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Sanction Against Iran Is An Act Of War

Posted by alanmirs on April 30, 2010


Sanction Against Iran Is An Act Of War

By Congressman Ron Paul

24 April, 2010
Countercurrents.org

Statement of Congressman Ron Paul – United States House of
Representatives

Statement on Motion to Instruct Conferees on HR
2194, Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act –
April 22, 2010

Mr. Speaker I rise in opposition to this
motion to instruct House conferees on HR 2194, the Comprehensive Iran
Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act, and I rise in strong
opposition again to the underlying bill and to its Senate version as
well. I object to this entire push for war on Iran, however it is
disguised. Listening to the debate on the Floor on this motion and the
underlying bill it feels as if we are back in 2002 all over again: the
same falsehoods and distortions used to push the United States into a
disastrous and unnecessary one trillion dollar war on Iraq are being
trotted out again to lead us to what will likely be an even more
disastrous and costly war on Iran. The parallels are astonishing

We hear war advocates today on the Floor scare-mongering about reports
that in one year Iran will have missiles that can hit the United States.
Where have we heard this bombast before? Anyone remember the claims
that Iraqi drones were going to fly over the United States and attack
us? These “drones” ended up being pure propaganda – the UN chief weapons
inspector concluded in 2004 that there was no evidence that Saddam
Hussein had ever developed unpiloted drones for use on enemy targets. Of
course by then the propagandists had gotten their war so the truth did
not matter much

http://www.countercurrents.org/ronpaul240410.htm

 

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Blowing Doors and Nuclear Deceptions

Posted by alanmirs on April 23, 2010


Blowing Doors and Nuclear Deceptions

Blowing Doors and Nuclear Deceptions

April 23rd, 2010 5:03 AM
 
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eileen fleming

Last week’s two-day
summit on nuclear security in Washington was attended by leaders of 47
countries. Iran was not invited, but did host a two-day conference in
Tehran on nuclear disarmament with sixty countries represented.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a statement
delivered at the conference stating that nuclear weaponry was "haram"
meaning prohibited under Islam.

Oman’s Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah said,
"The Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes that it is pursuing a peaceful,
and not, as certain states claim, a military nuclear goal. We have
taken part in the Tehran conference in a bid to reemphasize that Iran’s
nuclear program is peaceful.” [1]

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2010/04/23/blowing-doors-and-nuclear-deceptions

 

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Iran’s Ace Weapon: Why the US Won’t Gamble on an Iranian War Blockade of the Strait of Hormuz

Posted by alanmirs on April 23, 2010


Iran’s Ace Weapon: Why the US Won’t Gamble on
an Iranian War
Blockade of the Strait of Hormuz

by Finian Cunningham


Global
Research
, April 22, 2010

Given the crescendo of veiled and increasingly unveiled
military threats by the US and Israel against Iran, one has to admire
the Iranians for their coolness under extreme pressure. The latest
despicable – and in some legal opinion, criminal – threat by the White
House that it would use atomic weapons against nuclear-unarmed Iran in
the event of a conflict has been dismissed by the authorities in Tehran,
who say they remain determined to pursue their civilian nuclear energy
programme

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18799

 

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No Way To Keep Iran From Nuclear Statehood?

Posted by alanmirs on April 23, 2010


No Way To Keep Iran From Nuclear
Statehood?

Iranian President 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility in 2008

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Iranian
President’s Office
/AP

Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (foreground) visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment
Facility some 200 miles south of the capital, Tehran, in this April 8,
2008, photo issued by the Iranian president’s office
.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 
at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility in 2008
Iranian President’s Office/AP


Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (foreground) visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment
Facility some 200 miles south of the capital, Tehran, in this April 8,
2008, photo issued by the Iranian president’s office.

April 22, 2010

The Obama administration this week has been busy
defending itself against charges that it has no plan to deal with Iran’s
moving ahead on a nuclear weapons program.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates has acknowledged
writing a memo outlining "policy decisions" that need to be made. And
Vice President Biden said Thursday he expects the United Nations will
soon approve new sanctions on Iran.


But officials have been hard-pressed to say what
else can be done to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear state

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126197941

http://www.npr.org/templates/community/persona.php?uid=5114912

 

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Why Iran won’t attack Israel

Posted by alanmirs on April 22, 2010


Why Iran won’t attack Israel

Yousef Munayyer

April
21, 2010
| 9:24 a.m

The Jewish state’s substantial Palestinian population — which Israel
once sought to expel — serves as a deterrent

Palestinians are in Israel today because they managed to survive the
depopulation of 1948, the year the Jewish state was founded (Arabs
constitute about 20% of Israel’s population). Ironically, while Benny
Morris’ scholarship suggests that the mere existence of these
Palestinians in Israel — and millions more in the occupied territories
— irks him, Israel’s substantial Arab population also blows a hole in his argument about the need to deal
with the supposed Iranian nuclear threat

