- By Shaik Zakeer Hussain, Mashaal
So how real is Iran’s alleged Nuclear threat? This very question would be dismissed as heretic by some American Iran hawks like Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is stubbornly determined on launching an attack on Iran.
On his Sunday Fox News appearance, Lieberman warned: “I would say that a day of reckoning is coming for this extremist regime in Iran, when a majority of Iranians who really yearn for freedom can see this dream come true. And I hope we do everything we can to make this happen as soon as possible.”
This attitude of the “Empire,” reminds me of the run-up to the Iraq War, where right from George Bush to Dick Cheney to Rumsfeld and the whole American media led a propaganda of lies that Iraq possesses Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks. And there is no doubt thats the same plan the U.S. has for Iran.
Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says that Washington is ignoring its own intelligence, because it is hell-bent on finding nuclear weapons that do not exist. In this New Yorker article he writes:
… The two most recent National Intelligence Estimates (N.I.E.s) on Iranian nuclear progress have stated that there is no conclusive evidence that Iran has made any effort to build the bomb since 2003.
… International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) inspectors have expressed frustration with Iran’s level of coöperation, but have been unable to find any evidence suggesting that enriched uranium has been diverted to an illicit weapons program.
… Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient who is now a candidate for the Presidency of Egypt, spent twelve years as the director-general of the I.A.E.A., retiring two years ago. In his recent interview, he said, “I don’t believe Iran is a clear and present danger. All I see is the hype about the threat posed by Iran.
But despite all these reports and investigations, U.S. continues with its anti-Iran polemic.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that senior U.S. officials have claimed that Iran’s’ Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has transferred lethal new munitions to its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan including the Taliban. These claims seem to be based on conjecture than facts or logical reasoning. Taliban since its formation has seen Iran and its version of Islam as enemy to the puritanical belief it practises, and Iran on the other hand has backed anti-Taliban militia groups like the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, who helped the U.S. lead coalition forces to topple Taliban(well, at least on the onset). So the question that arises from reports like this is, what would Iran gain by supporting Taliban in Afghanistan or the Shia militia in Iraq, when in both countries the government is lead by regimes close to Iran and backed by the United States? The answer: Nothing.
Iran would be too foolish to support any anti-coalition forces at this crucial stage, when Barack Obama himself has announced the withdrawal of his troops in Afghanistan. And I don’t think Iran is that naive to put itself in jeopardy, and give U.S. reasons for an armed Invasion.