New Facts Surface
By Mark H Gaffney
08/11/06 "ICH" -- -- Two extraordinary new facts have come to
light that have profound bearing on the deteriorating situation in
the Mideast. They surfaced during
an interview with Noam Chomsky.
If the celebrated MIT linguist is correct, our US government and
media are keeping back vital information from the American public.
The key information has to do with Iran’s actual positions regarding
its nuclear program, and also its relation to Israel. While the US
press has focused exclusively on inflammatory remarks by Iranian
president Ahmadenijad, even more important statements by Iran’s head
mullah, Ayatollah Khamenei, who is Ahmadenijad’s boss, have never
been reported here in the US.
After some checking I was able to confirm that Chomsky is correct.
In 2003 Iran offered to negotiate directly with the US. In its
proposal the Iranian government agreed to accept the most stringent
new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) protocols on its
nuclear program. The protocols would involve onsite inspection of
all nuclear sites, something that our own government has never
accepted. These tough verification measures would make cheating
Iran also changed its long standing rejectionist policy on Israel.
It agreed to support the 2002 Arab peace initiative, which offered
Israel an end to the conflict if the Israelis would abide by UN
Security Council resolutions (242 and 338) on Palestine. This was an
extraordinary development, yet, it was not even reported in the US.
But Iran went still further. It also agreed to end its logistical
support of Hezbollah in the event of a political settlement with
Porter’s excellent backgrounder provides details about the 2003
According to Chomsky, Iran’s head mullah Ayatollah Khamenei again
reiterated these offers in June 2006.
Chomsky also mentions a UN vote on a proposed UN Fissile Materials
Cutoff Treaty (FMCT), wherein all fissile materials worldwide would
be placed under the control of the IAEA. Again, Chomsky is correct.
The UN General Assembly vote occurred on April 11, 2004. On that day
147 nations, including Iran, voted in favor of UN resolution
A/RES/48/75L. The resolution calls for the immediate drafting of
such a treaty. Clearly, the whole world is demanding that the
nuclear powers consent to be disarmed. The USA cast the sole “no”
vote. Israel and the UK abstained. For more details regarding this
important UN resolution go to:
Today, Americans need to ask: Why did the Bush administration reject
offers by Iran that held promise to resolve the crisis? And why has
our government refused to join the community of nations on the
crucial matter of nuclear disarmament?
The UN vote -- and, indeed, all of these facts -- reveal the
hypocritical nature of US policy, and of escalating attempts here to
demonize Iran. Obviously, the IAEA protocols could become an interim
step leading to a FMCT, which would not only prevent Iranian nuclear
weapons proliferation, but also make possible the implementation of
article VI of the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT); which calls for
full nuclear disarmament.
The facts suggest that the endgame of the Bush administration is not
peace; but maintaining the status quo. The bottom line appears to be
US support of Israel’s continuing refusal to withdraw from occupied
Palestine, i.e., the West Bank, and the Golan, which is Syrian land.
Clearly, this is unacceptable, as it only leads to deepening
conflict. Perhaps this is why Chomsky, normally so restrained, ended
the interview on an apocalyptic note. I have never seen Chomsky use
Will there be a regional meltdown, possibly involving nuclear
weapons, because of two otherwise inconsequential patches of real
estate? Everything now depends on us.
Here is the Chomsky interview: