Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Ignore Intelligence Reports, Let's Make War on
Iran, Say Israel Stooges
By Stuart Littlewood
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 12, 2012
shred and vapourize a few million more innocents... But first we’ll strangle
them with sanctions, say our elected leaders
argues that, with the USA’s intelligence agencies concurring that Iran has
no nuclear weapons programme, Washington’s and London’s clamour for ever
tighter sanctions and war with Iran appear to be motivated not by national
interests, but by loyalty and obedience to Israel and its lobbies.
Is this what we voted for?
Is this what Western diplomacy has
come to in the 21stt century?
Thank heaven for Dr David Morrison’s
very timely briefing document entitled “Iran
hasn’t got an active nuclear weapons programme, says US intelligence”.
Morrison is the noted political researcher from Northern Ireland. He sets
out the position in easy-reading form so that even our dimmest politicians
As he points out in a covering note, US intelligence
believes Iran hasn’t got an active nuclear weapons programme and Israeli
intelligence agrees. “When this became the view of US intelligence in
2007, President Bush had to abandon any thought of taking military
action against Iran’s nuclear facilities. As he wrote in his memoir
How could I possibly explain
using the military to destroy the nuclear facilities of a country the
intelligence community said had no active nuclear weapons program?
Today, President Obama
should be asking himself the same question, since US intelligence is
still saying that Iran has no active nuclear weapons programme.
So too should David Cameron, William Hague and the entire European Union.
“…why the mismatch between intelligence and the loud
clamour for war – economic and military? The answer,
presumably, is because war is good – good for business.
Hence war can be highly beneficial to a senior politician’s
Dr Morrison’s report boils down to this:
- According to the US intelligence community Iran hasn’t got an active
nuclear weapons programme and Israeli intelligence agrees.
- The US intelligence community set out this view in a National
Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in November 2007 and it remains their
opinion today. Their assessment was that Tehran halted its nuclear
weapons programme in 2003. “We assess with moderate confidence Tehran
had not restarted its nuclear weapons programme as of mid-2007…” (NIEs
express the consensus view of the 16 US intelligence agencies).
- The November 2011 report on Iran’s nuclear activities by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not say that Iran has an
active nuclear weapons programme despite the impression given by the
media and ministerial rantings.
- Iran has declared to the IAEA 15 nuclear facilities (including its
uranium enrichment plants at Natanz and Fordow) and nine other
locations. These are all being monitored by the IAEA. In its February
2012 report, the IAEA confirmed yet again there was no diversion of
nuclear material from these facilities.
- The IAEA on 4 December 2007 noted that the NIE tallied with the
agency’s statements over the last few years that, although Iran still
needs to clarify aspects of its nuclear activities, the agency has no
concrete evidence of an ongoing nuclear weapons programme or undeclared
- On 16 February this year, the present director of the National
Intelligence Agency, James Clapper, reported to the Senate Armed
Services Committee: “We assess Iran is keeping open the option to
develop nuclear weapons… We do not know, however, if Iran will
eventually decide to build nuclear weapons... That is the intelligence
- On the same day US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta gave the same
assessment to another congressional committee, saying that Iran has not
made a decision on whether to proceed with development of an atomic
bomb. A month earlier, when asked about Iran’s nuclear programme on
“Face the Nation” on CBS, he replied: “Are they [the Iranians] trying to
develop a nuclear weapon? No.”
So why the mismatch between intelligence and the loud clamour for war –
economic and military? The answer, presumably, is because war is good – good
for business. Hence war can be highly beneficial to a senior politician’s
A Middle East nuke-free zone... really?
“…the US and the EU choose to impose vicious economic
sanctions on Iran, and threaten military action, while
taking no such measures against Israel, not even uttering a
word of criticism.”
The international community, including the US and the EU, says it is
committed to a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East. The only
impediment, of course, is
Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons, which menace the whole region
and perhaps beyond. Some experts believe that Israel has around 400 nuclear
warheads and, naturally, various means of delivering them.
Iran’s nuclear facilities are open to IAEA inspection; Israel’s
Furthermore, UN Security Council resolution 487, in 1981,
called on Israel “urgently to place its nuclear facilities under IAEA
safeguards”. Israel has ignored it for over 30 years.
Yet the US and
the EU choose to impose vicious economic sanctions on Iran, and threaten
military action, while taking no such measures against Israel, not even
uttering a word of criticism.
Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer,
George Osborne, in December at the Conservative Friends of Israel Annual
Business Lunch said:
I think Israel is right to
identify this [Iran’s nuclear programme] as one of the greatest threats
to peace and human life in the world at the moment... Any excuse that
Iran had that there was a peaceful purpose for what they were doing has
been blown out of the water. There was a report recently from the IAEA
which made that clear.
Did it? Has Osborne actually read the IAEA report or is he mouthing off
some Tel Aviv script?
