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Iran: West's cold war raises threat of Iran attack to boiling point

by Aliz Alizadeh
Issue No. 2291

Tory foreign secretary William Hague said that Iran’s nuclear program could lead to a Middle East “cold war” last week. He later warned that an Israeli assault on Iran would not be “a wise thing”.

Hague’s attitude is part of a well-orchestrated plan that began last September to intensify tension over Iran’s nuclear programme.

As US congressman Dennis Kucinich points out, this scenario “sounds too much like the lead-up to the Iraq war”.

Like Iraq, the Iran nuclear scenario is based on false and unjustified premises that, despite the daily media frenzy, are never fully discussed.

First, Iran’s military power is deliberately exaggerated. Even US officials have said that there is no evidence that Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb.

Yet they talk of Iran’s imaginary “nuclear capacity”, just like they talked of Iraq’s imaginary “weapons of mass destruction”.

Iran is under constant surveillance by the International Atomic Energy Agency. It has signed, and remains committed to, the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.

Second, we are constantly told that an Israeli attack is imminent unless the West stops Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

This accepts that Israel is a rogue state that can initiate military adventures against the will of the international community and its own Western allies.

This game of good cop versus bad cop has been used to impose aggressive sanctions and embargoes.

The Iranian economy has already been severely damaged. Sanctions in themselves are an act of war.

The US and European Union have been pushed back by the revolutions in the Middle East. Israel has never been so isolated.

An assault on Iran would not only be an assault on 80 million Iranians. It would be an assault on the whole of Middle East and its revolutionary wave.

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Tue 21 Feb 2012, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2291
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