War of Words on Iran

Stephen Lendman

Provocative rhetoric followed release of the IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program, despite baseless allegations in it.

In October 2009, the Agency leaked a document titled "Possible Dimensions of Iran's Nuclear Program" to the New York Times. At issue was circumventing then IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei. Allegations in it were spurious. As a result, he wouldn't touch it.

Two months later Yukiuya Amano replaced him. IAEA was politicized. In December 2010, the London Guardian published a leaked US embassy cable saying he's "director general of all states, but in agreement with us." Its title was: "Amano ready for prime time."

A November 2010 Guardian article headlined, "Nuclear Wikileaks: Cables show cosy US relationship with (new) IAEA chief." State Department official Geoffrey Pyatt was quoted, saying:

Amano will "overcome bureaucratic inertia (and) modernize Agency operations...." He's "solidly in the US court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program."

In other words, he’s there to salute and obey orders, not be nonpolitical and impartial. He hasn't disappointed.

America's media jumped on his new report, again suggesting "possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program" with no evidence whatever proving it. Nonetheless, US, Israeli and UK belligerents bellowed it. So far, nothing's gone beyond rhetorical saber rattling.

Whether or not war's planned isn't known. Cooler heads in high places know the risk. Minimally it could engulf the entire region disastrously. Worse would be general war, possibly involving Russia and China.

Once something starts, anything's possible, even unthinkably using of nuclear weapons to destroy underground facilities. Doing so would risk many thousands of lives and widespread radiation contamination.

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