How powerful is the mainstream media?
Is it powerful enough to convince the public that Iran was “referred” to the UN Security Council for violations to the NPT when, in fact, it wasn’t?
The IAEA did not report on Iran’s “noncompliance” to the Security Council, because there is no evidence that Iran has done anything wrong. As nuclear physicist Gordon Prather points out in his recent article, “March Madness”, “the Board didn't report anything.” (emphasis in the original)
Then why do the media keep insisting that Iran has been called before the Security Council for noncompliance?
Could it be that the media is simply executing an agenda that is deliberately designed to deceive?
There was no “referral” and there will be no “punitive action” because there are no treaty violations. As Prather states, “the IAEA Board ‘requested’ that Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei report to the Security Council,” “calling on Iran to-among other things-implement ‘transparency measures’.”
These “transparency measures” have nothing to do with Iran’s obligations under the NPT. They are additional demands made at the behest of the Bush administration to force Iran to provide access to “individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual-use equipment, certain military owned workshops, and research and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing investigations.”
What does this mean?
It means that the Bush administration, which has already demonstrated its hostile intentions towards Iran, will be able to operate secretly behind its surrogates in the IAEA to locate all of Iran’s conventional weapons sites, radar facilities, and military installations so they can easily destroy Iran’s defensive capability when the inevitable attack is launched.
Isn’t this the same trap that Saddam fell into?
The IAEA should be condemning the administration's belligerence rather than facilitating another war.
The IAEA members are well aware of the propaganda that is currently circulating in the wire services and newspapers. Why are they playing along?
Do they really believe that war can be averted by capitulation to the superpower?
Iran has not violated the NPT, does not have a nuclear weapons program, and poses no threat to its neighbors or the United States. Nevertheless, the spurious accusations in the media have precipitated a dramatic shift in public opinion. For more than a decade only 6% of the American people considered Iran the “greatest danger” to the United States. Now (according to a recent Pew Poll) that number has jumped to 27%. Also, the survey showed that “nearly half (47%) said they favored military action, preferably along with European allies, to halt Iran’s nuclear program.” (Jim Lobe, “Polls: anti-Iran Propaganda Working”)
“Military action”? Even while the US is bogged down in an “unwinnable” war in Iraq?
Can anyone seriously doubt the shocking power of propaganda after seeing these polling results?
The public should not be worried about Iran, rather, it should be concerned about the implications of allowing one nation to arbitrarily repeal internationally accepted treaties and dictate how the world will be run.
Iran has an “inalienable right” to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes under the terms of its treaty agreement. It should reject the efforts to overturn its legally binding contract just to appease Washington.
Iran is not a pariah or a rogue nation. It should fight to be treated equally and with justice.
The United States has steadfastly refused to provide Iran with any security guarantees that it will not attack if it chooses to do so. In fact, Iran was originally duped into negotiating with the EU-3 (Germany, France, England) because it believed that the talks might produce a non-aggression pact between themselves and the United States. The Bush administration, however, does not believe in treaties and will not “lower itself” to sign agreements with those it feels are its inferiors.
There is nothing Iran can do to forestall the approaching war. The Washington warlords believe they are entitled to the vast oil wealth of the Caspian Basin and will not be deterred by the facts. Iran would be better off ignoring the ineffectual maneuverings of the feckless United Nations, and prepare itself for the struggle ahead.
Mike Whitney lives in Washington state, and can be reached at: email@example.com.