The Phantom Menace

Fantasies, Falsehoods, and Fear-Mongering about Iran's Nuclear Program

To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary.

– George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

Facts rarely get in the way of American and Israeli fear-mongering and jingoism, especially when it comes to anti-Iran propaganda. For nearly thirty years now, U.S. and Zionist politicians and analysts, along with some of their European allies, have warned that Iranian nuclear weapons capability is just around the corner and that such a possibility would not only be catastrophic for Israel with its 400 nuclear warheads and state-of-the-art killing power supplied by U.S. taxpayers, but that it would also endanger regional dictatorships, Europe, and even the United States.

If these warnings are to be believed, Iran is only a few years away from unveiling a nuclear bomb…and has been for the past three decades. Fittingly, let’s begin in 1984.

An April 24, 1984 article entitled “‘Ayatollah’ Bomb in Production for Iran in United Press International referenced a Jane’s Intelligence Defense Weekly report warning that Iran was moving “very quickly” towards a nuclear weapon and could have one as early as 1986.

Two months later, on June 27, 1984, in an article entitled “Senator says Iran, Iraq seek N-Bomb,” Minority Whip of the U.S. Senate, Alan Cranston, was quoted as claiming Iran was a mere seven years away from being able to build its own nuclear weapon. In April 1987, the Washington Post published an article with the title “Atomic Ayatollahs: Just What the Mideast Needs – an Iranian Bomb,” in which reporter, David Segal, wrote of the imminent threat of such a weapon.

The next year, in 1988, Iraq issued warnings that Tehran was at the nuclear threshold.

By late 1991, Congressional reports and CIA assessments maintained a “high degree of certainty that the government of Iran has acquired all or virtually all of the components required for the construction of two to three nuclear weapons.” In January 1992, Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset that “within three to five years, we can assume that Iran will become autonomous in its ability to develop and produce a nuclear bomb.”

Furthermore, a February 1992 report by the U.S. House of Representatives suggested that Iran would have two or three operational nuclear weapons by April 1992.

In March 1992, The Arms Control Reporter reported that Iran already had four nuclear weapons, which it had obtained from Russia. That same year, the CIA predicted an Iranian nuclear weapon by 2000, then later changed their estimate to 2003.

A May 1992 report in The European claims that “Iran has obtained at least two nuclear warheads out of a batch officially listed as ‘missing from the newly independent republic of Kazakhstan.'”

Speaking on French television in October 1992, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres warned the international community that Iran would be armed with a nuclear bomb by 1999. The following month, the New York Times reported that Israel was confident Iran would “become a nuclear power in a few years unless stopped.”

The same year, Robert Gates, then-director of the CIA, addressed the imminent threat of Iranian nuclear weapons. “Is it a problem today?” he asked at the time, “probably not. But three, four, five years from now it could be a serious problem.”

On January 23, 1993, Gad Yaacobi, Israeli envoy to the UN, was quoted in the Boston Globe, claiming that Iran was devoting $800 million per year to the development of nuclear weapons. Then, on February 24, 1993, CIA director, James Woolsey, said that although Iran was “still eight to ten years away from being able to produce its own nuclear weapon” the United States was concerned that, with foreign assistance, it could become a nuclear power earlier.

That same year, international press went wild with speculation over Iranian nuclear weapons. In the Spring of 1993, U.S. News & World Report, the New York Times, the conservative French weekly Paris Match, and Foreign Report all claimed Iran had struck a deal with North Korea to develop nuclear weapons capability, while U.S. intelligence analysts alleged an Iranian nuclear alliance with Ukraine. Months later, the AFP reported Switzerland was supplying Iran with nuclear weapons technology, while the Intelligence Newsletter claimed that the French firm CKD was delivering nuclear materials to Iran, and U.S. News and World Report accused Soviet scientists working in Kazakhstan of selling weapons-grade uranium to Iran. By the end of 1993, Theresa Hitchens and Brendan McNally of Defense News and National Defense University analyst, W. Seth Carus, had reaffirmed CIA director Woolsey’s prediction “that Iran could have nuclear weapons within eight to ten years.”

In January 1995, John Holum, director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, testified before Congress that “Iran could have the bomb by 2003,” while Defense Secretary William Perry unveiled a grimmer analysis, stating that “Iran may be less than five years from building an atomic bomb, although how soon…depends how they go about getting it.” Perry suggested that Iran could potentially buy or steal a nuclear bomb from one of the former Soviet states in “a week, a month, five years.”

The New York Times reported that “Iran is much closer to producing nuclear weapons than previously thought, and could be less than five years away from having an atomic bomb, several senior American and Israeli officials say,” a claim repeated by Greg Gerardi in The Nonproliferation Review (Vol. 2, 1995).

Benjamin Netanyahu, in his 1995 book “Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat the International Terrorist Network,” wrote , “The best estimates at this time place Iran between three and five years away from possessing the prerequisites required for the independent production of nuclear weapons.”

At the same time, a senior Israeli official declared, “If Iran is not interrupted in this program by some foreign power, it will have the device in more or less five years.” After a meeting in Jerusalem between Defense Secretary Perry and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, they announced that Iran would have a nuclear bomb in seven to 15 years.

On February 15, 1996, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Ehud Barak told members of the UN Security Council that Iran would be producing nuclear weapons by 2004.

On April 29, 1996, Israel’s then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres claimed in an interview with ABC that “the Iranians are trying to perfect a nuclear option” and would “reach nuclear weapons” in four years. By 1997 the Israelis confidently predicted an active Iranian nuclear bomb by 2005.

In March 1997, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency director John Holum again attested to a House panel that Iran would develop a nuclear weapon sometime between 2005 and 2007.

The following month, according to a report in Hamburg’s Welt am Sonntag, the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) believed Iran had an active nuclear weapons development program and would be able to produce nuclear weapons by 2002, “although that timeframe could be accelerated if Iran acquires weapons-grade fissile material on the black market.” Eight days later, in early May 1997, a Los Angeles Times article quoted a senior Israeli intelligence official as stating that Iran would be able to make a nuclear bomb by “the middle of the next decade.”

On June 26, 1997, the U.S. military commander in the Persian Gulf, General Binford Peay, stated that, were Iran to acquire access to fissile material, it would obtain nuclear weapons “sometime at the turn of the century, the near-end of the turn of the century.”

In September 1997, Jane’s Intelligence Defense Review reported that former U.S. Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, declared, “we know that since the mid-1980s, Iran has had an organized structure dedicated to acquiring and developing nuclear weapons,” as then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the Iranian nuclear technology program “may be the most dangerous development in the 21st century.”

Writing in the Jerusalem Post on April 9, 1998, Steve Rodan claimed “Documents obtained by the Jerusalem Post show Iran has four nuclear bombs.” The next day, U.S. State Department spokesperson, James Rubin, addressed this allegation, stating, “There was no evidence to substantiate such claims.”

On October 21, 1998, General Anthony Zinni, head of U.S. Central Command, said Iran could have deliverable nuclear weapons by 2003. “If I were a betting man,” he said, “I would say they are on track within five years, they would have the capability.”

