The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill (401 to 11) that calls for a military strike if Iran obtains nuclear "capability", which essentially means American lawmakers have lit the fuse for war.
Now put this alongside the news that Saeed Jalili, secretary-general of the Supreme National Security Council, repeatedly asked Catherine Ashton, the chief nuclear negotiator for the P5+1, that sanctions be removed. Even Obama is powerless to remove the sanctions that have been imposed by the House and Senate, so Jalili begging Ashton displays a huge disconnect with reality.
The sanctions that were imposed on Iraq, and which were directly responsible for the death of 500,000 children, were only removed FIVE YEARS after the American Empire invaded Iraq.
So given this situation the Iranian people are going to face a great deal of hardship because the wrong people are sitting around the negotiating table and discussing issues that will not remove any sanctions and therefore will end up making war more likely.
Given that most of the House and Senate are in the pockets of the Israeli Lobby, and the military-industrial-complex – which made obscene profits from the Iraq war – the threat of war is still very real.
Iranian negotiators can argue until they are blue in the face that legally they have the right to the peaceful development of nuclear energy but it is not going to make any difference.
The only reason Iran has not been attacked is because the price of oil will increase to unacceptable levels and because even non-regime supporters will pick up a gun to defend Iran which will mean a region wide conflagration.
As I have argued repeatedly Iran needs to mothball and abandon its nuclear activities and only keep what it requires for nuclear medicine. Four years ago I wrote "Iran's Nuclear Mistake" and given advances in solar energy the arguments I made then have been strengthened through advancements in solar technology.
Iran is finally coming to its senses and has allocated $500,000,000 towards alternative energy but this is not nearly enough. It should be $150 billion dollars. Saudi Arabia has just announced plans to invest $120 billion dollars to develop solar energy so that all of its domestic energy needs will be met. The Desertec Foundation has been launched and will soon become a reality.
It's time Iranian "leaders" put aside their ego and pride and faced reality. There is little prestige in having a nuclear accident like Chernobyl or Fukushima. There is little to be proud of when our grandchildren are born with deformities due to a nuclear accident or radioactive contamination after our enrichment sites have been bombed.
We must abandon our nuclear activities NOW and once and for all eliminate the threat of war. The path to peace is clear as is the path to clean renewable energy.
(The image above shows the radioactive fallout 48 hours after Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities have been bombed. Look at the area that is set for exposure limit for general public. It is huge!)
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