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Sharon's duplicity

World Net Daily
November 8, 2003

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon went on a mission this week to Russia and to the European Union. He urged them to support the imposition of U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran – for "violations" of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Sharon also urged them to withdraw a proposed Security Council resolution that could result in sanctions being imposed on Israel – for failure to withdraw its troops from Palestinian Authority-controlled areas.

Why should sanctions be imposed on Iran?

Well, for years Israel and the United States have claimed that Iran has a clandestine nuke development program.

Iran denies it.

Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Hence, Iran is required to "declare" to the International Atomic Energy Agency all 1) nuclear material; 2) nuclear reactors and equipment therefor; 3) non-nuclear material for reactors; 4) plant and equipment for the reprocessing, enrichment and conversion of nuclear material and for fuel fabrication and heavy water production; and 5) technology associated with each of the above items. Iran has a right to acquire, produce and operate all the above, if subjected to an IAEA Safeguards Agreement. Though not required to do so, Iran invited the IAEA to come assure themselves that Iran had declared everything it should have, and that the charges by the U.S. and Israel were unfounded.

The principal "violation" the IAEA uncovered was that Iran had obtained, way back in 1991, almost two metric tons of natural uranium and had not "declared" it.

The Iranians contend that the amounts were small – well below the IAEA threshold of "one effective kilogram" of fissile material – and didn't need to be declared.

After all, even if the Iranians did have the a capability – which the IAEA says they don't – to enrich two tons of natural uranium, they couldn't have produced more than two pounds of weapons-grade uranium from it. It takes at least 60 times that amount to make one Hiroshima-like nuke.

But, the IAEA ruled that, whereas amounts larger than "one effective kilogram" of fissile material are subject to more stringent controls and reporting requirements, all amounts have to be reported.

The Israelis and the neo-crazies were ecstatic. Iran was not in complete compliance with its Safeguards Agreement.

So, bomb Baghdad!

No, wait. That was last year.

Well, why not urge the IAEA Board of Governors to refer the less-than-complete-compliance "violation" to the U.N. Security Council.

The board refused.

So, Sharon went around the IAEA to Russia and the EU. His message? Either the Security Council passes a resolution invoking sanctions on Iran, or Israel and the U.S. will put Iran – the "center of world terror" – at the top of the "to do" list.

But even British Foreign Secretary Straw, when he heard what Sharon was urging, said "it would be the gravest possible error" to do unto Iran what we did to Iraq.

Quoth Jack – "I think that the way to ensure proper progress with Iran is not by that kind of hostile threat, but by the process and strategy of constructed and critical engagement that we [EU] are involved in."

For if Iran concludes an Additional Protocol to their existing Safeguards Agreement – giving the IAEA the right to inspect without warning any suspicious activity in Iran – then the EU has agreed to provide everything that Iran is entitled to under the terms of the NPT. In particular, Russia intends to finish construction of the power reactors at Bushehr.

President Putin even made a counter-threat: "If the principle of preventive use of force continues to develop in international practice, then Russia reserves the right to act in an analogous manner to defend its national interests."

That could be construed as a warning to Sharon – don't even think of "taking out" Bushehr.

So Sharon failed in his primary mission. But, what about his secondary mission?

Russia and the EU – with U.S. approval – had also introduced a resolution at the United Nations last week asking the Security Council to formally "call" for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Sharon urged Putin to withdraw it.


Such a resolution would effectively put the Security Council "in charge" of that establishment, and that could be big trouble for Sharon.

You see, there is an existing resolution – UNSCR-1403 – that "demands" that Israel withdraw all its troops from Palestinian cities.

So, is Sharon busting his donkey to comply with that existing resolution? Are you serious?

So, did Putin agree to withdraw his proposed resolution? Are you serious?

Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. -- ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.
7 posted on 11/08/2003 12:20:29 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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Jails open to media eyes: Prosecuter

IRIB English News

Tehran, Nov 8 - Tehran's Public Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi said Thursday Iranian and foreign journalists can visit freely Iranian jails and conduct investigations on the situation of the prisoners.