The next year, on November 21, 1999, a senior Israeli military official was quoted by AP reporter Ron Kampeas (who was later hired as Washington bureau chief for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency) saying, “Unless the United States pressures Russia to end its military assistance to Iran, the Islamic republic will possess a nuclear capability within five years.”

On December 9, 1999, General Zinni reiterated his assessment that Iran “will have nuclear capability in a few years.”

In a January 2000 New York Times article co-authored by Judith Miller, it was reported that the CIA suggested to the Clinton administration “that Iran might now be able to make a nuclear weapon,” even though this assessment was “apparently not based on evidence that Iran’s indigenous efforts to build a bomb have achieved a breakthrough,” but rather that “the United States cannot track with great certainty increased efforts by Iran to acquire nuclear materials and technology on the international black market.”

On March 9, 2000, the BBC stated that German intelligence once again believed Iran to be “working to develop missiles and nuclear weapons.” The Telegraph reported on September 27, 2000 that the CIA believes Iran’s nuclear weapons capability to be progressing rapidly and suggests Iran will develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching London or New York within the next decade. CIA Deputy Director, Norman Schindler, is quoted as saying, “Iran is attempting to develop the capability to produce both plutonium and highly enriched uranium, and it is actively pursuing the acquisition of fissile material and the expertise and technology necessary to form the material into nuclear weapons.”

By the summer of 2001, Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was warning that Iran could have nuclear weapons by 2005 and that, sometime in the next decade, the Iranian nuclear program would reach a “point of no return,” from which time “it would be impossible to stop it from attaining a bomb.” By the end of the year, despite an inquiry into the questionable validity of Israeli intelligence regarding the Iranian nuclear program, Mossad head Efraim Halevy repeated the claim that Iran is developing nuclear and other non-conventional weapons.

In early 2002, the CIA again issued a report alleging that Iran “remains one of the most active countries seeking to acquire (weapons of mass destruction and advanced conventional weapons) technology from abroad…In doing so, Tehran is attempting to develop a domestic capability to produce various types of weapons — chemical, biological, nuclear — and their delivery systems.” Soon thereafter, CIA Director George Tenet testified before a Senate hearing that Iran may be able to “produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of this decade…Obtaining material from outside could cut years from this estimate.”

During his “Axis-of-Evil” State of the Union address on January 29, 2002, George W. Bush declared that Iran was “aggressively” pursuing weapons of mass destruction.

On July 29, 2002, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Marshall Billingslea, testified to the Senate that “Iran is aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons.” Three days later, after a meeting with Russian officials on August 1, U.S. Energy Secretary, Spencer Abraham, stated that Iran was “aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons as well as [other] weapons of mass destruction.” By the end of the year, White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer, was reiterating U.S. concerns about, what he termed, Iran’s “across-the-board pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and missile capabilities.”

In an interview with CNBC on February 2003, U.S. Undersecretary of State, John Bolton, said that Iran is seeking technological assistance from North Korea and China to enhance its weapons of mass destruction programs. In April 2003, John Wolf, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, accused Iran of having an “alarming, clandestine program.”

That same month, the Los Angeles Times stated that “there is evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” in a polling question regarding American attitudes toward Iran. The question followed, “Do you think the U.S. should or should not take military action against Iran if they continue to develop these weapons?” Fifty percent of respondents thought the U.S. should attack Iran.

The Telegraph reported on June 1, 2003 that “Senior Pentagon officials are proposing widespread covert operations against the government in Iran, hoping that dissident groups will mount a coup before the regime acquires a nuclear weapon.” The report contained a quote from a U.S. “government official with close links to the White House” as saying “There are some who see the overthrow of the regime as the only way to deal with the danger of Iran possessing a nuclear weapon. But there’s not going to be another war. The idea is to destabilize from inside. No one’s talking about invading anywhere.”

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll taken in late June 2003 asked Americans, “How likely do you think it is that Iran is developing weapons of mass destruction?” 46% of those surveyed said “very likely,” while another 38% said “somewhat likely.” Only 2% replied “not at all likely.”

An August 5, 2003 report in the Jerusalem Post stated that “Iran will have the materials needed to make a nuclear bomb by 2004 and will have an operative nuclear weapons program by 2005, a high-ranking military officer told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.”

On October 21, 2003, Major General Aharon Ze’evi, Israel’s Director of Military Intelligence, declared in Ha’aretz that “by the summer of 2004, Iran will have reached the point of no return in its attempts to develop nuclear weapons.” A few weeks later, the CIA released a semi-annual unclassified report to Congress which stated Iran had “vigorously” pursued production of weapons of mass destruction and that the “United States remains convinced that Tehran has been pursuing a clandestine nuclear weapons program.”

By mid-November 2003, Mossad intelligence service chief, Meir Dagan, testified for the first time before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and said that Iran was close to the “point of no return” in developing nuclear arms.

In early 2004, Ken Brill, U.S. Ambassador to the IAEA, reiterated the American position that Iran’s nuclear efforts are “clearly geared to the development of nuclear weapons.” One year later, on January 24, 2005, Mossad chief, Meir Dagan, again claimed that Iran’s nuclear program was almost at the “point of no return,” adding “the route to building a bomb is a short one” and that Iran could possess a nuclear weapon in less than three years. On January 28, the Guardian quoted Israeli Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz, stating the same thing. He warned that Iran would reach “the point of no return” within the next twelve months in its covert attempt to secure a nuclear weapons capability. A week later, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on CNN that Iran was “on a path of seeking a nuclear weapon,” but admitted that Iran was “years away” from building a nuclear bomb.

By August 2005, a “high-ranking IDF officer” told the Jerusalem Post that Israel has revised its earlier estimate that Iran would have a nuclear bomb by 2008, now putting the estimate closer to 2012. The same day, a major U.S. intelligence review projected that Iran was approximately ten years away from manufacturing the key ingredient for a nuclear weapon, doubling its previous estimate.

Two weeks later, however, Israeli military chief General Aharon Zeevi contradicted both the new Israeli and U.S. estimates. “Barring an unexpected delay,” he said, “Iran is going to become nuclear capable in 2008 and not in 10 years.”

In November 2005, Mohammad Mohaddessin, chair of the so-called National Council of Resistance of Iran (otherwise known as the Islamist/Marxist terrorist cult Mojahadeen-e Khalq, or MEK, which is currently designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. government) addressed a European Parliament conference and proclaimed that the “Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is determined to pursue and complete Tehran’s nuclear weapons program full blast…[and] would have the bomb in two or three years time.”

On January 18, 2006, Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News that Iran was “acquiring nuclear weapons.”

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey conducted in late January 2006 asked, “Based on what you have heard or read, do you think that the government of Iran is or is not attempting to develop its own nuclear weapons?” 88% of those polled said Iran is.

82% of respondents to a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll taken around the same time believed “Iran wants to use the uranium for military purposes, such as to build a nuclear weapons program.” 68% thought “Iran currently has a nuclear weapons program,” an increase of 8% from the previous year.

