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IAEA Chief warns against war with Iran

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The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei is warning no military action should be taken against Iran, and that threats of war are premature and counterproductive.
ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said there is no evidence of ongoing prohibited nuclear or nuclear-related activities in Iran.

  • Mohamed ElBaradei: “I repeat: we have not seen any undeclared facilities operating in Iran, we have not seen any concrete evidence that the Iran program is being weaponized. We have not received any information to that effect. So, I haven’t heard any other information, to the contrary. So while we are still concerned about the nature of the Iranian program, we should not… I do not believe, at this stage, that we are facing clear and present danger that requires that we go beyond diplomacy.”

ElBaradei also urged the world to remember what happened in Iraq before considering any similar action against Tehran.

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Last time, the IAEA was right, but the US would not listen. A million are dead. Now the President sets the traps that may lock us irretrievably into another slaughter while Democrats bluster and pose.

Are we—Democrats and Republicans alike—incapable of moral foreign policy?

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September 19, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Iran demands UN nuclear Inspectors in Israel

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For the first time, Iran directly confronts Israel on nuclear arms …
Iran demanded that United Nations inspectors visit Israel to investigate its nuclear capability … at an assembly of the UN atomic watchdog in Vienna on Friday …
United Nations officials at a 149-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna said they had no memory of the two rival nations ever engaging each other directly at previous meetings …
Israel is widely assumed to have the Middle East’s only atomic arsenal, though it has never confirmed or denied this …
It is also one of just three states to shun the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, along with India and Pakistan. …
Arab countries and Iran railed at “persistent international double standards and silence” over Israeli nuclear exclusivity in the Middle East. …
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Does Iran have a point here?

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September 23, 2007 at 9:41 am

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Bush: “Shadow of a nuclear holocaust” unless action against Iran

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Yesterday I wrote this: Politicians who exaggerate to frighten us toward war—or who demonize enemies to make killing them seem unavoidable—should be relentlessly discredited for doing so. I didn’t expect to have to live up to it quite so soon; but today I came across these words in the Utne WebWatch from an article of Glen Greenwald in Salon:

Last Tuesday President Bush said that Americans would be caught “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust,” if the United States hesitates on Iran. (Recall then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice’s September 2002 warning: “We don’t what the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”).

To paraphrase: “Booga Booga.” Do what I tell you or the world gets it.

Problem is, we heard this talk in 2002. And it was dead wrong.

This time, as then, the IAEA sees no evidence suggesting development of a nuclear weapon. In fact, the IAEA is pleased with Iran’s cooperation. So we get the same argument we got last time: We must act before danger is imminent—before we find the smoking gun. In other words, when we have no evidence. They might want to do something to us someday; let’s whack ’em.

To frighten us into war, the President conjures mushroom clouds where none could rise (as did Secretary Rice in 2002). If he says it often enough, people will believe it (remember how many came to believe his oft-chanted mantra linking Iraq and 9/11?) and resistance to war will be shouted down, even though the threat is as contrived as the last one.

It is jingoism—war-mongering of the shabbiest sort.

Will Congress have the courage to stop him this time? Will AIPAC flex its muscles and keep them quiet? Or will Congress neglect its role again, letting him kill off a few thousand more Americans and another million foreign nationals, then whine about being misled? If I had known then what I know now … You should have known, Senator—it’s your job. Don’t fail us again.

If you’re reading this in the USA, I urge you to email your Senators and Representative, and ask them to take definite action to prohibit war on Iran. Links to the House and Senate are on my right sidebar. Go for it. Reject fear.

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September 6, 2007 at 6:26 pm