Iran’s Ahmadinejad strikes again

For most Iranians, developing nuclear power means breaking out of their Western-imposed technological ghetto and modernization.  It’s a matter of profound national pride and defiance: Iran was repeatedly invaded by Britain and Russia, its governments were overthrown by Western powers, and its oil exploited. So muclear technology offers independence, and, potentially, weapons for self-defense, if Tehran so chooses. This writer has long believed that one day Iran will opt to deploy nuclear weapons for self-defense. The Western and Israeli claim that Tehran’s `mad mullahs’ are intent on inflicting worldwide nuclear doomsday is ludicrous and absurd. To Western dismay, most of the current Iranian protest movement’s leaders back its nuclear program. If Ahmadinejad were replaced, Iran’s nuclear efforts would continue unless the US and Britain managed to achieve their strategy of imposing a new, compliant royalist regime in Tehran. 
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SELECTIVE MORALITY: THE LEADING CAUSE OF ANTI-AMERICANISM AROUND THE GLOBE

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Eric Margolis

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To fete the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gleefully announced his nation will enrich uranium to 20%.

The bombastic Ahmadinejad seems to delight in provoking howls of outrage from the West. They were not long in coming.

Western media and politicians loudly denounced Iran’s latest nuclear effort, claiming it would put Tehran within striking distance of achieving the 85-90% enrichment needed for nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, the Florida-based US Central Command has been busy reinforcing US military units and Arab allies in the Gulf to counter any potential Iranian retaliation for an American attack.

In fact, the latest Iranian-American brouhaha was pretty much a tempest in a nuclear teapot.

Iran will only enrich 22 lbs of low-grade uranium to 20% level in order to fuel a small research reactor in Tehran to produce medical isotopes for cancer treatment and imaging.   Iran insists it has no plans to produce nuclear weapons.

Tehran has offered to swap its low enriched uranium for fuel rods from Europe and Russia.   But Iran says the swap must be simultaneous, while the US-led Western powers demand Iran hand over its 22 lbs of uranium first, then get the fuel rods at some later date – if it behaves.

This rather silly fracas comes as Iran slowly develops a nuclear power industry to produce what it maintains will be electricity.  Iran’s oil is being depleted. Forty other nations are at similar or more advanced stages of nuclear power generation. This is all quite legal under UN nuclear agency rules.

Both UN nuclear inspectors and US intelligence say there is no evidence Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Documents purporting to show Iran working on nuclear warheads  have been debunked as fakes.

But this did not stop US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from insisting Iran was working on nuclear weapons. Apparently, she puts more credence in Israel’s intelligence estimates than those of the United States.

She also blasted Iran for becoming `a military dictatorship,’ seemingly heedless of the fact that Egypt, one of America’s key Arab allies, has been a military dictatorship for decades. Or that Washington is now all smiles and hugs with the ghastly dictatorship in Uzbekistan where opponents of the regime are boiled alive. Such selective morality is a leading cause of anti-Americanism around the globe.

Meanwhile, nuclear-armed Israel and its American partisans warn Iran is rapidly developing nuclear weapons and demand severe sanctions or war. European nations with rightwing governments also support the US position – more out of fear of the economic disruptions a US-Iranian conflict would bring than out of fear of Iran, a major European trading partner.

Why does Iran keep provoking Western anger, defying the Security Council, inviting sanctions, and risking devastating Israeli attack when it could simply buy fuel rods from Europe that cannot be used for nuclear weapons?

Thirty-one years ago Iranians overthrew the hated, US-backed monarchy of Reza Shah Pahlavi.   The revolution was led by an exiled Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and an old university friend of mine, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh.   This historic uprising was ignited by Iranian’s anger at being misruled by a Western-installed despot who mocked Islam, allowed his rapacious family to loot the nation, and spent billions on US and British arms when his people went hungry and illiterate.

The dreaded US and Israeli-trained secret police, Savak, kept the Shah in power through a reign of terror and torture. Iranians later blamed the US and Britain for engineering and financing Saddam Hussein’s 1980 invasion of Iran which cost one million Iranian casualties.

