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Lies, Damned Lies, Iran

Here we go again. It's Iraq all over again. The U.S. is ratcheting up the fear that Iran will soon pose a nuclear threat to the United States. Both the House and the Senate are in the process of passing resolutions that accuse Iran of destabilizing the Middle East, proceeding with the development of nuclear weapons and delivery systems, violating the NPT Treaty, and funding groups that are attacking U.S. troops who are supporting the legitimate government of Iraq.

These charges are straight from Alice in Wonderland when Alice remarked that "Nothing would be as it is because everything would be what it wasn't". Every charge levelled against Iran is either specious or is a mirror image of U.S. guilt.

For example, it's the U.S. who is the major violator of the NPT treaty and who is destabilizing the Middle East. American presence in Iraq has rendered it impossible to create a legitimate government there.

MOst dangerous of all are the lies that American leaders are propogating about the nuclear threat in Iran. The reports of Genaeral ElBaradei, the Director of the IAEA, reveal that "All nuclear material remain under agency containment and surveillance" (Feb. 22, 2008), and "In the last four months, in particular, we have made quite good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues that had to do with Iran's past nuclear activities" (Feb. 22, 2008).

Congress and the President are of one mind; Iran poses a threat to the security of the United States in the same way that the Sandinistas did when President Reagan warned that Managua was only a two day march from Brownsville, Texas.

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