Iran Is Innocent
by Gordon Prather
Kerry has declared nuke proliferation to be the single most serious
threat to our national security and has essentially accused Bush
of making that threat worse by his actions with respect to North
Korea, Iraq and Iran and by his undermining of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation
of Nuclear Weapons.
NPT entered into force in 1970, and at the 1995 Review Conference
the parties to the NPT decided that the treaty would remain in force
of Bush's inauguration, of the 182 signatories to the NPT that had
foresworn nukes, perhaps 30 were actually deemed technologically
capable of producing nukes within a short time after withdrawing
from the NPT.
because, in return for their forbearance, the NPT recognizes their
"inalienable right" to enjoy all the benefits of "nuclear
energy" applied for peaceful purposes.
prevent non-peaceful applications of those shared benefits, the
NPT established a "safeguards" regime to be administered
by the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.
began exercising its "inalienable right" while the Shah
was in power. However, since his fall, the United States
in violation of its NPT commitments has been attempting to
keep all other NPT signatories from honoring theirs.
that Iran has signed an Additional Protocol to their Safeguards
Agreement, the IAEA has the authority to go anywhere and inspect
any activity to ensure that Iran has actually made all NPT-proscribed
materials, equipment and activities subject to their Safeguards
the IAEA inspectors to report to the IAEA Board of Governors that
they had evidence that Iran was employing as the neo-crazies
allege certain proscribed materials and equipment in non-peaceful
applications, then the IAEA board could deem that employment to
be a violation of the NPT and refer the matter to the U.N. Security
Council for possible action.
the dismay of the neo-crazies, the IAEA inspectors have found no
such evidence and have made no such reports. In fact, the IAEA inspectors
have reported to the IAEA board that several alleged NPT "violations"
have been resolved in Iran's favor, including the laser enrichment
experiments, the uranium conversation experiments and the sources
of the trace amounts of enriched uranium found on imported equipment.
No evidence, no report to the IAEA board. No report, no IAEA referral
to the Security Council. No referral, no Security Council sanctions
or worse applied to Iran.
a poor neo-crazy to do?
how about "end-running" the NPT?
see, irrespective of any treaty, the U.N. Charter empowers the Security
Council to determine whether a nation-state's actions or activities
pose a threat to international peace or constitutes an act
of aggression and to decide what measures should be taken
including military action by member states to maintain
or restore international peace and security.
1991, Bush the Elder got the Security Council to determine that
Iraq's invasion of Kuwait constituted an act of aggression and to
authorize Kuwait and other member states such as the United
States to employ "all necessary means" to restore
peace and security to the Persian Gulf region.
2002, Bush the Younger tried to get the Security Council to determine
that Iraq had or soon would have nukes and, therefore,
posed a threat to international peace. Bush failed to get a Security
Council resolution to employ "all necessary means" to
maintain the peace because the U.N. inspectors reported directly
to the Security Council that they could find no evidence that Saddam
was a threat and that he had made no effort since 1991 to even develop
a capability to produce nukes or chembio weapons.
in 2004, having failed to get the IAEA board to refer Iran's alleged
"violations" of the NPT to the Security Council for possible
action, Bush the Younger intends to bring Iran's alleged nuke programs
before the Security Council directly, hoping for a determination
that Iran poses a threat to international peace, authorizing Iraq
and other member states such as Israel to employ "all
necessary means" to maintain peace in the region.
determining that Iran's safeguarded nuclear programs pose a threat
to peace in the Persian Gulf region, the Security Council is much
more likely to determine that Israel's unsafeguarded nuclear programs
pose a far greater threat.
has promised to veto any Security Council resolution imposing even
sanctions on Iran, much less one authorizing military action.
course, the U.S. under Bush or Kerry would veto a
Security Council resolution involving Israel. We always do.
James Gordon Prather [send
him mail] has served as a policy-implementing official for national
security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency,
the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department
of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department
of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for
national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla.
ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the
Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather
had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory
in New Mexico.
© 2004 Gordon Prather