How the Republican War Machine Has Lied to America About Iran

It’s time for the American public to pull their collective heads out of the sand and recognize that Iran, this bellicose little piece of ancient Persian real estate, has been active in the nuclear arena for DECADES. To hear Bush and Obama tell it, you would think that the nuclear erector set just arrived by Fed Ex a few days ago. Iran not only has nuclear, but, most likely, scads of nuclear. Our response to that fact calls for a delicate touch.

The Iranian and worldwide nuclear presence started with a sleazy Pakistani by the name of Abdul Qadeer Khan, who joined the Pakistani Nuclear Weapons Program in 1976. Abdul is not to be confused with the Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission with the same last name, Munir Ahmad Khan. He’s a straight shooter.

Pakistan started its program in reaction to historical enemy India and also as an offshoot of losing lots of land and millions of people as a consequence of their own actions and the Indo (India) -Pakistan war in the early 70’s. That’s when Pakistan territory, East Bengal, became the independent state of Bangladesh. It served the Pakistani regime right because they treated the East Bengalese like shit. The Pakistani army killed intellectuals, activists, Hindus and about a million other citizens who were just standing around. The remaining population took refuge in India.

It was this national embarrassment of losing East Bengal and the fact India had tested its first nuclear bomb that started the nuclear ball rolling for Pakistan. I’m not going to chronologically track each nuclear step except to say that Pakistan took their nuke program very seriously.

From early on the ‘bad’ Khan, that’s Abdul, traveled the globe peddling nuclear design secrets and other radioactive esoterica to any and all international buyers lined up six deep. Among his customers – Iran. And that was decades ago. He also made illegal transfers of nuclear materials and technology to the likes of Libya, North Korea and others of equally questionable repute.

In the early 80’s, Khan held court with Syria, Saudi Arabia and eventually al Qaeda, all  requesting nuclear assistance. Syria kept in contact and eventually built the Osirak reactor. While the high-profile Israeli bombing of an Iraqi reactor just outside Baghdad got all the international ink, few remember a similar attack on Osirak in 2007.

The Saudi’s could have been looking at a defensive stance or maybe something else. I report, you decide!  Suffice to say this guy criss-crossed the globe with his nuclear satchel. China and former Soviet Union scientists were also eager participants in the “p’sssst, you wanna buy nuclear crap” black market. We haven’t even touched on the thriving international arms trade, legit and otherwise, whose sellers either have direct access to nuclear weaponry or know where to get it.

Israel developed its nuclear arsenal with the help of France back in the 60’s and refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. “We don’t need no stinkin’ treaty.” America, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom have signed, but it doesn’t mean a rogue scientists or two won’t try to fatten his bank account selling secrets to the highest bidder.

More than 50 nations sent representatives to South Korea this past weekend to discuss a date to ‘lock down’ nuclear materials and keep them out of the hands of terrorists. One of the nations not invited – Iran! Makes sense, the one country mentioned most prominently when the subject of nuclear comes up and we don’t want them there. North Korea, under new management, is not there either. It’s not clear whether they wanted to attend, but you would think it would be handy to have them there if at all possible. The optimum lock down wish-date is 2014.

As for Khan, he ‘retired’ in 2001 with nary a rebuke or criminal charge from Pakistan or the world community. He just knew too many dark International armament secrets. Informed sources say he’s still weaseling around the globe.

You’re very right to be afraid of nuclear bombs and weaponry. Be very afraid. They  come in all shapes and sizes.  For the most part when you’re talking nuclear weapons, you’re talking nuclear warheads.  For context, nuclear warheads are of varying sizes and are transported by the likes of cruise, Tomahawk, ICBM and other missiles. If Iran doesn’t have a bunch of these warheads, I’ll eat your keffiyeh.

Bombs might be another story. I doubt Iran has a single nuclear bomb. Very few countries have them. Even fewer in great numbers. Our first nuclear effort was a fission bomb, a real radiation horror. President Truman dropped two of their number from the Enola Gay on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945 and the Japanese are feeling the cancer, thyroid and psychological effects to this day.

As horrific as those bombings were, they pale in comparison with the earth-ending nuclear technology that lays barely dormant in assorted national and terrorists arsenals. Thermonuclear, hydrogen and neutron bombs and variations thereof. Wed cobalt-60 with a fusion nuclear ‘dirty’ bomb and the aftermath would be devastating. Got a nuclear power plant near you? Under Fukushima-like circumstances, that’s a dirty bomb waiting to go off.

Also waiting in the wings – 3 versions of neutron warheads. Jimmy Carter stopped the neutron program after 1978 protests, but Ronald Reagan eagerly re-upped the warheads during his administration. GHW, the Bush with a brain, was less enthusiastic and put the project on the back burner.