CBS News reported on April 26, 2007 that “a new intelligence report says Iran has overcome technical difficulties in enriching uranium and could have enough bomb-grade material for a single nuclear weapon in less than three years.”

In late May 2007, IAEA head, Mohammad El Baradei, stated that, even if Iran wanted to build a nuclear weapon (despite all evidence to the contrary), it would not be able to “before the end of this decade or some time in the middle of the next decade. In other words three to eight years from now.” On July 11, 2007, Ha’aretz reported that “Iran will cross the ‘technological threshold’ enabling it to independently manufacture nuclear weapons within six months to a year and attain nuclear capability as early as mid-2009, according to Israel’s Military Intelligence.” The report also noted that “U.S. intelligence predicts that Iran will attain nuclear capability within three to six years.”

A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics opinion poll taken in late September 2007 found that 80% of Americans believed Iran’s nuclear program was for “military purposes.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres issued an official statement on October 18, 2007 that claimed “everyone knows [Iran’s] true intentions, and many intelligence agencies throughout the world have proof that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons for the purpose of war and death.”

Less than two months later, the New York Times released “Key Judgments From a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s Nuclear Activity,” a consensus view of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. The analysis, entitled “Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities,” concluded with “high confidence” that the Iranian government had “halted its nuclear weapons program” in 2003, “had not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007,” and admitted that “we do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons.” The NIE also found that “Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapon” and that “Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005.” Also included in the report was the assessment that, if Iran actually had a nuclear weapons program, “the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough HEU [highly enriched uranium] for a weapon is late 2009, but that this is very unlikely,” continuing, “Iran probably would be technically capable of producing enough HEU for a weapon sometime during the 2010-2015 time frame,” and adding that “All agencies recognize the possibility that this capability may not be attained until after 2015.”

A report released on February 7, 2008 by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) asserted that Iran had tested a new, and more efficient, centrifuge design to enrich uranium. If 1,200 new centrifuges were operational, the report suggested, Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a bomb in one year.

Less than a week later, Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Olmert told reporters, “We are certain that the Iranians are engaged in a serious…clandestine operation to build up a non-conventional capacity.” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in a speech at West Point that Spring, claimed that Iran “is hellbent on acquiring nuclear weapons.”

On June 28, 2008, Shabtai Shavit, a former Mossad deputy director and influential adviser to the Israeli Knesset’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Sunday Telegraph that “worst-case scenario,” Iran may have a nuclear weapon in “somewhere around a year.”

In November 2008, David Sanger and William Broad of The New York Times reported that “Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts.” The article quoted nuclear physicist, Richard L. Garwin, who helped invent the hydrogen bomb, as saying “They clearly have enough material for a bomb.”

Siegfried S. Hecker of Stanford University and a former director of the Los Alamos weapons laboratory said in the report that the growing size of the Iranian stockpile “underscored that they are marching down the path to developing the nuclear weapons option,” while Thomas B. Cochran, a senior scientist in the nuclear program of the Natural Resources Defense Council declared, “They have a weapon’s worth.” Peter D. Zimmerman, a physicist and former United States government arms scientist, cautioned that Iran was “very close” to nuclear weapons capability. “If it isn’t tomorrow, it’s soon,” he said, indicating the threshold could be reached in a matter of months.

David Blair, writing in The Telegraph on January 27, 2009, reported that the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) “has said Iran is months away from crossing a vital threshold which could put it on course to build a weapon,” continuing that “Mark Fitzpatrick, the senior fellow for non-proliferation at the IISS, said: ‘This year, it’s very likely that Iran will have produced enough low-enriched uranium which, if further enriched, could constitute enough fissile material for one nuclear weapon, if that is the route Iran so desires.'”

On February 12, 2009, CIA Director-to-be Leon Panetta, told a Capitol Hill hearing, “From all the information I’ve seen, I think there is no question that [Iran is] seeking [nuclear weapons] capability.” Later that month, Benjamin Netanyahu, then a candidate for Israeli Prime Minister, told a Congressional delegation led by Maryland Senator, Ben Cardin, that “he did not know for certain how close Iran was to developing a nuclear weapons capability, but that ‘our experts’ say Iran was probably only one or two years away and that was why they wanted open ended negotiations.” Soon after that, Israel’s top intelligence official Amos Yadlin said Iran had “crossed the technological threshold” and was now capable of making a weapon.

In contrast to these allegations, National Intelligence director, Dennis Blair, told a Senate hearing in early March 2009 that Iran had only low-enriched uranium, which would need further processing to be used for weapons, and continued to explain that Iran had “not yet made that decision” to convert it. “We assess now that Iran does not have any highly enriched uranium,” Blair said.

Speaking in private with U.S. Congressmembers in late Spring 2009, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak “estimated a window between 6 and 18 months from now in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable.” In mid-June 2009, Mossad chief Meir Dagan said, “the Iranians will have by 2014 a bomb ready to be used, which would represent a concrete threat for Israel.”

On July 8, 2009, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, warned that the “window is closing” for preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Mullen claimed that Iran was only one to three years away from successfully building a nuclear weapon and “is very focused on developing this capability.” A week later, Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency declared Iran was capable of producing and testing an atomic bomb within six months.

The following month, on August 3, The Times (UK) reported that Iran had “perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead” and “could feasibly make a bomb within a year” if given the order by head of state Ali Khamenei.

Meanwhile, a Newsweek report from September 16, 2009, indicated that the National Intelligence Estimate stood by its 2007 assessment and 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.”

Nevertheless, both ABC News/Washington Post and CNN/Opinion Research Corporation polls taken in mid-October 2009 found that, “Based on what [they]’ve heard or read,” between 87% and 88% of respondents believed Iran to be developing nuclear weapons.

In November 2009, during a private meeting between U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Alexander Vershbow, and a number of senior Israeli defense officials in Israel, the head of Israel’s Defense Ministry Intelligence Analysis Production, Brigadier General Yossi Baidatz, “argued that it would take Iran one year to obtain a nuclear weapon and two and a half years to build an arsenal of three weapons.”

The Times (UK) reported on January 10, 2010 that retired Israeli brigadier-general and former director-general of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, Uzi Eilam, “believes it will probably take Iran seven years to make nuclear weapons,” despite the dire warnings from Major-General Amos Yadlin, head of Israeli military intelligence, who had recently told the Knesset defense committee that Iran would most likely be able to build a single nuclear device within the year.

In an interview with the U.S. military’s Voice of America on January 12, 2010, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess, said there was no evidence that Iran has made a final decision to build nuclear weapons and confirmed that the key NIE finding that Iran has not yet committed itself to nuclear weapons was still valid. “The bottom line assessments of the NIE still hold true,” he said. “We have not seen indication that the government has made the decision to move ahead with the program.”

