They lied about Iraq’s WMDs; they’re lying about Iran’s
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
“We have to date found no evidence of ongoing prohibited nuclear or nuclear-related activities in Iraq.” Mohamed ElBaradei, for the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, 2003.
Iraq possesses “30,000 warheads, 500 tons of chemical weapons, 25,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulin toxin, 1 million pounds of sarin, mustard, and VX nerve gas, tons of yellowcake uranium from Niger.” from White House web page, 2002-03.
In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, 30 September, the US Senate approved a bill authorizing sanctions that target foreign countries continuing (completely legal) nuclear cooperation with Iran. The bill stipulates “not to bring into force an agreement for cooperation with the government of any country that is assisting the nuclear program of Iran or transferring advanced conventional weapons or missiles.” Unmentioned in the bill, the intended targets are Russia and China. The previous day, the bill was approved by the House of Representatives.
Together with the suspension of “habeas corpus,” this congressional endorsement of Bush’s preparations for war against Iran should make it perfectly clear to November voters that the US Congress is an illiberal and warmongering institution in partnership with the policies of the Bush White House, whether the Republicans or the Democrats are in power.
Lawmakers did add a caveat to the bill, warning that nothing in this bill should be “construed as authorizing the use of force against Iran.” However, the president can ignore the caveat because he has been granted the right to waive provisions of the bill if he finds that US “national security” interests require it.
Furthermore, the bill comes in the midst of ongoing diplomatic talks over Iranian uranium enrichment for civilian use between Iran and the European Union, which the new US sanctions clearly aim at sabotaging.
Let us be clear about one thing: there is no evidence that Iran is anywhere near enriching uranium to weapons-grade capacity at the rate and quantity required to produce nuclear bombs that could effectively threaten the US or any of its allies in the area within a decade. Nor is there any evidence that Iran is capable of manufacturing plutonium bombs on the quick. Washington is simply keen to start yet another war for “regime change” based on lies intended to terrorize the US public into compliance.