As 2009 dawns, there is some good news.
For example, Bonkers Bolton is no longer, officially, in a position to precipitate
an illegal (under international law) attack by the Bush-Cheney Administration
on certain Iranian facilities.
Those facilities being subject as required by the Treaty
on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to frequent inspections
whereby the International
Atomic Energy Agency ensures that no NPT-proscribed "nuclear materials"
have been diverted to a military purpose.
Having returned to his civilian perch at the American Enterprise Institute,
Bolton is now reduced to attempting, unofficially, to precipitate an illegal
(under international law) attack by someone anyone
on those Iranian IAEA-Safeguarded facilities.
In a lengthy
op-ed harangue just published by a complicit Wall Street Journal,
Bolton begins by urging President-Elect Obama to put "pressure on China"
to clean up the mess on the Korean peninsula.
A mess Bolton largely created, by falsely charging in 2002 that Kim Jong-Il's
regime was in flagrant violation of an agreement, concluded in 1994 by the
Clinton-Gore administration, and since continuously monitored by the IAEA.
Without question, the Bush-Cheney-Bolton unilateral abrogation of that
Agreed Framework led
North Korea to withdraw from the NPT, to chemically separate weapons-grade
plutonium from spent-fuel elements previously under IAEA lock and seal,
and to construct perhaps a half-dozen nuclear weapons.
So, in what cuckoo-land has Bolton been residing for the past year or so?
Almost the last thing Obama should do upon taking office is to put
pressure on the Chinese who literally hold America's financial future
in their vaults to do anything, much less clean up Bolton's mess.
You see, Bonkers Bolton goes on to urge Obama to do absolutely the last
thing he should do: assist Israel, "should it decide to strike Iran's
Recall that in his first
State of the Union address, President Bush essentially accused North
Korea, Iran and Iraq of having clandestine nuclear weapons programs.
"States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis
of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.
"I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand
by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will
not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the
world's most destructive weapons."
But at that time North Korea, Iran and Iraq were NPT signatories,
their facilities and activities subject to regular IAEA inspections.
The principal mission of the IAEA is to facilitate "the contribution of
atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity, throughout the world."
But the IAEA in carrying out its principal mission "shall
ensure, so far as it is able" that materials and activities under its "supervision"
are not "diverted" so as "to further any military purpose."
Whenever IAEA inspectors detect possible "diversion," the Director-General
reports that to the IAEA Board of Governors. The Board can then decide
by a two-thirds majority whether or not the "diversion" furthers
"any military purpose" and should be reported to the UN Security Council
for possible action.
Since 2003, IAEA Director-General has been regularly reporting to the IAEA
Board of Governors and to the Security Council that there are no "indications"
that any NPT-proscribed materials have been so "diverted."
Nevertheless, after several years of concerted effort, Bush-Cheney-Bolton
got the UN Security Council allegedly "Acting under Article
41 of Chapter
VII of the Charter of the United Nations" to "reaffirm" its previous
"decision" that Iran "shall, without further delay, suspend:
"a) all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including
research and development, to be verified by the IAEA; and
"(b) work on all heavy water-related projects, including the construction
of a research reactor moderated by heavy water, also to be verified by
Which prompted the Iranians to send a March
25, 2008 letter to the UN Secretary General, explicating the largely
successful efforts of Bush-Cheney-Bolton to not only corrupt the IAEA Board
of Governors and UN Security Council, but to undermine the IAEA Statute,
the NPT and UN Charter, itself.
In particular, Iran correctly noted that:
"Involvement of the Security Council in the Iranian peaceful nuclear
program is in full contravention with the organizational, Statutory and
safeguards requirements governing the IAEA practices and procedures.
"Furthermore, the substantive and procedural legal requirements, that
are necessary for engaging the Security Council in the issues raised by
the Agency, have been totally ignored in this regard.
"The Security Council has never determined Iran's Nuclear Program
as a threat to international peace and security under Article 39 of the
UN Charter and, thus, it could not adopt any measures against the Islamic
Republic of Iran under Chapter VII of the UN Charter."
That Iranian letter was followed by a statement
from the Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned
Movement which includes Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bolivia,
Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Pakistan,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan,
Venezuela, et al. wherein the Ministers
"reaffirmed the basic and inalienable right of all states" including,
by name, the Islamic Republic of Iran to the use of atomic
energy for peaceful purposes, "without discrimination"
"recognized the IAEA as the sole competent authority for verification
of the respective safeguards obligations of [NPT] member states"
"reaffirmed the inviolability of peaceful nuclear activities," whether
operational or under construction, against "attack or threat of attack,"
either of which "constitutes a grave violation of international law,
principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and regulations
of the IAEA."
Okay, the rest of the world is in Iran's corner on this issue. So, the
question is what will happen if the paranoid Israelis attack Iran and "we"
are viewed as having as Bonkers Bolton urges enabled them?
Try to have a Happy New Year.