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The United States is preparing to attack Iran claiming Iran is close to building nuclear weapons while experts argue Iran is five to ten years away from producing its first nuclear weapon & Iran argues it only wants to develop nuclear technology for peaceful uses which it is permitted to do according to international law .
But none of this matters to the Bush administration because if they believe Iran is a threat to the United States or the world then this must be so since belief & faith matter more than any other means of knowing something for certain.
And if it is discovered later on that they were wrong it is better to act than to hesitate or dither over the various possibilities & reactions i.e. intelligence reports & the public’s opinion or to debate the morality of one’s actions .

Anyway here is the pertinent sections of the International Non-Proliferation Treaty:


Article IV

1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.

2. All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Parties to the Treaty in a position to do so shall also co-operate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in the territories of non-nuclear-weapon States Party to the Treaty, with due consideration for the needs of the developing areas of the world.
And so it goes ...Well it does appear that the United States with the help of Great Britain & Israel & possibly with Canada’s moral support will attack Iran . Unless this is just some sort of propaganda ploy to get the world’s attention away from the mess in Iraq & Afghanistan . But in order for it to work it would be better to do at least a little bombing of Iran. Going ahead with some so called precision bombing of Iran would create a greater diversion & would help with the Bush’s regime belief in Perpetual War & its belief that what is happening is a great Clash of Civilizations comparable to the First & Second World Wars & all in the name of peace & security .

It is extremely disturbing to try to digest the possibility of another declared war by the Bush administration on another sovereign country under some disputable rationale, at this time . And then we find that the American government is putting great pressure on The Hamas regime in Palestine ; do they intend to starve the people of Palestine to make their point. Will they invade Palestine or is the Bush Regime of the New World Order merely preparing the ground work for an all out attack on Palestine by the Israeli Regime . This might be more practical as the US forces are getting spread rather thin . And so far Bush has not insisted as yet to bring back the draft. This is also why the Bush Regime needs more allies who can provide them with large numbers of soldiers & equipment .

These issues, of course , could be resolved if the US can convince the International Community that in the case of Iran or Palestine or any other nation they designate as a threat to America or to Israel or Western Civilization that it would be permissible to use “ Nuclear Weapons” to eliminate such countries & their regimes as a threat .
A hell of a lot easier then claiming that they want to win the peoples’ hearts & minds especially when you don’t really care because all the Bush regime wants is to neutralize any regime it does not like .

All such moves in the end are for the “ GOOD ” because they help to extend American influence & hegemony , at least, that is according to the Neoconservative way of thinking . Though it is not really “ thinking ” but actually a matter of believing . From the Neoconservative point of view the problem is that many people in the West have not awakened to the fact that America is the best there is to be offered in the world & that all other nations must show the right sort of respect for the United States & a willingness to believe that whatever policies the US develops are by their very nature what is best for the world .

Of course in the nineteenth-century up until India won her Independence Great Britain believed it had been given the Divine Right to rule most of the world especially since God after all was an Englishmen. Now God is a Born Again Evangelical American Businessman who believes in the necessity of war .

There are those who are speaking up & protesting against the Bush Regime’s suggestion that it would be justifiable to use Nuclear Weapons against Iran. For instance the physicists Jorge Hirsch & others have sent a letter of protest to George W. Bush . But I don’t see how this would have any affect on a regime that sees most scientists as the enemy since many scientist deny the literal truth of the Bible & try to discredit “ Scientific Creationism” or its bastard child “ Intelligent Design ” & go around promoting Evolution & even “ Global Warming ” & other nonsense which Neoconservatives refer to as “ Junk Science” or “ Voodoo Science” & is to them as credible as astrology .

Prominent U.S. Physicists Send Warning Letter to President Bush
By Newswise

04/18/06 "Newswise" — Thirteen of the nation’s most prominent physicists have written a letter to President Bush, calling U.S. plans to reportedly use nuclear weapons against Iran “gravely irresponsible” and warning that such action would have “disastrous consequences for the security of the United States and the world.”

