I have an idea for the Regime in Tehran. Throw a conference in Tehran or a party at every one of your embassies on December 8th every year from now on to celebrate President Eisenhower’s December 8th 1953 speech at the U.N. Titled “Atoms for Peace”.
No joke. I am serious. Yes, do it Mr. A-N.
Yes, this is a famous speech. “Atoms for Peace” was delivered by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the UN General Assembly in New York City on December 8, 1953.“I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new – one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare.”
The United States then launched an “Atoms for Peace” program that supplied equipment and information to schools, hospitals, and research institutions within the U.S. and throughout the world. And yes, the U.S.A. supplied Iran with its first nuclear reactor packed with surplus plutonium from the U.S. nuclear program!! YES – PLUTONIUM!! The bad shit. The really bad shit.
Oh and by the way, under the program they sold a reactor to Pakistan too.
Funny isn’t it? And I think Iranians everywhere should celebrate the stupidity and hypocrisy of it. For in celebrating it, ordinary Iranians could point out to the world some basic concepts:
1) That the Iranian nuclear program was initiated and inspired by the U.S.A.
2) That the Mullahs in Iran do not have a monopoly on the program – it was started long before they came to power and will be a program long after they are gone
3) That the “West” having made this commitment and having given Iran (and Pakistan) the really bad shit, have been downright irresponsible in sponsoring “irresponsible regimes” in those countries. (What were Carter/Schmidt/Giscard D’Estain/Calaghan thinking in Guadelupe in 1978 when they decided to topple the Shah and put Khomeini in charge??? Idiots – NO??)
4) That their current posture on the Iranian program smacks of hypocrisy, when they supplied Iran with nuclear bomb surplus plutonium only 50 years ago and now Iran isn’t even allowed to enrich Uranium.
The speech sounded good, but it was a scheme to pawn off surplus plutonium and make money for it. To save the U.S. from having to deal with the stuff themselves. And recent historians have tended to see the speech as a cold war maneuver directed primarily at U.S. allies in Europe. Eisenhower wanted to make sure that the European allies would go along with the shift in NATO strategy from an emphasis on conventional weapons to cheaper nuclear weapons.
Eisenhower’s invoking of “…those same great concepts of universal peace and human dignity which are so clearly etched in…” the UN Charter, placed new emphasis upon the US’s grave responsibility for its nuclear actions— past, present and future. In a large way, this address laid down the rules of engagement for the new kind of warfare, the cold war.
And read these two quotations from the speech:
“My country wants to be constructive, not destructive. It wants agreement, not wars, among nations. It wants itself to live in freedom, and in the confidence that the people of every other nation enjoy equally the right of choosing their own way of life.”
“To the making of these fateful decisions, the United States pledges before you–and therefore before the world–its determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma–to devote its entire heart and mind to find the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life.”
Great speech Dwight. You made us all proud. You were so dedicated to freedom that you toppled Iran’s democratically elected Government and its Prime Minister Mr. Mossadegh, and put in motion events that would lead to the rise of the theocracy in Iran. And Iran’s Nuclear program. Great job!!
Yes, celebrations are in order. Throw a big party my friends.
December 8th also marks the beginning of Hanukah. Let’s everyone, this year, also celebrate with Israel – and have a special toast to Israel’s Nuclear program which I am sure complies with all international rules and obligations. And all those certificates of compliance by the IAEA with Israel’s name all over it.
Doesn’t all this hypocrisy make you sick? Doesn’t the stench of all this shit, just emanate from your screen right now?
Oh, I must run – let me sign off quickly – The Supreme Dr. Ayatoilet Kh Kh Kh!!