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    Bush administration lies to besmirch Iran By William Beeman-Guest Columnist May 23, 2005 http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_2022.shtml The
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      Bush administration lies to besmirch Iran
      By William Beeman-Guest Columnist
      May 23, 2005
      http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_2022.shtml


      The frustration of the Bush administration with Iran regarding its
      nuclear program is obviously boiling over when an administration
      official issues an outright lie about Iran in a public venue, as
      Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns did on
      television on May 5.

      Mr. Burns made the following statement on PBS's "NewsHour" program to
      interviewer Margaret Warner.

      WARNER: But as you know, I mean, Iran says that under the (Nuclear
      Non- Proliferation) treaty, it has an inalienable right to continue
      pursuing this technology for civilian purposes.

      BURNS: But the agreement that Iran entered into November of last year
      in Paris with Britain, France and Germany, is that it will not just
      suspend its nuclear fuel cycle activities, it will actually lead to
      cessation and dismantling. That means that Iran would not be able to
      have the possibility to enrich or produce fissile material which, as
      you know, is the essential ingredient in the capacity to build a
      nuclear device.

      Mr. Burns' statement is untrue. The Nov. 15 treaty, a public document,
      does not stipulate any agreement on Iran's part to dismantle any part
      of its peaceful nuclear development program. Moreover, Iran's
      cessation of enrichment activity was specified as voluntary in the treaty.

      Mr. Burns' remark is designed to show that Iran is in violation of a
      treaty subsequent to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), thus
      perpetuating the Bush administration portrait of Iran as an outlaw
      nation and "treaty violator." What Mr. Burns failed to point out is
      that Iran also subscribed to the following unambiguous statement in
      the November treaty:

      "Iran reaffirms that, in accordance with Article II of the NPT, it
      does not and will not seek to acquire nuclear weapons. It commits
      itself to full cooperation and transparency with the IAEA. Iran will
      continue implanting voluntarily the Additional Protocol [for enhanced
      inspections] pending ratification."

      Iranian officials have dug in their heels on this issue, because they
      correctly feel that they have been unfairly singled out for attack.
      They know full well that Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea are
      not signatories to the NPT; that they have nuclear weapons; and that
      the United States is doing nothing to target them. They also know that
      Brazil has a developing nuclear program, and that Taiwan supplies
      nuclear technology support to all and sundry, and these nations are,
      likewise, not the targets of American rhetoric.

      Iran is deeply proud of its technological advances. It is now
      manufacturing commercial passenger aircraft for export, and has the
      largest automobile manufacturing plant in the Middle East. It is
      diversifying its oil economy and has growing non-oil export trade.
      Nuclear energy technology is both a demonstration of its advancing
      skills in high-level engineering and a practical economic measure to
      free petroleum and natural gas for export to China, India and other
      nearby Asian markets. Iran's clerical leaders are not loved by its
      youthful population, but their support for nuclear energy development
      is almost universally supported by the populace.

      Since there has been no diplomatic relations between Washington and
      Tehran for nearly 30 years, the only way for either nation to get the
      attention of the other is through invective and excessive rhetoric.
      The Bush administration has decided that the nuclear issue is the one
      that will play best with the American public, and on the world scene,
      and so it seems ready to tolerate, and perhaps even orchestrate,
      stunts like the Burns prevarication.

      However, in the long run, the United States is losing the battle.
      European powers are not willing to go along with U.S. strong-arm
      tactics and, even if the United States is able to haul Iran in to the
      United Nations to face sanctions, it is likely that China, Russia and
      France will veto the measure, causing embarrassment in Washington.

      Far better for Washington would be to do what Britain, France and
      Germany have been urging the Bush administration to do, and actually
      press to open direct talks with Tehran. This is the honest, the
      correct and the effective way to deal with the very proud nation of Iran.

      (Pacific News Service contributor William Beeman is professor of
      Anthropology and director of Middle East Studies at Brown University.
      He is currently visiting professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology
      at Stanford University.)

      © Copyright 2005 FCN Publishing, FinalCall.com

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