Iran & Nukes

The DISSENTING DEMOCRAT has doubted the Bush-Obama Administrations’ claim that Iran wants nukes for an attack on Israel and, even less probable, the United States. Iran reads the papers, it sees nuclear-armed North Korea left alone while nonnuclear Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria are the recipients of “humanitarian intervention”. Here is a Glenn Greenwald’s take on the issue —

Glenn Greenwald   THE GUARDIAN (October 2, 2012)

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/02-5

In the Washington Post today, Richard Cohen expresses surprise that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is “starting to make some sense” and “wax rationally”. Cohen specifically cites this statement from the Iranian president last week:

“Let’s even imagine that we have an atomic weapon, a nuclear weapon. What would we do with it? What intelligent person would fight 5,000 American bombs with one bomb?”

Cohen’s surprise notwithstanding, numerous Iranian leaders, including Ahmadinejad, have long made the same point. And it’s a point so obvious it should not even need to be made. No rational person takes seriously the claim that Iran, even if it did obtain a nuclear weapon, would commit instant and guaranteed national suicide by using it to attack a nation that has a huge nuclear stockpile, which happens to include both the US and Israel. One can locate nothing in the actions of Iran’s regime that even suggests irrationality on that level, let alone suicidal impulses.

That Iran will use its nuclear weapons against the US and Israel is rather obviously the centerpiece of the fear-mongering campaign against Tehran, to build popular support for threats to launch an aggressive attack in order to prevent them from acquiring that weapon. So what, then, is the real reason that so many people in both the US and Israeli governments are so desperate to stop Iranian proliferation?

Every now and then, they reveal the real reason: Iranian nuclear weapons would prevent the US from attacking Iran at will, and that is what is intolerable. The latest person to unwittingly reveal the real reason for viewing an Iranian nuclear capacity as unacceptable was GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the US’s most reliable and bloodthirsty warmongers.

On Monday, Graham spoke in North Augusta, South Carolina, and was asked about the way in which sanctions were harming ordinary Iranians. Ayman Hossam Fadel was present and recorded that exchange. Answering that question, Graham praised President Obama for threatening Iran with war over nuclear weapons, decreed that “the Iranian people should be willing to suffer now for a better future,” and then – invoking the trite neocon script  that is hauled out whenever new wars are being justified – analogized Iranian nukes to Hitler in the 1930s. But in the middle of his answer, he explained the real reason Iranian nuclear weapons should be feared:

“They have two goals: one, regime survival. The best way for the regime surviving, in their mind, is having a nuclear weapon, because when you have a nuclear weapon, nobody attacks you.”

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