Stop War on Iran
"It is unpatriotic not to tell the
truth." - Theodore
and their warmonger allies are preparing the public for a war on
They are the same people
who deceived the public about Iraq, a country that, despite having a terrible
regime, was no danger to the US and the rest of the world. It is
now clear what has been happening in Iraq:
No weapons of mass
destruction was ever found. Whereas Iraq had no links to the terrorists that
staged the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US, there are now terrorists in Iraq
killing innocent people every day, making Iraq a vast training camp for future
terrorists. Despite all the exaggerations and half-baked half truths about the
progress made in Iraq since
its occupation, Iraq is on the verge of a civil war.
Despite all the claims about a "democratic path," the government which is
emerging in Iraq is dominated by one group,
alienating a significant portion of the population. Despite all the claims about
an "cakewalk" invasion with little destruction and greeting of the troops with
rice and flower, 100,000 civilians have been killed, and more are still being
murdered everyday; Iraq's historical and cultural heritage has either been
destroyed or looted, and its infrastructure is in far worse shape than it was
right before the war. Despite promises that Iraq's oil exports will pay for the cost of
Iraq's invasion and reconstruction,
its oil production is not even at the pre-war levels. Nearly $300 billion - OUR
TAXES - have already been spent on an illegal war, while the good people of
New Orleans and
elsewhere have been languishing in the aftermath of the Katrina.
In Iran's case, the
lies and exaggerations are even worse. One is free to think of President
Ahmadinejad and his cohorts anyway one wishes. Most Iranian people are opposed
to him, his policies, his supporters, and more generally, whatever that
Iran's conservatives and
reactionaries have been doing to the good people of Iran. In
particular, Mr. Ahmadinejad's statements regarding Jewish people and their
historically-documented sufferings must be, and have been, condemned in the
strongest possible way, even inside Iran. However, it is unconscionable
that a nation that throughout its long and distinguished history has
consistently been a friendly and accommodating land for its Jewish citizens
(while many European nations systematically discriminated against them), and one
of its historical heroes - Cyrus, the Great - was the liberator of the Jews for
which he was praised in the Old Testament, is now being labeled as the worst
villain against Jews. How can the words of one man wash out the feelings of an
entire nation and its glorious history about its Jewish citizens?
The fact is that Mr.
Ahmadinejad's statements regarding Israel have been blown way out of proportion in
order to develop an excuse for waging war on Iran. First of
all, Iran's important foreign policy
decisions are made not by Mr. Ahmadinejad, but by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei. He is the same ayatollah who when he was Iran's president in the
1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, a confidante of Ayatollah Khomeini, and Chairman
of Iran's National Security Council, authorized (together with other clerics)
purchase of weapons from Israel. These are the events that ultimately became
known as part of the Iran-Contra affair.
Secondly, when Mr. Mohammad
Khatami - a reformist and an Islamic thinker - was Iran's
president, the neocons constantly mocked him for his lack of power. Last June,
when President Bush was asked about Iran's presidential elections, he responded that
they had no legitimacy because "Iran's president has no real power."
So, what happened over only a few months that transformed Mr. Ahmadinejad from a
powerless president to the most frightening menace?
The embedded and obedient
US media are repeating what
they did during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. They are
the same media that gave us Judith Miller of the New York Times and her false
stories about Iraq's programs for weapons of mass destruction; the same media
that gave us the "curveball," an Iraqi who fabricated lies about Iraq's
non-existent mobile biological and chemical labs, and the same media that
continue to ignore the realities on the ground in Iraq today.
Now, the same media are
helping to propagate lies about Iran. They have gradually changed the
subject from Iran's nuclear
ENERGY program to Iran's ALLEGED nuclear weapon
program. The lies about Niger's "yellow cake" have morphed into
Iran's "green salt," oozing out of a
laptop that was supposedly obtained so easily from an Iranian IN Iran! They are
the same media that even when objective experts (such as Dr. David Albright, a
respected expert on Iran's nuclear program) refute their
fabrications, they refuse to publish their objections. The Los Angeles Times
recently claimed that a large majority of Iranians in the US is opposed to the Mojahedin Khalgh (MK) being
listed by the US as a terrorist organization. The
MK is a cultist, terrorist group that has been waging war on Iran and
Iranians for the past 25 years, and was an accomplice of Saddam's regime in
crushing Iraqi people uprising in 1991. The Los Angeles Times refused to publish
even a single letter protesting its unsubstantiated claim about the MK,
preferring instead to stick to its absurd assertions.
