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Friday, 02 June 2006 12:17
THE LATEST CHAPTER IN THE IRAN STORY

PEJ News - F.H. Knelman, Ph.D. - The murder of some twenty-four Iraqi women and children by American Marines was a truly appropriate finale to the orgy of patriotism on Memorial Day. This is an excellent epitaph to the fake optimism of the Bush crowd.

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THE LATEST CHAPTER IN THE IRAN STORY

F.H. Knelman, Ph.D.

PEJ News
June 2, 2006


The murder of some twenty-four Iraqi women and children by American Marines was a truly appropriate finale to the orgy of patriotism on Memorial Day. This is an excellent epitaph to the fake optimism of the Bush crowd. Inevitably it will strengthen the resolve of insurgents and many other Iraqis to mount their campaign to have the Americans leave Iraq, sooner rather than later. In a surprizing development, the UN Security Council?s Big Five, plus Germany, reached ?agreement? on an offer to Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment program. But one can only imagine the dynamic set of trade-offs between the U.S. on the one hand and China and Russia on the other that obtained some sort of agreement. For example, did Russia secure a U.S. promise to hold off siting BMD?s in Poland? Or was China threatened with serious trade threats? The fact is that even the U.S. made a telling admission, i.e. the fact that Ms. Rice announced the United States? willingness to hold talks with Iran is more ?important than the conditions she set? (my underlining). New York Times.com, 1 June, 2006. Also, the U.S.?s top card in this global card game was the threat to prevent Iran from exporting oil. This condition was not agreed to by Russia and China, yet it must have been the most important condition Rice set. But Iran very quickly refused the deal. A condition Iran might have set is to have the U.S. agree not to murder any more Iraqi children under six.


What is fundamental in this issue is one of the world?s foremost nuclear experts and Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradel, should have said the following. ?Our assessment is that there is no immediate threat - we still have lots of time to investigate. We should not jump the gun. We should be very careful in assessing the information available to us. It would be terrible to try to strengthen sanctions which could force Iran to retaliate. We have learned some lessons from North Korea - ?when you push a country into a corner you are giving the driver?s seat to the hard-liners there?, (see Yahoo Inc., 1 June, 2006). This is exactly what is happening with Iran. Instead of making the issue of uranium enrichment the subject of negotiation, the Big Five hade made it the pre-condition, repeating their failure with North Korea.


But even beyond the above analysis, we can be sure the U.S. knew in advance that Iran would turn down any offer containing ?conditions?. That was the U.N.?s opening move in this global chess game. Finally, U.S. policy is transparent. If you don?t have oil you can have nuclear weapons. This is the only explanation for their different treatment of North Korea, compared to Iraq and Iran. The real criminals in the U.S., having committed multiple violations of international law supported by numerous falsehoods, is to send the Terrible Four, i.e. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice - to jail for the rest of their lives, (I don?t believe in capital punishment). But the U.S. does have the death sentence and uses it all too often (George Bush, as governor of Texas, sanctioned it 131 times). As president he used it, at the very least, 150,000 times in Iraq on innocent people. Most, if not all of the economically developed world has cancelled the death penalty, realizing it rests on the false assumption of deterrence. The U.S. has the highest murder rate in the above world. And, since death is final, persons later found innocent are victims.


Finally, the latest news on the Iran issue is that Russia has announced that there is no specific deadline to respond, while Rice emphasized the U.S. would not wait too long. The difference in U.S. response to North Korea and Iran is because the former country does not have oil.

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