Barack Obama, in his first State of the Union speech on January 27, 2010 claimed that Iran was “violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

Speaking in Doha, Qatar on February 14, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed, what she called, “Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.” Although Clinton said that the United States was attempting to “influence the Iranian decision regarding whether or not to pursue a nuclear weapon,” she added that “the evidence is accumulating that that’s exactly what they are trying to do, which is deeply concerning, because it doesn’t directly threaten the United States, but it directly threatens a lot of our friends, allies, and partners here in this region and beyond.”

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, taken at the same time as Clinton’s Doha visit, revealed that 71% of Americans believed Iran already had nuclear weapons. Of those remaining respondents who didn’t think Iran already possessed a nuclear bomb, over 72% thought it either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that “Iran will have nuclear weapons in the next few years.”

At an April 14, 2010 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Lieutenant General Burgess, stated that Iran could develop a nuclear weapon within a year and in three years build one that could be deployed, despite having judged that Iran didn’t even have an active nuclear weapons program a mere four months earlier.

Perennial warmongers, David Sanger and William Broad, of the New York Times reported on May 31, 2010 that “Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that experts say would be enough, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons.”

On June 11, 2010, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that “Most people believe that the Iranians could not really have any nuclear weapons for at least another year or two. I would say the intelligence estimates range from one to three years.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on June 24, 2010, introduced by Democratic Congressman Jim Costa of California, that “condemn[ed] the Government of Iran’s continued pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability and unconventional weapons and ballistic missile capabilities.”

CIA Director Leon Panetta said on June 27, 2010, Iran would need two years to prepare two tested and operational nuclear weapons. “We think they have enough low-enriched uranium for two weapons,” Panetta told Jake Tapper of ABC News, continuing to explain that Iran would require one year to enrich the material to weapon-grade levels and “another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable.”

On July 22, 2010, nearly a third of House Republicans signed onto a resolution which stated that “Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons” and “express[ed] support for the State of Israel’s right to defend Israeli sovereignty, to protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, and to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time to protect against such an immediate and existential threat to the State of Israel.”

On August 19, 2010, the New York Times quoted Gary Samore, President Obama’s top adviser on nuclear issues, as saying that the U.S. believes Iran has “roughly a year dash time” before it could convert nuclear material into a working weapon.

Following the release of the latest IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Telegraph declared that Iran was “on [the] brink of [a] nuclear weapon,” had “passed a crucial nuclear threshold,” and “could now go on to arm an atomic missile with relative ease.”

In his attention-grabbing September 2009 cover story for The Atlantic, entitled “The Point of No Return,” Israeli establishment mouthpiece, Jeffrey Goldberg, wrote that, according to Israeli intelligence estimates, “Iran is, at most, one to three years away from having a breakout nuclear capability (often understood to be the capacity to assemble more than one missile-ready nuclear device within about three months of deciding to do so).”

Joint Chiefs chairman Mullen, speaking in Bahrain on December 18, 2010, said, “From my perspective I see Iran continuing on this path to develop nuclear weapons, and I believe that that development and achieving that goal would be very destabilizing to the region.”

A week ago, on December 22, 2010, the great prognosticator, Sarah Palin, wrote in USA Today that “Iran continues to defy the international community in its drive to acquire nuclear weapons.”

Just today, December 29, 2010, Reuters quotes Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon as claiming Iran would soon have a nuclear weapon. “I don’t know if it will happen in 2011 or in 2012, but we are talking in terms of the next three years,” he said, adding that in terms of Iran’s nuclear time-line, “we cannot talk about a ‘point of no return.’ Iran does not currently have the ability to make a nuclear bomb on its own.”

Despite all of these hysterical warnings, no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program has ever been revealed. The IAEA has repeatedly found, through intensive, round-the-clock monitoring and inspection of Iran’s nuclear facilities – including numerous surprise visits to Iranian enrichment plants – that all of Iran’s centrifuges operate under IAEA safeguards and “continue to be operated as declared.”

As far back as 1991, then-Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Hans Blix, made it clear that there was “no cause for concern” regarding Iran’s attempts to acquire nuclear technology. Twelve years later, in an IAEA report from November 2003, the agency affirmed that “to date, there is no evidence that the previously undeclared nuclear material and activities referred to above were related to a nuclear weapons programme.” Furthermore, after extensive inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, the IAEA again concluded in its November 2004 report that “all the declared nuclear material in Iran has been accounted for, and therefore such material is not diverted to prohibited activities.”

During a press conference in Washington D.C. on October 27, 2007, IAEA Director-General El Baradei confirmed, “I have not received any information that there is a concrete active nuclear weapons program going on right now.”  He continued, “Have we seen Iran having the nuclear material that can readily be used into a weapon? No. Have we seen an active weapons program? No.”

By May 2008, the IAEA still reported that it had found “no indication” that Iran has or ever did have a nuclear weapons program and affirmed that “The Agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material [to weaponization] in Iran.” On February 22, 2009, IAEA spokesperson Melissa Fleming even issued a statement clarifying the IAEA’s position regarding the flurry of deliberately misleading articles in the US and European press claiming that Iran had enriched enough uranium “to build a nuclear bomb.” The statement, among other things, declared that “No nuclear material could have been removed from the [Nantanz] facility without the Agency’s knowledge since the facility is subject to video surveillance and the nuclear material has been kept under seal.”

This assessment was reaffirmed in September 2009, in response to various media reports over the past few years claiming that Iran’s intent to build a nuclear bomb can be proven by information provided from a mysterious stolen laptop and a dubious, undated – and forgedtwo-page document. The IAEA stated, “With respect to a recent media report, the IAEA reiterates that it has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapon programme in Iran.”

In his Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered on February 2, 2010, National Intelligence director, Dennis Blair, stated, “We continue to assess [that] Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that bring it closer to being able to produce such weapons, should it choose to do so. We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons.”

In a Spring 2010 Unclassified Report to Congress on the Acquisition of Technology Related to Weapons of Mass Destruction, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis, Peter Lavoy, affirmed that “we do not know whether Iran will eventually decide to produce nuclear weapons.”

Speaking with Charlie Rose in November 2010, Blair once again reiterated that “Iran hasn’t made up its mind” whether or not to pursue nuclear weaponry. On November 28, 2010, a diplomatic cable made available by Wikileaks revealed that, in December 2009, senior Israeli Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad told Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher that “he was not sure Tehran had decided it wants a nuclear weapon.”

Back in October 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle quoted former IAEA weapons inspector, David Albright, as saying, with regard to new reports about a possible Iranian nuclear weapons program revealed by the MEK, “We should be very suspicious about what our leaders or the exile groups say about Iran’s nuclear capacity.”

Albright continued, “There is a drumbeat of allegations, but there’s not a whole lot of solid information. It may be that Iran has not made the decision to build nuclear weapons. We have to be very careful not to overstate the intelligence.”

It appears that nothing much has changed in the past seven years, let alone the previous three decades.

Whereas the new year will surely bring more lies and deception about Iran and its nuclear energy program, more doublespeak and duplicity regarding the threat Iran poses to the United States, to Israel and to U.S.-backed Arab dictatorships, and more warmongering and demonization from Zionist think tanks, right-wing and progressive pundits alike, the 112th Congress and the Obama administration, the truth is not on their side.

