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To Atom Or Not To Atom, That Is The Iranian Question?

The on again, off again question as to whether Iran is engaged in development of nuclear energy that would lead to creation of atomic weapons continues its merry chase of who is telling the truth. International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEI) chief Mohamed Elbarrdei, has agree to work with Iranian officials in order to clarify what exactly is going on about its atomic development program. He said his talks had resulted in a milestone, “and hopfully by the end of May we will be in a position to get the explanation and clarification from Iran as to these alleged studies(about atomic weapons). This, in my view, is a positive step.” Tehran continues denying they have undertaken any program to develop atomic weapons.

Iran says “no,” President Bush says, “yes.” Perhaps, it is time for an independent agency to get at the truth.

Pakistan Situation Becomes Murky As Opposition Opposes State Of Emergency

President Musharraf’s announcement of elections in January did not relieve the anger of his political opponents. The Pakistan Muslim League and other parties stated bluntly they would not participate in any election held under a state of emergency which has, in effect, suspended the Constitution. Musharraf has arrested thousands of people and taken hostile TV stations off the air which will impact the possibility of conducting a fair and honest election. He has revamped the Pakistan Supreme Court and charged its Chief Justice with being corrupt. Supreme Court Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry angrily denied the charges and demanded Musharraf offer proof. In the meantime, an unnamed former US official has been quoted in the American press as stating the American government has contingency plans for safeguarding Pakistan’s nuclear facilities. “We can’t say, with absolute certainty that we know where they are,” said the source. Obviously, dispatching US troops into another nation in search of WMD has been tried on a previous occasion resulting in disastrous consequences.

Ahmadinejad Rants About Jews And Atomic Energy

President Ahmadinejad gave one of his normal anti-Israel and anti-US speeches in which he indicated his nation would never submit to any proposal which denies it the right to use atomic energy. “The Iranian nation favors talks but it won’t negotiate over its definite and legal nuclear rights.” He also claimed his nation was only interested in peaceful uses of nuclear energy and had no interest in atomic bombs. Ahmadinejad was speaking on Al-Quds Day(Jerusalem Day) and launched into a bitter attack on Israel in which he urged Jews to move to Alaska or Europe since they had no right to any land in the Middle East.

It is still debatable whether or not Iran is engaged in nuclear bomb development, it is not debatable that it is engaged in nuclear development. From the Iranian perspective, the United States just granted India the right to continue its nuclear weapons program without being forced to undergo inspection. India, Pakistan, and Israel have atomic weapons — Israel obtain its weapons due to assistance from France, not the United States. It is interesting to note that after French Foreign Minister Kouchner expressed admiration for Iran, Ahmadinejad said he was willing to talk with France. Step one in moving toward ending further development of atomic weapons in the region is ceasing rhetoric and threats. Ahmadinejad’s comments concerning Israel are nonsense and are best ignored in the same manner intelligent Americans ignore Bush’s ranting about spreading democracy in the world. Step two, is moving toward negotiations. I realize critics will denounce me as an appeaser — Ahmadinejad does not run Iran, clerics like the Ayatollah Khamenei are in charge. Let’s deal with the real bosses, not the stooges.

When Is Reality-Reality?

Jonathan Cook, writing in al-Ahram, believes Israel’s recent air attack in Syria is linked to broader foreign policy goals. He argues many American neo-conservatives consider either cowing or defeating Syria as step one in their goal of destroying the present regime in Iran. The Bush administration is divided between pragmatists like Condi Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates who want to involve Syria in any peace process versus neo-conservatives led by Dick Cheney who seek to reorganize the entire Middle East.

Cook charges the Israel Mossad and top military leaders have been fostering the idea of Iran being months away from developing atomic bombs making it imperative to destroy their nuclear facilities. Therefore, it was necessary to take care of Syria whose airspace had to be used in bombing Iran. Despite Syria’s assistance to American intelligence during the Iraq war and its desire for peace with Israel, American turned a deaf ear to Syria. This led Syria to purchase arms, including anti-missile weapons from Russia. Israel then argued Syria was arming for war.

The recent air strike by Israeli planes in Syria is a blatant violation of international law, but no protests came from Washington D.C. which is quick to blame Iran or its enemies of violating international boundaries. The air attack was most probably aimed at weapons destined for Hezbollah. Stories circulated by American officials claiming Syria had nuclear facilities are too ridiculous to fathom.

Cook argues a “reality” is being created by the American media of a Syrian-Hezbollah-Iran axis close to possessing atomic weapons. Neo-conservatives have stretched the boundaries of reality by claiming Shiite Iran is supporting Sunni al-Qaeda. American media is continually presenting stories concerning Iran’s atomic weapon development even though the IAEA has found no evidence of any such achievement. The drum beat goes on creating a new reality of an atomic bomb Iran which must be immediately halted.