By: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
In 2004, the IAEA chief, Mohammad
ElBaradei said the Israeli nuclear arsenal was an
obstacle to peace in the Middle
East. According to him,
it was unsustainable that some countries had nuclear weapons and others did not.
"As long as you continue to have
countries dangling a cigarette from their mouth, you cannot tell everybody not
to smoke with a high degree of credibility".
Yet, threatened by the
US, he has been stricken by amnesia.
The threat of peace that was once the result of having a nuclear arsenal has now
shifted to abiding by the letter of the law - the Non-Proliferation Treaty
(NPT). Indeed, it would seem as if
the IAEA has become the political arm of the major Western powers. On March
14, 2005, Akira Omoto, Director, Division of Nuclear Power of IAEA stated that
IAEA would continue to "help Pakistan in the field of nuclear safety by
providing advice, guidance, sending expert missions and holding training
workshops."(Pakistan Press International
Information Services) Pakistan, it must be recalled, is not
a signatory to the NPT, and it has been revealed that A.Q. Khan was responsible
for nuclear proliferation. Yet, in
a role reversal, and in following America's suit, the IAEA has become
political and is extending a helping hand to this "pariah"
Another nuclear-armed state,
India, which is not a member
of the NPT, is getting full cooperation from the United States in
developing its civilian nuclear program.
The Director General of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei welcomed this move
although the deal could damage global nuclear security stating:
"Making advanced civil nuclear technology
available to all countries will contribute to the enhancement of nuclear safety
The European Troika, Germany,
France, and Britain, contributors to Israel's deadly arsenal (Germany, feeling
out of contribution, recently
provided Israel with submarines which could be capable of carrying Popeye
Turbo cruise missiles
), must surely suffer from amnesia, for they condemn Iran for abiding by the NPT
while they themselves contributed to creating havoc in the Middle East and
What has given rise to this mass
amnesia that has stricken the Western powers, including the United Nations body,
the IAEA and its chief, ElBaradei?
In the nuclear age, it is not just Ahamdinejad's tirades that get
recorded! It may well be that
memory has to be sacrificed in order to acquire power, in which case, the IAEA
chief, the European Troika, and the US must be reminded that unlike US allies,
Iran has not violated the NPT, and its suspension of uranium conversion (NOT
enrichment - as some would falsely accuse Iran) was a voluntary, good faith
decision. Hence, the resumption of
research, something that the IAEA chief has forgotten he strongly supports, is a
right afforded it under the NPT and should be decoupled from foreign
policy. It is a VIOLATION by the
major powers if the decline assistance in the field of research - Mr. ElBaradei,
do you remember?
Ahamadinejad's persona has been
fused with Iran's inalienable right, playing
into the hands of warmongers. The
stage is being set for sanctions, a prelude to military intervention. Without a doubt, the United States
has the finest military in the world; its technology supersedes all others. However, in spite of the strides it has
made, it only has "bunker-busters" and not "turban-busters". It should bear in mind that if it or
Iran, many innocent lives will be
lost. All the Iranian-Chalabis who
wish to see the regime gone, should understand that the blood of innocent
Iranians should not be the petals that pave the way for their return - each
petal begat in this manner, will have a poisoned thorn.
(Source: Reuters, 27 June
IAEA to continue support to
Pakistan in the field of nuclear
safety". Pakistan Press International Information Services.
14 March 2005.
Murphy, Francois. "Un Atomic Chief Says Supports
U.S.-India Nuke Deal". Reuters News.
20 July 2005