“Facts are stubborn things,” John Adams said in 1770. “And whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Here’s hoping that, in 2011, the facts will begin to matter.

Happy New Year!

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  1. Ismail Zayid said on December 30th, 2010 at 11:21am #

    Evidently, Iran has been successful in deliberately exposing the falsehoods of the assertions by all those great US and Israeli experts. But Israel and the US are still determined to go their own way and the military threats against Iran will go on.

    In the midst of all that noise, dare any one mention the reality of Israeli nuclear weaponry and its threats to Middle East peace?

  2. Mulga Mumblebrain said on December 30th, 2010 at 3:06pm #

    This marvelous exposition illustrates two things, I believe. One, that the Zionazis and their Sabbat Goy stooges have no shame. Of course we knew that they were conscienceless liars who believe that, they being divine, the laws applying to the mere ‘two-legs’ don’t apply to them. Still the sheer contempt for the public’s intelligence and its memory is pretty extreme, and the typically despicable behaviour of the arthropods of the mainstream media truly base. And second, it does look like the Iranians were sincere when they issued a fatwah against possessing nuclear weapons. Whether this is a good decision or bad, I cannot say. After all a ‘balance of terror’ kept the peace for decades and forestalled what was probably certain use of nuclear weapons, somewhere, sometime, by the US, who were just itching to fricassee some ‘nigrahs’ (of any colour). However, in the case of Israel, a particularly bloodthirsty state that views its victims (and, let’s face it, effendis, the rest of us, too)as animals that may be slaughtered as a religious observance (as decreed by the Yesha Council of Rabbis and Torah Sages in 2006)the usual rules of rationality and humanity do not apply.

  3. hayate said on December 30th, 2010 at 7:44pm #

    Israel, and Jewish zionists, are a classic example of what happens when very mediocre beings are brainwashed into thinking they are gods.

  4. RichardKanePA said on December 31st, 2010 at 1:59am #

    Wilkileaks shows Sunni Nations more upset with Iran than Israel which though surprising makes sense because far more Shiites and Sunnis died fighting with each other than Jews with Arabs. As part of going over the heads of Arab Rulers to gain the respect on the Arab street Iran gives aid to Hamas and Hezbollah. Egypt and Jordan love Palestinians so much that they are helping with the Israeli embargo of Palestine. So Far Obama has both stopped or postponed a Sunni-Shiite nuclear arms race and Israel attacking Iran, a real accomplishment. It would be an nuke race similar to the one between India and Pakistan. If Sunnis and Shiites end up with nukes they will endanger each other for more than Israel. But alas in the US we feel we must decide between the US being the cause of all the world’s problems or the solution.

  5. 3bancan said on December 31st, 2010 at 2:48am #

    RichardKanePA said on December 31st, 2010 at 1:59am #
    Another perfect piece of hubristic zionazi mendacity and barbarity…

  6. Charlie said on December 31st, 2010 at 5:46am #

    Richard Kane, you make the mistake that so many people do in discussing the Middle East when you refer to countries as if they were individuals. It is important to distinguish between governments and the citizens of nations. Egypt and Jordan, for instance, are dictatorships ruled by men who fear their own people. They hold onto power solely by being servants of the slaves of Israel in Washington D.C. Neither ruler was legitimately elected to office by the citizens they rule, and neither of them makes decisions about Israel or the Palestinians that play well with the citizens of their countries. If America, instructed of course by Israel, tells Egypt to support a blockade, then it happens. However, ask the person on the street in Cairo to support that decision and see what response you get.

    Remember the American media’s feigned and choreographed outrage about elections in Iran while there was not a peep about the “elections” in Egypt, where the dictator brutally imprisons and tortures anyone who disagrees with him and then rigs the “elections” to keep himself in power. Similarly, the “king” of Jordan (which is a pleasant term for someone more properly called a dictator) lines his pockets and pads his armies on the backs of the American taxpayers. Moreover, he found the educational system of his own country so hideously distasteful that he ran to America and Britain for his education, including time at Georgetown University (gee, I wonder where that school is located and how closely it is tied to the US gov’t).

    The Congressional Research Service had this to say in its report, U.S. Foreign Assistance to the Middle East: Historical Background, Recent Trends, and the FY2011 Request

    The degree to which foreign assistance has contributed to the achievement of U.S. objectives in the Middle East is difficult to measure, but the consensus among most analysts seems to be that U.S. economic and security aid has contributed significantly to Israel’s security, Egypt’s stability, and Jordan’s friendship with the United States. The promise of U.S. assistance to Israel and Egypt during peace negotiations in the late 1970s helped to enable both countries to take the risks needed for peace, and may have helped convince both countries that the United States was committed to supporting their peace efforts. Excluding Iraq, Israel and Egypt are the largest two
    recipients of U.S. aid respectively.

    If you know how to translate government-speak, the text is saying, “We employ the rulers of Jordan and Egypt to assist in our loyal service to our masters in Israel.”

    And I’m glad to hear, by the way, that Obama had an accomplishment, particularly the part about his previously unknown role in stopping Israel from attacking Iran. I must have missed that tidbit in my reading elsewhere.

  7. shabnam said on December 31st, 2010 at 8:54am #

    {To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact…}

    George Orwell’s description fits well with ‘the First Black American President’ a Zionist slave directed by fifth column, Dennis Ross – who has NO knowledge of the Iranian history yet due to influence of Judeofascists on foreign policy of the US is designated as ‘advisor’ to Obama on Iran – to conduct two channels ‘diplomacy’: 1) to lie about his real intention when he sent a message at the beginning of the Persian New Year on 21st March 2009 to congratulate Iranians and express his willingness to turn a new page to improve two countries relations but it never materialized. Obama has taken the destabilization project to a new level were George Bush never entered. In fact 2) he intensified Iran destabilization program through TERRORISM, supporting MEK, Jundullah, PEJAK are trained by Mossad, killing hundreds of Iranian civilians, target assassination of the Iranian scientists, more illegal life threatening SANCTIONS, strangulation of Iranian economy, threat of a nuclear war on Iran, more insult directed at the Iranian officials including the elected president, Ahmadinejad who won the election with more votes than the ‘first black president’ presented by the Zionists and wall street thieves. He should be ashamed of his imperial policy that is based on expansion of the zionist bankers at the wall street and their apartheid state, Israel, which is against the interest of American people. Thus, he is cooperating with the fifth column, judeofascists, against Iran and the interest of AMERICAN PEOPLE who need JOB not more wars.

    Iran is a VICTIM of Zionism, the face of imperialist America, an Evil empire, for more than 30 years. Iranian youths were massacred by the United States’ puppet, Saddam, who invaded Iran with a green light from the US ans supported by the ‘democratic’ WEST and the Arab puppet head of the states, which Iran NEVER FORGETS. More than 1 million Iranian youths were killed and thousands more crippled for life. The war criminals through propaganda campaign are brain washing ignorant population of America to bring them on board to destroy Iran with its 7000 years of civilization. We will promise the Judeofascists that they will take this wish into their graves.

