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Please bomb Iran

BBC, March 30:

Iran is not an imminent threat and sanctions against the Islamic Republic would be a “bad idea”, the UN nuclear watchdog chief has warned. “We need to lower the pitch,” Mohamed ElBaradei said.

The Australian, April 3:

The Australian noted recently that Iran’s nuclear program was a chance for the UN and its enthusiasts to prove the power of multilateralism to solve an international crisis. So far that hasn’t happened, and with each day that ticks by under the UN’s phony deadline, Iran is that much closer to acquiring a nuclear bomb. Should that occur, it is anyone’s guess what Mr Ahmadinejad will do next – especially given his equally aggressive missile program, which puts Israel and even some European capitals within range. Military action against Iran has often been dismissed as impractical or impossible, but this defeatist rhetoric immediately gives the game away to the mullahs in Tehran who laugh at, rather than bow to, the moral authority of the UN. Never since the end of World War II have nuclear weapons been so close to the grasp of someone so likely to use them. The Iranians must not be allowed to acquire an atom bomb, and if the UN cannot stop them, someone else will have to.

37 comments ↪
  • Will Full

    This is exactly the same type of B.S. (in a Murdoch paper or course) that was used prior to the Iraq invasion. The same lies are being told: the imminent threat, the danger to Europe and the region, etc.

    John Howard will soon tell us Iran could hit us with a nuclear missile within weeks (he is waiting for advice from his American masters) or are funding terrorists who will blow up the Harbour Bridge, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, etc.

    A terrible madness is gripping the world while the armament manufacturers, the oil companies, the media barons, the right-wing politicians and Christian fundamentalists are clapping their hands!

    We, the little people, will have to pay the price (as we always do). Why do we continue to let them exploit us?

  • captain

    The Australian is spot on. It is El Baradei whose credibility is left wanting. He has been deceived by both Iran and Baathist Iraq. He is a Muslim stooge.

    I don’t think a war with Iran is necessary, but I am looking forward to Osirak II.

    Iran are doing a good enough job themselves about who they could hit, bragging recently that their missiles could reach some European cities. The Iranian regime are a bunch of biggoted freaks and should be removed the old fashioned way.

  • edward squire

    captain Apr 3rd, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    It is El Baradei… has been deceived by both Iran and Baathist Iraq.

    Oh … my … god. You will believe in the WMDs in Iraq? Jeez!

  • captain

    Even El Baradei, the stooge, believed in WMD in Iraq as did Scott Ritter. You guys seem to idealise these islamofascist regimes and devalue the west to such an extent, that I wonder why you aren’t living there? I will pay for each of your one way tickets. Go on, report back about your freedom under Sharia law.

  • Addamo

    You guys seem to idealise these islamofascist regimes and devalue the west to such an extent, that I wonder why you aren’t living there?

    You idlise and worhsip Irael so much, as does Chris, that one wonders why you are not living there? Is it not your duty as Zionists to be there? You woudl certainly be most welcome.

    Go on, report back about your freedom under Sharia law.

    I thoguht we were talking abotu nuclear weapns programs. Why all the rambling abotu freeedoms all of a sudden?

  • orang

    Hey, you want a job?

    "Iran could hit us with a nuclear missile within weeks"

    Work on the timing, but it feels right.

  • orang

    El Baradei should (as per the US wishes) been replaced by the bigW cocksucker/Piano Player labia licking Alexia Downer – too bad. How are we going to make Osirak II legal now?

    Fuck it – let's just stay the world's most hated state.

  • Will Full

    There's only one thing worse than believing Israeli propaganda and that's believing American propaganda.

    The world is filled with gullible people like the Captain. Unfortunately, when the earth resembles the moon, the ghost of the Captain will be wandering about saying,"Baradei was a Muslim stooge. The Iranian regime were a bunch of biggoted freaks. The Australian was right."

    Captain, oh my Captain, let us cry together for the profound stupidity of mankind!

  • Addamo

    Captain,

    When are you ever going to chose the precise moment to pull your head out of your arse?

    It is El Baradei whose credibility is left wanting.

    El Baradei was 100% right about Iraq. So when was hi credibility left wanting? Are you listening to thelunatic ravings are John Bolton, who's BS screed had nothing to do with the IAEA report? How was he deveived by Iran? Please explain?

    And please explain how he was deceived by Pakistan, when the US were in on the whole deal anywya? Did you knwo that Dick "gunpowder" Cheney was aware of Pakistans plans all along and kept it quiet, so that a plan for Pakistan to buy f-16 fighters woudl be approved by Congress? I guess the factthat hiw wife was onteh board of Lockheed Martin was more important than the NPT.

    I don’t think a war with Iran is necessary, but I am looking forward to Osirak II.

