Last weekend’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference saw US vice-President Joe Biden threaten Iran with military action if sanctions and diplomacy didn’t work in preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. He told his audience:
If, God forbid, the need to act occurs, it is critically important for the whole world to know we did everything in our power, we did everything that reasonably could have been expected to avoid any confrontation.
Of course it is ‘critically important’; how else could the West con the world into accepting an attack against Iran without having exhausted all other avenues? But the big question is: Where is the evidence supporting Israel and the West’s claim that Iran actually has a nuclear weapons program.
Iran doesn’t deny it has a nuclear program; Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which means it’s quite entitled to have a civilian nuclear program that enriches uranium in order to produce energy and medical and research isotopes, but Iran has consistently denied that it has a nuclear weapons program or that it is looking to build a nuclear bomb and, despite years of rhetoric, Israel, the US and their Western allies have consistently failed to produce one iota of evidence to support their claims that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.
After the fiasco that was the Iraq War it is, indeed, essential the US convince the peoples of the world that it has done all it could using peaceful means to stop Iran getting a nuclear bomb. The problem here, however, is that no matter what Iran does, it will not be able to stop the West accusing Iran of having nuclear weapons program.
And the reason for that is quite simple: The West is not at all interested in Iran’s nuclear program; Iran hasn’t got one and the West knows that full well, and has done so for years. All the West really wants is an excuse to attack Iran, not to end its nuclear weapons, but to effect regime change in Iran while, at the same time, Israel deals with its enemies, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Biden alludes to this in his address telling his audience:
But even preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon still leaves them a dangerous neighbor, particularly to Israel. They are using terrorist proxies to spread violence in the region and beyond the region, putting Israelis, Americans, citizens of every continent in danger. For too long, Hezbollah has tried to pose as nothing more than a political and social welfare group, while plotting against innocents in Eastern Europe -- from Eastern Europe to East Africa; from Southeast Asia to South America. We know what Israel knows: Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. Period. And we -- and me -- we are urging every nation in the world that we deal with -- and we deal with them all -- to start treating Hezbollah as such, and naming them as a terrorist organization.
After all the lies the world was told in the run-up the Iraq War, the world is going to need a lot of convincing that Iran really has a nuclear weapons program before it agrees to an attack – so we can look forward to even more warmongering and lies from the usual suspects; Israeli Zionists and their neoconservative and right-wing allies throughout the West.
Finally, just one interesting incident in Biden’s address to the Zionists is worthy of note. Talking about the lies told in the run-up to the Iraq War, this rather embarrassing Freudian slip found its way into Biden’s official transcript:
Iraq's [sic] acquisition of a nuclear weapon not only would present an existential threat to Israel, it would present a threat to our allies and our partners -- and to the United States. And it would trigger an arms race -- a nuclear arms race in the region, and make the world a whole lot less stable.
They just can’t help themselves.