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This week, the UN is meeting in New York City to review the progress of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
A Telegraph/UK article titled “US to Unveil Size of Nuclear Stockpile” and posted today on CommonDreams.org states:
Arms-control groups estimate the US nuclear arsenal contains 9,000 weapons, roughly 5,000 of them active and the rest in line for disassembly.
The announcement could be timed to prevent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, from hijacking the conference with demands for more global controls of nuclear stockpiles. He speaks before Mrs Clinton.
The international community believes Iran is secretly preparing to build a nuclear weapon.
Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Mrs Clinton said: “If Iran is coming to say we’re willing to abide by the Nonproliferation Treaty, that would be very welcome news.
“I have a feeling that’s not what they’re coming to do. I think they’re coming to try to divert attention and confuse the issue.” (http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/03-1)
Secretary Clinton’s comment is a perfect example of Orwellian doublespeak and Freudian projection.
Iran HAS abided by the Nonproliferation Treaty by enriching uranium only for energy purposes as the Treaty permits and by allowing U.N. inspections which have shown no nuclear weapons program. And, contrary to the Telegraph article, much of the “international community” not in thrall to the U.S. does NOT believe Iran is secretly preparing to build a nuclear weapon.
But what if Iran was? The U.S. has shown, by its actions since August 6, 1945, that it will use its own nuclear or massive conventional weapons against any state which defies it, especially if that state does not have its own nuclear weapons and is considerably weaker militarily. Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq provide ample proof. If Iran eventually develops a nuclear weapon, can anyone blame it for seeking a measure of self-defense and security against attack by the most aggressive warmaking nation in history? And what of the Israeli arsenal of more than 100 nuclear weapons, as both Israel and its main arms merchant, the U.S., continually threaten Iran with military attack? Does anyone seriously believe Iran would commit national suicide by attacking Israel, or giving traceable nuclear weapons material to terrorists to use against either Israel or the U.S.?
Meanwhile, it is the U.S. which has continually violated the Treaty by:
1. never allowing U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities;
2. continuing to develop, stockpile, and target thousands of nuclear weapons;
3. helping Israel, India, and Pakistan develop their nuclear weapons programs, while those three U.S. allies refuse to sign the Nonproliferation Treaty.
But, as the lone superpower and bully of the world, the U.S. gets away with these violations with virtually no public outcry. It is the U.S. which is trying “to divert attention and confuse the issue” by accusing Iran of violations while ignoring its own multiple, long-time violations of the Nonproliferation Treaty.
Our fawning, warmongering corporate media, operating as the Ministry of “Truth” (Propaganda) for the U.S. Empire, has seldom, if ever, reported these U.S. violations of the Treaty. So most USans are led to believe, by Obama’s threatening rhetoric (“all options are on the table”), which is in violation of the U.N. Charter, toward Iran; by the fanatical “Israel can do no wrong” factions in Congress and the media; and by ignorance of the facts of the Nonproliferation Treaty, that Iran is a dangerous rogue state violating the Treaty, while it is the U.S. which has actually been the most dangerous violator for decades.
Representatives of the nations which have signed the Nonproliferation Treaty, as well as those which have refused to, are fully aware of all these facts. It is only the U.S. public, continually intentionally misled by “our” politicians in the White House and Congress as well as by “our” media, who are ignorant. So we may be led to repeat the “supreme international crime”, as the post-World War II International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg declared it, of waging an illegal war of aggression on a nation which does not threaten us, as we had on both Afghanistan and Iraq.
We must not allow this to happen again.
We must demand that the fawning, warmongering corporate media tell the truth and present the whole picture, all the facts, of Iran, the U.S., Israel, and the Nonproliferation Treaty.
We must demand that our President and all members of Congress abide by the United Nations Charter which the U.S. signed long ago and stop threatening Iran with a military attack. Full truth, diplomacy and trade are the only sane ways of defusing the potentially explosive situation with Iran.
We must raise our voices in protest and demand that Never Again will we be lied into a war of aggression, either for expansion of the U.S./Corporate Global Empire, or for any other reason.