By Debbie Menon
US-Israel, EU stance on Iran reek of hypocrisy, when nuclear-armed Israel has a green light to continue its ridiculous policy of nuclear ambiguity and is not even being pressed to sign-up to the NPT.
Noam Chomsky writes All Options On The Table; "NUCLEAR threats and counter-threats are a subtext of our times, steadily, it seems, becoming more insistent. The July meeting in Geneva between Iran and six major world powers on Iran's nuclear programme ended with no progress. The Bush administration was widely praised for having shifted to a more conciliatory stand - namely, by allowing a US diplomat to attend without participating - while Iran was castigated for failing to negotiate seriously. And the powers warned Iran that it would soon face more severe sanctions unless it terminated its uranium enrichment programs. Meanwhile India was applauded for agreeing to a nuclear pact with the United States...."
Firstly, the US Administration for years refuses to sit and negotiate, or even discuss, with Iran; and then eventually sits a minor diplomat as an "observer" without the franchise of participation and, wonder of wonders, castigates Iran for failure to negotiate seriously. And the rest of the diplomatic, or media zoo, calls it "conciliation." C'mon! I call it sheer Imperial arrogance!
Secondly, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin has contradicted the United States and Britain's claims of any agreement among the six major powers, to pursue new UN sanctions against Iran at this stage, nor have there been any deadlines set for Iran to respond to. So, the United States attends International conferences and reports agenda, findings and accords which were not even tabled, according to others who were there and participating? A lie, is a lie, is a lie, regardless of how big or ridiculous! Makes you wonder where these people are coming from, when they expect to get away with such falsehoods?
Another fact is that India is not a signatory to the NPT and the US-India nuclear deal is illegal under the NPT (as well as under US law). Yes that's right; the entire deal is illegal from the git-go! Well, the US coerced India with the threat of canceling the nuclear deal to vote against Iran in the board of the IAEA (read report).
Now, with just a little bit more of arm twisting, they have made the entire illegal affair, legal! That is the way these Powers have always done business, and to them building nuclear power plants, or selling bomb designs has always been business first, world military and political concerns last. Assisting a nuclear wannabe is also a good means of bonding with a potential ally in future misdeeds against the rest of the world. I am saddened to see India climbing into the bed of such a corrupted partnership deal. I have always had a higher regard for their foreign affairs dealings. They defile the name and memory of the Mahatma.
The stance of United States and its allies is not only based on an unfounded and unfair premise, it reeks of hypocrisy when nuclear-armed Israel has a green light to continue its ridiculous policy of nuclear ambiguity and is not being pressed to sign-up to the NPT. Even though North Korea left the NPT, started to enrich Uranium, later claimed it has made the bomb, it is given not only 'the Security Guarantees' but also number of North Korean's demands have been fulfilled. North Korea has offered only 'promises' so far, which has been accepted by the Powers, but they have basically offered nothing to Iran, no security guarantees, and yet they dare to threaten Iran with all options, i.e. a military attack, if Iran does not stop enrichment, which is Iran's right under NPT.
The lifting of N. Korea from the "Axis of Evil list" is a faux indicator to the world, if not Iran, that US will negotiate with Iran... yeah, negotiate Peace in good faith, like Israel negotiates with Palestine! It is all a charade, and it is irrelevant to the world "Nuclear situation" whether N. Korea is on any US lists or not. Removing them becomes, then, a "gimme." The US has a need to look better on the world Peace stage. Perhaps they think this may improve their image as a peace-seeking nation! Perhaps it will make Iran relax their vigilance a bit, thinking they can do "business" with and talk settlement with the US. I fear however, like Israel and Palestine, that such hope on Iran's part would be wishful and deceptive thinking. Beware of Red Herrings!
The United State's Government is dominated by neoconservative Israeli-centric ideologues whose only acceptable "settlement" with Iran will be total immobilization, military, diplomatic, and economic disablement! The end of Iran as a functional State, and oil producing or exporting nation.
It must be noted that, Iran did suspend its enrichment program between October 2003 and February 2006, but the negotiations did not make any progress. This is significant of how serious and interested the Powers are in concluding the negotiations, instead they dragged the suspension out indefinitely. Much like the Palestinian 'peace process' that everyone knows now, is nothing but a hoax to buy time to change the facts on the ground on phony charges such as 'Israel's security,' while Israel flexes its muscle, waves its nuclear saber at the "enemy," and threatens more war crime by preparing for an unwarranted attack against its neighbor. And, in the best traditions of Orwellian Newspeak, Benny Morris, the spokesman from Hell, justifies all this in the name of "peace!"
Given that Samson was Jewish, it is no surprise to read Chomsky's assertion, that the Samson Policy has been adopted as an Israeli diplomatic stratagem!
Lt. Col. Farr declares that the purpose of Israeli nuclear weapons is actually for "use" against the United States. "Use" is encased in quotation marks in this case, presumably to indicate that they will be employed as Chomsky implies as a "threat" to turn the world or at least the Middle East into an
actual holocaust if their demands are not met.
I suggest that the "threat" may go even further than that, and that Israel is not simply posing intimidating threats to ignite just the Middle East with nuclear weapons if its desires are not met.
This is the way Samson would have done it! Temple mine or no temple at all! My world or burn... all of you!
How else can we explain the docile capitulation of so many Western "leaders" and Statesmen to the demands of Israel, and the absolute subservience they demonstrate to the State of Israel?
Does Chomsky, et al, not see this rather obvious possibility, or are they simply too afraid to confront and call the beast openly?
Incidentally, Times Columnist Joe Klein, categorically states in an interview with Jeffery Goldberg: "I think these people are following very perversely extremist policies and I really believe that it was time for mainstream Jews to stand up and say, "They don't represent us, they don't represent Israel."
About the author: Debbie Menon is an independent writer based in Dubai. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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