July 15, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again reminded the world of his overt fetish with war when he issued harsh criticism opposing the current nuclear negotiations taking place in Vienna between Iran and the US-led P5+1 group. Netanyahu reiterated his opposition to any sort of agreement with Iran:“This deal as far as we can see comes on almost daily concessions from the P5+1 to growing Iranian demands. Every day more concessions are made, and every day the deal becomes worse and worse. This deal will pave Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal.”
Sensible people are ascribing as much value to Netanyahu’s words as they would to dust and cobwebs. Anyone who is somewhat acquainted with Netanyahu’s track record cannot possibly be convinced by the words of a man who has clearly lost all credibility. Israel’s own intelligence agency—the Mossad— released documents that stated Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons,” directly contradicting the Israeli Prime Minister’s own claims of Iran being on the verge of getting the bomb.
Exposing Netanyahu’s lack of credibility
One may recall that Netanyahu was a staunch supporter of the Iraq war and enthusiastically encouraged it in Israel. In support of the war, the Prime Minister made the statement: “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.”
On the prospect of Saddam Hussein pursuing weapons of mass destruction, Netanyahu told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on September, 12, 2002: “There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing towards the development of nuclear weapons – no question whatsoever. And there is no question that once he acquires it, history shifts immediately.”
The spread of terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda and the death, impoverishment, displacement of millions of Iraqis, and ongoing bloodshed are but a few of the “positive reverberations” that were produced from the Iraq War. Netanyahu’s reasoning for supporting the Iraq invasion was spun from his own web of lies, to rile support among his followers for the invasion of Iraq.
Netanyahu’s comments about Iraq’s pursuit of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ parallel his comments made toward Iran. In fact, you could substitute the words “Iran” and “Iraq” from his statements and you would be ill-pressed to know which nation he was referring to. And then there’s the fact that Netanyahu has been claiming that Iran is on the verge of obtaining a nuclear weapon and killing us all for more than 20 years.
Back in 1992, Netanyahu—then Israeli parliamentarian—told his colleagues that Iran was within 3-5 years of being able to produce a nuclear weapon and that the threat posed by such a development must be prevented by an international front. Three years later, an article published by the NY Times stated concerns among Israeli and U.S. leaders that Iran was closer to producing nuclear weapons than previously thought, and could be less than five years away from having an atomic bomb.
How is it, exactly, that Iran was believed to be 3-5 years away from having a nuclear weapon in 1992, then five years away in 1997? These same lies were repeated during the Bush administration and continued—though perhaps in lesser capacity—during Obama’s Presidency. Considering the fact that we’ve been hearing alarms of Iran being on the verge of obtaining nukes for decades, combined with all of the other U.S. and Israeli lies concerning nations they have a vested interest in destroying, it should leave everyone skeptical regarding the credibility of their claims.
Iran will never deploy a nuclear weapon
Even if Iran was deliberately trying to obtain a nuclear warhead, it is illogical to think that they would actually use it—as doing so would result in their obliteration. Israel has an estimated two hundred nuclear weapons and the United States has military forces operating all throughout the Middle East, thus Iran knows it would face certain annihilation if it used a nuclear weapon in any capacity.
Why then, would Iran want to possess nuclear weapons? Analysts on the topic have pointed to Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear technology as a deterrent strategy, or in other words, they believe that by having nuclear weapons the U.S. and Israel will be less motivated to pursue aggression and violence towards Iran since doing so would result in undesirable consequences for both countries.
With news being announced yesterday of a peace deal agreement being reached between Iran and the P5+1 powers, time will only tell if rational thinking will begin to prevail in the Middle East. The only other direction of thinking remaining is war mongering from Netanyahu and his friends in Congress which will serve to continue an escalation towards violence. Netayahu’s official response to the deal is all over twitter in predictable hyperbole, “This agreement paves a future path for Iran to arm itself and develop capabilities for many more nuclear bombs later.”
Somebody needs to tell him he’s being making the same claims for the last 20 years and nobody believes them anymore.
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