Morris’ role in our understanding of the region’s history is
confounding. Arguably, no one played a more central role in exposing
Israel’s role in the depopulation of Palestinians from their homeland
than Morris. In his seminal work, "The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee
Problem," Morris, using declassified military documents, exposes the
calculated effort by early Israeli leaders to impose a Jewish majority
through ethnic cleansing
The fact that Benjamin Netanyahu, the pro-colonization Israeli prime
minister, has made every effort to connect the idea of a nuclear Iran to
the Holocaust is evidence of this scare-mongering. Iran, like Iraq in
2003, is an inflated but necessary fear for Israel. No credible analysis
of the situation envisions a scenario in which Iran would use nuclear
weapons against the Jewish state. But proponents of Israel’s colonial
enterprise, who support maintaining a Jewish majority by the force of
walls and soldiers in occupied territory, want everyone to believe that
the focus should be on Iran, not on the occupation, and that Israel’s
security policies are justifiable against "existential threats."

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oew-0421-munayyer-20100421,0,7413579.story

 

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Get ready to live with nuclear Iran

Posted by alanmirs on April 21, 2010


H.D.S. Greenway
The Boston Globe

Get ready to live with nuclear Iran

April 21, 2010

SOONER OR later, Iran will acquire the capability to build nuclear
weapons. The challenge for the United States and other nations is how to
deal with that unpleasant reality


In reality the best hope we have is
persuading Iranians to accept a “virtual” nuclear power status, meaning
that they have the capability but don’t actually build a bomb. That
could satisfy their national pride — a factor we pay too little
attention to — and their desire for a deterrent against further threats
against their nation. It might also inoculate the region against a
nuclear arms race

Given the
threats that we have made against Iran, branding them part of an “axis
of evil,” Iran is going to settle for nothing less. And it may not even
accept that

The administrationB’s official position is
that the United States will never let Iran “acquire nuclear capability,”
meaning even the ability to complete a bomb. This is not a coherent
strategy. Iranians might be prevented from actually manufacturing a
bomb, for a while, but not from developing the capability

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/04/21/get_ready_to_live_with_nuclear_iran/

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Iran’s New Nuclear Site to Get Activated

Posted by alanmirs on April 19, 2010


Iran’s New Nuclear Site to Get Activated

A new uranium
enrichment plan has been given a clearance by the President of Iran, Mr.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

This decision is a direct consequence of the west’s failure to respond
to Iran’s concerns over a nuclear fuel swap deal which was being
mediated by the UN. As a part of this deal Iran was to send abroad most
of its low enriched uranium for processing and conversion to fuel rods
for the research reactor. While Iran had agreed to the deal, it wanted a
assurance that the other party would keep providing the fuel in a
consistent manner

Iran plans to have discussions with all other members of the UN Security
Council on the issue of nuclear fuel swap. This was informed by the
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki. Meanwhile Iran has been
accused by the US and its allies of seeking nuclear weaponry which has
been denied by the country


On the contrary it has reiterated that as a signatory to the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy
Agency the country has a  right to the pursuance of peaceful nuclear
technology

http://www.timesnewsline.com/news/Irans-New-Nuclear-Site-to-Get-Activated-1271695619/

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0VotesIran to talk with Security Council members on nuclear deal

Posted by alanmirs on April 19, 2010


 
Iran to talk with Security Council members on nuclear deal
Iran plans to hold talks with all 15 members of the UN Security Council in an effort to break a deadlock over a nuclear fuel deal, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday
 

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Brazil, Turkey promote diplomatic solution on Iran

Posted by alanmirs on April 19, 2010


Brazil, Turkey promote diplomatic solution on Iran
Brazil’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglo reiterated Friday their nations’ opposition to new sanctions against Iran, promoting renewed dialogue instead.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
By: AFP writers

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) holds hands with Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim (R) during a meeting in Brasilia, on April 16, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Adriano MACHADO
 

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How radical Islam might defeat the West: A reprise

Posted by alanmirs on April 19, 2010


How radical Islam might defeat the West: A reprise
By Spengler
Iran’s Kayhan press service warned last week, "If the US strikes Iran with nuclear weapons, there are elements which will respond with nuclear blasts in the centers of America’s main cities." Meanwhile, Behzad Soltani, the number two man at Iran’s Atomic Commission, proclaimed last week, "Iran will join the world nuclear club within a month in a bid to deter possible attacks on the country," adding, "No country would even think about attacking Iran once it is in the club." 
In effect, Iran has succeeded in horrifying the West into submission to its nuclear ambitions as well as its bid for regional hegemony. An attack on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, Tehran has persuaded the West, would throw Central Asia into chaos. Pro-Iranian elements would precipitate a civil war in Iraq; Hezbollah in Lebanon would initiate a war on Israel’s northern border; the Shi’ite fifth of Pakistan would make the second-largest Muslim state ungovernable; American’s 200,000 soldiers in adjacent countries would suffer suicide attacks; and the hydra heads of Iranian-sponsored terrorists would strike at civilian targets through the West. 
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/LD20Ak01.html

 

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