish state’ according to the PROTOCAL OF ELDERS, Oded Yinon.
    Bernard Henri Levi has called these forces ‘Islamofascists.’ Makhmalbaf and other Iranian traitors, now have signed a petition against the Iranian elections calling it ‘fraud’ where survey after survey by the independent American institutions such as ‘New American Foundation’ and ‘World Public Opinions’, call it otherwise according to their polls.

    http://www.hopoi.org/resources/petition.html

    HOPI and Iranian clowns, amongst them retired ‘professor’ and filmmakers, know very well that since Iran is under fire by Zionism and its puppets, the Iranian traitors, who have received ‘awards’ worth millions of dollars from western intelligence services for their propaganda against Iran to divert attention from the threat of Zionism against world peace have golden opportunity to give their service to receive recognition and financial support in the form of AWARDS where the Iranian traitors are showered daily by these phony awards to cover the expenses of their activities towards destabilization of Iran for the interest of Israel and the US for regime change. These fools have NO SUPPORT FROM THE IRANIAN PEOPLE and are not known to the public abroad.

    A few day ago, Three Iranian female ‘human rights’ activists received the Lech Walesa Prize, created by the ex-leader of the Polish Solidarity trade union and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Shadi Sadr, Ladan Boroumand and Roya Boroumand are due to receive the prize in Gdansk, Poland on Tuesday, during a cSadr. The Boroumand sister have repeadly shown that they are financially supported by the CIA and western intelligence service. Shadi Sadr who has received thousands of Euros from European intelligence services said in an interview that she is not against financial support of these agencies.
    The Lech Walesa Prize was created in 2008 to honor those “who stand for understanding, freedom and for the promotion of the fundamental values of Solidarity Movement,” the trade union which Walesa headed in the 1980s to combat Poland’s then communist government. The prize includes a 100,000 euro award, which is divided equally between the winners. The prize committee consists of Walesa, former Czech President Vaclav Havel, and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, among others.

    The Iranian traitors’ activities against legitimate elections are awarded and supported by Zionism and its puppets. Many American independent polls show that the Election was legitimate and more than 81% of Iranian people believe in legitimacy of the election. Is Obama, a Zionist puppet, can claim the same thing? Are the Zionists who have been identified by Goldstone’s report as war criminals, can claim legitimacy for their leadership? Why these fools are silent against the enemy of humanity? Why the ‘anti war movement’ in the West does not allow any discussion and condemnation of Israel as an apartheid state where has committed genocide in Palestine and neighboring country and now is seeking nuclear holocaust on Iran?
    Why the Iranian phony opposition groups have left US and Israel untouched and is after Iranian legitimate elections? These Iranian clowns who have signed HOPI’s petition are living abroad, at least, for the past 40 years and are the citizen of US, France, Germany and other Western countries where their adopted countries are killing people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, yet these fools are silent and have done nothing to prevent war crime activities of their adapted countries. Do these fools believe that Muslim children who are burnt to death with phosphorus bombs by Israel, worth less than others as the Zionist racists think? Why these fools do not raise their voices against illegal sanctions – where killed more than 650,000 including children in Iraqi before Iraq invasion, and now doing the same thing in Iran? In fact, Makhmalbaf is demanding for more sanction against Iranians.

    The closet Zionists recently published a declaration to ‘protest’ against Toronto film festival’s spotlight on Tel Aviv and NO BOYCOTT of the festival was suggested, yet the petition was attacked by the Zionists in Canada and elsewhere. Many ‘leftist’ groups were silent and did not support this mild objection of Israel. Jane Fonda, one of the signatory, WHO CLAIMS IS IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS regardless of its war crimes activities against humanity, had to abandon the protest and to apologize for her action. NO IRANIAN FILMMAKER OR phony ‘intellectual’ signed such a petition against Israel because they are afraid to be a target of Jewish lobby whereas activities against Iran bring them financial support with ZERO RETRIBUTION. We have not seen these Iranian clowns to sign a petition to boycott Israeli universities or Israeli ‘leaders’ travelling abroad for their war crime activities.

    However, the closet Zionists regularly are signing these kinds of petitions against Iranian representatives.
    One of these phony organizations is CPD where Noam Chomsky and other closet Zionists such as Joanne Landy have signed many petitions against Iranian government where was objected by Iranians who believe these petitions were biased but all felt on deaf ears. CPD forms public opinion against the targeted countries to help US and Israel’s policy in the region.
    Herman and Petersen have written number of articles exposing CPD and its policies where strengthen no one except US government and Israel’s position in the Middle East and North Africa.