    Your delusion is extreme even by your standards. The reactor has NOTHGIn to do with weapons productrino eevne if it were under way. Pressurised Light water reacors have not been used by anyone for Plutonium production becasue they are completely impractical to use for such a purporse.

    If Ira were producing nucelar material, it woudl be via highyl enriched uranium using certrifuge plants DEEP undergound, the likes of which could only be reached via tactical nukes. Anyine who thinks that dropping a nuke on Iran and will not lead to war still believes that rabbits lay coloured eggs at Easter.

    The Iranian regime are a bunch of biggoted freaks and should be removed the old fashioned way.

    Thats not goign to happen by dropping bombs on them.

  • Addamo

    Even El Baradei, the stooge, believed in WMD in Iraq as did Scott Ritter.

    Bullshit. You haven't a clue. Ritter was on the speaking circuit in 2002 stating the exact opposite. He stated that he and his team had accounted for 95% of all Iraq's weapons. The other 5% were chemical and bio wepons that woudl have been 6 or more years past their used by date anyway.

    And it was unaniomous in that Iraq had NO nuclear program.

    El Baradei was on the record before the invasino stating that Iraq's nucelar program was long retired.

    Oh an speaking of Pakistan, I don'e recal ltehm being signatories to eh NPT, which according to Bolton logic, measn their nukes are legal, just like Indias and Israel's.

  • Addamo

    Captain,

    If you really want to knwo the reality of the report Al Baradei delivered to the UNSC last week, read from an expoer in thr filed, Dr Gordon Parather:

    Bolton Really Is Bonkers http://www.antiwar.com/prather/?articleid=8790

    Contrary to Bonkers Bolton, the Iranian dossier makes it clear that the IAEA has never uncovered any evidence whatsoever that Iran is now pursuing or has ever pursued a nuclear weapons program.

    So, why does Bolton keep making such outrageous claims that are so obviously untrue and so easily determined – by anyone who doesn’t have a reading comprehension problem – to be without foundation?

    And more to the point, why don’t the domestic and international news "reporters" challenge Bolton when he makes such obviously untrue claims?

  • captain

    Scott Ritter, 1999:

    Iraq has not accounted for hundreds of tons of precursor chemicals used in manufacturing the VX nerve agent, as well as precursor chemicals used in manufacturing GA, GF, and GB nerve agent. All four agents were produced by Iraq in binary form …

    The equipment for the two chemical agent production lines that remain unaccounted for could be transported in fifteen to twenty trucks. This type of mobility plays to the strength of the SSO-run concealment mechanism, and makes targeting—by weapons inspectors as well as the US military—extremely difficult …

    Iraq has probably retained several Al-Hussein warheads filled with a dry BW agent, probably anthrax.

    El Baradei:

    Saddam is a dangerous fucka that we need to take out…

    Addamo, please don't use "www.antiwar.com" as a reference unless you are introducing humour into the discussion.

  • Addamo

    You gotta love this mastrpiece of hipocrisy from the Australian:

    Never since the end of World War II have nuclear weapons been so close to the grasp of someone so likely to use them.

    Obviously, the writer has never heard of the US, who has openly declared it's right ot use nukes against no nucler capable countries and is the only country in the world to have inflicted a nuclear strike.

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  • Addamo

    You are so stupid quoting Sott Ritter to me Captain,

    I have read everythign this guy had written and listened to every speech he has given.

    In 2001/2002 was was saying that none of these weapons existed. He stated that Binary rounds had a shelf life of 3 years. After Powell’s speech to the UN in 2003, Ritter gave a speech denouncing everything Powell had said as BS.

    If you want to read what ritetr was saying in 2002
    http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0901-02.htm http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chttp://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemIhttp://www.slate.com/id/2071502/ http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0206-06.htm

    Produce one quote fter 2001 where Ritter made any comment abotu Iraq's WMD program existing or being any kind of threat.

    The article, "The Case for Iraq's Qualitative Disarmament," was published in June 2000 and received broad coverage. Its conclusions were dismissed by the intelligence communities of the United States and Britain. But my finding – that "because of the work carried out by Unscom, it can be fairly stated that Iraq was qualitatively disarmed at the time inspectors were withdrawn [in December 1998]" – was an accurate assessment of the disarming of Iraq's WMD capabilities, much more so than the CIA's October NIE or any corresponding analysis carried out by British intelligence services.

    The Bush administration, in its rush to war, ignored our advice and the body of factual data we used, and instead relied on rumor, speculation, exaggeration and falsification to mislead the American people and their elected representatives into supporting a war that is rapidly turning into a quagmire. We knew the truth about Iraq's WMD. Sadly, no one listened.

    Addamo, please don’t use &ldquo ;www.antiwar.com” as a reference unless you are introducing humour into the discussion.

    As yes, we know how you hate to look at facts don’t we Captain? You being the avid reader of the ALD website and all.

    Care to comment about the fact that Gordon Praher 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.

