Why did the Bush regime create a crisis over Iran?
The answer is that the Bush regime is desperate to widen the war in the Middle
What has Iran done? Unlike Israel, Pakistan, and India, countries that developed
nuclear weapons on the sly, Iran signed the nonproliferation treaty. Countries
that sign this treaty have the right to develop nuclear energy. The International
Atomic Energy Agency monitors their energy programs to guard against the programs
being used to cloak a weapons program. Until the Bush regime provoked a crisis,
Iran was cooperating with the inspection safeguards. The weapons inspectors
have found no Iranian weapons programs.
There is no evidence for the Bush regime's accusation that Iran is developing
nuclear weapons. What the Bush regime is trying to do is to unilaterally take
away Iran's right under the Nonproliferation Treaty to develop nuclear energy.
It is the Bush regime that is violating the treaty by attempting to deny its
benefits to Iran. The Bush regime is acting illegally because of its paranoid
suspicion that five or 10 years in the future Iran will use what it has managed
to learn about uranium enrichment to develop a weapons program.
Why is the Bush regime concerned about what Iran might do in the future? Is
it because the U.S. government intends to continue its bullying in the Middle
East and is worried that Iran will get tired of it and develop nuclear weapons
as a check on U.S. hegemony over the Muslim world? Why does the Bush regime
think that its interest in the Middle East takes priority over the interests
of the countries that are located there?
In a CNN TV interview on Sunday, May 21, the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert,
said that it was only a matter of months before Iran would be making nuclear
Olmert's claim is absurd, as every weapons expert knows, and, indeed, as he
knows himself. The only possible purpose of such a nonsensical claim is propaganda.
Olmert is helping the Bush regime use fear to prepare Americans to accept an
attack on Iran, just as Dick Cheney and Condi Rice invoked images of mushroom
clouds to prepare Americans for the illegal invasion of Iraq.
One might think that having been deceived by the Bush regime over Iraq, the
American people would have their eyes open to deception this time around. But
apparently not. The same public that gives Bush a mere 30 percent approval rating,
largely because of the Iraqi fiasco, is making no demands that Bush stop his
march to war with Iran.
Not a day passes without new threats and lies issuing from Dick Cheney, Bonkers
Bolton, and Condi Rice, and no one holds them accountable. The U.S. media is
proud to be complicit in lies and war crimes.
Ah, but the Iranian president said that he was going to "wipe Israel off
the face of the earth."
He did not. He said that Israel should be wiped off the face of the Middle
East in the sense of being removed to Europe. He was making the rhetorical point
that if the Europeans so favored a Jewish state, why did the Westerners not
give the Jews part of Europe or North America? Why did they give the Jews Palestine,
which was not theirs to give?
One may agree or disagree with the Iranian's point, but it was not a threat
to kill the Jews.
The Iranians cannot kill the Jews even if they wanted, because Israel has nuclear
weapons. Being somewhat paranoid – not altogether without reason – Israel is
not going to sit there and be destroyed.
The U.S. cannot forever dominate the Middle East on behalf of its interests
and Israel's. The U.S. is running out of resources. The U.S. is heavily in debt,
yet continues to hemorrhage red ink. Washington is dependent on foreigners to
finance its wars. The American middle class is beginning to experience employment
problems and income stagnation. The neocons' idea that the U.S. can patrol Afghanistan,
Iraq, Iran, and Syria in perpetuity is insane. The Bush regime has proven that
the U.S. cannot even occupy Baghdad.
Unless the U.S. government intends nuclear genocide against Muslims, it cannot
prevail in war in the Middle East. A solution in the Middle East requires diplomacy
and good will, not threats and aggression. Yet the Bush regime refuses to even
meet with Iranian leaders.
By refusing to meet, talk, and negotiate, Bush is telling Iranians that they
have no choice. Either they comply and do what Bush demands, or they will be
That is the Iranian Crisis in a nutshell.