  3. Shabnam said on October 1st, 2009 at 8:59am #

    According to the latest report the Western intelligence services’ agents in Iran have received their awards from Kech Walesa in amount of 147,000 dollar.
    Three Iranian women ‘human rights’ activists Monday received the Lech Walesa Prize.
    Shadi Sadr, Ladan Boroumand and Roya Boroumand (Boroumand sisters are Kurds. The Kurds are viewed as Israel’s pawns in the region by many regardless of ethnic or religious background) were honored for their promotion of “human rights,’ freedom of expression and ‘democracy’ in Iran.’
    The following photos show the circus of ‘human rights’ manipulators with their agents receiving their prize to help NED agenda in Iran.

    http://asre-nou.net/php/view.php?objnr=5999

    Michael James Barker on NED, supportive of the ‘opposition’ group activities, by the CIA, the following has been published:
    [The 2005 Iranian election was “met with worldwide approval.” It was, it seemed, a signal to the rest of the world that Iran was preparing itself for a more western style of democratic governance. But, despite the apparent legitimacy of the elections, it became evident in February 2006 that the US administration was now in “Iranian democracy promoting mode.” It was then that Condoleezza Rice first announced she was requesting $85 million from Congress for the newly formed Office of Iranian Affairs. This initiative built upon the earlier activism of Senators Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) who had introduced the Iran Freedom and Support Act of 2004 which declared the need for democracy and regime change in Iran. However, to date the NED’s activities in Iran (which are carried out openly and even described on their website) have not even been mentioned in the media. Their “democratic” rhetoric seems to have worked its wonders and allowed the NED to completely slip under the radar of the world’s media. In fact, even before the advent of the Iran Freedom and Support Act the NED had been openly meddling in Iranian affairs. According to the NED’s online project database five Iranian groups received NED aid prior to 2004: the Iran Teachers Association, the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, the National Iranian American Council, the Women’s Learning Partnership, and the Abdorrahaman Boroumand Foundation. Therefore, in a bid to understand what US-led “democracy” will mean for Iran, the activities of each of these organisations will now be examined in turn.
    The Iran Teachers Association (ITA) was one of the first Iranian groups to receive NED aid. Between 1991 and 2003 they were the recipients of seven NED grants. These grants – worth a total of just over $300,000 – were distributed to support the ITA’s quarterly cultural and political journal, Mehregan. In 1992 the neoconservative Bradley Foundation provided them with a further $25,000 grant to help build a democratic Iran. Unfortunately, due to the closure of their website little other information has been obtained regarding their activities.]

  4. Shabnam said on October 1st, 2009 at 9:02am #

    According to the latest report the Western intelligence services’ agents in Iran have received their awards from Kech Walesa in amount of 147,000 dollar.
    Three Iranian women ‘human rights’ activists Monday received the Lech Walesa Prize.
    Shadi Sadr, Ladan Boroumand and Roya Boroumand (Boroumand sisters are Kurds. The Kurds are viewed as Israel’s pawns in the region by many regardless of ethnic or religious background) were honored for their promotion of “human rights,’ freedom of expression and ‘democracy’ in Iran.’
    The following photos show the circus of ‘human rights’ manipulators of the empire.

    http://asre-nou.net/php/view.php?objnr=5999

    Michael James Barker on NED, supportive of the ‘opposition’ group activities, by the CIA, the following has been published:
    [The 2005 Iranian election was “met with worldwide approval.” It was, it seemed, a signal to the rest of the world that Iran was preparing itself for a more western style of democratic governance. But, despite the apparent legitimacy of the elections, it became evident in February 2006 that the US administration was now in “Iranian democracy promoting mode.” It was then that Condoleezza Rice first announced she was requesting $85 million from Congress for the newly formed Office of Iranian Affairs. This initiative built upon the earlier activism of Senators Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) who had introduced the Iran Freedom and Support Act of 2004 which declared the need for democracy and regime change in Iran. However, to date the NED’s activities in Iran (which are carried out openly and even described on their website) have not even been mentioned in the media. Their “democratic” rhetoric seems to have worked its wonders and allowed the NED to completely slip under the radar of the world’s media. In fact, even before the advent of the Iran Freedom and Support Act the NED had been openly meddling in Iranian affairs. According to the NED’s online project database five Iranian groups received NED aid prior to 2004: the Iran Teachers Association, the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, the National Iranian American Council, the Women’s Learning Partnership, and the Abdorrahaman Boroumand Foundation. Therefore, in a bid to understand what US-led “democracy” will mean for Iran, the activities of each of these organisations will now be examined in turn.
    The Iran Teachers Association (ITA) was one of the first Iranian groups to receive NED aid. Between 1991 and 2003 they were the recipients of seven NED grants. These grants – worth a total of just over $300,000 – were distributed to support the ITA’s quarterly cultural and political journal, Mehregan. In 1992 the neoconservative Bradley Foundation provided them with a further $25,000 grant to help build a democratic Iran. Unfortunately, due to the closure of their website little other information has been obtained regarding their activities.]

  5. Annie Ladysmith said on October 2nd, 2009 at 7:41pm #

    THE US GOV. TERRORIZING OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND GOV. is a sick and cowardly way to rob vital resources through the universal threat of torture and death to all in Iran.

    Iran has now backed down because they are a conservative people who want to see their children grow up without cauliflower tumors erupting from their heads.

    They have cowered this nation, now they will make it heel to the golbal march of Nuvos Ordo Seclorum. Only a few small-fry left in the area.

  6. Fashionable Earth said on October 13th, 2009 at 1:29pm #

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