    These war criminals, who have invaded our region and stolen land of Palestine, HAVE NO RELATIONS TO OUR REGION. This racist Khazari (Turkic tribe) wants to destroy Iran which exists for more than 7000 years in the region according to proven history not based on MYTH like apartheid state. An apartheid entity as young as 60 years will not be able to destroy an ancient civilization with more than 7000 years. Israel in his dark history of 60 years with full support of the ‘democratic’ West has committed many crimes and crimes against humanity, therefore, has NO right to exist. The entity is illegitimate.

    Iranian people cannot trust Obama and his Judeofascist advisors because they are not interested in facts, but only seeking destruction of Iran through ‘regime change’ to install a PUPPET to cooperate with their vicious plan to erect “WORLD GOVERNMENT” according to the Protocol.
    The United States knows that Iran HAS NO NUCLEAR WEAPON PROGRAM, according to NIE in November of 2007 and 2010 which is prevented to be published according to many informed journalists. But Obama is directed to push Iran hard towards this path, so they can tell ‘we were right’ to use it against Iran. In fact millions of people including Arab population of the region and beyond want IRAN TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPON to form deterrence against Israel nuclear stock pile since expansionist policy of Zionism is known to every living creature.
    Does ‘the first black American president’ think that only ‘American exceptionalism’ and “Israeli exceptionalism’ should have nuclear weapons to expand their ‘VALUES’, terrorism, rape, racism, killing of thousands of civilians?

    The US and the occupying forces must get lost from our region immediately. American people must pour into street to bring the troops home who are engaged in killing innocent people including children on a daily basis. As long as Americans stay SILENT, they will be viewed as accomplices. The world is fed up with American silence and their inactivity against the war that they fund. YOU SUPPORT the war with your TAX MONEY and it is only YOU that can bring them back with your ACTIONS. The world has reacted against the dominant economic arrangement and its values, EXCEPT AMERICAN people.

    Mr. Shirazi thank you for your excellent article.

  8. shabnam said on December 31st, 2010 at 11:27am #

    ERIC S. EDELMAN & Andrew Krepinevich has written a very threatening piece of rubbish to frighten ignorant Americans in order to continue the Zionist war against Iranian people. These zionazis in an article “The Dangers of a Nuclear Iran” in “Foreign Affairs” have painted Iran a threat to world, nothing but a LIE.
    They argue that James Lindsay and Ray Takeyh, both are at the council on Foreign Relations, believe that the United States could contain Iran even if it developed a nuclear arsenal by establishing clear ‘redlines’ that Tehran would not be allowed to cross without risking some type of retaliation. Why Takeyh, an Iranian stooge who is in the service of the enemy, does not address thousand of REAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS of US and Israel, but goes after an imaginary Iranian nuclear weapon program where NIE in 2007 and 2010 has informed the WORLD THAT IRAN HAS NO NUCLEAR WEAPON PROGRAM?

    Eric Edelman, a Zionist tells the readers that Israel reserves the right to bomb anywhere that is perceived as ‘danger’ to Zionist expansionist policy. He reminds the reader of Israel’s earlier pre-emptive attacks on Egypt 1956 and 1967, Iraq in 1981 and Syria 2007. These Zionists argue that Saudi Arabia is rival to Iran, thus, nuclear Iran will push the region towards nuclear explosion. These liars do not tell us why Israel’s nuclear weapon program is not pushing Arab states toward nuclear weapons but an IMAGINARY nuclear weapon of Iran will do that?

    They spread lies that Iran is an enemy of US and Israel, thus, nuclear Iran becomes more hostile and will support Hezbollah ever more. The Zionist make Israel’s interest and US interest as ONE. They forget that Iran is a NATURAL ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES not Israel. Many have said, Giraldi, Blankfort, Mearsheimer and others that Israel is not even an ally or an asset, contrary to the closet Zionists’ point of view. Therefore, the Zionist policy that Obama is following, written by Dennis Ross, is against the interest of the United States.

    This kind of policy benefits Israel expansionist policy. These judeofascists are using WikiLeaks cable which was ‘leaked’ by Mossad agent, Assange, to justify their stupid policy against Iranian people to overthrow the government. These petty men brush off the support of millions of Arab population against imperialism/Zionism aggression and spin what has been said, true or lie, by FEW Arab puppet head of states to frame Iran.
    They are doing everything possible to activate another ‘cold war’ against a nation with modest defense system, 2.7 % of its GPD, small economy, to expand the Zionist interest in the region compare to Israel more than 7% and US 4.5%.

    They argue deterrence is expensive, difficult to implement successfully and is challenging to sustain over time. They ask, and then what should US do? Their prescription is vicious and illegal since Iran is a signatory to NPT and AIEA has found not violation. On the other hand, the Judeofascists have been exposed that illegally are making bombs and is sitting on more than 300 bombs. Israel and US have invaded many countries illegally and have killed millions of people.

    The ICC, A WHORE HOUSE, has nothing to say against these criminal states but goes after another African Muslim leader, Al Bashir, on spurious charge of ‘genocide’ constructed by a Jewish organization ‘save Darfur’ and its agent, An Iranian-Canadian, Payam Akhavan, a NED agent and one of the founder of ‘documentation centre’ funded by CIA (NED), is trying to frame Iranian officials as ‘war criminal’, but at the same time Payam Akhavan who left Iran at the age of 8 and is a Canadian citizen has no objection to war criminals and their crimes against humanity since he has not yet written ONE LINE against either Israel or US or Canada for their war criminal activities.
    Then, these Zionists, prescribe more sanctions, target assassinations, economic strangulation against Iran. They write:

    1)For the time being, the US should follow ‘diplomacy’ and Sanctions, CLANDESTINE ACTIONS, to keep the threat of military action on the table to make sure that both the Iranian PUBLIC and elite understand the cost.

    2) They say: Iran should be remained as a pariah state unless she ABONDON its LEGAL NUCLEAR PROGRAM. They claim that some STATES ARE WILLING TO SABOTAGE IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

    3) US should bolster its military capability and deploy additional B-2 bombers, stock piles of Precision guided munitions, electronic warfare systems, undersea strikes assets, such as guided missiles submarines, sea-based missile defense platforms, and possibly a SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER strike group, extra forces compliment diplomacy with added coercive forces.
    What are the reasons behind Iran’s extermination program? Why Iran’s legal enrichment program should be painted as ‘threat against world peace’ but more than 300 NUCLEAR BOMBS of an apartheid state and thousands of US bombs, a fascist state’ should be treated as ‘peaceful’?

    American people must wake up and go into the street to force out these WAR CRIMINALS and their stooges at the Whore house, senate, Congress, and Pentagon, otherwise they will be viewed as accomplices to these mass murderers.

