The Pentagon has just conducted war games, modeling
a preemptive attack against the Iranian uranium-enrichment facility at Natanz
– which is still several years from becoming operational – and the Russian
nuclear power plant nearing completion at Bushehr.
The result? Not only would the attack be ineffective, but it might well plunge
the entire Persian Gulf into a bloody, protracted war, perhaps involving nukes,
perhaps escalating into World War III.
Of course the neo-crazies wouldn't mind plunging the entire Persian Gulf into
war. They're convinced "they" could win that war, just as easily and
quickly as "they" won Gulf Wars I and II.
And if a U.S.-Israeli attack on Iran gets us into a nuke war with Russia and/or
China? No problem. Sooner or later, the neo-crazies plant to have us at war
with Russia over Chechnya and with China over Taiwan, anyway.
Oh, well. Maybe the upcoming presidential debates can turnon what to do about
Iran's "nuclear programs."
You see, our old allies (UK-France-Germany) and our potential allies (Russia
and China) watched in absolute horror the unfolding of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
They want to prevent an even more horrific Operation Iranian Freedom.
But, even more than that, they want to preserve the viability of the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards regime.
Neo-crazies to the contrary, the NPT Safeguards regime – administered by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – has been effective, even
when the IAEA only had authority to inspect facilities subject to a Safeguards
Agreement. Now that the French-Germans-Brits-Russians have got Iran to sign
an Additional Protocol to their Safeguards agreement – giving the IAEA unlimited
unannounced access to any and every suspicious-looking facility in Iran – Iran
has little "wiggle room." Virtually no chance to hide from the IAEA
the construction of illicit facilities for nuke programs or the transforming
of existing ones.
Even the neo-crazies have been forced to admit that Iran could only effect
such constructions or transformations after following the example of
North Korea and withdrawing from the NPT.
So, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell, "The time has come to
move the Iranian case to the Security Council in order to put an end to this
nightmare. We know that the Europeans are trying, now, to 'engage' with the
Iranians, but we know that the Iranians will never abandon their plans to develop
You see, even if the IAEA continues to give Iran's nuclear programs a "clean
bill of health" – much like the one they gave Iraq in the months immediately
preceding Bush's misuse of a Security Council resolution to launch a "war
of aggression" – if Bush can get Iran's "refusal to abandon plans
to develop nuclear weapons" before the Security Council, then maybe he
can get some kind of similar resolution passed that he can similarly misuse
to launch a "war of aggression" against Iran.
The Bush Doctrine worked when applied to Iraq; why not apply it to Iran?
But hold on. The mullahs may have just outsmarted Bush and the neo-crazies
You see, for some time IAEA Director General ElBaradei has been pushing for
"multilateralization of the fuel cycle."
Article IV recognizes the inalienable right of every NPT signatory to acquire
any and all nuclear technology and to utilize it for peaceful purposes. But
ElBaradei believes that dual-use facilities – such as uranium-enrichment plants
that can be transformed from making fuel for power reactors into making fissile
material for nukes – "should be under international control or, at the
very least, some sort of multilateral process."
Last week Iran appeared to embrace ElBaradei's multilateralization. Speaking
to the Asia
Times in Vienna, Mohammad Hossein Mousavian, the right-hand man of Hasan
Rohani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator with both the IAEA and UK-France-Germany,
announced Iran was willing to multilateralize all their nuclear programs.
Came the Islamic Revolution, Germany (Siemens)
was almost finished building the nuclear power plant at Bushehr. France (Framatome)
had begun the construction of two nuclear power plants at Darkhovin. In 1992
China also contracted for – but never built – two nuclear power plants at Darkhovin.
France already operates a large uranium-enrichment plant in France (EURODIF),
but it uses half-century-old gaseous-diffusion technology. The Russians signed
a contract – canceled by Clinton – to provide Iran a turnkey gas-centrifuge
So the Iranians may have plenty of takers on their offer.
Besides, Iran is also offering, as part of a golden package, full cooperation
in fighting international terrorism and restoring peace and security in the
And lots of oil.
Now that's an offer that Kerry can't refuse. But Bush?