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America Concedes!

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich


It would seem that the visit by the Knesset members has lit a fire under the Bush administration.  In a recent visit by a delegation of Israel's right-wing National Union Party, the United States was put on notice to do something about Iran’s nuclear program or else… [1] George W. Bush listened.


On September 24th, the United States managed to solicit votes from IAEA members to pass a resolution of “non-compliance” against Iran.   India disrobed herself of her dignity and sold herself to the higher bidder – the US– and traded a vote against Iran in exchange for promised civilian nuclear technology;  A poor track record for a country who hopes to become a member of the Security Council.


Pleased with himself, the right wing members were not so satisfied with Mr. Bush.  Fast and furious, meaning to do serious business, they hastily come to Washington to tell him just that.  Even the $50 million tax payers’ money that he had signed off on in 2004 to go to Jewish emigrants from Russia to learn Hebrew did not pacify these hardliners.  They wanted action against Iran and nothing less would do.  In obedience to the Right Wing members, George W. Bush is now asking that the world freeze its nuclear cooperation with Iran – the message is intended for Russia. 


There are several issues worth pondering here. Three days after the politically motivated and legally unfounded resolution was passed against Iran, ElBaradei had the audacity to announce that he anticipated the doubling of energy demand by mid-century, and coupled with concerns about climate change, he predicted a rise in nuclear power usage.  He further remarked that more nuclear technology should be applied for radiotherapy equipment, offering curative or palliative benefits for cancer patients in developing countries –  These all point to sound  reasons for slapping Iran on the wrist in order to appease the United States and Israel – speaking of which….


In 1981, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 487 against Israel.  While condemning Israel for bombing Iraq’s Osirak Nuclear Research Center, which was in full compliance with the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which Iraq was a signatory, it noted that Israel had not adhered to the NPT and was deeply concerned about the danger to international peace and security brought on by Israel’s actions.  The Resolution also stated that Israel’s actions were a threat to the IAEA and the NPT, and that the Board:

Fully recognizes the inalienable sovereign right of Iraq, and all other States, especially the developing countries, to establish programs of technological and nuclear development to develop their economy and industry for peaceful purposes in accordance with their present and future needs and consistent with the internationally accepted objectives of preventing nuclear-weapons proliferation;

 Calls upon Israel urgently to place its nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards;”


Interestingly enough, not only is Israel demanding and America conceding that something should be done about Iran’s nuclear program, but the world has to comply also.  Why not? After all, the IAEA, a United Nations body caved in.. 


On September 30th, 2005, the IAEA conference rejected discussion of "Israeli nuclear capabilities and threat," as proposed in a resolution by Oman, despite a strong push for this by 15 Arab states plus Palestine. [2] This is a far cry from the 1981 Resolution.  Of course, the Cold War had not ended in 1981 and it was a bi-polar world, so favors with the IAEA could not be so easily solicited.


So once again Iran is being demonized and victimized.  Israel claims that it cannot live under the same sun as a nuclear-armed Iran.  It knows full well that a Shiite Iran will never attack Jerusalem, the third holiest city to Shiite Moslems.  So, it is not Iran’s nuclear power that is a threat to the U.S. and Israel, it is Iran’s lack of vulnerability. 





2. Friday 30 September 2005, 22:07 Makka Time, 19:07



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