The Truth About Iran
By Douglass Gaking
A source within the neoconservative movement revealed last week that Vice President Cheney has planned a campaign to rally support for attacking Iran. Taking place during the week after Labor Day, the campaign would use the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox and others to "assault on the airwaves" and "knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained." Cheney intends for his propaganda to bring support for a war up to 35-40% (apparently he does not need a majority). To counter Cheney's week of lies, we bring you the truth about Iran.1
Like every single other nation in the world including the United States, Iran has crime, corruption, tyranny, religious fanaticism, basic rights which are not fully protected, and many policies which people disagree with. Two things that Iran does not have -- and the U.S. does -- are nuclear weapons and an aggressive foreign policy.
Iran is one of the fastest growing nations in the "third world." Growth requires energy. Plants grow from sunlight, animals from food. A nation uses electrical energy. For a highly developed nation, most of that comes from coal (50% in America, 80% in China). China is primarily using coal to develop, building two power plants a week. As a result, 6,000 Chinese miners died in 2004, and China's CO2 emissions rose by 9% last year.2
According to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), more than 98% of primary energy in Iran is derived from oil and gas resources. Only a fraction of the nation's coal is exploitable, and at a very high cost. Solar and wind power are very expensive and far less productive, leaving the IAEA to conclude, the "nuclear option is the most competitive to fossil alternatives."3
The IAEA was established by the United Nations to promote "safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies." The UN also created the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which was signed by the United States, Iran, and over a hundred other countries. The NPT asserts "the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination."4
Building nuclear power plants does not give a country nuclear weapons capability. In fact, production of weapons-grade nuclear material is a more expensive and complex process than enrichment for electrical energy. A country must either convert an existing nuclear facility or construct a small, dedicated facility to produce weapon-grade material. It is a lengthy process of converting large quantities of 3% material to small quantities of 90% material. It would be very difficult to complete this process without the detection of the IAEA.5
Just last Tuesday, the IAEA reported "significant" cooperation from Iran with its nuclear probe. Tehran has slowed uranium enrichment, and are adhering to a "strict timetable" revealing the progress and intentions of the program. Rather than commend Iran's cooperation with the UN, the Bush administration plans to "ratchet up the pressure." Making a fool of himself, State Department spokesman Tom Casey urged Tehran to "serve the real needs of their people instead of trying to pursue a nuclear weapon." The State Department is apparently not capable of clicking on IAEA.Org and reading the UN documents which indicate that Iran needs electricity.6
There is no proof of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Nearly all of the evidence suggests it is only peaceful nuclear energy within the limits of the NPT. On the side of the accusations are the speculations of UN officials who are not in the IAEA and therefore not experts on nuclear development, and members of the Bush administration, the people who lied about weapons of mass destruction -- including nuclear weapons -- to go to war with Iraq.
If the lies are not enough, let's examine the hypocrisy of the Bush administration's criticisms. In March of last year, President Bush signed a controversial deal with India, giving the country "access to U.S. civil nuclear technology." Sharing civil nuclear technology complies with the NPT, and is even encouraged by it, but President bush is sharing the technology with a country that has not signed the treaty. India has no legal obligation to obey the NPT.7
Bush and many other U.S. politicians including most of the Republican and Democrat "top-tier" candidates for the 2008 presidential election refuse to take the nuclear option "off the table" for dealing with countries such as Iran.
The other significant piece of the Iran conflict is the Bush administration's claim that Iran supports terror and is a threat to the United States.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that "Iranian weapons are falling into the hands of anti-government Taliban fighters," and that the Irani government "likely" knows about it. He would not directly accuse the government, because it would be absurd. The Irani government has long disapproved of the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan, and a Shi'ite power would not want to arm a neighboring Sunni power.8
This is where the Bush administration's hypocrisy is most troubling. ABC News reported in May that the Central Intelligence Agency "received secret presidential approval to mount a covert 'black' operation to destabilize the Iranian government." The CIA "supported and encouraged" Jundullah, a militant group "that has conducted deadly raids inside Iran." Based in Afghanistan, Jundullah primarily targets pro-U.S. rulers in Pakistan. It also works for al-Qaeda's media wing, the al-Sahab Foundation. Jundullah is allegedly headed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda operational commander of the September 11th attacks.9
To reiterate, President Bush authorizes a CIA operation supporting al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out 9/11.
While Iran is slowing its uranium enrichment, the Bush administration continues to condemn its nuclear program and make it out to be the weapons program that it is not. Iran is complying with the IAEA and the NPT, while the U.S. is violating the treaty by threatening Iran's "inalienable right," and sharing technology with a nation that has not signed the treaty. The hypocrisy of the situation is made even more disturbing by the President's direct support of al-Qaeda terrorists.
As Vice President Cheney floods the media with propaganda this week, look back to the truths revealed in this paper. Call Congress and let them know that they must not allow this administration to attack a sovereign nation. Inform everyone you know and care about that Iran does not have nuclear weapons, that Bush is the terrorist, and that Cheney's campaign is a pack of lies aimed at further death, destruction, and destabilization of the Middle East.
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