Iran Is Not a Nuclear Threat!!!

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To: Editors and reporters
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: Please get off your behinds

Now that most of you have apologized for sitting on your duffs while
the neo-cons planned and executed the totally unnecessary war against
a toothless regime in Baghdad, I suggest you get off your duffs
in regard to the neo-con plot to war against Iran. I’ve been posting
memos here for months pointing out that Iran has not done anything
to warrant the propaganda directed at it from the Perle Cabal, i.e.,
Richard Perle’s network that is laced through both political parties,
Congress and the White House. Iran is in full compliance with the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and has a hundred times publicly
pledged to permit the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
to inspect any gol-durned site inside its borders if someone has
reason to believe it has a secret nuclear program underway. Iranian
exile groups pop up from time to time with press conferences about
some diabolical site they have discovered, but Iran ALWAYS allows
the inspectors to go in, and they find nothing.

Now I know it is impossible to get the Wall Street Journal
editorial page to take a good look at the dopey charges being leveled
against Tehran. It has been intellectually corrupted by the Perle
Cabal and robotically publishes anything the Cabal asks it to. Today
it runs a long op-ed by Henry Sikolski, a Perle stooge, who warns
that Iran is not only deceiving all of us, but that it could soon
be weeks or months away from having a nuke to rain down upon its
adversaries in the region, i.e., Israel. Can this be possible? Not
on your life. Not on your life.

But for goodness sakes, the New York Times has been pulled
into the same orbit, a recent editorial wringing its hands over
Iran and the possibility that it could have a nuke to threaten the
region, i.e. Israel. The Times editors are well-meaning,
but they do not seem to check anything out with independent sources.
Here is what I wrote the Times editors after reading their

longtime friend Gordon Prather, a nuclear physicist who actually
designed nukes (when we were still designing new nukes) tells
me your editorial today is factually incorrect in a very basic
way and that you would do well not to accept the material being
presented to reporters by the Boltons and Sikolskis of the world.

That is, the edit says: “The centrifuges at [Natanz] can just
as easily be used to make bomb-grade enriched uranium as to prepare
lower-grade fuel for reactors. Any country that builds and operates
such a plant has taken the most crucial step down the road toward
building nuclear weapons.”

Dr. Prather says your editorial writer seems to think it would
be easy to make a nuke once you have a uranium enrichment plant.
He points out that Iran could not take the first step unless it
first completed the plant at Bushehr and ran it for a year, then
announced its withdrawal from the NPT, which requires six months
lead time, and then spends several YEARS taking the fuel out of
Bushehr, allowing it to cool down for a few years so it could
be handled, then reprocessed, and eventually turned into one nuke
device…. probably not one small enough to be able to be carried
by a missile.

His recommendation is that you send your editorial writer to one
of the URENCO plants in Europe, where he/she can ask the people
who run their uranium enrichment plants what it would take for
Iran to go from A to Z with what they have now. Prather believes
the protocols Iran would sign in order to proceed with a low-enrichment
plant would make it absolutely impossible for them to take steps
two or three or eight hundred, etc., to make a nuke, without being

Because Iran has the right to enrich uranium under the supervision
of the IAEA in order to have a complete nuclear fuel cycle you
are really asking the Iranian government to give up that right
if it wishes to produce nuclear power.

editors and reporters, I hate to challenge your collective intelligence,
but I must do so. In 2002–2003, the whole world demanded through
the United Nations Security Council that Saddam Hussein open up
his whole country to prove to us that he had no weapons of mass
destruction. And HE DID SO!!!! He invited inspectors from the U.N.,
from the IAEA, and from the US Congress, and from the CIA to come
to Iraq and look into every nook and cranny. We did, found nothing,
and still invaded. Now, dear editors and reporters, please take
note that the neo-cons have been insisting Iran has all kinds of
WMD programs underway and Tehran says it does not… and says we
can send inspectors into any nook and cranny of Iran to check that

Doesn’t it ever occur to you, dear journalists of the Fourth Estate,
that you are not doing the MINIMUM to prevent a second or a third
unnecessary war? Huh?

22, 2004

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