The physicists include five Nobel laureates, a recipient of the National Medal of Science and three past presidents of the American Physical Society, the nation’s preeminent professional society for physicists.

The letter was initiated by Jorge Hirsch, a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, who last fall put together a petition signed by more than 1,800 physicists that repudiated new U.S. nuclear weapons policies that include preemptive use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear adversaries ( Hirsch has also published 15 articles in recent months ( documenting the dangers associated with a potential U.S. nuclear strike on Iran.

...“Once the U.S. uses a nuclear weapon again, it will heighten the probability that others will too,” the physicists write. “In a world with many more nuclear nations and no longer a ‘taboo’ against the use of nuclear weapons, there will be a greatly enhanced risk that regional conflicts could expand into global nuclear war, with the potential to destroy our civilization.”
Jorge Hirsch, a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego Protesting President Bush’s plan to use Nuclear weapons on Iran.

And as for consensus on what the Bush Regime is planning ; here are a couple of articles:

New York Times
Bombs That Would Backfire
April 16, 2006

WHITE HOUSE spokesmen have played down press reports that the Pentagon has accelerated planning to bomb Iran. We would like to believe that the administration is not intent on starting another war, because a conflict with Iran could be even more damaging to our interests than the current struggle in Iraq has been. A brief look at history shows why.

Reports by the journalist Seymour Hersh and others suggest that the United States is contemplating bombing a dozen or more nuclear sites, many of them buried, around Iran. In the event, scores of air bases, radar installations and land missiles would also be hit to suppress air defenses. Navy bases and coastal missile sites would be struck to prevent Iranian retaliation against the American fleet and Persian Gulf shipping. Iran's long-range missile installations could also be targets of the initial American air campaign.

These contingencies seem familiar to us because we faced a similar situation as National Security Council staff members in the mid-1990's. American frustrations with Iran were growing, and in early 1996 the House speaker, Newt Gingrich, publicly called for the overthrow of the Iranian government. He and the C.I.A. put together an $18 million package to undertake it.

The president assures us he will seek a diplomatic solution to the Iranian crisis. And there is a role for threats of force to back up diplomacy and help concentrate the minds of our allies. But the current level of activity in the Pentagon suggests more than just standard contingency planning or tactical saber-rattling.

The parallels to the run-up to war with Iraq are all too striking: remember that in May 2002 President Bush declared that there was "no war plan on my desk" despite having actually spent months working on detailed plans for the Iraq invasion. Congress did not ask the hard questions then. It must not permit the administration to launch another war whose outcome cannot be known, or worse, known all too well.

Richard Clarke and Steven Simon were, respectively, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism and senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council.

And also see:

care of ICH
Countdown Over Iran
By Eric Margolis

04/18/06 "Foreign Correspondent" -- -- NEW YORK – It’s both fascinating and dismaying watching the manufactured `crisis’ over Iran reach new intensity each week.

What we are seeing is a rerun of the administration’s massive propaganda offensive that led to the invasion of Iraq. There is also no doubt that the Bush Administration has been planning a major air war against Iraq.

On the list for possible US – and likely Israeli – air and missile strikes: more than twenty Iranian nuclear facilities, including the Bushehr reactor; airfields, missile and naval bases; communications nodes; military and intelligence headquarters; military factories; power plants and oil terminals.

...Respected international experts say that it if Iran wanted to produce nuclear warheads, it would take 5-10 years. UN nuclear inspectors report no signs Iran is working on nuclear weapons.
Anyway as we are told over & over America is a righteous country that always obeys International Laws & Treaties but this is not, in fact , the case. We have seen it in the case of torture, renditions, kid-napping, death squads, indiscriminate bombings of towns & cities of Mosques, schools & hospitals and so we shouldn’t be too surprised if they break International agreements on Nuclear Weapons.
And so meanwhile back at the ranch we are told that the U.S. is going ahead with plans to manufacture a few thousand more Nuclear Warheads over the next five or six years to replace aging nukes . But these plans are in direct violation of International Agreements on Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty . At the same time the U.S. is threatening to attack Iran for trying to develop Nuclear Power Plants which Iran is permitted to do under International Law .
But as usual there is one law for the United States & a different standard or law for other countries.