In the 1970’s, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld went to Tehran to offer to sell the Shah’s regime 31 nuclear reactors. Israel reportedly offered to swap medium-range missiles with nuclear warheads for oil. But after the revolution, Iran was declared a `terrorist regime’ when Khomeini demanded that Mideast oil money be shared by its people rather than go to 1,400 Saudi princes and other US-supported monarchies, and championed the Palestinian cause.

Nuclear power has become Iran’s key national issue. Ali Khamenei, Iran’s current spiritual guide, claims Britain and the US are determined to deny the Muslim world modern technology in order to keep it backwards, weak, and forced to buy Western arms and exports. Imperial Britain did the same to India, keeping its colony economically backwards for two centuries,

For most Iranians, developing nuclear power means breaking out of their Western-imposed technological ghetto and modernization.  It’s a matter of profound national pride and defiance: Iran was repeatedly invaded by Britain and Russia, its governments were overthrown by Western powers, and its oil exploited.

Nuclear technology offers independence, and, potentially, weapons for self-defense, if Tehran so chooses. This writer has long believed that one day Iran will opt to deploy nuclear weapons for self-defense. The Western and Israeli claim that Tehran’s `mad mullahs’ are intent on inflicting worldwide nuclear doomsday is ludicrous and absurd.

To Western dismay, most of the current Iranian protest movement’s leaders back its nuclear program. If Ahmadinejad were replaced, Iran’s nuclear efforts would continue unless the US and Britain managed to achieve their strategy of imposing a new, compliant royalist regime in Tehran.

In the Iranian view, if France and Britain, and neighbors Russia, Israel, Pakistan, and India (now with US help) can have nuclear arms, why can’t Iran at least boil water for tea using nuclear energy?

Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2010

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  1. […] This cup of tea was served by: Wonders of Pakistan […]

  2. Iran should learn lesson from Pakistan .At present Pakistan is one of most insecured nation in the world .The national security can not be attained only by atom Bomb but by the significance and respect the contry enjoy in the community of nations . Both Iran and Pakistan have a lot to do to get such status .

    • @ Tewari,
      If Pakistan is an in-secured nation, so is India. If we have Islamic militants [some of whom are definitely working on the agenda of the CIA and RAW], India itself has its indigenous forces of dissention too, like the Dalits. Maoists, Sikhs, Assamese and the insurgencies in “six sisters” states.
      If national security cannot be assured [and I do agree with you, national security cannot be assured with missiles, bombs and forces] then why does India require an atom bomb. It should also voluntarily dismantle its nuclear establishment to prove that it firmly believes in “non violence” which is the cardinal principle of the Gandhian philosophy which India always preaches to other nations.
      As regards the respect enjoyed by Iran and Pakistan, your views as a Hindutva extremist are understandable but neither we, nor the Iranians need any certificate of validity or respect from you or from the Americans.
      You want to deny to others what you think is your birth right. Don’t forget that it was India who first exploded the N. Bomb and thus put the subcontinent to a destructive nuclear path.
      Wasi of Kundian

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  6. What mistakes U.S. Has done is being ractified. Ofcourse if Pakistan can have it why not Iran .America has ultima tly decided to pay the cost About 5000 men in uniform have faced the brutal Islamic killing tebhnique not found any where else in the civilized world .It is in this context future streatgy is being framed ..Jad knows it very well ,that is why his move is accordingly.There is an open saying in Veda that molten Lead should be poured in the ears of Sudras i.e. Non -deserving. .U.S. is now importing this knowledge from the east as against her faith on universal education. .This imported knowledge will it apply at least in establishing the balence among the nuclear regimes in the world . .

  7. M@ Wasi ..One should have a capasity as well as capability to have a technology otherwise that technology ultimatly have adverse impact ..The chance of such inpact is greater in case of Pak and Iran .

    • @ Tewari,
      GUD 4 THE GANDER, NOT 4 DA GOOSE???

  8. Yes uniformity can never exist ,discrimination wlll be always there .

    • Tewari Ji, comments krte samay ap gussay main a jatay ho aur ye ap ki health ke liye achhha nahin hae. [BE COOL DUDE].

  9. Better think about the health…….

  10. Wasi, what do you think about the health of UMMAH.

  11. No response. Are you all right? Any way, we too support China on family planning issue a and in this regard we appreciate her entry in the subcontinent, particularly in Pakistan. We will need them too, but after Pakistan ….?


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