Iran on Bush's Death Row
By Rostam Pourzal, Campaign Iran
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
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
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
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
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.
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