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IRAN: Who is the real threat?

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A look at this map shows which country is surrounding Iran with military. These are the U.S. military bases we know about which surround Iran.  Who is the aggressor in the Middle East?

New U.S. Commando Team Operating Near Iran

by Spencer Ackerman 

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are at a high point, as the Islamic Republic threatens to close off a vital waterway and two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups sit in the seas off the Iranian coast.

But across the Persian Gulf, the U.S. has a previously unacknowledged weapon in reserve: a new special operations team.

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Answers to IRAN: Who is the real threat?

Question #1

What country in the Middle East refuses to confirm or deny that it has a nuclear weapons program and refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

Answer: Israel has not signed the treaty and does not publicly admit it has nuclear weapons, although the fact that it does is common knowledge. Iran has signed the treaty and does not have a nuclear weapons program.

Sources:
Associated Press, September 20, 2007
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) at a Glance (Arms Control Association)

Question #2

What country agreed to be monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has repeatedly opened up its country to IAEA inspectors?

Answer: Iran

Sources: 
Iran President Vows to Ignore U.N. Measures, N.Y. Times
U.N. Finds No Nuclear Bomb Program in Iran, Washington Post
Report Showing Rise in Iran's Nuclear Activity Exposes Split Between U.S. and U.N., N.Y. Times 

Question #3

Which country’s prime minister has been attempting to persuade members of his cabinet to make a pre-emptive military strike against a neighboring country?

Answer: Israel

Source:
Netanyahu Trying to Persuade Cabinet to Support Attack on Iran, Haaretz

Question #4

True or False:
"The International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.S. have provided evidence that Iran is attempting to obtain nuclear weapons."

Answer: False - neither have provided any evidence that Iran is attempting to obtain nuclear weapons.

Source: 
Iran and the I.A.E.A. by Seymour Hersh, New Yorker
U.S.-Israeli Assault on Iran Escalates, Danger of War Grows, by Larry Everest

Question #5

The  IAEA severely criticized which country for falsifying information on Iraq and Iran’s nuclear programs?

Answer: United States

Source:
IAEA blasts U.S. intelligence report on Iran, CNN

Question #6

According to the UN Charter and Nuremberg Tribunal, what is the gravest war crime of all?

Answer: Attacking a country which hasn't attacked you. This is called a war of aggression, which "contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."

Source:
War of Aggression, Wikipedia
International Justice and the International Criminal Court (2 ed.) by Bruce Broomhall, published by Oxford University Press.

Question #7

Which is the one country on the planet which has actually used nuclear weapons against a civilian population?

Answer: the United States, which bombed the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagaski during WWII, killing between150,000 - 246,000 people within just the first 4 months, half within the first 24 hours.

Source:
Newsreel footage
Tale of Two Cites: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, National Science Digital Library

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Charlottesville, Va., City Council Passes Resolution Opposing War on Iran

By David Swanson

The City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, home of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and the University of Virginia, passed on Tuesday evening, January 17, 2012, a resolution believed to be a first in the country, opposing the launching of a war on Iran, as well as calling for an end to current ground and drone wars engaged in by the United States and urging Congress and the President of the United States to significantly reduce military spending.  Below is the text of the resolution, followed by an account of how it came to be.  As other towns and cities have been inquiring about how they can do the same, this may prove helpful.

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No War, No Sanctions on Iran

 

By Debra Sweet

When Iranian director Asghar Farhadi received the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film Sunday night, he said:

When I was coming up on the stage, I was thinking what should I say here. Should I say something about my mother, father, my kind wife, my daughters, my dear friends, my great and lovely crew. But now I just prefer to say something about my people. I think they are a truly peace-loving people. Thank you very much.

The film, "A Separation" is about, what? The life of one married couple coming apart; the choices people make to stay or go; the fractures between men and women; classes; secular thinkers and fundamentalists?  It may be all of that. Yet, somehow the film got past the mullahs and censors, and Farhadi was in the U.S. to make such a simple and eloquent statement.

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Sanctions: Not a “Diplomatic Alternative” to War, but Mass Murder of Civilians

Via Revolution:

In the aftermath of more than a decade of U.S.-orchestrated sanctions against Iraq, an economic blockade that set the stage for the U.S. invasion in 2003, a 60 Minutes reporter asked U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright this question:

“We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”

Albright replied, “We think the price is worth it.”

