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Friday, November 21, 2008


Israel and the US are making the most out of the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stretching the ‘Iran has a nuclear weapons program’ propaganda to its limits.

The latest report states that Iran has some 630kgs of ‘low–enriched’ uranium. The report itself does not suggest that there is anything sinister about this. Iran has made no secret of the fact that it wants to enrich uranium to level where it can be used to generate electrical power as it is entitled to do under international law.

The New York Times headline blared ‘Iran said to have nuclear fuel for one weapon’ to which the Jerusalem Post reacts with a headline that says: ‘Does this mean it’s too late?’

The fact is Iran does not at all have enough weapons grade nuclear fuel to make a weapon. The NYT article is deliberately misleading and the ‘experts’ consulted to support the assertion are making statements that border on deceit. The only aspect of the story that borders anywhere near the truth is the concession that the ‘nuclear fuel’ needs ‘additional steps’ to be taken before they can ‘put it into a warhead design’ but this detail is written in such a way as to be lost in the emphasis of the headline and the inference that suggests Iran has a weapons program and is about to build a bomb. The simple stark reality that is lost in the propaganda is that there is still absolutely no evidence whatsoever to suggest Iran has a nuclear weapons program or that it is enriching uranium beyond that which it requires for electrical power generation.

Israel and the US are milking the report for all its propaganda worth in the hope of deceiving people in order to get public opinion to support a pre-emptive attack on Iran.


David G said...

It's amazing that in the middle of a serious world financial and economic crisis that there are still those who are beating wardrums.

Then I guess when you have two countries like Israel and America that are religiously deranged, it's not hard to believe, I guess.

Hopefully the world will survive two more months of Bush without a nuclear attack. Then we have to worry about Obama's agenda!


orana gelar said...

G'day Damian and David G, I've some interesting news to share with you.

This past week I've been causing a bit of cognitive-dissonance amongst some Zionists spouting ridiculous things on JPost Talkback.

Then Caroline Glick published an article in which she carefully promoted the MV Iran Deyant "dirty bomb" propaganda.

The propaganda is a story with its origins on right wing blog "The Long War" that some Somali pirates who had taken the MV Iran Deyant had subsequently died after exposure to the ship's cargo.

The deaths are described so that it sounds like the cargo was nuclear material. Some right wing propagandists are now claiming it was radioactive sand.

The MV Iran Deyant had sailed from China and was headed to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, via the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, and its manifest listed the cargo as minerals and industrial products.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the MV Iran Deyanat arrived at Rotterdam on 11 November 2008 and Dutch news outlets reported that a "multi-disciplinary team comprising inspectors from the port authority, customs and habour police boarded and searched the ship." The reports also state that they found no hazardous substances on board.

Yet Caroline Glick and the Jerusalem Post editors still decided to pretend the ship was carrying some nuke nasty stuff. I've now had several comments censored because they point out the facts the Dutch news outlets reported.

Just goes to show.

orana gelar said...

Irony: After submitting comment here complaining about censorship by JPost Talkback moderators who clearly didn't like the truth about the MV Iran Deyant coming out (bit too embarassing for Caroline Glick?), I submitted another one with this link and all of sudden JPost censors seem to cease the censorship.

Now I wonder whether they'll take Glick to task for spreading false rumour?

Damian Lataan said...

You’re dead right Orana, the neocons have been playing it for all its worth – and, in the process, been making utter fools of themselves. The ‘Longwarjournal', ( online journal closely associated with the neocon ‘Weekly Standard’, which cast the same aspersions. It’s odd though that the pirates should have all these terrible things happen to them but not the crew. How does that work?

Damian Lataan said...

Try this link