reviewing the mainstream media reports on the political response to the
National Intelligence Estimate, it seems clear to me that the leaders of the
'Axis of Good' are bent on betting all their stakes on Iran. Although the
summary of the findings of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies reveals that Iran
halted its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003 and has shown no signs
of restarting it, President Bush is calling it a "warning signal"
instead of extending a formal apology.
In the year
2000, Professor Noam Chomsky spoke of the reasons for hostility towards Iran;
"Until 1979 the U.S. system for controlling the Middle East was based on
Iran, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan . . . Actually the hostility to
Iran is because it pulled out of the system and when it is willing to pull back
into the system it will become a non-terrorist state again."
Seymour M. Hersh, in an article revealing plans by the White House to attack
Iran, quoted a high-ranking diplomat in Vienna who told him "the real
issue is who is going to control the Middle East and its oil in the next 10
years.� Donald Rumsfeld, then U.S. defense secretary, dismissed the article as
a trip to "fantasyland."
just tracking some of the statements made by "world leaders" in
regards to Iran over the last few years reveals that a trip to
"fantasyland" is exactly where we are heading. The "warning
signals" have been flashing long enough, and the public should react and
demand responsibility from our democratically elected governments.
2005, in his State Of The Union Address, President Bush singled out Iran as
"the world's primary state sponsor of terror -- pursuing nuclear
the United Nations Security Council acted unanimously to tighten sanctions on
Iran, in response to the country�s uranium-enrichment activities, expressing
doubts about the country�s nuclear program being �exclusively for peaceful
of 2007, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Iran of "lying"
about the aim of its nuclear program, saying there's no doubt Tehran wants the
capability to produce nuclear weapons and has deceived the U.N.'s atomic watchdog
about its intentions.
of 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy addressing France's ambassadorial corps, praised
diplomatic initiatives by Western powers pushing for tougher sanctions on Iran,
as the approach "that can enable us to avoid being faced with an
alternative that I call catastrophic: an Iranian bomb or the bombing of
have expected that after the release of NIE's report last week, the war pushing
rhetoric would have been silenced and that "global leaders" would
redirect the media's spotlight towards other events. However, the mainstream
media is still being used to divulge propaganda about the eminent threat of a
nuclear Iran. In fact, the NIE has increased the beat of aggression. Following
the report of the findings, Condoleezza Rice said; "I continue to see Iran
as a dangerous power in international politics". President Bush's U.N.
ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, added that Iran had undertaken an "assertive
pursuit of regional hegemony" promoting "its ideology and theocratic
state as models to be exported or imposed on others," and emphasized that
Iran would require "a sustained U.S. military presence in the gulf
aggression is further emphasized by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates who,
speaking at a weekend security conference in Bahrain, said that Iran may
secretly have resumed efforts to build a nuclear weapon. A situation which he
suggests, requires intensified international pressure on Tehran, together with
recommendations to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to develop a joint air
and missile shield to ward off future threats.
this poker diplomacy, the allies have remained firmly behind the U.S on its
bluff on Iran; "The world is right to insist by sanctions that Iran comes
back into line," Briitish Prime Minister Gordon Brown told a parliamentary
committee. And EU foreign ministers have added that the council of member
states "reiterates its full support to the work in the U.N. Security
Council to adopt further measures."
aggressive push by "world leaders" suggests that everywhere you turn
the U.S and its allies are promoting a policy aimed at fomenting instability
and chaos. Indifferent to the devastating consequences of this
"fantasyland," Western government officials are gambling the fate of
humanity in hope of retaining control of strategic locations necessary for the
control of global trade. Concerned global citizens should unite to do something
about this, because, according to a British official working closely with the
UN, Iran is already a country whose people are victims of sanctions that
"are having a deeply negative effect on the Iranian economy and there is
the prospect of more to come."
Pablo Ouziel is an activist and a freelance
writer based in Spain. His work has appeared in many progressive media
including Online Journal, Znet, Palestine Chronicle, Thomas Paine�s Corner and
Atlantic Free Press.