This article was written by Paul Flynn for the Huffington Post on July 13, 2012. Paul Flynn is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Newport West.
Those who brought us Britain’s role in Iraq plan a fresh war of illusion.
The drumbeats are sounding and excitement is mounting as the boys anticipated playing again with the toys.
Even Tony Blair is back, eager to repeat his 2003 ‘triumph’. He could not have stopped the Iraq War but he could have done a Harold Wilson and kept British soldiers safe at home. Blair bullied, bribed and bamboozled 80 reluctant Labour MPs to abstain or vote for war.
The Commons majority for war was 179 – exactly the same number of British soldiers who were killed in pursuit of non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. 422 soldiers died in Afghanistan protecting the UK from a non-existent Taliban terrorist threat to Britain. How many will be in deadly peril to defend us from non-existent long-range Iranian missiles carrying non-existent Iranian nuclear weapons?
The Daily Telegraph is scaremongering by repeating the US/Israel nuclear scare.
It has replaced the Russian war threat that kept Western fear levels simmering and the arms trade prospering for half a century. The Iran lie was the pretext for locating US missiles in the Czech Republic. Putin was rightly outraged with a transparent lie. The war was on the brink of rebuilding a new cold war.
Beyond the world of propaganda the facts demand a hearing. Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead. Mossad and the CIA agree
The November 2011 report of the IAEA did not claim that Iran has a nuclear weapons programme. Iran is not in breach of any obligations under the NPT : Israel is. Iran’s nuclear facilities are open to IAEA inspection: Israel’s are not Israel, which has many of 400 nuclear bombs and the ability to deliver them to any capital in the Middle East.
As the UK plan unaffordable new nuclear power stations. Iran is being denied the uranium enrichment that is their “inalienable right” under the NPT.
The Daily Telegraph cannot manage a blush of embarrassment at the double standards that could propel us towards war.
The US, Israel and others, who are threatening military action against Iran, are in breach of Article 2.4 of the UN Charter It requires that all UN member states “shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state”.
The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, has said that the possession of nuclear weapons is a “grave sin” and Iran has never invaded another country. Are we doomed to repeat the madness of the Iraq War and the Helmand incursion? In both lands vast sacrifices of blood and treasure will result in one rotten government being replaced by another rotten government. The consequences of an attack on Iran are incalculable.
The weakest link in the belligerent posture is the absences of an answer to the question, in what circumstances would it serve Iran’s interests to attack with a nuclear. To all nations and to the planet, mutual assured annihilation is not a plausible choice.
Why do they claim it is?
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