September 26, 2009
It doesn’t matter that Iran has not violated the terms of the NPT and did not break the rules in regard to its “secret” nuclear facility – these are the latest excuses that will be used to attack the country and kill an untold number of Iranians.
|Obama tells the G20 Iran has to “come clean” on its nuclear program.|
On Friday, Obama warned that Iran is moving toward confrontation and demanded that Tehran quickly “come clean” on all nuclear efforts and open a newly revealed secret site for close international inspection. He said he would not rule out military action if the Iranians refuse. Obama joined the leaders of Britain and France in accusing the Islamic republic of clandestinely building an underground plant to make nuclear fuel that could be used to build an atomic bomb. Iranian officials acknowledged the facility but insisted it had been reported to nuclear authorities as required, the Associated Press reported.
Problem is, the facility was not secret and does not have the capacity to produce weapons-grade uranium. It’s a problem for us, the people weary of war and slaughter in our names, but not for our leaders who are pathological liars and technicians of mass murder. It’s business as usual for the ruling elite.
The “secret” nuclear plant will be used as an excuse the same way Saddam’s phantom weapons of mass destruction were used as an excuse to kill 1.2 million Iraqis. Bush’s criminal predecessor used the so-called “Gulf War” — cooked up by his predecessor — as a pretext to impose medieval sanctions that killed well over a million Iraqis, 500,000 of them children.
Then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the mass murder of innocent Iraqi children was a price worth paying. In the months ahead, will Obama and crew say the murder of thousands and thousands of Iranians was a price similarly worth paying?
The IAEA only requires that it be informed six months before an enrichment facility comes online. Iran’s new plant is at least six months away from enrichment capability. “Nuclear material has not been added, and the IAEA says that the data they’ve been given suggests that as with the existing Nanatz facility, the new site is only designed to enrich uranium to 5%, useful for energy production at the nation’s Bushehr power plant but not for military purposes,” writes Jason Ditz.
In addition, Iran agreed to the demands of the IAEA that inspectors be granted permission to check out the new facility. Iran agreed to the request days ago and said hours before the “demands” that they have every intention of doing so. Moreover, the U.S. knew about the construction of the plant years ago, but kept it under wraps because they planned to use the site as an excuse to impose “crippling” sanctions on the country.
In short, Iran did “come clean,” not that you’d know that if you get your news from CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the rest.
Following Obama’s speech, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, played their respective parts. “Iran’s effort to conceal a major nuclear facility sends a clear signal that the regime has not worked in good faith to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and around the world,” said Pelosi, echoing Obama’s lie. “An Iran with nuclear weapons is simply unacceptable. It is a threat to the region, to the United States, and to our allies across the globe.”
[efoods]“The news that Iran has been secretly constructing a second uranium enrichment plant is deeply disturbing and casts a heavy shadow over the negotiations scheduled for next week. Iran’s intention to build nuclear weaponry and its efforts to disguise that intention could not be clearer now — and we have no idea what other aspects of its nuclear bomb project it may be working on in secret,” declared Rep. Berman.
Just a few days ago the IAEA said it does not believe Iran is building a nuclear weapon. “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 program in Iran,” the European-based agency said in statement.
Earlier this month, Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said there was no concrete evidence that Tehran has an ongoing nuclear weapons program and the threat hyped by the U.S. and Israel is exaggerated. “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,” he told the specialist Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
It’s hyped because Iran remains the target of choice for the ruling elite. It does not matter if neocons or neoliberals are at the helm. Iran’s sharia-compliant assets — the Koran does not tolerate usury — are a threat to the international bankers and their plan for a one-world government and global slave plantation. Iran’s oil reserves are secondary.