Mired in interminable conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration
is moving toward initiating two more wars, one with Iran and one with North
Korea. With no US troops available, the Bush administration is revamping US
war doctrine to allow for "preventative nuclear attack." In short,
the Bush administration is planning to make the US the first country in history
to initiate war with nuclear weapons. The Pentagon document, "Doctrine
for Joint Nuclear Operations," calls for the use of nuclear weapons against
non-nuclear adversaries in order "to ensure success of US and multinational
In the case of Iran and Iraq, the Bush administration is using diplomacy not
for diplomatic purposes of reaching agreements, but in order to set the two
countries up for nuclear attack. In the case of Iran, the Bush administration's
plan is now obvious. The Bush administration is leveling false charges against
Iran, just as it did against Iraq, of conspiring to make nuclear weapons. These
charges are known to be false by the Bush administration and by the entire world.
For the past two years the International Atomic Energy Agency has had unfettered
access to inspect Iran for any sign of a nuclear weapons program. The head of
the IAEA has announced that there is no sign of a weapons program. The Bush
administration nevertheless insists that Iran is making weapons, but can produce
no evidence. As in the case of Iraq, the Bush administration substitutes allegations
Gordon Prather, an expert on the subject, has reported the straight facts in
fine detail. Readers can become familiar with them by consulting his archive
By bullying the 35 members of the IAEA, the Bush administration last week managed
to get 22 votes that could lead to the referral of Iran to the UN Security Council.
The Bush administration will now lobby for the referral. Once it has the referral,
even if the Security Council does not act on it, the Bush administration can
use it as an excuse to attack Iran. The Bush administration knows that few Americans
have any knowledge of international law and procedures and will simply believe
whatever President Bush says. The highly concentrated US media is a proven walkover
for the war-mongering Bush administration.
As Dr. Prather has shown, Iran has gone beyond compliance to propose that new
additional safeguards be established to monitor its nuclear energy program.
The bad intentions are on the part of the Bush administration.
The Bush administration's plan is to create Iranian intransigence in place
of cooperation by forcing the Iranian government to stand up to the bullying
by reducing its cooperation. The goal of the Bush administration is to attack
Iran, not to create cooperative relationships.
Needless to say, Iranians are angry at the Bush administration's manipulation
of the IAEA members. Last Wednesday protesters in Tehran attacked the British
embassy, which serves as a proxy for the non-existent US embassy, and legislation
was introduced that, if it passes, will scale back Iran's cooperation with the
IAEA. Iran has also threatened to cut off oil deliveries to some of the countries
that caved in to US pressure, thereby permitting the US to increase tensions
and escalate the conflict.
The Bush administration is betting that it can demonize Iran the way it did
Iraq. As both Congress and the American public have failed to hold Bush accountable
for deceiving them about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the administration
assumes that its tactics will work a second time.
However, a nuclear attack on Iran would leave the Bush administration isolated.
The US would instantly become a pariah nation, loathed and hated everywhere
Moreover, it would leave our battered troops in Iraq in a perilous situation.
The only reason our army in Iraq has not been destroyed is that the Shi'ites,
who comprise the vast majority of the population, have not taken up arms against
us, expecting the US to turn over Iraq to them. As the Iraqi Shi'ites are allied
with the Iranians, who also are Shi'ite, the US cannot attack Iran without destroying
its position in Iraq.
The Bush administration, filled with hubris and delusion, is too stupid
to know this.
The American people need to ask themselves why of all the countries in the
world, only the US and Israel believe that it is imperative to attack Iran.
If Iran is such a threat to the world, why isn't Russia, for example, concerned
and ready to invade?
Americans need to ask themselves the same question about North Korea. Why is
the US, half a world away, so concerned about North Korea? If North Korea is
such a threat, would not China, sitting on its border, know it? Wouldn't Japan
know it? South Korea? Wouldn't some other country besides the US see the problem
and take action? According to the Voice of America (August 11, 2005), "Senior
South Korean officials on Thursday defended what they say is North Korea's 'natural
right' to pursue civilian nuclear power. The move may cause friction with the
United States, which has expressed firm opposition to the North having any nuclear
If the US doesn't want other countries to develop nuclear weapons,
the US must stop bombing, invading and threatening invasions and nuclear attacks.
How does President Bush serve the cause of peace by making countries paranoid
by declaring them to be our enemies.
For there to be peace, the US must drop its belligerent role. The proper function
of diplomacy is to build trust by drawing countries into economic and cultural
relationships, not to isolate them for attack. It is past time for the US to
give up its quarter century feud with Iran. US interference in Iranian internal
affairs was the source of the feud. We need to acknowledge it and get over it.
The Korean war ended a half century ago. Isn't it time the US acknowledged
the war's end and signed a treaty with North Korea? The Korean war was essentially
a war between the US and China. It was Chinese troops that prevented American
victory. Yet we are getting on with China, a much greater potential threat to
the US than North Korea or Iran could ever be.
By creating instability in the Middle East, the US undermines Israel's security.
As a few thousand Iraqi insurgents have proven, American armies are not going
to be able to sit over the oil in the Middle East. If we can't produce enough
valuable goods or maintain a strong currency, we won't have access to the oil.
There is no possibility whatsoever of the US pushing around powers like China,
India, or Russia.
Bush's hubris makes him unrealistic. He greatly overestimates America's power.
Congress and the American people must find a way to supply the judgment that
is missing in the executive branch.
There would be no terrorism if the US would stop interfering in the internal
affairs of Middle Eastern countries and if Israel stopped stealing the West
Bank from the Palestinians. The Bush administration knows this, and that is
why the administration spreads the propagandistic lie that "they"
(Muslims) hate us and our way of life. This lie is the excuse for American aggression.