  9. shabnam said on December 31st, 2010 at 1:55pm #

    When ERIC S. EDELMAN & Andrew Krepinevich claim: “some STATES are willing to SABOTAGE IRAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM” Jerusalem Post tells us what exactly that means.
    In ‘Mossad, US, UK cooperating to sabotage Iran nukes’ Jerusalem Post writes:
    {Sabotage acts on Iran included Stuxnet virus, explosion in missile factory, killing of scientists, reports newspaper ‘Le Canard Enchaine.’
    US and UK intelligence services are cooperating with the Mossad to sabotage Teheran’s nuclear program in exchange for Israel agreeing not to launch a military strike on Iran, the French weekly Le Canard enchaîné reported on Thursday, quoting French intelligence sources.

    Acts of sabotage carried out in the past year in Iran were conducted by Israel with the help of the CIA and MI6, the sources said.

    The sabotage included, according to the report, the introduction of the Stuxnet computer virus into 30,000 computers in Iran’s nuclear reactors and explosions in October in which 18 Iranian technicians were killed at a factory in the Zagros Mountains that manufactured Shihab missiles.

    According to the sources, the assassination of five Iranian nuclear scientists was also carried out by the Mossad in cooperation with the American and British intelligence agencies.

    The sources said the cooperation continues, and more joint actions aimed at stopping Iran from completing its nuclear program are expected.
    Force the zionazis out of power. Force zionist stooges out of WH, senate, Congress, and other places. Iranians must expose these mass murderers at once where ever they live.}


  10. Mulga Mumblebrain said on December 31st, 2010 at 10:36pm #

    shabnam, please don’t call the ICC a ‘whorehouse’-that’s an insult to whores. I prefer sewer, full of rats, and in my opinion Ocampo is King Rat, a typically odious US stooge.I agree with all you say otherwise and am more and more bemused as to how successful the most evil and dangerous people on earth, the Judeofascists and Zionazis, are at causing murder and destruction. I do not by any means believe all Jews to be evil, but those on the Right politically and the fundamentalist religious loons, I certainly see as wholly malevolent. This is a group that exists to hate and to do ill to others, including most of humanity, the goyim, who they despise as inferior creatures, and any of their fellow Jews who do not share that hatred. I see two sources for this detestation. One is Judaism itself which preaches exclusivity, supremacy and murder as a religious obligation, and the other the understandable but utterly destructive hatred of non-Jews that flowed from the Nazi Judeocide. This hatred is the greatest threat to humanity, and to the Jews themselves, who stand to lose their souls if they become merely vessels for hatred. Many are already lost, and, as they show over and over again, are capable of any crime.

  11. shabnam said on January 1st, 2011 at 12:40pm #

    I agree with your judgment that using ‘whorehouse’ to describe ICC, a western tool against weaker states, is not the best word. I will try to use something else from now on. Thank you.

    I wanted to imply that ICC is a place where stooges come together to implement Zionist policy of empire – to REMOVE a strong leader from the power in a targeted country, here Sudan, if sabotage fails to overthrow the government.

    North Africa is treated according to ODED YINON strategy to push the country towards destabilization and ‘regime change’ since Israel and US are trying to change the map of the Middle East. For this reason, Mossad and CIA are activity engaged in sabotage, killings and funding terror group, to destabilize these countries. The latest sabotage was the bombing of a church in Egypt. They kill civilians and then they hold” Al Qaeda” responsible for it. There is NO AL QAEDA. Al Qaeda is MOSSAD & CIA to spread fears among population including Americans to keep them in line.

    Behind Christian killings in IRAQ, most likely, were Mossad and their pawns, Kurds, to expand the Kurdish TRIBE since the Zionists treat the North of Iraq as their property. These killings are carried out to force the indigenous population out which is based on Zionist experience in Palestine, ETHNIC CLEANSING.

    One of the evidence that these TERRORS are designed and carried out by CIA/MOSSAD and their agents is that they spread lie that the bombing was the work of a suicide bomber, which is not true. Majority of these killings are carried out by an explosives-packed car parked outside detonated through a remote control like in Iraq which killed Ayatollah Hakim, the Shiite religious leader, along with 400 people in addition to thousand wounded. First, it was attributed to work of a suicide bomber and then the government announced that it was carried out by remote control. The killing of Christians in Iraq followed the SAME pattern. Now, SAME thing happened in Egypt and many Coptic are dead. The report said:

    {A powerful bomb exploded in front of a crowded Coptic Christian church a half hour into the New Year early Saturday, hitting worshippers emerging from a holiday Mass in the Egyptian city of Alexandria and killing at least 21 people in an attack that raised suspicions of an al-Qaida role.}
    First, it was announced that:

    {Police initially said the blast came from an explosives-packed car parked outside the Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city. But the Interior Ministry later said it was more likely from a suicide bomber who blew himself up among the crowd.}

    Oded Yinon Strategy aim is to destabilize the entire region to partition the regional states. Southern Sudan is going to be partition like Iraq in early January 2011, no WORD FROM THE LEFT OR EVEN THE BLACK ACTIVISTS, has been heard against partition.
    Israel is carrying out destabilization project in all Muslim countries in the middle east

  12. Mulga Mumblebrain said on January 1st, 2011 at 1:20pm #

    Precisely shabnam. These vile swine (the Judeofascist supremacists) are the most wholly evil people imaginable, because they, like all Western colonialists, regard their victims as literally sub-human. And, as they see only themselves as full human beings, and the rest of humanity have souls closer to those of animals than the Jews (if I may paraphrase Rabbi Kook the Elder) and as Rabbi Ovadia Yosef explained, Gentiles only exist to serve the Jews, the whole of humanity are potential targets. Whereas informed opinion knows the truth, and those able to free themselves from the mental shackles of compulsory Judeomania and the Holocaust religion see Israel for the evil state and the Israeli elite for the Zionist Nazis that they truly are, the masses are still brainwashed. This is due, I beloeve, to the fear of Judaic hissing and spitting of the ‘antisemite’ vilification, and genuine remorse over the Nazi Judeocide. Unfortunately fanatic racist supremacists enjoying absolute impunity for any crime, even mass child murder, are not only a menace to humanity, but they are bound, one day, to just go too far, and no amount of media suppression or lying will hide the truth. It’s just a matter of how great the atrocity will be, and upon whom it will be inflicted.

  13. shabnam said on January 2nd, 2011 at 8:52am #


    Mossad and CIA are trying to destabilize the entire Arab world. This evil policy is designed to facilitate “New World Order” meaning “WORLD GOVERNMENT” according to the protocol.

    Many who understand Zionism, the face of US EMPIRE, believe STRONLY that CIA/Mossad carried out the latest bombing in EGYPT killing at least 21 and injured more than 97 people of Coptic in the Coptic Christian Church to bring more bloodshed to intimidate the local and Americans to put “DIVIDE AND RULE” in motion, Zionist brand.
    CIA/Mossad that design and impliment majority of TERRORS around the world including in the US, frame a NON-EXISTENT entity they call it Al Qaeda which DOES NOT EXIST.
    Al qaeda is US AND ISRAEL. Anyone believes their lies must be ignorant person and should be discarded.

