I.A.E.A., Iran and Israel’s W.M.D.

The I.A.E.A. decision to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council is potentially useful in reversing Iran’s nuclear weapons’ programme. Iran has not violated the N.P.T., does not have nuclear weapons, has possibly not enriched uranium 235 in any meaningful way beyond experimentation and is not a nuclear weapons’s state. It is entitled under the 1968 N.P.T. to have nuclear power, to have nuclear reactors, to enrich uranium 235, to reprocess plutonium from uranium irradiation and to basically conduct its current activities. The fear is that Iran is attempting to move beyond “peaceful” use of nuclear power and to develop a nuclear weapon. The fear is it is not fully transparent in accepting I.A.E.A. safeguards particularly at Isfahan and Natanz.

Iran began this nuclear journey under the Shah of Iran in the 1970s and I believe its motivation today is rational from a state-actor perspective. It must have a deterrent, in its geostrategic view, to contain U.S. and Israeli encirclement and destabilisation of its country. Iran is aware that the U.S. invaded a non-nuclear Iraq and has not invaded or initiated military action against a possibly nuclear-armed North Korea.

At the I.A.E.A. meeting, the U.S. attempted to prevent the following statement from being included in the I.A.E.A. report that referred the matter to the U.N. This is the courageous reference within the I.A.E.A. report that refers to Israel’s nuclear-weapons programme. By calling for a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East, it is calling on Israel to denuclearise as a positive objective for the region. As an aside, I must praise the courage of Mark Shields who stated I believe on the Feb. 10 Newshour with Jim Lehrer that the U.S. insists on a non-nuclear Iran but is silent on Israel’s nuclear weapons’ state status and refusal to ratify the N.P.T. Few reporters are willing to make this analogy to illustrate the reality of a pro-Israel and anti-Muslim policy on the part of the United States.

The I.A.E.A. statement:

(m) Recognising that a solution to the Iranian issue would contribute to global nonproliferation efforts and to realising the objective of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, including their means of delivery.

This statement is a subtle warning to Israel that its nuclear weapons’s state status can no longer be ignored as the international community attempts to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. What is so egregious is the U.S. effort, although it failed, to avoid any linkage of its counterproliferations actions against Iran within the context of the region generally and the destablising Israeli nuclear programme in particular.

The Europeans, as well as Egypt, recognise that the U.S. in engaged in a war against Islam and is attempting to display some sensitivity to Iran’s geopolitical vision of its national security. A non-nuclear Iran must be part of a total package of stripping from Israel, the oppressor of the Palestinians, its comprehensive atomic and hydrogen-weapons arsenal. W.M.D. are not permissible in Israel if they are not permissible in a Muslim state such as Iran.

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