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Noam Chomsky: Iran pursuing nuclear weapons out of fear

March 13, 2010

Scholar assails U.S. for hypocritical application of Non-Proliferation Treaty

By Matthew W. Hutchins, Harvard Law Record, March 11, 2010

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Noam Chomsky speaks in Harvard’s Memorial Church

Even the most radical conservative can agree with Noam Chomsky on at least one thing.  “No one in their right mind wants Iran to develop nuclear weapons.”  But to Chomsky, nonproliferation requires reciprocal action, rather than international condemnation.  Chomsky’s reputation as a prolific author of books on subjects including linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, political science, and media might lead one to believe that his views stem from esoteric theoretical arguments, but Chomsky takes a pragmatic view of international relations.  His conclusion is that Iran is developing nuclear weapons out of a rational fear for its national safety because of the systematically threatening posture of the United States and Israel.

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The United States, Iran, and the Nuclear Hypocrisy

February 22, 2010

by Marco Rosaire Rossi, CommonDreams.org, Feb 22, 2010

On Sunday, February 14th, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton-speaking at the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar-lambasted Iran for its continual development of its nuclear power program. Clinton accused Iran of “consistently (failing) to live up to its responsibilities.” According to Clinton “It has refused to demonstrate to the international community that its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.” The evidence sighted by Clinton of Iran’s callousness toward international laws and the United Nations system is Iran’s own action. The only reason Iran would establish a nuclear energy program, it is claimed, is to eventually use it to develop weapons and attack other nations. Therefore, any development of nuclear energy is ipso de facto a threat to security and assault on world peace.

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Nuclear Hero’s ‘Crime’ Was Making Us Safer

January 2, 2010

by Daniel Ellsberg, CommonDreams.org, Jan 1, 2010

Mordechai Vanunumy friend, my hero, my brotherhas again been arrested in Israel on “suspicion” of the “crime” of “meeting with foreigners.” I myself have been complicit in this offense, traveling twice to Israel for the express purpose of meeting with him, openly, and expressing support for the actions for which he was imprisoned for over eighteen years. His offense has been to defy openly and repeatedly ,conditions put on his freedom of movement and associations and speech after he had served his full sentence, restrictions on his human rights which were a direct carry-over from the British Mandate, colonial regulations in clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Such restrictions have no place in a nation evincing respect for a rule of law and fundamental human rights. His arrest and confinement are outrages and should be ended immediately.

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‘A World Without Nuclear Weapons’ Might Still Be Possible

November 5, 2009

Phyllis Bennis, The Huffington Post, Nov. 4, 2009

Washington’s current debate over escalation in Afghanistan, the continuing war in Iraq, and the administration’s refusal, so far, to exert any serious pressure on Israel, do not bode well for Obama’s foreign policy. But in another key conflict area — Iran — President Obama appears to be implementing, at least for the moment, his campaign commitment to engage rather than threaten, to use diplomacy rather than force.

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Obama’s Promises and Policies

November 4, 2009

George Barnsby, The Barnsby Blog No. 966, Nov 4, 2009

Once again I have turned to the Website of the only man who can save the world, Barack Obama who forty days ago amazed and delighted the world with his statement that he would abolish all nuclear weapons, but who since has reneged on that promise and today keeps the most warlike company of those who want to conquer Iraq and Afghanistan  and other places for their oil, and precious metals while puppet governments in Asia and elsewhere are quite willing to give their assets to the Western Neo-Coms, but find it necessary to deceive their own people and the rest of the world by fulsome false promises that they are not serving their own material interests but are patriots serving the interests of their countries.

In the meantime Obama has his own problems with his ‘allies’ notably NATO and the European Union and the basic trio of Nuclear Maniacs – Bush, Blair and Brown are now desperately trying to defy the Human Rights authorities who are chasing them for Crimes against Humanity and they will eventually suffer the same fate as did the Nazi genocidists at Nuremburg in 1946.

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Stop Palestinian suffering for Mideast peace, says Erdoğan

October 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
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Peace cannot be established in the Middle East when the suffering of the Palestinians continues and the Gaza Strip remains a wreck, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday.

Speaking at the Istanbul Forum organized by Stratim, Seta and the German Marshall Fund, Erdoğan said the Palestinian question is at the center of all problems in the Middle East. The prime minister recalled that Turkey vocalized its disapproval of the previous year’s bombing of the Gaza Strip, adding: “We criticized steps that were serving no purpose, but which increased suffering and sabotaged the peace process. We will continue to criticize it today, too. We will criticize anything similar taking place in other areas.”