  • Chris

    The end of WWII. You must not have noticed the disclaimer.

  • Addamo

    Not at all.

    Since 911, the US goivernment has stateted that it is prepared to use nukes against non nucler capable countries.

  • Chris

    Unlike Iran, the US has not threatened to exterminate a country.

  • Addamo

    Of curse not Chris. Firing nukes at a vountry cretaes jobs, employment, produces drops, and increases life expectancy.

  • edward squire

    captain Apr 3rd, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    You guys seem to idealise these islamofascist regimes and devalue the west to such an extent, that I wonder why you aren’t living there?

    Huh? What brought that on? You seem to have lost both your mind and your WMDs!

  • Addamo

    It's amazing isn;t it Edward, how paper thin Chris's and Captain's arguments are?

    You thinnk they'd be better prepared before entering into these threads.

  • Chris

    Why does anyone need to be prepared to rollover your weak and invented responses?

  • Addamo

    Why does anyone need to be prepared to rollover your weak and invented responses?

    Becasue your posts are so easy to slice and dice. i thoght that maybe you'd learned your lesson.

  • Chris

    The only lesson learned was that you rely on invented 'facts'. That was the only possible thing that could be learned from your posts.

  • Addamo

    No the lesson learned is that I have facts and that you invent your own.

  • Chris

    Sorry, please tell us all about how you stated, as a fact, that Israel attacked the USS Liberty to keep them from learning about the attack on Egypt at the start of the Six Day War? Or how the 13 year old girl was merely wounded on the ground?

    Did you not invent these 'facts'?

  • Chris

    Lest Antony come out and stop the bash-a-thon on Addamo (So easy to do) let's go back to Iran.

    The latest Iranian war games shows iran is seriously setting up to become the major military power in the region. As they are not arabs, and have discriminated against their own Arab minority, how are the Arab states going to react?

    Will Saudi Arabia seek to counter Iran by purchasing more arms from the US? Will they seek a separate treaty with israel as a common front?

  • Addamo

    The latest Iranian war games shows iran is seriously setting up to become the major military power in the region.

    It shows that Iran is flkexing it;'s muscle in anticipation fo an attack by Israel and the US.

    As they are not arabs, and have discriminated against their own Arab minority, how are the Arab states going to react?

    Your ignorance is astounding. How abotu a,ong religious lines?

    Will Saudi Arabia seek to counter Iran by purchasing more arms from the US?

    There was a report last week that Saudi arabia is already eveloping nukes with Pakistan.

    Will they seek a separate treaty with israel as a common front?

    You really think that is a possibility?

  • Addamo

    Sorry, please tell us all about how you stated, as a fact, that Israel attacked the USS Liberty to keep them from learning about the attack on Egypt at the start of the Six Day War?

    Israel did attack the USS Libety and it is largley believed it was done inetntionally. I mistakenly quoesd James Bamford's assessment that israel attacked the Liberty to prevent the Us knowing about their impending attack on Syria as oposed to the commencement of the 6 day war itself.

    Or how the 13 year old girl was merely wounded on the ground?

    Wuoted directly from the Guardian newspaper aticle. Do you have proof otherwise Chris?

  • Chris

    The Guardian is not a source to be wuoted. Better proof is required. Or at least a better wuote.

  • Stev

    I suppose the BBC article I referenced is not a source to be quoted either Chris? What proof would be good enough for you? Would anything short of the IDF officer coming on here, posting scans of his IDF ID and then testifying to the fact that she was lying on the ground dead or wounded suffice? See even he couldn't be sure. Nobody knows for certain. Nobody took the girl's pulse or checked for breathing between when she was first shot and when the captain emptied his magazine into her.

    So if even the people who were there cannot be sure – how is it that you are so sure?

  • Chris

    I'm sure the testimony is available. In the meantime, we have a troll, stating as a fact, that the girl was merely wounded.

  • Addamo

    I’m sure the testimony is available. In the meantime, we have a troll, stating as a fact, that the girl was merely wounded.

    I quoted it Chris and the troll is yourself, not me. Aculyl, you happen to be the village idiot who when presented with evidence, then denies it's existence.

  • Chris

    Evidence, troll, we'd like to see the evidence.

  • Addamo

    Evryone else sees evidence troll. You are bind to it.

  • Chris

    There are those that bind who will not tie.

  • Addamo

    Statements from the UNSC regarding Iran:

    “The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons and recalls the right of States Party, in conformity with articles I and II of that Treaty, to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination.”

    Iran – even under the mullahs – is guaranteed the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes?

    Without discrimination?

    The Council essentially remanded the Iranian dossier to the IAEA Board.

    “The Security Council strongly supports the role of the IAEA Board of Governors … and underlines the necessity of the IAEA continuing its work to clarify all outstanding issues relating to Iran’s nuclear program.”