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Iran on Bush's Death Row

By Rostam Pourzal, Campaign Iran (CASMII)


If you have been following the news lately, you know that Bush's noose is tightening around Iranian necks. Iran's sin is that it can not prove its uranium enrichment program is not intended for military use. This is not the first time that Bush is intent on condemning others to death for lack of proof.


While campaigning in Iowa in 2000, the President was challenged for his vigorous defense of the 152 executions that he casually approved during his six years as governor of Texas. Journalist Richard Cohen reminded him that studies on the subject had failed to show capital punishment's presumed deterrence value. But Bush continued to defend executions because, he said, no one had proved that executing convicts does not deter crime, either! In other words, it is acceptable to murder people for an imaginary benefit. 


Bush's former defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, summarized this philosophy when, commenting on Iran's presumed A-bomb program, he told an interviewer in 2005, "the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence!" He was referring to the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency has found no sign of weaponization in Iran's nuclear installations. Even America's spy agencies are not safe from this logic. Bush's neoconservative supporters in Congress produced a report late last year claiming that U.S. intelligence services were not alarmed about an imminent Iranian nuclear threat only because they were misinformed.


If this propaganda sounds familiar to you, it is because you have heard it from Bush's closest supporters in the corporate sector before. Evidence has surfaced that Exxon and other oil giants spend millions on front groups ("research institutes") that claim catastrophic global warming is not a result of man-made air pollution. Managers of campaigns to politicize data analysis have a name now – they are collectively called the "doubt industry." They first honed their talent in the service of cigarette makers that challenged evidence of the dangers of smoking as "junk science."


Bush's father, too, is on record refuting factual evidence when the U.S. Navy murdered 290 Iranian in the skies over Persian Gulf. He was sent to the UN as vice president in 1988 to claim that USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger plane because the airliner was flying like a hostile military aircraft. When a skeptical reporter challenged him afterwards, the senior Bush replied, "I will never apologize for the United States of America — I don't care what the facts are."  In other words, might is right, evidence be damned.


When I hear American condemnations of "the Iranian nuclear threat," I am also reminded of the neoconservatives' fantasy explanation for the illegal, indefinite detentions of Muslim suspects at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba. I have watched several interviews with these self-fashioned idealists, and I have detected no interest in factual evidence in their claims. They argue that several hundred Afghans and others arrested in Afghanistan must remain in prison in order for Americans to be safe from terrorism. When they are asked how they know which prisoners are dangerous if the suspects are held without trial and do not even know the charges against them, the apologists have no real answer and only repeat that Americans need protection from evil. In other words, hundreds are in prison and being abused not because they are known to be guilty, but because they cannot prove they are innocent.


Similarly, thousands of Iranians may be murdered soon with American bombs (dropped by the Israeli or the American air force) with a similar justification from these deranged minds. Bush claims it is Iran's responsibility to prove its innocence in the nuclear controversy, not his responsibility to show evidence of Iran's guilt.



... Payvand News - 1/18/07 ... --

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