SEE article in The Washington Post:
U.S. Prepares to Overhaul Arsenal of Nuclear Warheads
By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 15, 2006; Page A01
And further that the development of “ Bunker Buster ” bombs by the United States is in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) & the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty both of which the United States agreed to but as usual the present administration believes it should not be constrained by such treaties if they believe it is in their best interest to break such treaties. Of course if this is so shouldn’t any other country be permitted the same latitude when it comes to these treaties or any other international treaties & agreements .

But the American Neoconservatives believe that America is morally superiour to all other nations & therefore the decisions it makes concerning treaties or ignoring the sovereignty of other nations is justified by being the protector of the “ FREE WORLD ”. This also means that the American government is the sole arbitrator of what is or is not permissible & how “ FREEDOM ” is to be defined .

This also takes us into the murky world of “ REALPOLITIK” as defined by the philosopher Leo Strauss or by Alan Bloom in his influential anti-liberal pro-elitist book “ THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND ”( 1987) Or Samuel P. Huntington’s view of Perpetual War in his heavy -handed book “ THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS AND THE REMAKING OF WORLD ORDER” (1996).
Their belief is that since America is the best “ REGIME ” or political system in the world & is based on Christian Beliefs & Pure Capitalism it has the right under “ Natural Law” to impose by force its values & beliefs both political & economic on the rest of the world . If the United States does not do this then other emerging Civilizations or Regimes will by force spread & take over the world.

For instance see article on “ BUNKER-BUSTER ” bombs:
War Is Fun!
Bush Plans to Use Illegal B61-11
Sunday April 09th 2006, 7:05 pm
Kurt Nimmo
Another Day in the Empire

It's said Bush and his bevy of Straussian neocons will nuke Iran (according to research conducted by journalist Seymour Hersh) using nuclear-armed B61-11 "bunker-busters." Bush will do this "to prevent [Iran] acquiring its own atomic warheads," the UK Telegraph summarizes Hersh's conclusion. "Hersh claims that one of the plans, presented to the White House by the Pentagon, entails the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, against underground nuclear sites. One alleged target is Iran's main centrifuge plant, at Natanz, 200 miles south of Teheran."

In Bushzarro world, as we know, up is down, right is left, and violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and international law is legal and within Bush's reading on the Constitution. In fact, under the NPT, Iran has the right to develop peaceful nuclear technology, although of course the neocons argue Iran is feverishly building nuclear weapons, an assertion made without any credible evidence (essentially a re-run of the weapons of mass destruction argument-lies and fabrications-made in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq). It is interesting to note that the very development of the B61-11 is a violation of the NPT, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and international law dating back to the Clinton administration, thus once again illustrating the fact the neocons don't have a monopoly on criminal renegade behavior.


Anyway , that’s all for now.

From Democracy Now
Monday, April 17th, 2006
Retired Colonel Sam Gardiner on Iran War Plans: "The Issue is Not Whether the Military Option Would Be Used But Who Approved the Start of Operations Already"

New York Times
Op-Ed Contributors
Bombs That Would Backfire
Published: April 16, 2006

The US, Iran and the End of the International Order
By Jussi Sinnemaa
04/17/06 "ICH"

From website
War Against Iran, April, 2006
Biological Threat and Executive Order 13292
by Jorge Hirsch

April 17, 2006
New nukes in your own backyard?
by Plutonium Page

by way of Information Clearing House
Busting empty bunkers
By Gordon Prather
04/18/06 "WorldNetDaily" -- -- On April 12, Bloomberg News

Turkish Press .com
Canada's Harper backs US nuclear standoff with Iran
04-18-2006, 23h45

Zarqawi; the Pentagon’s ongoing war of deception
By Mike Whitney
04/17/06 "ICH"

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