by Paul Craig Roberts
December 29, 2009
On Christmas eve when Christians were
celebrating the Prince of Peace, the New York Times delivered
forth a call for war. "There's only one way to stop Iran,"
declared Alan J. Kuperman, and that is "military air strikes
against Iran's nuclear facilities."
Kuperman is described as the "director
of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Program at the University
of Texas at Austin," but his Christmas eve call to war relies
on disinformation and contradiction, not on objective scholarly
For example, Kuperman contradicts the
unanimous report of America's 16 intelligence agencies, the reports
of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Russian intelligence
with his claim that Iran has a nuclear weapon program. Astonishingly,
it does not occur to Kuperman that readers might wonder how an
academic bureaucrat in Austin, Texas, has better information than
Kuperman is so determined to damn President
Obama's plan to have other countries enrich Iran's uranium for
Iran's nuclear energy program and medical isotopes that Kuperman
commits astounding blunders. After claiming that Iran has a "bomb
program," Kuperman claims that "Iran's uranium contains
impurities" and that Ahmadinejad's threat "to enrich
uranium domestically to the 20 percent level . . . is a bluff,
because even if Iran could further enrich its impure uranium,
it lacks the capacity to fabricate the uranium into fuel elements."
What was the New York Times op ed editor
thinking when he approved Kuperman's article? Iran, Kuperman writes,
needs "90 percent enriched uranium" to have weapons-grade
material, but cannot reach 20 percent or even make fuel elements
for its nuclear energy. So, how is Iran going to produce a bomb?
Yet, Kuperman writes that "we have reached the point where
air strikes are the only plausible option with any prospect of
preventing Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons. The sooner the
United States takes action, the better."
It could not be made any clearer that,
as with the US invasion of Iraq, a military attack on Iran has
nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction. An "Iranian
nuke" is just another canard behind which hides an undeclared
One wonders about Kuperman's non-proliferation
credentials. How does a wanton military attack on a country encourage
non-proliferation? Aren't America's bullying, threats and acts
of war more likely to encourage countries to seek nuclear weapons?
At the end of the first decade of the
21st century, the United States has wars ongoing in Iraq where
the ancient Chaldean Christian community was destroyed--not by
Saddam Hussein but by the neoconservatives' illegal invasion of
Iraq--in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yeman, and Sudan. The US initiated
a war, which it lost, between its puppet ruler in the former Soviet
province of Georgia and Russia.
The US, the world's greatest supporter
of terrorism, is the main financier of terrorist groups that stage
attacks within Iran, and US money succeeded in financing protests
against President Ahmadinejad's re-election and in dividing the
ruling Islamic clerics. It was American money, weapons, and diplomatic
cover that enabled the Israeli war crimes against the Lebanese
people during 2006 and against Palestinian civilians in Gaza during
2008-2009, crimes documented in the Goldstone Report.
Iran has never interfered in US internal
affairs, but the US has a long record of interfering in Iranian
affairs. In 1953 the US overthrew Iran's popular prime minister,
Mohammed Mosaddeq and installed a puppet who tortured Iranians
who desired political independence.
Despite this and other American offenses
against Iran, Ahmadinejad has repeatedly expressed Iran's interest
to be on friendly terms with the United States, only to be repeatedly
rebuffed. The US wants war with Iran in order to expand US world
One might expect a non-proliferation expert
to take history into account, but Kuperman fails to do so. Kuperman
also has nothing to say about Israel's, India's and Pakistan's
nuclear weapons. Unlike Iran, none of these countries are signatories
to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel, India, and Pakistan
all developed their nuclear weapons in secret, and many experts
believe Israel had American help, an act of treason. All three
countries have been rewarded by Washington despite their perfidy.
Why is Kuperman concerned about Iran, which submits to the IAEA
inspections, but is unconcerned with Israel, a country that has
never permitted a single inspection?
The answer is that the Israel Lobby, the
US military-security complex, and the "Christian" Zionists
have succeeded in demonizing Iran. Every real expert knows that
an Iranian nuclear weapon would have no function other than deterring
an attack on Iran. Ever since the US lost its monopoly on nuclear
weapons, after using them offensively and pointlessly against
a defeated Japan, nuclear weapons have served no purpose other
The US has no conflicting economic interests
with Iran. Iran is simply a supplier of oil, an important one.
A US attack on Iran, such as the one advocated by Kuperman, would
most likely shut down oil flows to the West through the Strait
of Hormuz. This might benefit refiners, who sell gasoline to the
West and could charge enormous prices, but no one else would benefit.
Adding to the war cry are congregations
of fake Christians. A great number of them, organized by someone's
money under the banner, "Christian Leaders for a Nuclear-free
Iran," has written to Congress demanding sanctions against
Iran that amount to an act of war. The roll call http://www.clnfi.org/
includes the "Christian" Zionist John Hagee, who, according
to reports, denigrates Jesus Christ and preaches to his illiterate
congregation that it is God's will for Americans to fight and
die for Israel, the oppressor of the Palestinian people.
Among the signatories of the "Christians"
demanding an act of war against Iran, are Dr. Pat Robertson, president
of Christian Broadcasting Network, Nixon-era criminal Chuck Colson,
and Richard Land, president of Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,
Southern Baptist Convention. Obviously, for southern baptists
ethics means murdering Islamists, and religious liberty excludes
everyone but "Christian" Zionists.
It is a simple matter for an educated
person to make fools of these morons who profess to be Christians.
However, these morons have vast constituencies numbering in the
tens of millions of Americans. There are, in fact, more of them
than there are intelligent, informed, moral, and real Christian
The votes of the morons will prevail.
In the second decade of the 21st century,
America's Zionist wars against Islam will expand. America's wars
in behalf of Israel's territorial expansion will complete the
bankruptcy of America. The Treasury's bonds to finance the US
government's enormous deficits will lack for buyers. Therefore,
the bonds will be monetized by the Federal Reserve. The result
will be rising rates of inflation. The inflation will destroy
the dollar as world reserve currency, and the US will no longer
be able to pay for its imports. Shortages will appear, including
food and gasoline, and "Superpower America" will find
itself pressed to the wall as a third world country unable to
pay its debts.
America has been brought low, both morally
and economically, by its obeisance to the Israel Lobby. Even Jimmy
Carter, a former President of the United States and Governor of
Georgia recently had to apologize to the Israel Lobby for his
honest criticisms of Israel's inhumane treatment of the occupied
Palestinians in order for his grandson to be able to run for a
seat in the Georgia state senate. http://www.counterpunch.org/amiri12252009.html
This should tell the macho super-power
American tough guys who really runs "their" country.
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