As for the neutron bomb, it can release up to 10 times the radiation of your garden-variety fission bombs. Meaning it could sting a bit if you get in its way.

As sissified as it might seem to right-wing hawks, diplomacy, ongoing inspections and effective intelligence are the only, yes the ONLY solutions to a world stacked to the heavens with supplies of nuclear weapons of unimaginable destructive capabilities. We’ve been basically engaged in the war equivalent of somewhat limited combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Start bombing Iran or any additional Muslim nation and you’re looking at world annihilation.

7 Replies to “How the Republican War Machine Has Lied to America About Iran”

  1. Er…that’s Khan, not Kahn.

    Actually, those of us who remember being told to dive under our desks and finding out later it was futile, know this stuff. Those of us who saw the Medic special in 1955 were pretty impressed. There was an equally impressive special in 1983 about an H-bomb that hit Omaha, and what happened to a family in Joplin, Missouri as they slowly died in the aftermath. But now… Nothing. Yet now, it’s worse.

    We and the Soviet Union were both restrained by our vast lands, our great cities, our rails and shipping and industrial complexes, all of which were impossible to move out of harm’s way. So, too, was China. When India became nuclear and Pakistan responded in kind, Bombay and Karachi, Delhi and Lahore, were hostages for each other. Israel surely has the bomb; it is about as big as Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties together, and a counterstroke would annihilate it. If Death comes to Isfahan, Isfahan can’t run away from it. So far, so good; everyone knows they’re stakeholders. But then we come to the non-stakeholders: stateless groups that have no hostages, and states whose dominant groups have delusions of immortality, here or hereafter. North Korea? Possibly. The United States, if the Dominionists take over? Quite likely. We cannot afford to let this nation fall into such hands.

  2. Hello Reynardine:

    Many thanks for the correction. I Khan’t imagine how I could have transposed the ‘h’, but I did.

    I’ve noticed that you are a frequent and valued contributor to the comment section. I appreciate that and probably should respond more myself.

    Welcome aboard. My wife is a teacher so I know what it’s like to be corrected.

    Dennis S.

  3. ” The Pakistani army killed intellectuals, activists, Hindus and about a million other citizens who were just” …

    Just what ? You decide.

    This is a scary quote from the article, because it starts to sound like something that could actually take place in America, if the wrong group comes to powewr! You can easily substitute GOP for Pakistani, and Muslims for Hindus.

    Then the million other citizens ?? Hmmmm … I don’t know. Just pick one or 2 other things that the conservofascists hate. They have plenty of hate to go around.

    It could be a million other citizens that were just: gay.
    that were just: women
    that were just: “socialists”
    that were just:liberals
    that were just: using birth control
    that were just: exercising their constitutional rights

    I think I’ve made my point.
    There’s absolutely no difference in the behavior of religious extremists in Pakistan, or Afghanistan, (or any middleast country) … and the extremists of America. They’re all pretty much the same. They’re all convinced that their god has sent them on some kind of a mission. And they’re all a menace to their own countries, and to the world in general.

  4. Visitors:

    This is for those of you wondering why I’ve been counseled to correct the surname ‘Khan’ when it appears to be correct in the text of the story.

    After it was pointed out that it was misspelled (and it was throughout, even though I knew the spelling), I sneaked in and edited out my mistake. A bit late I’ll admit, but the Khans of the world can now relax.

    I can relax as well, knowing Fox News won’t headline, “Dennis S. from PoliticusUSA doesn’t even know how to spell Khan. That’s a progressive for you!”

    I thanked Reynardine for her keen eye and participation. I would like to extend the same thanks to our regular crowd of mostly progressive, concerned citizens. You make this site.

  5. Well, after Gorbachev took their communist boogie man from them, they needed a new enemy to hate. No of them has been big enough for them – their struggle must be between absolute good and absolute evil.

    Nothing but Apocalypse is good enough for them. They think they are the crowns of creation.

    There are no big enough enemies for them to struggle against heroically, so they invent them.

    Iran is the biggest monster they can find. Blacks, gays, women,immigrants – they are not large enough for people stuck in the John-Wayne-good era.

    Think of them as the modern attempt at the Inquisition. They know hegemony is lost, so they turn vicious and self-destructive trying to put the water back in the cracked jar sitting on sand.

    Just don’t let them do all the politics.

  6. Nobody wants to be the first to press the red button, and for good reason everyone else will then have a justifiable reason to press theirs. And that it why it would be mass annihilation and not just of our “enemies” but of our own people.

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