- Why did the Bush regime create a crisis
- The answer is that the Bush regime is
desperate to widen the war in the Middle East.
- What has Iran done? Unlike Israel, Pakistan
and India, countries that developed nuclear weapons on the sly, Iran signed
the non-proliferation 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 non-proliferation
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 5 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 US 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 US 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
- 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 weapons.
- 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% 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 US 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 US cannot forever dominate the Middle
East in behalf of its interests and Israel's. The US is running out of
resources. The US is heavily in debt, yet continues to hemorrhage red ink.
Washington is dependent on foreigners to finance its wars. Offshoring has
diminished America's ability to manufacture. The US is now dependent on
China for advanced technology products and on Europe and Asia for manufactured
goods. The American middle class is beginning to experience employment
problems and income stagnation. The neocons' idea that the US can patrol
Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Syria in perpetuity is insane. The Bush regime
has proven that the US cannot even occupy Baghdad.
- Unless the US 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
- 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 attacked.
- That is the Iranian Crisis in a nutshell.