Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Here We Go Again

A recent article in the Washington Post may have gone unnoticed by most of the so called journalists, but it is very important for at least two reasons: war and hypocrisy. The Administration is beginning to try to make the case for going to war with Iran, and it is doing so by using an argument that the very people involved used thirty years ago to justify giving Iran nuclear power reactors.

The argument now goes that since Iran has vast reserves of oil it makes no sense for Iran to develop nuclear power. Dick Cheney recently said,”They’re already sitting on an awful lot of oil and gas. Nobody can figure why they need nuclear as well to generate energy.” Therefore, Iran must have some nefarious reason for wanting nuclear power reactors, such as obtaining fissionable material for a nuclear device.

Thirty years ago, during the Ford Administration, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz held key national security posts. All were in a position to play important roles in Iran policy and certainly were aware of Iran’s request and its reasons for wanting nuclear power.

At that time, Iran used the argument that it had to develop alternative energy sources because the Iran’s oil reserves were finite and would eventually run out. Iran requested US help to develop a nuclear power capability. The US offered Iran the chance to buy and operate a US-built reprocessing facility for extracting plutonium from a nuclear reactor. These fuel – reactors are powered by regenerating fissile materials on a self-sustaining basis. This is the very ability the Bush administration is now trying to prevent Iran from obtaining.

So now we have Dick Cheney using the same arguments, which he once accepted as valid, to imply that Iran is seeking nuclear reactors not for civil uses but to develop a nuclear weapon. Cheney is now trying to beat the drums of war for an Iran invasion. This is the same man who claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and would give these to terrorist groups. Hopefully, the American public is not going to buy it this time. As the old adage goes, Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me!