The doors of the jails remain open to journalists, whether Iranian or foreign ones, to come and see inside the prisons and the circumstances where the detained live and to get acquainted with the realities, Mortazavi said while speaking in ceremony to inaugurate the special tribunal for juvenile delinquencies.

He referred to his November 5 meeting with UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Ambeyi Ligabo and said the UN official has asked to allow him to visit prisoners and he had let him visit the jail because the situation in prisoners matches the international standards.

He said he and Ligabo discussed the legal proceedings in the Islamic Republic during a two-hour meeting where he explained the functions and performance of Iran's judicial apparatus and the proceedings of the press offenses.

Mortazavi said as he had mentioned in the meeting with Ligabo the limits of the freedom are determined even in the declaration on the human rights but added that there was not unrestricted freedoms in this document.

On November 5, Mortazavi responded to all the questions raised by the UN rapporteur on the legal proceedings and judicial affairs in Iran.

The primary investigations on the suspects, Mortazavi said, are often conducted by the magistrates and the prosecutors deal with the file cases independently.

In the press courts, every file case is viewed and examined by at least two judges, he said adding that the press offenses are being handed in the penal courts and the court sessions are normally attended by a jury of three judges.

He said the trial of the managing directors and license holders of periodicals and newspapers is conducted very carefully as the laws on the press offenses have been reformed by the judiciary.

Court procedures held for the press circles are like those for the suspected high-level officials including ministers, presidential advisors and governors, he explained.
8 posted on 11/08/2003 12:22:18 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot
Freedom ~ Bump!
10 posted on 11/08/2003 7:23:29 AM PST by blackie
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To: F14 Pilot
That could be construed as a warning to Sharon – don't even think of "taking out" Bushehr.

What option does Putin think Sharon has, when Rafsanjani is on record saying that Iran would/should use nuclear weapons preemptively to destroy Israel? If Iran said that about Russia, would Putin simply keep his fingers crossed as the nukes were built and pointed at him?
11 posted on 11/08/2003 7:48:16 AM PST by Akira (Blessed are the cheesemakers.)
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"Iran – the "center of world terror" – at the top of the "to do" list."

I hope it's there already. Along with Syria.
18 posted on 11/08/2003 10:16:59 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: F14 Pilot
Thanks for the heads up!
20 posted on 11/08/2003 10:20:46 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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World Net Daily is now providing the forum for this load of anti-Israel vitriol?

Physicist Prather lays on the sarcasm pretty thick for science.

Leaping to the defense of poor little Iran against every liberal's favorite villain du jour Sharon.

Russia has been aiding Iran's ballistic missile program for years.

Despite threats of sanctions, Clinton did squat.

Where was Miss Pithy Prather then?

To wit:

Bill Gertz, Betrayal: How the Clinton Administration Undermined American Security, Regnery, 1999, Chapter Eight: From Russia with Technology, pp 167-190, relates Russia's aid to Iran and Clinton's words not deeds approach to sanctions.

One and a half years after President Yeltsin told President Clinton that ballistic missile technology transfers to Iran would stop, it still continues. . . .Now time is running out; the stakes are great. . .Unless this problem is solved we see a potential trainwreck in our relations.

White House National Security Adviser Samuel Berger to Russian Security Council Secretary Andrei Kokoshin during a closed-door Kremlin meeting in May 1998.

Of course Clinton did nothing and today Iran's missile force is the major threat to security in the region.

Prather hides behind Vlad, holding his coat, urging the KGB enforcer to show Sharon how the cow ate the cabbage.

Russia has not been particularly effective in Chechnya, nor at submarine maneuvers; as for Afghanistan, look at the record.

What Israel did to Iraq in 1980 was nothing less than prevent a nuclear attack in the region.

Yet Prather incredibly utters such purse-swinging nelly crap as "The Israelis and the neo-crazies were ecstatic."

With half the generator missiles hitting our Baghdad hotel being Russian, it's hardly time for cozying up to Uncle Vlad.

After all, there were two Russian generals aiding Saddam before the war, brazenly stating, "We didn't come to Baghdad to drink coffee."

Who needs World Net Daily and Pinky Prather? Vastly preferable is a freedom-loving physicist who showed true grit:

27 posted on 11/08/2003 6:03:17 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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