Make Nukes And Preach Peace? – OpEd


By Anthony Mathew Jacob

“They themselves (western super powers) have stockpiled thousands of atomic bombs, but accuse our nation of seeking a nuclear weapon.” said the President of The Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in one of his speeches.

Iran is accused by the US, Israel and its western allies of producing nuclear weapons, and threatened with an attack if it doesn’t stop its activities. However Tehran has persistently denied these allegations as a bunch of lies with deceptive motives against the nation.The Iranian nation has been constantly portrayed as a threat to the world and a regime intending to acquire nuclear weapons. Ironically, all the nations that are at the forefront of the movement against Iran are the largest manufacturers and suppliers of such weapons be it the US, Britain, Israel, France or Germany. These super powers have also been the pioneers in flouting international and basic human rights when it comes to wars and the use of lethal weapons. The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the everyday killings in Gaza and West bank are a proof of their atrocities. Against all their claims, Iran has never denied access to the UN nuclear inspectors, In fact it has fully cooperated with them in all their visits to their nuclear sites. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted innumerable inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never pointed to any evidence of a diversion towards nuclear weapons. However, the controversy has erupted yet again against the backdrop of latest International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) report. The IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s report claimed that Tehran had engaged in activities related to developing nuclear weapons before 2003 and that these activities “may still be ongoing.” Can such a misleading and vague-worded report be considered a proof to accuse a sovereign nation and impose sanctions on it?

What surprises me is the whole world is talking about the report but very few seem to bother about the proofs to substantiate their claims, and based on this report the UN has imposed its fourth round of sanctions on Iran. President Ahmadinejad once remarked: “They (the Western powers) tell us to prove that we have no bomb. How can we prove something which basically does not exist?”

Time and again Iran has declared that as a signatory of the Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. On the other hand, despite international objections to the Israeli military nuclear program, the United Nations and its nuclear regulatory agencies have never taken serious steps to censure or impose sanctions on the Israeli regime.

Worse, the Israeli regime has never allowed nuclear inspectors to access its nuclear sites and till date has refused to join the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) inspite of being the only country in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons. How come the torch bearers of freedom and human rights don’t have a problem with Israel whose stockpile of weapons are only increasing with each passing day? I wonder how Israel that kills Palestinians on a daily basis is not a threat to world peace and Uncle Sam who bombed Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan is not a violator of freedom and human rights.

Regardless of innumerable sanctions, espionage operations, assassination of scientists, black operations, cyber wars, endless propaganda campaigns, Iran has only emerged stronger against all their odds. Thanks to the United States, its European Allies and the sanctions they imposed on Iran; it has only strengthened the Iranian economy instead of weakening it. As a matter of fact, these sanctions have affected the West more than Iran. According to IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associate, “the Western countries’ plans of enforcing sanctions on Iran’s oil sector will drive up oil price and wreak havoc on the world market, Iran’s oil revenues will hit record of more than 100 billion dollars this year, and the result of any possible sanction is a higher profit for Tehran, because it will sell the oil to someone else.”

A wise man once said: “Lying will not hide the truth but only delay it.” Despite their own history marred by the blood of innocent people from all over the world, the US and Britain regard Iran a threat to world peace and call themselves the Messiahs. Each successive government whether British or American has only proved to be worse than the previous one and paradoxically each one has claimed to be the biggest advocate of liberty, peace and equality.

The torch bearers of freedom and peace, France and Britain till a few days ago were happily shaking hands and posing with Gaddafi and supplying his regime with chemical weaponry, latest warfare technologies and other lethal weapons. A few days later their hearts were moved for the people of Libya and they realized that they were suffering under the dictator for the last forty two years, out of ‘compassion’ for the people of Libya they united under the NATO umbrella and attacked Gaddafi, thereby giving relief to those who were suffering under this tyrant. For all their good work The Almighty has rewarded them with the contracts to reconstruct Libya. God bless them for their generosity. Germany on the other hand is doing the good work of selling weapons and tanks to the tyrant regimes in the Middle East who are busy crushing their people’s calls for democracy.

Strangely, amidst all the propaganda, very few people know that Iran is one of the 20 countries to have signed and ratified the first international convention for the annihilation of weapons of mass destruction. The convention effectively prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, retention, stockpiling and use of biological and toxic weapons and is a key element in the international community’s efforts to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Bizarrely, the freedom loving USA has declared in the ‘Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) in Hague, that it won’t be able to destroy its stockpile of Chemical weapons in the near future and requires at least a decade to do so. As against all this, the peace loving Zionist regime of Israel flatly refuses to join any organization that would require of it to destroy the nuclear stockpile that it has stored for spreading peace and happiness in the world.

Tired of working on nukes and weapons of mass destruction I got up to unwind myself and as I put on the television, a Friday sermon was being broadcast, where the Imam said “My dear brothers and sisters, are we making atomic bombs or the ones who killed millions of innocent people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Are we against human rights or the ones who bombed Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq? Do we suppress freedom and democracy or the ones who have occupied Palestine and are killing the Palestinians since all these years? It is my humble request to the so called champions of freedom and human rights to first learn to respect the demands of your own people and treat them like human beings, your pepper sprays and your batons against the ‘Occupy’ protesters shows us your love for democracy and human rights”.

I don’t know whom the Imam was referring to, if you, my dear readers know who they are, do let simple people like me and others around you know about them…

Press TV

Press TV is a state funded news network owned by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Its headquarters are located in Tehran, Iran and seeks to counter a western view on news.

One thought on “Make Nukes And Preach Peace? – OpEd

  • December 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    There appears to be another way to view reality…just like an Iranian or like one with more weapons.The Iranians would state they would not trow anything israel’s way due to their close allies…while the ones with the weapons would state they would. The reason is simply then economics….which are more like a version of slavery than anything else.Good article.


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