The fact is, Iran has been
the target of one of the most humiliating and intrusive inspections by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for three years, yet after 3 years the
IAEA has not found a shred of evidence that Iran is trying to make a nuclear
bomb and, thus, Iran's referral to the UN Security Council is unprecedented, and
simply represents bullying the NPT member states by the major powers.
Iran has been found only in "breach" of
some of its commitments, but has NOT been found in "violation" of its NPT
obligations; there is a fundamental difference between the two, according to the
provisions of the NPT itself. Iran has been carrying out the
provisions of the Additional Protocol of NPT, without even officially ratifying
it. An NPT member state is NOT required by the NPT provisions to inform the IAEA
of CONSTRUCTION of nuclear-related facilities. Thus, as has been admitted
repeatedly by the IAEA, the fact that the Natanz facility for uranium enrichment
was not declared to the IAEA for 18 years was NOT in violation of NPT. NPT
provisions require the member states to declare their nuclear facilities to the
IAEA only 180 days before introduction of any nuclear material into the
facilities which, in Iran's case, happened more than TWO YEARS in advance.
Iran's suspension of its enrichment
program was VOLUNTARY; its restart does not represent violation or breach of any
agreement, or international obligation. The IAEA was NOT a party to the
Paris agreement between Iran, Britain, France, and Germany, which resulted in Iran suspending
its uranium enrichment program. Therefore, even if the suspension was mandatory
(which was not, as explicitly stipulated in the Paris agreement), its termination has no relevance to
Iran's obligations towards the NPT
and the IAEA. Iran has
satisfied whatever reasonable, unreasonable, and humiliating demands that the
imperial powers of France and
Britain have made on them. Yet, the
demands never end. By targeting Iran, they want to make a single
illegal exception to the provisions of the NPT.
There is no "crisis" over
Iran's nuclear energy program.
According to the latest US National Intelligence Estimate, Iran is at least 6-10
years away from a nuclear bomb (if it is, in fact, trying to make one) under the
BEST circumstances; that is, if Iran does not encounter any difficulty in its
enrichment program, which is only at preliminary RESEARCH steps. According to
Dr. Albright in a recent interview with Radio Free Europe, Iran needs
50,000 centrifuges in order to be able to enrich enough uranium to make a
nuclear bomb. Currently, they have 164 - ONE HUNDRED SIXTY FOUR ONLY - and have
the parts for another 2000 - TWO THOUSANDS ONLY. Even if Iran makes
70-100 centrifuges A WEEK (a big task), it will still take TEN years to complete
the enrichment facility!
It may be reasonable to ask
Iran to freeze TEMPORARILY
its uranium enrichment program, since the fuel for its single nuclear reactor
(which is not yet operational) has been guaranteed by Russia for 10
years. The freeze could last for several years, and the mechanism for continuing
the freeze or ending it could be negotiated, but demanding that
Iran give up its fundamental right
FOREVER is completely unreasonable.
Lacking any credible
evidence, the Bush Administration is constantly talking about
Iran's "intentions" for developing
nuclear weapons. Just having intentions for doing something (which, in
Iran's case, its existence has not
been proven yet) is good enough for this Administration to start planning to
wage war on a country that is no threat to anyone. As Leo Tolstoy said (emphasis
with capital letters added):
"What an immense mass of evil must
result .... from allowing men to assume the right of ANTICIPATING what may
Iran is no threat to either
Israel or the US.
Both are armed with massive arsenals of nuclear weapons, and even the most
radical nation is well-aware that any attack on these two nations will provoke
retaliations that will obliterate the attacking nation.
Iran is no threat to any country.
Iran has not waged war on any nation
for at least 200 years. Iran has not attacked and/or invaded any country for at
least 200 years, but has been invaded, occupied, damaged greatly, and been given
dictatorial regimes by the same invaders in 1921, 1941, and 1953.
Germany's atrocities during World War II,
including murder of 6 million innocent Jews, are historical documents.
Britain committed countless
crimes during their colonial years, including looting the natural resources of
their colonies, when they were occupying vast areas in Africa and Asia. Millions of people were killed in
Algeria, Vietnam, and elsewhere before they gained their
independence from France and
Britain. Britain helped the 1921 coup in
Iran that eventually brought
to power the Pahlavi dynasty, and together with the US put Mohammad Reza Shah back in power in 1953
by a CIA-MI6 coup, after Iranian patriots under the leadership of Dr. Mohammad
Mosaddegh nationalized Iran's
oil industry and expelled the Shah from Iran. Many believe that those events
are the root cause of Iran's
revolution in 1979 and the terrorist attacks on the US in 2001.