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In 1990, a U.S.-sponsored and enforced UN resolution imposed financial and commercial sanctions against Iraq. The sanctions banned most foreign trade with Iraq, with supposed exceptions for food and medicine. The sanctions were branded an “alternative to war” and stayed in effect until the U.S. invasion overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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The U.S. Drive to Attack Iran - and the Urgent Need to Resist

by David Swanson 

 The push to attack Iran has been on for so long that entire categories of arguments for it (such as that the Iranians are fueling the Iraqi resistance) have come and gone. At DontAttackIran.org we've been collecting the arguments for and against attacking Iran for years. We've campaigned against an attack, but never been able to claim a success, because decisions not to launch wars are never announced, because those pushing for wars never give up, and because those believing what their government tells them think the Pentagon never campaigns for wars but is forced into them defensively on short notice by attacks from evildoers.

While Iran has not attacked any other country in centuries, the United States has not done so well by Iran. Remember (or, like most U.S. citizens, learn for the first time): the United States overthrew Iran's democracy in 1953 and installed a dictator. Then the United States aided Iraq in the 1980s in attacking Iran, providing Iraq with some of the weapons (including chemical weapons) that were used on Iranians and that would be used in 2002-2003 (when they no longer existed) as an excuse for attacking Iraq.

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We Can't be Silent on U.S. Threats to Iran

By Debra Sweet 

What people began to regain in 2011 -- or discover for the first time -- most importantly, is their power and their voice to make change.

Let's work together to make 2012 a year of visible resistance against the continuing - and new - crimes of this government.

In 2007, World Can’t Wait led protests against what seemed then a likely U.S. attack on Iran, accompanied by threats from the Bush Regime to send “bunker buster” missiles  deeply into Iran’s territory.  War could have happened then.

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U.S.-Israeli Assault on Iran Escalates - Danger of War Grows

by Larry Everest

The danger of a U.S.-Israeli war on Iran is escalating rapidly. The U.S. and its allies are ramping up their all-around assault on Iran, including new crippling sanctions, and openly threatening to attack. Ground is being laid daily in the headlines and statements by politicians of every stripe in mainstream U.S. politics calling for aggression against Iran—all justified by unsubstantiated assertions that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.

Whether or not Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons technology (and there is no proof they are), this U.S. imperialist narrative and framework is an outrageous effort to turn reality upside down—the reality of which of the clashing oppressive forces in the region is the dominant threatening oppressor and bully.

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U.S. Threatens Another War - Who Is the REAL Aggressor in the Middle East?

from Revolution 

The U.S., along with Israel, France and Britain, are ratcheting up a multi-pronged offensive against Iran. A U.S. drone of the type used to collect detailed information to prepare military attacks recently crashed in Iran, and numerous news reports are speculating on the likelihood of an Israeli attack on Iran, justified as a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. and its allies portray Iran as a dangerous, aggressive, and lawless rogue state intent on obtaining nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic of Iran regime, which brutally oppresses women and the masses of people within its borders, has aspirations to be a regional power. But the question people must ask is: Who is the real aggressor in the Middle East?

Examine the facts: For over 50 years, since they became the dominant power in the Middle East, the U.S. imperialists have employed enormous violence to maintain their stranglehold on this region—where 60% of the world's oil reserves are located, and where three continents intersect, making it a strategic-military linchpin.

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Tightening the Noose: The International Atomic Energy Agency Report on Iran's Nuclear Program

by The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran and The Virginia Defender, Truthout | News Analysis

A diplomatic, economic and military noose is being steadily tightened around the Islamic Republic of Iran.

On the diplomatic front, the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is about to release its latest report on Iran's nuclear program, a program Iran insists is solely designed to produce electricity and not atomic or nuclear weapons, as is claimed by the United States and other Western powers.

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New Threats of U.S.-Israeli Aggression Against Iran

by Larry Everest

Threats of U.S.-Israeli aggression against Iran—perhaps military strikes—have heightened in recent weeks.

On November 8, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an imperialist-controlled international body monitoring nuclear activities, issued a new report on Iran, claiming that “Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”

The Washington Post editorialized that the report “ought to end serious debate about whether Tehran’s program is for peaceful purposes.” (“Running out of time to stop Iran’s nuclear program,” November 9, 2011) In response, the Islamic Republic of Iran vowed to continue its nuclear program, which it claims is strictly for generating nuclear power, not to build nuclear weapons.

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