He said he recently authorized the imposition
of new sanctions, “stronger than any we've ever imposed before with a
country”, cutting off the British financial system from the Iranian banking
He added: “David Cameron, myself and other prominent members
of the government, as well as the many Conservative MPs who are here, are
all good friends of Israel.”
And at a
the Community Security Trust (CST) in London recently Osborne went so
far as to announce his support for the present mayor of London, Boris
Johnson, in the coming election, saying that Boris, like him, was a lifelong
friend of Israel, and the leader of London should be committed to securing
the interests of Israel.
As if any mayor of London should bother
himself with the interests of a foreign racist regime! That is not what the
people of London elect him to do, nor did the people of Britain elect
Osborne to fly the Israeli flag on the roof of the Treasury.
they say and do make it very clear that Prime Minister David Cameron,
Foreign Secretary William Hague and Middle East minister Alistair Burt are
also Israel’s ardent stooges. Cameron is a self-declared Zionist, Hague a
member of the Friends of Israel since he was a juvenile in short trousers,
and Burt was not just a member of that fan club but an officer.
Here’s a flavour:
“We will not stand by and allow Iran to cast a nuclear shadow over
Israel or the wider region" (CST Annual Dinner, 2 March 2011)
Cameron: "I’ve read the reports, and I have had the
briefings: they are stockpiling enough uranium to make a nuclear weapon
over time. Of course, that’s a huge threat to the world but it’s a
particular threat to Israel. Since we came into power we have wasted no
time in securing tougher sanctions. We backed tough sanctions in the
United Nations – and we championed and led, at meeting after meeting,
even tougher sanctions at the European level. Iran needs to know if they
continue on this course they will feel international pressure and
international isolation". (Conservative Friends of Israel Annual
Business Lunch, 13 December 2010)
“Iran’s actions not only run counter to the positive change that we are
seeing elsewhere in the region; they may threaten to undermine it,
bringing about a nuclear arms race in the Middle East or the risk of
conflict". (Middle East Statement, 9 November 2011)
Burt: “Israel’s strength is a regional bulwark for
good... Iran does not just threaten Israel. It threatens those who would
be Israel’s allies in the Gulf, and in the Arab world who need Israel as
part of a common cause against a regime dangerously loose... Israel’s
strength is not a regional threat, but an anchor of regional stability.
And the world needs Israel’s values, of tolerance and justice...”
(Speech to Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 10 January 2012)
Burt: “We share Israel’s determination to prevent
Iranian proliferation. Israel is not facing the threat of a nuclear Iran
alone...” (Speech to Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 10 January 2012)
Burt: “I care as someone who has for decades
counted himself as an ardent friend of Israel.” (Speech to Bar-Ilan
University, Israel, 10 January 2012)
These people at the heart of British government claim Iran is pursuing
military objectives through its nuclear programme but provide us with not a
shred of evidence. In the circumstances their propaganda offensive linked
with Washington’s sounds insane and is unraveling fast because no amount of
media lies can hide a crude fabrication. Nobody’s buying it.
leaders have trouble understanding the NIE and IAEA reports, help is now at
hand. I suggest they get themselves a copy of Dr Morrison’s “idiot’s guide”
before they land this country – and indeed the whole West – in more trouble
than we can handle and bring down the world’s everlasting hatred on our
Just as I was signing off I skimmed Obama’s
annual speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). It’s
a regular reach-for-the-sickbag occasion where the American president has to
account for his commitment to the Zionist project and plead for his job. Yes
sir, “over the last three years, as president of the United States, I have
kept my commitments to the state of Israel. At every crucial juncture, at
every fork in the road, we have been there for Israel. Every single time.”
When the Goldstone report
unfairly singled out Israel for criticism, we challenged it. When Israel
was isolated in the aftermath of the flotilla incident, we supported
them... and we will always reject the notion that Zionism is racism.
When one-sided resolutions are brought up at the Human Rights Council,
we oppose them...
And so forth. As an exercise in grovelling it has no equal, and the theme
is always the same: Israel’s security. But for “security” read “dominance”,
requiring all the other nations in the region to remain vulnerable and
unresisting to predatory Israel’s nuclear and military superiority, and its
ever expanding borders.
“I've made it clear that there will be no
lasting peace unless Israel's security concerns are met,” says Obama,
That's why we continue to
press Arab leaders to reach out to Israel... That's why just as we
encourage Israel to be resolute in the pursuit of peace we have
continued to insist that any Palestinian partner must recognise Israel's
right to exist and reject violence and adhere to existing agreements.
If only Israel would do the same.
And who’d have thought Obama
would stoop to making mischief with that old Khomeini misquote – saying that
“no Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a
regime that threatens to wipe Israel off the map”.
And what about this gem: “A nuclear-armed Iran would thoroughly undermine
the non-proliferation regime that we've done so much to build.”
tells AIPAC the only way to truly solve this problem and end the sanctions
pain is for the Iranian government to forsake nuclear weapons, although, as
he must have been told time and time again, they don’t have any while Israel
is bristling with them.
Obama sure does cut a sad figure these days.