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What's Good for the Goose, is Good for the Gander - Or Not!

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

In a July 14, 2005 interview with Bernard Gwertzman, the consulting editor of Consul on Foreign Relations, the former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger stated: "Don't exclude military action against Iran if negotiations fail.". Surprisingly, Mr. Kissinger finds Iran's civilian nuclear program to be more worrisome than North Korea which has declared to have nuclear weapons.

What is even more intriguing about his interview is that he believes non-proliferation will cease to be a "meaningful policy" should Iran acquire nuclear weapons, at which point, states Kissinger, "we will live in a world of multiple nuclear centers.". In that we already do, skips his mind, but more extraordinary is the fact that the country which is blatantly violating the spirit of the NPT is the United States. Under Article VI of the NPT, the nuclear powers have undertaken to reduce their nuclear arsenals in good faith. Contrary to this clause, the United States is engaged in building nuclear bunker-busters! As the author of Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy, Mr. Kissinger should know well the definition of proliferation and point the finger at the violators. For hypocrisy aside, this is morally and contractually reprehensible.

Further, under Article IV, Iran is entitled to pursue peaceful nuclear technology, and the nuclear powers, the United States included, are obligated to assist it in its quest for peaceful nuclear technology. Their decline is also a violation of the NPT.

The irony of Kissinger suggesting military action against Iran is sadly amusing given that he was instrumental in arming Iran to the teeth with American made weapons. His years as Secretary of State (1973-77) made him indispensable in masterminding the Nixon Doctrine. The doctrine was to ensure the safe flow of oil from the Persian Gulf to the U.S. and its allies, Europe, Japan, and Israel. For this purpose, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Iran became the recipients of American Arms. Additionally, the Shah became America's surrogate army in the region and the sale of arms was encouraged by Kissinger even during the Ford Administration until not only did Iran become the second single purchaser of arms from the U.S., but in this fashion, it became a client state.

Although sanctions have been imposed for a quarter of a century, these arms have not disappeared. Undoubtedly, American families would not be appreciative to learn that American artillery will be aimed at their loved one as a result of some ill-conceived policy born out of greed, or worse still, as a result of some warped ideology.

Noble prizes, and well authored books may put a lid on sins, but they cannot hide the truth.

... Payvand News - 7/19/05 ... --

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