Letter to the editor

 

As sent to The Berkshire Eagle (959 words)
   
As printed by The Berkshire Eagle (589 words)


 

 

 

Iran right and U.S. wrong on
nuclear enrichment issue

[As sent to The Berkshire Eagle on June 23, 2008]

 

June 23, 2008

 

To the editor:

 

The imminent attack on Iran by the U.S., Israel, or both, is certainly not about Iran wanting to build nuclear weapons. Both the Israeli and U.S. governments know quite well that Iran: (1) has no intention of building nuclear weapons, (2) does not want them, (3) considers them useless to Iran, and (4) wants a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East.

 

Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in all mandatory areas has been stellar. Iran has recently undergone 14 surprise inspections of its enrichment facilities and has always been found to be operating within announced parameters. There is also 24-hour video surveillance over Iran’s enrichment facilities, and IAEA seals and video surveillance are used to monitor Iran’s fissionable material.

 

Bush is trying to spread the lie that he would prefer to settle the dispute with Iran by diplomacy. On that he is completely full of manure, no more truthful about Iran than he was regarding Iraq. The only thing he’s done is threaten Iran with military attack if Iran does not stop its fully legal enrichment activities. On April 18, 2006, he even threatened Iran with nuclear attack. That’s not diplomacy!

Bush wants war with Iran. He wants it as badly as he wanted war against
Iraq in January 2001, immediately after his first inauguration and eight months before 9/11. Fortunately, we know the truth about how much Bush wanted war with Iraq from the book, The Price of Loyalty, by Bush’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill. Bush and the other Cheneyites want war with Iran (1) in order to encourage regime change in Iran and (2) to keep Israel the strongest Middle East power after the U.S. (According to the Project for the New American Century’s September 2000 Rebuilding America’s Defenses, the U.S. should not allow any regional power to become strong enough to threaten the U.S.’s will even in its own region. The task for the century is to preserve the Pax Americana, peace on America's terms, all over the world. I am NOT making this stuff up!)

 

There are currently 119 countries (out of the world’s 195) in NAM, the non-aligned movement. (Fifteen more nations have observer status.) NAM countries recently unanimously voted to support Iran’s right to do its own uranium enrichment.

 

On May 13 Iran delivered through the UN a comprehensive proposal to hold talks with the U.S. and other countries on several of the world’s biggest problems, including the following nuclear issues: (1) obtaining a further assurance about the non-diversion of the nuclear activities of different countries; (2) establishing enrichment and nuclear fuel production consortiums in different parts of the world, including in Iran; (3) cooperation to access and utilize peaceful nuclear technology and facilitating its usage by all states; (4) nuclear disarmament and establishment of a follow up committee; (5) improved supervision by the IAEA over the nuclear activities of different states; (6) joint collaboration over nuclear safety and physical protection; and (7) an effort to encourage other states to control the export of nuclear material and equipment.


Iran’s whole two and one-half page proposal was impressive. But look especially at item #2 in the above list. Iran has indicated its willingness to accept the “Pickering Proposal” to have an international consortium in charge of uranium enrichment in Iran. Several experts have said Iran’s offer could well provide the basis for settling the present impasse over Iran’s enrichment. But your President and your Republican candidate for President don’t think we should talk to Iran. They say Iran’s leaders must stop Iran’s fully legal enrichment activities before we should even talk to them. They are eager to bomb, but slow to talk. McCain even sang a song about it, “Bomb-Bomb-Bomb. Bomb-Bomb Iran.” Again, I did NOT make that up; he actually thought it was funny!

 

One of the most incredible things about the present situation is how Iran’s enrichment came to be referred to the UN Security Council. The U.S. government felt it needed India’s help on the IAEA Board of Governors. So it bribed India (admitted by people on both sides) to vote to refer the matter. It did this by illegally offering India help with its nuclear program. In effect, the U.S. government, in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), welcomed India into what has been referred to as the “nuclear club,” or “nuclear haves.” Under the NPT, all assistance in nuclear technology is forbidden to countries that have refused to sign the NPT (as India has) or have secretly developed nuclear weapons (as India has).