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Hiroshima, 64 years ago

August 6, 2009

The news stories in photographs by Alan Taylor

The Boston.Com, Aug 5, 2009


Tomorrow, August 6th, marks 64 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States at the end of World War II. Targeted for military reasons and for its terrain (flat for easier assessment of the aftermath), Hiroshima was home to approximately 250,000 people at the time of the bombing. The U.S. B-29 Superfortress bomber “Enola Gay” took off from Tinian Island very early on the morning of August 6th, carrying a single 4,000 kg (8,900 lb) uranium bomb codenamed “Little Boy”. At 8:15 am, Little Boy was dropped from 9,400 m (31,000 ft) above the city, freefalling for 57 seconds while a complicated series of fuse triggers looked for a target height of 600 m (2,000 ft) above the ground. At the moment of detonation, a small explosive initiated a super-critical mass in 64 kg (141 lbs) of uranium. Of that 64 kg, only .7 kg (1.5 lbs) underwent fission, and of that mass, only 600 milligrams was converted into energy – an explosive energy that seared everything within a few miles, flattened the city below with a massive shockwave, set off a raging firestorm and bathed every living thing in deadly radiation. Nearly 70,000 people are believed to have been killed immediately, with possibly another 70,000 survivors dying of injuries and radiation exposure by 1950. Today, Hiroshima houses a Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum near ground zero, promoting a hope to end the existence of all nuclear weapons. (34 photos total)
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The Elephant in the Room: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons

June 30, 2009

by David Morrison | The  Electronic Intifada, June 30, 2009

At a White House press conference on 18 May 2009, US President Barack Obama expressed “deepening concern” about “the potential pursuit of a nuclear weapon by Iran.” He continued:

“Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon would not only be a threat to Israel and a threat to the United States, but would be profoundly destabilizing in the international community as a whole and could set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”

By his side was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the room with them, there was an elephant, a large and formidably destructive elephant, which they and the assembled press pretended not to see.

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Gorbachev: US military power blocks `no nukes’

April 17, 2009

Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, foreground, is flanked by Italian AP – Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, foreground, is flanked by Italian Foreign Minister Franco …

ROME – President Barack Obama‘s call for a nuclear weapons-free world is welcome, but the huge U.S. defense budget may prove an “insurmountable obstacle” to reaching that goal, former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Thursday.

Talk of nuclear disarmament would be “just rhetorical” if other nations were asked to give up nukes while the United States maintains an overwhelming conventional military superiority, Gorbachev said. What’s needed, he said, are talks to “demilitarize” world politics.

Gorbachev, last leader of the now-defunct Soviet Union, helped inaugurate two days of discussions on nuclear disarmament involving some 100 former and current international leaders, under the sponsorship of the Italian Foreign Ministry, the U.S.-based organization Nuclear Threat Initiative and Gorbachev’s own World Political Forum.

The U.S. contingent was led by former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Defense Secretary William Perry and ex-Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia.

In an afternoon of talks, conference participants repeatedly applauded the positions Obama has taken on the nuclear future, including his unprecedented joint statement April 1 with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that the two leaders had “committed our two countries to achieving a nuclear free world.”

Egyptian diplomat Nabil Fahmy recalled a different time.

“In the 1970s, when we said we wanted a nuclear-free world, we were laughed out of the room. It was as if today I took this chair and threw it into that chandelier,” he told fellow conferees in a grand meeting room at the Italian ministry. “I am pleased and honored that we are discussing this seriously now.”

Shultz, 88, President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state in 1982-89, called nuclear abolition “an idea whose time has come.” But, he added, “time is not on our side. The key phrase must be `careful urgency.'”

Gorbachev, 78, who once bargained with Reagan over possibly eliminating nuclear arsenals, said the major nuclear powers only recently have recognized that “the current situation is untenable” — a world with more than 23,000 atomic warheads, 95 percent of them in U.S. and Russian hands.

But a “militarized” world without nuclear weapons would also be untenable, he suggested, since it would leave other nations potentially vulnerable to U.S. military power.

“Defense budgets far exceed reasonable security needs,” Gorbachev said. “The United States spends on military purposes almost as much as the rest of the world put together.” U.S. military spending totals more than $600 billion this year.

“Military superiority would be an insurmountable obstacle to ridding the world of nuclear weapons,” the ex-Soviet president said. “Unless we discuss demilitarization of international politics, the reduction of military budgets, preventing militarization of outer space, talking about a nuclear-free world will be just rhetorical.”

Asked about Gorbachev’s call for conventional arms negotiations, Perry said talks on nuke control could still go ahead independently.

“Many things need to happen in parallel with nuclear disarmament,” he said. “If there is no solution to all of these problems it does not mean that you don’t proceed on nuclear arms control.”

Peres Raises Prospect of Attacking Iran

April 13, 2009

Israeli President Calls to Unify Sunnis, Europe Against Iran

by Jason Ditz | Antiwar.com,  April 12, 2009

In an interview today, Israeli President Shimon Peres once again raised the prospect of attacking Iran, saying that if the talks proposed by President Obama did not get Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to “soften” its stance on its civilian nuclear program “we’ll strike him.”

The threat is the latest in a long line of bellicose statements by Israeli officials about the prospect of attacking the Shi’ite nation, but the first since Israel’s new rightist government took power. Israel’s previous government, of which Peres’ Labor Party was also a part, repeatedly threatened to attack Iran over the program.

Peres seemed optimistic about the recent falling out between Egypt and Iran would enable them to “unify all his opponents – the Sunnis and the Europeans, as well as those afraid of nuclear weapons and terror.”

The Israeli government has repeatedly accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons, though the most recent US National Intelligence Estimate says Iran has not had such a program in many years and the IAEA has repeatedly certified that Iran is not diverting any of its uranium to any use other than its nuclear energy program.


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