    This policy is designed by CIA/Mossad to partition the regional countries according to ODED YINON STRATEGY promoted by a Judeofascist Dennis Gelb from ‘council on foreign relations’, and supported by DENNIS ROSS. The partition inIRAQ TO CREATE an ALLY FOR ISRAEL, THE KURDISH TERROIRSTS, was designed by Dennis Gelb. Sudan was destabilized through the same strategy and is going to be partitioned in January according to ODED YINON STRATEGY AND A BREAK CLEAN. No opposition is seen from either the phony ‘left’ or phony anti war organizations like campaign for Peace and democracy CPD, a US GOVERNMENT FRONT supported by the closet zionists.

    It is vital for all progressive forces in the region that come together and form a solid FRONT against the evil empire of our time, US imperialism and its directors, the ziofascists.

    Hezbollah said in a statement that any crime against the followers of different religions in the Arab and Muslim countries serves the Zionist regime’s plots for Judaizing the Palestinian territories and the US aspiration for division and discord in the region.

    Hezbollah also in its statement expressed sympathy with the families of those killed in the attack, and wishing patience for the survivors and rapid healing for the injured.

    At least 21 people were killed and 70 other were hurt in the attack outside the al-Qiddissin Church, in Alexandria on Friday night. About 1,000 worshippers were attending the Mass at the Church in the Sidi Bechr district of the Mediterranean port city, and as the service ended after midnight a bomb went off in the street outside.

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday said the attack bore the hallmark “of foreign hands.”

    “All of Egypt is targeted. This blind terrorism does not differentiate between Copts and Muslims,” he said in a televised speech.

    Several political and terrorism analysts in Europe have pointed their fingers at Israel, the one implacable regime which is the conspirator behind destabilizing Iraq and the whole region.


  14. Liberte said on January 2nd, 2011 at 10:42am #

    @ Shabnam, you yourself acknowledge there is a “divide and rule” modus operandi. As such, wouldnt it be prudent to call on more than just the “progressive forces in the region” to unify?

    I agree with everthing you posted, I just felt the need to address that peccadillo.

  15. beverly said on January 2nd, 2011 at 10:44am #

    RichardKanePA wrote:

    “Wilkileaks shows Sunni Nations more upset with Iran than Israel which though surprising makes sense because far more Shiites and Sunnis died fighting with each other than Jews with Arabs.”

    Wikileaks released several thousand documents about Israel. However, it is no surprise that the Zionist-controlled media such as NYT “selectively” published Wikileaks info and “conveniently” left out anything damaging to Israel, but readily put on the front page any info to diss Iran – AGAIN. Also, as other commenters have indicated, much of the Middle East is ruled by non-elected or non-democratically elected dictators who remain in power by repression, corruption, and kissing US/Israeli ass.

  16. shabnam said on January 2nd, 2011 at 11:10am #

    {I just felt the need to address that peccadillo.}

    I meant all forces, left and Islamic resistance, that are willing to fight against corrupt dominant political and economic system dragging us toward “world government” . The enemy is US/Israel and their allies like Britain.

    I don’t know exactlly what do you mean by ‘peccadillo’.

  17. Liberte said on January 2nd, 2011 at 11:30am #

    Islamic resitance have more in common with what you would label “Christian right” although the Christians are under a massive mind control campaign and do not realize this. I mean that you should not isolate Christians or “the right” from your list of resisters.

    All must be welcomed into resistance, when you isolate “left” from “right” you assist in “divide and rule”.

  18. shabnam said on January 2nd, 2011 at 12:08pm #


    I include all progressive forces regardless of religious or ethnic divide which include Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in this front. I cannot list them all. Majority of Christians in the region support Palestinian rights and are against apartheid state of Israel.

    Since the Iranian revolution, the Iranian government has focused on improving the relations between Islam and Christianity. They have many Christian groups on their sides. Iran is against sectarian divide, Sunni and Shiites, and has done anything to prevent such a divide. It is the US and Israel with the help of the Arab puppet head of States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, that are trying to create such a divide because they need destabilization to continue their TERROR in the region.

    Furthermore, Iran has good relations with Cuba, Brazil, and many other Latin American states. Iran also has close relations with Christian Armania and Georgia and many ‘secular’ states.

    Thank you for your attention.

  19. Liberte said on January 2nd, 2011 at 1:52pm #

    Thank you for the detailed clarification.

  20. Don Hawkins said on January 2nd, 2011 at 3:23pm #

    A one world government maybe there is already somewhat a one world government a show in some way’s yes a few countries small countries a loose cannon so to speak.

    “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.
    It was their final, most essential command.”

    A lot of good it will do.

  21. shabnam said on January 2nd, 2011 at 4:49pm #

    The Sudanese ambassador to Tehran says the US and Israel play a key role in sowing seeds of discord and fueling the country’s civil war and the unrest in its south.

    “The Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, is likely to be escalating the conflict,” Suleiman Abdel Towab told Press TV on Sunday.

    He also said a senior Mossad official has, in a report, singled out seven countries as “real threats” to Israel, among them are Iran and Sudan.

    The envoy added Israel sees his country as a threat as Sudan is an Islamic state and very popular in Africa.

    “Sudan is like a bridge between Africans, Arabs and Muslims, So Israel and the US seek to control the Sudanese government and impose sanctions on it,” he said.

    Towab underscored Sudan has shown it enjoys good potential for development and progress, managing to make great strides in times of sanctions and economic hardships.

    “Sudan is the second biggest country after China in terms of economic growth,” the Sudanese ambassador said.

    He added that Sudan has been sanctioned due to its important geographical situation and the key role it plays in Africa and the whole world.

    Sudan, Africa’s largest country, is scheduled to stage two referendums on January 9 — one on the independence of South Sudan and the other on whether the contested oil-rich Abyei region should link up with the North or South in case of the country’s disintegration.

    The country was plagued by a civil war for 16 years before a truce between the government forces and the rebels in the south in 2005.


    The Black elite including Obama and Susan Rice have pushed the partition of Sudan on zionist behalf. Shame on the ‘left’ who stays 100% silent.

  22. Mulga Mumblebrain said on January 3rd, 2011 at 8:08pm #

    Sudan is just one Islamic country targeted for subversion by the Zionazis. They have almost outdone their Yankee ‘allies’ in creating discord, internecine war and conflict across the world. Their evil extended to aiding fascist death-squads in Central America in the 1980s, aiding the Indian regime in the bloody suppression of the Kashmiris and the operations of militia death-squads in areas effected by the Naxalite insurgency, Israel is not so much a country as a ‘Murder International’ driven by extreme hatred of the goyim and an insatiable lust for money. No business, not human organ trafficking, even of those murdered for the purpose, not gargantuan financial crime, not the pornography business nor ‘blood diamonds’ is too dirty for these creatures to indulge in it.

  23. catguy00 said on January 3rd, 2011 at 9:57pm #

    “Several political and terrorism analysts in Europe have pointed their fingers at Israel, ”