I am so mad I could spit. I am so mad I have a few other
choice phrases but they are not suitable for a family news web site. A secret
society known as the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, an agency of
the United Nations, appears to be encouraging a military assault on Iran.
No other conclusion can be reached. Here I am so naÃ¯ve as to think that the U.N., and its attendant agencies, are all about promoting peace on this fragile globe we live on. How could I be so stupid?
What do we know about this secret society called IAEA? Well, not much. Its reports are cloaked in innuendo, diplomatic-speak, political-speak, and the Corporate News (CN), when it even mentions the adventures of the IAEA, which is not often, provides misleading information and war-hype with invented fantasies. How is the intelligent observer supposed to wade through all this?
We know this; the possibility of Iran making a nuclear weapon goes back years, perhaps beginning with Bush's infamous Axis of Evil State of the Union Address in early 2002. The crisis heightened slightly when some idiot neo-con stated, "Everyone wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran." Since then the imagined crisis, because no agency could actually prove Iran is making a nuke, began a slow death. The crisis suffered a cataclysmic failure of its own evil existence in 2007 when a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) proclaimed, with confidence, that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons development in 2003. That assessment was reaffirmed in late 2011.
Enter the IAEA's dubious report in November that alleged that Iran's nuclear research may have military applications. The IAEA offered no smoking gun and no proof of this allegation. Bam! Off we go on an invented global crisis with war hawks in Israel, Iran, and the U.S. screaming their heads off for war and the CN encouraging them every step of the way. It can be argued this secret society, the IAEA, started this impending and frightening war with global implications.
As indicated by my previous articles on the issue we also know that the IAEA's report in November was heavily influenced by Western and Israeli intelligence agencies. We also know that its report was based on "new information" on old intelligence which was the contents of a laptop computer discovered in 2005 and deemed unreliable by U.S. intelligence at the time. The IAEA report notes that much of Iran's progress occurred prior to the fall 2003 when it abandoned nuclear weapons development. Exactly what the NIE reported in 2007 regarding Iran's weapons program. This conclusion received little or no coverage in the CN and has been virtually ignored by war hawks in the U.S. and Israel.
So what could the IAEA do? They cannot portray themselves as a war mongering group. After all, they are a part of the U.N. What they should have done is to emphatically refute the political and media hype for war based on their November report. After all, that report was virtually in agreement with 2007 NIE. It offered no proof that Iran was making a nuke and stated nuclear weapons development ended in 2003. The IAEA remained mute as the war drums began beating more and more loudly, deafening the rational appeal for reason and logic.
Instead, with sympathies toward the West and Israel, they embarked on a show of resistance to war which amounts to a sham as any intelligent observer would note. This failure drew the ire of many who expected better and want an end to this manufactured crisis that could shake our world to the core if America and Israel gets really stupid.
In late January IAEA officials traveled to Iran for a three-day visit to discuss the issue with Iranian leaders. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed optimism regarding the talks. Salehi also said the IAEA team could visit all nuclear sites during their visit. The IAEA did not visit any nuclear sites and virtually nothing was accomplished. The war drums began beating ever louder as war hawks, and self-styled journalistic "experts," felt all this was further justification for their beliefs while aided by the CN war hype.
As the crisis heightened the IAEA, in its infinite wisdom, decided to return to Iran for two days within a month. Two days? War appears to be imminent and they schedule a two-day visit? This issue has been going on for years. What did they expect to accomplish in two days? They have since returned with the expected result: mission failure.
Again, they did not visit any nuclear sites. A weak explanation was offered. Ramin Mehmanparast said that the team was made up of "experts", not inspectors. Explanations of the failure was offered by IAEA. "Intensive efforts were made to reach agreement on a document facilitating the clarification of unresolved issues in connection with Iran's nuclear program," a brief IAEA statement read. "Unfortunately, agreement was not reached on this document."
Is the IAEA going out of its way to appear weak and indecisive? I can almost hear the Iranian mullahs laughing their fool heads off.
There is another possible explanation. Perhaps the IAEA leadership feels it has done its job for its Western and Israeli suitors with that nebulous November report and no more is required. They went through the motions of seeming to avoiding war. That is sufficient.
At this point there is only one man in the world who can head off the coming crisis, the President of the United States. Iran poses no existential threat to Israel. That becomes pure fact once an observer wades through all the contradictory rhetoric. Many Israeli officials also consider this as gospel including its Defense Minister and the current and former chiefs of the Mossad. Consequently, an Israeli attack on Iran would be a war of aggression. President Obama must immediately and unequivocally inform Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders that if Israel attacks Iran without U.S. approval the U.S. will not be drawn into the war and come to the aid of Israel. For more on this please read http://consortiumnews.com/2012/02/22/need-to-talk-sense-to-netanyahu/
It requires no courage for our President to launch wars of aggression euphemistically called, "wars of choice." Just follow the cheerleaders, many of whom are in Congress or running for the GOP nomination for President. It requires a tremendous amount of courage to avoid wars of choice.
Essentially nothing has changed since the intelligence community's finding in November 2007: "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program."