Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Iran wanted peace, U.S. ignored them

The U.S. has refused to pledge not to attack Iran militarily, despite appeals by Europe for it to do so. Press reports have indicated that the Bush Administration has made extensive and detailed preparations for military strikes against Iran, while the Administration in its public statements has refused to rule out a US military attack.

Even though Iran offered peace with Israel in propsal to U.S. in 2003, the Bush administration obviously didn't care very much since they have their own agenda:

In 2003, Bush refused to allow any response to the Iranian offer to negotiate peace with Israel.

The Iranian proposal also offered to accept much tighter controls by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange for "full access to peaceful nuclear technology". It offered "full cooperation with IAEA based on Iranian adoption of all relevant instruments".

As State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters last January, the [Bush] administration didn’t then see “anything that indicates the Iranians are willing to engage in a serious diplomatic process” on the nuclear issue. A complete and totally disgusting fabrication of the truth! Why do we allow this?

The Iranian threat to "wipe Israel off the map" has been a major propaganda theme of the Bush administration for months.

Another unnecessary war could accelerate a cycle of warfare and terror that could plague the world for many years to come. A former official of the International Atomic Energy Agency told reporter Seymour Hersh: “there’s nothing the Iranians could do that would result in a positive outcome. American diplomacy does not allow for it.”

Congress and the media should start to examine and discuss the real reasons for this stubborn rejection of diplomacy, which is rooted in the Bush administration’s aggressive politico-military and imperalistic aims toward Iran and the broader Middle East.

»Tell Congress to oppose President Bush's threats to attack Iran.

Also read "Burnt Offering" article by Gareth Porter