"Only two things are
infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the
come as no surprise that President Bush has put one of the worst disasters in
American history on the back burner.
Having disregarded the Iraq Study Group findings, and mindless of the
dead-count both at home and in Iraq, he is busy outdoing himself by making deals
that would affect not only America, but effectively deprive world citizens of
their trust and dependence in international institutions.
December 2006, Congress overwhelmingly signed a controversial bill to expand the
sale of civilian nuclear technology to India, a deal that Mr. Bush had proposed to
India in exchange for its
vote against Iran. Not only is this bill in violation of
Article III of the non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) given that India is not a
member state of the NPT, but the irony is that the catalyst for the Nuclear
Supplier Group (NSG)) in 1976 was India's nuclear test. This group (first called the London
Group) met to restrain the transfer of uranium-enrichment and
plutonium-extraction equipment and technology.
say India has already produced about 50
nuclear weapons and plans to reach up to 400 in a decade. Selling
India U.S.-origin fuel for
civilian energy use will free up New
Delhi's indigenous uranium stocks for weapons. Regardless, upon Mr. Bush signing the
bill into law, Nicholas Burns had the audacity to undermine the American
public's intelligence and mock the world by announcing that "after 30 years we have realized that the NPT is
ineffective, therefore we are going to reward India for non-proliferation
 . In response to a reporter who quizzed him
about Iran, he said we plan
to punish Iran for violating the NPT!" (CNN -
Monday, December 18, 2006). The very NPT that he announced is ineffective and
therefore inapplicable should be applied to punish Iran. Not only are the public being lied to
since India has had dealings
with Israel, but they are bluntly being
told to be dim-witted.
Eager to play power-broker in Southeast
offered nuclear know-how to both India and Pakistan[i]. Not only have these two
rivals been engaged in conflict for decades, but the growing fundamentalism in
Pakistan is alarming. The special relationship between the
Taliban and Pakistan's ISI
pre 9/11, and the re-emergence of the Taliban along Pakistan's border is
fear-provoking. Vying for regional
influences, China, in
violation of the NPT, will provide nuclear technology to Pakistan, in violation of the NPT; the funding
for these nukes will come from the generous aid of the US
on the cake of all this, is the US-China deal.
of sanctions imposed on several firms by the Bush administration[ii], on December 16, 2006, a multi-billion dollar civilian
nuclear deal was concluded with China[iii]. While the US-China deal
may well be a sweetener to nudge China into signing the Iran-sanctions bill, much
like the 800-page WTO agreement signed in Hanoi
between Bush and Putin, one must wonder if the nuclear technology that the
US will hand over to
China will end up in the hands of the
Taliban or Ben-Ladin!
clear that Mr. Bush must heed Prime Minister Olmert's wishes. How far will this
administration go in bribing UN Security Council members in order to sanction
Iran? More importantly, this morning it was
announced on CNN that Pentagon has dispatched a second US vessel to the Persian
Gulf as warning to Iran - Let us hope that this administration understands that
naval blockade of Iran needs UN authorization and without a UN resolution, such
an act will be recognized as an act of war by the [biased and impotent] UN.
the world sit by passively and accept the irrationality of the
United States imposing
sanctions on Iran citing the NPT while at the same
time it calls the NPT ineffective in order to reward those states that do not
abide by it? Can sanctions be
imposed on firms or nations for the transfer of dual usage technology while the
States violates the NSG agreement? And can the United States justify its naval buildup in the
Persian Gulf to 'enforce sanctions on Iran' and allegedly to stop the possible transfer
of material for missiles and WMD to Iran while itself has invalidated
both the NPT and the NSG?
Institutions and laws have been implemented to protect individuals and
collectively the nation-state.
Should the citizenry fail to place its trust in institutions, there will
be chaos, destruction, and death.
Mr. Bush has already demonstrated this in Iraq. It must be understood that under the
law, all nations are equal regardless of their size or might. It is the right of the citizenry that I
am defending. It is not only Iran
that has been stripped of her right, but each one of us has been individually
violated by desecrating the international laws set up to protect us. Nuclear armed, non-NPT states are
rewarded with nuclear technology.
Israel not only
receives technology but $6 billion in annual aid for conducting the
US foreign policy; whereas NPT states
acting within the NPT framework are being punished.
insanity has prevailed for too long; its rule must come to an end. Lest we are ruled by law, believe in
equality for everyone, we will live to regret our inaction and watch the demise
of civilization; it is for the sake of civilization that we must all speak with
one voice. As Mark Twain said: "The
universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession.". The demand for the implementation of
international law cannot be denied in the face of universal unity.
About the author: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich has lived and studied in Iran, the UK, France, and the US. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in
International Relations from the University of Southern
Angeles. She is currently pursuing her education in
Middle East studies. Soraya has done extensive
research on US foreign policy
towards Iran and