America Must Reject Netanyahu’s War Cry on Iran

Jim415

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America Must Reject Netanyahu’s War Cry on Iran
written by sheldon richman
wednesday march 4, 2015has not sought a nuclear weapon, and the country’s leader declares such weapons contrary to Islam. (For details, see Gareth Porter’s well-documentedManufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.) For a quarter century, Netanyahu has warned that an Iranian bomb is imminent. But US and Israeli intel say he’s wrong.

Iran nevertheless wants to reassure the world so that crushing economic sanctions will be lifted. Hence, the current negotiations. (Iran made similar overtures before.)

Iran’s government is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), subjecting it to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which can account for every atom of uranium.

Members of the NPT are free to have a civilian nuclear-power program, including the ability to enrich uranium, and Iran insists that it be treated as other members are. Nevertheless, for decades the US government has exerted pressure to stop Iran from having a civilian nuclear industry. When Iran a few years ago agreed to forgo enrichment and obtain enriched uranium from abroad, the US government blocked the deal. Netanyahu and his American allies oppose Iran’s having any enrichment capability.

Moreover — and this ignored fact seems rather important — Israel is thenuclear monopolist of the Mideast. That hardly anyone talks about this is at once remarkable and unsurprising. But think about it: Israel has hundreds of nuclear warheads — some of them on invulnerable submarines capable of surviving a first strike. Even if Iran built one warhead, it would be useless — except as a deterrent against Israel — and the country’s rulers know it. Israel has not signed the NPT and does not submit to IAEA inspections. It is a nuclear rogue state.

As Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine (published by the establishment Council on Foreign Relations), said on CNN recently, Israel could “destroy Iran this afternoon.” If there is an existential threat, Israel is the source and Iran is the target.

How does Netanyahu’s alarmist narrative look now?

It is erroneously believed that Iran has threatened to attack Israel. In fact, Israel and the United States have been waging war — economic, covert, proxy, and cyber — against Iran for decades. Since the repressive US-backed Iranian regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a close friend of Israel, was overthrown in 1979, Israel’s leaders have openly rattled sabers at the Islamic Republic. American presidents have repeatedly declared that “all military options are on the table” — which would include nuclear weapons. The United States helped Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein fight a war of aggression against Iran in the 1980s, providing him with components for chemical weapons and satellite intelligence. Why wouldn’t Iran feel threatened by the United States and its close ally Israel? Even so, Iran has not threatened to attack Israel or America.

Netanyahu would have us believe the Iranian regime wants to exterminate all Jews. But that’s hard to square with the continuous presence of a Jewish community in Iran — today the largest in the Muslim Middle East — for two thousand years. Iran’s steadfast opposition to Israel’s institutionalized injustice against the Palestinians is not anti-Semitism.

So why is Netanyahu pushing war? Among several reasons, demonizing Iran reduces pressure on Israel to negotiate seriously with the Palestinians. Many Israelis prefer building Jewish settlements on Palestinians’ land instead. Moreover, Israel’s rulers oppose any development — such as an Iranian- US detente — that could diminish Israel’s US-financed hegemony in the region.

War with Iran would be a catastrophe all around. Netanyahu and his hawkish American allies — the same people who gave us the disastrous Iraq war and ISIS — must be repudiated.

Reprinted with permission from the Future of Free
 
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We should believe what the Iranians are saying, why again?

I say, let's keep sanctions in place until it can be verified that they aren't trying to build a nuclear bomb.
 

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If the Zionists are allowed to keep their nuclear arms, they will kill everyone in the Middle East, obviously. Any Iranian who agrees to give up the means of defence is mad while those Nazis still strut.
 

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If the Zionists are allowed to keep their nuclear arms, they will kill everyone in the Middle East, obviously. Any Iranian who agrees to give up the means of defence is mad while those Nazis still strut.

The "zionists" have had nuclear arms for some time now. Who have they used them against? What terrorist group have they sold/given one to?

Should Iran develop a nuke, then aim it at Israel, the latter would probably take it out, using their own nukes if necessary. Other than that, Israel with a nuke is no scarier than a neighbor with no criminal background having a gun. Iran with a nuke, on the other hand, is more like the drug dealer down the street with a pistol in his belt.
 

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We should believe what the Iranians are saying, why again?

I say, let's keep sanctions in place until it can be verified that they aren't trying to build a nuclear bomb.

Americans question Iranian honesty? Bloody Ell! Weapon of mass destruction anyone?
 

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I agree with JIm , Thw West has no choice but to negotiate with Iran . They will never have the same number of nuclear weapons as Israel . After all we are fighting agains ISs in Syria , therby supporting Iran to win.
 

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There have been inspectors in place in Iran for years. We should trust Iran much more than the flip flopping Netanyahu. Netanyahu illegally occupies theGaza and Lebanon, all with the backing of their nuclear weapons. Zionists are not people we should be supporting. More and more American Jews are turning their backs on this anti-human life philosophy and actions from Netanyahu
 

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There have been inspectors in place in Iran for years. We should trust Iran much more than the flip flopping Netanyahu. Netanyahu illegally occupies theGaza and Lebanon, all with the backing of their nuclear weapons. Zionists are not people we should be supporting. More and more American Jews are turning their backs on this anti-human life philosophy and actions from Netanyahu

Inspectors that Iran does not cooperate with or provide complete information to....

"The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program."

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...57b24a-d23d-11e4-8fce-3941fc548f1c_story.html
 
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Don't worry Jim, Obama is on a Jihad. He's determined to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth. Then we here in the U.S. are next.
 
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