The Iran Contradictions

September 20th, 2006

By Matthew Farrell

U.S. to Attack Iran. The Apocalypse Starts in Early November.
“Bush’s Nuclear Apocalypse by Chris Hedges” - TruthDig - 10/9/06
In this op-ed piece, former New York Times Middle East bureau chief, Chris Hedges, warns of an impending U.S. attack on Iran. According to Hedges, five U.S. Navy Ships are on their way to the Gulf, and the attack could begin as early as November. Iraq, to use Hedges’ words, will turn into a “death pit.” The piece doesn’t suggest any alternative course of action; instead Hedges ends by urging us to enjoy the last few weeks of our “beleaguered, dying republic and way of life.”

The Military Option Should Be Off the Table, Instead of the Godfather Option.
“An Offer Tehran Can’t Refuse” by Ted Koppel – New York Times -10/2/06
Ted Koppel suggests we allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon. Instead of the military option, we defer to the Godfather Option. Although we will advise against it, Iran will be allowed to have nuclear weapons. We will warn Iran, however, that if some “accident” were to occur involving a nuclear weapon, Iran will be blamed and the U.S. will retaliate immediately.

Bush is Considering the Military Option.
“What Would War Look Like” by Michael Duffy – Time Magazine – 9/25/06
According to Duffy, six U.S. Navy ships were ordered to be ready to leave port by Oct.1, 2006. A second order soon after asked for a review of a long-standing plan for blockading two Iranian oil ports. War would most likely start with air strikes, because with most of our military already deployed in Iraq, a ground invasion would be impossible. The airstrikes could be successful, but there’s also a good chance they could fail. The people of Iran could respond to those attacks by uniting against us, or they could respond by uniting against their own government. The Iranian Government would probably launch a counter-attack to the air strikes that might require us to respond with the ground invasion we initially ruled out of the question.

Iran’s President Says We’re All Equal.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran – Speech to the U.N. General Assembly – 9/20/06
“No one has superiority over others. No individual or states can arrogate to themselves special privileges, nor can they disregard the rights of others and, through influence and pressure, position themselves as the `international community.’ Citizens of Asia, Africa, Europe and America are all equal. Over six billion inhabitants of the earth are all equal and worthy of respect.”

The U.S. is Actually Forming an Alliance With Iran and Israel.
“US-Israel-Iran Alliance: The Great Game Updated” by Barton Kunstler – Op-Ed News – 9/18/06
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D, author of “The Hothouse Effect” and professor of organizational and political communications at Emerson Colleges, proposes an alternative scenario. The military-industrial elite are actually working behind the scenes to build a three-way alliance between the U.S., Iran and Israel in order to contain China and Russia.

The Army Doesn’t Think the Military Option Should Be on the Table.
“Last Stand” by Seymour M. Hersh – The New Yorker – 7/7/06
Hersh’s describes an “April Revolution” during which the military leadership of the United States began voicing its dissent against the policies of the Bush Administration. Military officials question the effectiveness of an air strike on Iran’s nuclear program and raise concerns over the potential economic, social, and political consequences. The military remains committed to “civilian control”; however, ultimately the decision remains up to Bush.

The Military Option is on the Table.
“The Iran Plans” by Seymour M. Hersh – The New Yorker – 4/17/06
Hersh describes intensified planning by the Bush Administration for military strikes on Iran. The report also describes clandestine U.S. military operations that are already underway in Iran. Bush appears committed to regime change in Iran and willing to use force to prevent them from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Security Council Reaffirms Iran’s Right to Develop Nuclear Technology.
Presidential Statement of the U.N. Security Council – 3/29/06
“The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and recalls the right of States Party, in conformity with Articles I and II of that Treaty, to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination.”

Security Council Calls On Iran to Stop Developing Nuclear Technology.

Presidential Statement of the U.N. Security Council – 3/29/06
“The Security Council calls upon Iran to take the steps required by the IAEA Board of Governors, notably in the first operative paragraph of its resolution GOV/2006/14, which are essential to build confidence in the exclusively peaceful purpose of its nuclear programme and to resolve outstanding questions, and underlines, in this regard, the particular importance of re-establishing full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the IAEA.”

The IAEA Can Confirm That Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Peaceful

IAEA Board Report – 2/27/06
As indicated to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board in November 2004, and again in September 2005, and again in February 2006, the IAEA has concluded that “all the declared nuclear material in Iran has been accounted for” and thus has not been diverted to military use.

The Iranians Have Issued a Fatwa Okaying Nuclear Weapons.
“Iranian Fatwa Approves Use of Nuclear Weapons” by Colin Freeman and Philip Sherwell – The Telegraph – 2/19/06
A hard-line Iranian cleric with ties to President Ahmadinejad has declared that it would be permissible under Islamic law to use nuclear weapons as a counter-measure in certain cirucumstances.

The IAEA Can’t Confirm That They Can Confirm Anything About Iran’s Nuclear Program.
IAEA Board Report – 2/27/06
As indicated to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board in November 2004, and again in September 2005, and again in February 2006, the IAEA “is not at this point in time in a position to conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran. The process of drawing such a conclusion, under normal circumstances, is a time consuming process, even with an Additional Protocol in force. In the case of Iran, this conclusion can be expected to take even longer in light of the undeclared nature of Iran’s past nuclear programme.”

Iran’s President Said Something to the Effect of “Israel Should Be Wiped Off the Map.”
“Just How Far Did They Go, Those Words Against Israel?” by Ethan Bronner – New York Times– 11/11/05
In October, 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was widely quoted as saying, “As the Imam said, ‘Israel must be wiped off the map,’” at an anti-Zionism conference. The translation is disputed. Ahmadinejad actually used the phrase “occupying regime of Jerusalem” instead of Israel, which has been interpreted both as being better and worse than using the word Israel. Ahmadinejad may also have said “remove from the pages of time” instead of “wipe off the map.”

The Iranians Have Issued A Fatwa Against Nuclear Weapons.
Official Iranian Atatement at an IAEA Emergency Meeting – 8/10/05
According to the statement read aloud by Iranian nuclear negotiator Sirus Naseri, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa (religious decree) declaring the production, stockpiling or use of nuclear weapons to be in violation of Islamic law.

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Matthew Farrell is a junior TV-R major. When he’s not selling enriched uranium, he enjoys enriching his mind with the magic of reading. Email him at mfarrel1[at]ithaca.edu.

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