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Napoleon Kouchner

By Hassan Hanizadeh

TEHRAN, Sept. 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- At a time when China, Russia, and the International Atomic Energy Agency are insisting that the dispute over Iran's nuclear program should be resolved in a peaceful manner, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has irresponsibly begun beating the drums of war.

In a recent interview with Radio RTL, Kouchner said that French citizens should prepare themselves for every possible military crisis, including a war with Iran.

The statement came just a few weeks after IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei's report to the IAEA Board of Governors in which he explicitly declared that Iran has not violated the terms of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Indeed, it is widely believed that the recent Iran-IAEA agreement should put an end to the nuclear row.

But unfortunately, setting aside all diplomatic protocol and following the White House bandmaster, the French foreign minister started beating the drums of war and accused Iran of attempting to gain access to nuclear weapons.

Despite the fact that Iran has opened all its nuclear facilities to IAEA inspectors, France is trying to fabricate a new crisis in the Middle East.

Now, which country is really responsible for the current and past crises in the Middle East?

Many people still remember that on October 3, 1957, France and Israel signed a revised agreement calling for France to build a 24 megawatt reactor (although the cooling systems and waste facilities were designed to handle three times that power) and, in protocols that were not committed to paper, a chemical reprocessing plant. This complex was constructed clandestinely, outside the IAEA inspection regime, by French and Israeli technicians at Dimona in the Negev desert.

Using the Dimona facility and nine other similar nuclear facilities, Israel is believed to have produced over 250 nuclear warheads.

In addition, the aging Dimona nuclear plant is experiencing radiation leaks, creating an environmental catastrophe threatening millions of people in the Middle East region.

The French also dump Israeli nuclear waste in the Mediterranean Sea, created radiation-induced diseases in Mediterranean countries.

The French government should be held accountable to one and a half billion Muslims for their nuclear assistance to Israel, which tipped the balance of power in the Zionist regime's favor, and should be tried for this crime.

It is obvious that the Iranian nation regards Kouchner's statements as a modern equivalent to Napoleon Bonaparte's rodomontade before the Battle of Waterloo because Kouchner is not shrewd enough to deeply analyze important geopolitical issues.

Kouchner should be aware that his hasty statements will not compel the United States to make a dangerous and unadvised decision to attack Iran.

He should also realize that Iran has various means at its disposal to confront any possible U.S. attack and that the United States simply cannot take such a risk.

The U.S. is currently bogged down in quagmires on Iran's western and eastern borders and is in no position to engage in more adventurism at this point in time.

Iran will not be intimidated by Napoleon Kouchner and can respond to any attack with an asymmetrical counterattack.

(Sept. 18 Tehran Times Opinion Column, by Hassan Hanizadeh)

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