Perhaps you’re relieved, judging that the looming
worldwide economic depression – which was not deliberately caused by Bubba Clinton
or Dubya Bush or the Best Congress Money Can Buy – will make World War III less
But Bubba (with a complicit BCMCB) did deliberately launch missile attacks
(violations of the UN Charter) in 1998 against Afghanistan and Sudan and against
Baghdad (in violation of the Gulf War UN Security Council cease-fire resolutions),
as well as bombing Kosovo in 1999 (in violation of the UN Charter).
And Dubya (with a complicit BCMCB) did deliberately invade and occupy Afghanistan
(in violation of UN Charter) in 2001 and Iraq (in violation of Security Council
resolutions) in 2003.
So, even though things are going so badly for Dubya in Iraq and Afghanistan,
militarily, what makes you think he won’t take advantage of the looming worldwide
economic depression to compound his criminal activities by attacking the nuclear
facilities of Iran and/or of Pakistan?
After all, Dubya has already authorized large-scale covert military incursions
into, and aerial attacks on, Pakistan – our nuke-armed non-NATO ally – and has
attempted to get our newest "strategic partner," nuke-armed India,
Pakistan’s mortal enemy, to get involved, militarily, with NATO, along the nebulous
Well, killing or capturing Osama bin Laden is now to be his legacy.
Back in 2005 Secretary of State Condi Rice had whizzed down to New Delhi to
prevent India's finalizing technical and commercial contracts for a $4.5 billion
Iran-Pakistan-India natural-gas pipeline that is to provide Iranian natural
gas mostly to India.
In return for India canceling the "peace pipeline," Condi held out the possibility
that we would (a) lift sanctions imposed by Congress on India (as a result of
the nuclear weapons tests India conducted in 1998), (b) allow India to be supplied
with NPT-proscribed nuclear materials and equipment – to be subjected to special
IAEA Safeguards – we had previously blocked , and (c) get the Nuclear Suppliers
Group to completely disregard guidelines on restrictions to be applied
to NSG exports to India.
Well, as of this writing, the IAEA and NSG have given in to our strong-arm
tactics, virtually destroying the IAEA-NPT-NSG nuke proliferation-prevention
regime. But some worried members may prevent the BCMCB from approving the U.S.-India
deal while Dubya is president.
However, insofar as attacks on Pakistan are concerned, it doesn’t really matter
who succeeds Dubya. Both McCain and Obama are on record as recognizing the need
to kill or capture Osama bin Laden and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions
as the true battleground in the War on Terror.
Also, as far as attacks on Iran are concerned, it doesn’t really matter who
succeeds Dubya, either. Both candidates have promised the American-Israel Public
Affairs Committee – as well as serving Israeli officials – that they will satisfy
the concerns of Likudnik paranoids, here and elsewhere, about the perceived
threat of Iran’s nuclear programs.
Some details of the alleged covert "nuclear weapons program," obtained
from the hard-drive of a laptop computer, allegedly stolen in Iran in 2004,
had been supplied to us a few months later. We allowed the IAEA to take a peek
at some of the contents in the summer of 2006.
This year, IAEA Deputy Director Heinonen made a startling presentation – which
he said was based upon smoking laptop information – to the IAEA Board of Governors
which suggested Iran may have been working on a missile which may
have been capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
Whereupon, Dubya and Condi got – in contravention of the IAEA Statute and the
UN Charter – the UN Security Council to pass Resolution
1803, which, after "expressing the conviction" that the "verified"
total suspension of Iran’s IAEA Safeguarded programs "would contribute
to a diplomatic, negotiated solution, that guarantees Iran’s nuclear program
is for exclusively peaceful purposes" – goes on to say that the Security
Council is "determined" … to constrain Iran’s development of sensitive
technologies in support of its nuclear and missile programs."
Of course, unless NPT-proscribed materials have been "diverted" to
this alleged missile program, or the alleged sensitive technologies have actually
been used in the physical or chemical transformation of NPT-proscribed materials,
all of this is literally none of the IAEA’s business.
Understand that IAEA inspectors have never, ever, accused Iran of diverting
NPT-proscribed materials, to any program, peaceful or otherwise.
In particular, in its latest
"The Agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of
declared nuclear material in Iran. Iran has provided the Agency with access
to declared material and has provided the required nuclear material accounting
reports in connection with declared nuclear material and activities."
Of course, Iran now flatly refuses to continue to address the endless allegations
about its alleged "nuclear weapons program" which Bush-Cheney-Bolton-Rice
has strong-armed the Security Council into requiring Iran to refute.
So, Javier Solana, the European Union’s "foreign policy chief," says
the Iranian refusals will have to be addressed by the UN General Assembly.
But, on March 28, Iran’s foreign minister wrote a
letter to the UN Secretary-General, which began by noting – correctly –
that Iran "has consistently complied with its obligations" under both
the NPT and the IAEA Statute.
It then went on to note the "irrational opposition" of the United States (and
the Likudniks) to Iran’s exercising its "inalienable rights" as affirmed in
the NPT and IAEA Statute, and further charged that their "instrumental manipulation"
of the IAEA Board and Security Council had resulted in international law and
the UN Charter being "seriously violated."
Then, just last month, 115 members of the Non-Aligned Movement issued a strongly
worded declaration, expressing support for Iran's insistence upon pursuing "without
discrimination" its "inalienable rights" – affirmed under the NPT – and deploring
the misuse (by Bush-Cheney-Rice-Bolton) of the IAEA for political purposes and
the forced involvement of the UN Security Council in matters not properly its
concern under the UN Charter.
So, if the Iranian-Likudnik standoff now goes to the General Assembly for resolution,
how do you think that will turn out?
And what will the Likudniks do then?