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US vs Iran

Hybrid War

The treaty clearly states that those nations who possess nuclear weapons should cease the manufacture of those weapons and liquidate all of their existing stockpiles. The US, France, UK, China and Russia have had more than 30 years to comply. Why haven’t they? Who is even mentioning it? Aren’t they in violation? Shouldn’t we impose sanctions on them? Shouldn’t we threaten them with invasion? But we can’t; because they have nuclear weapons.

Now let us examine the allegation that Iran is in violation of the NPT. With regard to nuclear research and enrichment, NPT has this to say:

Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with articles I and II of this Treaty”.

If nuclear research, development and production is an inalienable right of the signatories why shouldn’t it apply to Iran? And why is it ok for Pakistan, India [4] and Israel [5] to have nuclear weapons but is not ok for others? Why is it OK for Brazil [6] and Argentina [7] to enrich uranium but not Iran? This is absurd.

But we and the politicians know that the current allegations against Iran, just like US allegations against Iraq, are not about the NPT or terrorism. It is about oil, power and Israel. For further explanation about the reasons behind the current US-Iran crisis please read my previous article “US vs. Iran” part I.

What is clear is that we are fast approaching the Von Clausewitz’ “politics by other means” situation. Once again the neo-conservatives and their allies in the press are beating the drums of war.

“Neo-conservatives in the US who see in Iran's nuclear program and its theocratic regime an existential threat to Israel, as well as an increasingly powerful rival to US power in the Middle East/Gulf region, have been at the forefront - both within the administration (particularly in the offices of Vice President Dick Cheney and Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld) and outside it

Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar

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