Yet, the same powers now
talk about Iran and Iranians in the worst possible way, and this is an old
nation with a glorious history and civilization, the vast majority of whose
young and educated population is actually pro-West!
All the propaganda, lies,
and exaggerations about Iran's nuclear energy program are being spread
with the aid of many so-called Public Affairs Committees, lobbyists, and people
who make a living by lying about nations such as Iran. They are
aided by the lies that lobbyists for Mojahedin Khalgh and the aspiring Iranian
Ahmad Chalabies and Iyad Allavies are supplying them.
An international movement
has started to prevent a new war in the Middle East involving
Iran. The movement has an official
I urge you to visit the
site, and sign your name as a supporter. I urge you to ask your friends,
colleagues, collaborators, family members, and whomever you know to join this
movement. There have been reports on placement of low-yields, bunker-busting
nuclear weapons in the Persian Gulf area for use against Iran's nuclear
facilities. Attacking a non-nuclear nation which is not at war with our nation
with nuclear bombs will be nothing short of crime against humanity.
The war on
Iran will be a catastrophe
for everyone at the global scale, from the US - our nation - to Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. If a war on
Iran is started, it will not
be limited to Iran. It will engulf the entire
Middle East, and will bring nothing but misery, poverty, countless number of
casualties, and destruction for DECADES to the Middle
East, and ruined economies and high unemployment to the Western
world. Iran must not have the
same fate as Iraq.
As Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., said in a speech at Riverside
Church in New York City on April 4,
"This business of burning human
beings ......, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of
injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of peoples normally humans, of
sending men home from dark and bloody battle fields physically handicapped and
psychologically deranged cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love."
We are already
experiencing what Dr. King described so vividly; we do not need to experience it
again in a war against Iran.
While the vast majority of
Iranians long for a truly democratic political system, and wish to live in peace
and harmony with the rest of the world, they also support Iran's right to
peaceful use of nuclear energy and technology. The Bush Administration and its
allies are insincere about lack of democracy and violations of human rights in
Iran. If they are sincere about
democracy for the Middle East, they should
first start with the regimes that they have been supporting:
Hosni Mubarak has been
Egypt's president for TWENTY FIVE
YEARS, effectively a president for life, as he was recently "re-elected."
Egypt has been ruled by emergency
laws for TWENTY FIVE YEARS. Mubarak's regime produced the number two man in
Osama bin-Laden's terrorist organization. Saudi
Arabia is ruled by an absolute monarch, a nation that
supplied 15 of the 19 terrorists who attacked the US on September
11, 2001. United Arab
Emirates produced two of the terrorists and the
route for sending money to them. Jordan was an ally of Saddam Hussein
during the 1991 Gulf war, and has no democratic institutions.
Pakistan is ruled by a
military dictatorship and is populated by thousands of Islamic radicals; a
nuclear-armed military that literally created the Taliban in Afghanistan.
another ally of the Bush Administration, a son succeeded his father as the
"president." Turkmenistan and other Central Asian
nations - where the Bush Administration has established military bases - are
some of the worst violators of human rights.
The Palestinian people
recently voted overwhelmingly, and through democratic elections (monitored by
former president Jimmy Carter), for Hamas, an Islamist group, because they were
tired of the corrupt, US-supported Fatah group that had dominated Palestinian
politics for decades. The Bush Administration is now trying to undermine Hamas.
While it is true that Hamas has committed terrorist acts, the fact remains that
it is the Palestinian people's choice.
Why is it that the Bush
Administration lost interest in freedom and democracy for Libyan people, after
Libya surrendered its nuclear
facilities? The Libyan regime is still one of the worst violators of human
rights and a sponsor of terrorism. It had plans to kill the Saudi king AFTER it
had given up its nuclear program, yet the US did not
protest it. Why? Because, to the Bush Administration’s democracy and human
rights are only sticks to hit nations that are not approved by it.
Please join the movement.
As Margaret Meed (Mead), the renowned anthropologist (1901-1978), said:
"Never believe that a small group of
people can't change the world; indeed, they are the only ones who do,"
"Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing
that ever has."
This piece was written by a
concerned citizen. The piece represents the author's personal views, not
necessarily those of the founders of www.stopwaroniran.org.
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