 

The Non-Proliferation Treaty hasn’t accomplished all that was hoped, such as bringing about nuclear disarmament. But, overall, the NPT has served us well. The truth is that “nuclear haves” have violated the NPT far more often than the “nuclear have-nots.” And, of all the “nuclear haves,” the U.S. has indisputably violated the NPT far more than any others, perhaps more than all the others together. The recent promise of nuclear aid to India is one serious violation, but probably far from the most serious. Among the most serious are the distribution of nuclear weapons to NATO countries and the training of military personnel from those NATO countries in their handling and use. Another serious violation has been providing a large number of planes capable of serving as nuclear weapons delivery systems to a country which secretly developed the weapons.

 

In the current dispute between the Bush government and Iran’s leaders over Iran’s enrichment, Iran is totally right and the Bush administration is totally wrong.  Think of that when Iranian babies are murdered by U.S. and/or Israeli bombs, when all the unintended consequences of an attack on Iran develop, and when you, your children, and grandchildren get the bill for still another stupid war.

 

George Desnoyers
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bush is spoiling for war with Iran
[A
s printed in The Berkshire Eagle on June 28, 2008]


Saturday, June 28

To the editor of the Eagle:-

The imminent attack on Iran by the U.S., Israel, or both, is not about Iran wanting to build nuclear weapons. Both the Israeli and U.S. governments know quite well that Iran: has no intention of building nuclear weapons, does not want them, considers them useless to Iran, and wants a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East.

 

Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in all mandatory areas has been stellar. Iran has undergone 14 surprise inspections of its enrichment facilities and has always been found to be operating within announced parameters. There is also 24-hour video surveillance over Iran's enrichment facilities, and IAEA seals and video surveillance are used to monitor Iran's fissionable material.

 

Bush is trying to spread the lie that he would prefer to settle the dispute with Iran by diplomacy. The only thing he's done is threaten Iran with military attack if Iran does not stop its fully legal enrichment activities. Bush wants war with Iran. He wants it as badly as he wanted war against Iraq in January 2001, immediately after his first inauguration and eight months before 9/11. Bush and the other Cheneyites want war with Iran to keep Israel the strongest Middle East power after the United States.

 

On May 13 Iran delivered through the U.N. a comprehensive proposal to hold talks with the U.S. and other countries on several of the world's biggest problems, including the following nuclear issues: obtaining a further assurance about the non-diversion of the nuclear activities of different countries; establishing enrichment and nuclear fuel production consortiums in different parts of the world, including in Iran; cooperation to access and utilize peaceful nuclear technology and facilitating its usage by all states; nuclear disarmament and establishment of a follow up committee; improved supervision by the IAEA over the nuclear activities of different states; joint collaboration over nuclear safety and physical protection; and an effort to encourage other states to control the export of nuclear material and equipment.

 

Several experts have said Iran's offer could provide the basis for settling the present impasse over Iran's enrichment. But your president and your Republican candidate for president don't think we should talk to Iran. They say Iran's leaders must stop Iran's fully legal enrichment activities before we should even talk to them. They are eager to bomb, but slow to talk.

 

One of the most incredible things about the present situation is how Iran's enrichment came to be referred to the U.N. Security Council. The U.S. government felt it needed India's help on the IAEA Board of Governors. So it bribed India (admitted by people on both sides) to vote to refer the matter. It did this by illegally offering India help with its nuclear program. In effect, the U.S. government, in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), welcomed India into what has been referred to as the "nuclear club," or "nuclear haves." Under the NPT, all assistance in nuclear technology is forbidden to countries that have refused to sign the NPT (as India has) or have secretly developed nuclear weapons (as India has). Of all the "nuclear haves," the U.S. has indisputably violated the NPT far more than any others.

 

In the current dispute between the Bush government and Iran's leaders over Iran's enrichment, Iran is totally right and the Bush administration is totally wrong. Think of that when Iranian babies are murdered by U.S. and/or Israeli bombs, when all the unintended consequences of an attack on Iran develop, and when you, your children, and grandchildren get the bill for still another stupid war.

 

GEORGE DESNOYERS

Pittsfield

 

 

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