Review of Gareth Porter's recently
The main thrust of Porter's book ('Manufactured Crisis - The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare') is to demonstrate that this crisis was "manufactured" and the accusations were bogus, i.e. Iran never had a military nuclear program.
For over 20 years Israeli politicians have been
claiming that Iran's nuclear device was just around the corner.
President Obama, under severe pressure from Israel, its Zionist lobby AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) together with the large majority of Congress, has been leading a worldwide effort to impose crippling sanctions on Iran to force it to give up its alleged nuclear-weapons program.
Up until now, there exists no evidence that Iran carried out a military nuclear program.
Beyond that, Gareth Porter, a historian and investigative journalist specializing in US foreign and military policy, demonstrates that the so-called stolen documents, which apparently "proved" Iran's covert nuclear program, were "fraudulent".
These "mysterious documents" were allegedly smuggled out of Iran on a laptop. The author unravels the contradictions between the material in the documents and well-established facts.
Did the U.S. rely for its "evidence" on Israeli
Iran started its nuclear program under Reza Shah Pahlavi. At that time, the U.S. and Israel were allied with the Persian dictator and didn't mind a nuclear Iran.
After the overthrow of the Shah regime in 1979,
however, the United States intervened aggressively, as early as 1983, to
prevent Iran from pursuing its legitimate right to peaceful nuclear power.
It was these aggressive efforts by the U.S., that forced Iran to resort to
black market transactions in order to acquire the technology needed for its
civilian nuclear program, writes Porter.
According to the online newspaper "The Times of Israel" from March 19, 2014, the Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz revealed in a speech delivered before a class of students that,
He added confidently that Iran is not beyond the IDF's reach.
According to Porter, there exists a tendency and a power structure inside the Beltway that keeps readiness and permanent preparedness for war despite the Vietnam disaster.
Does such a mentality also exist within the
Israeli security establishment?
Porter describes three stages that form the basis for the progress and the escalation of the crisis.
Yet, he does not view each step by the U.S. and Israel as part of a master plan. On the contrary, he argues that each stage of the strategy developed in response to political developments and problems, which emerged from further coercing Iran on the nuclear issue.
The first stage was triggered by the Iranian terrorist group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), which revealed at a August 2002 press conference Iran's Natanz enrichment facility.
MEK was removed a few months ago from the U.S. "terror list".
In 2008, the second stage was triggered when the U.S. obtained from an unknown party stolen documents about a secret nuclear program. At the end of 2011, the third stage started by imposing new and more severe sanctions, targeting Iran's oil export and banking sectors.
This new round of sanctions was triggered by an
IAEA report based on Israeli sources.
When Iraq, with massive support by the U.S., its Western cronies but also the Soviet Union, attacked Iran and used chemical weapons obtained from the U.S., Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa (religious Islamic ruling), forgoing the use of chemical weapons against Iraqis.
The West dismissed his ruling as a deception and a lie.
With the same arrogance another fatwa by
Khomeini's successor Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the prohibition of
nuclear weapons was disregarded. Western media promoted this racist attitude
uncritically around the globe.
The supposed threat of nuclear proliferation from Iran was a useful theory for the Pentagon and the CIA.
Under the Clinton presidency Israel was brought into the picture. The other half of the story is told in chapter five. Due to the demonization of Iran, successive Israeli governments from Yitzhak Rabin to Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to achieve political and strategic aims that had nothing to do with Iran.
Israel had also to pay a political price for its
aggressive posture. Reciprocally, Iran regarded Israel as a military threat,
WikiLeaks published cables demonstrating
how closely the IAEA cooperated with the U.S. government. Under the
leadership of Yukiya Amano, the reputation of the IAEA went down the
With the election of the new President Hassan Rohani the demonization of the Iranian leadership did not work anymore. With the start of the negotiations, Israel and the Congress called for even more sanctions. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama rejected such sanctions, saying that negotiations are in the national interest of the U.S.
Officially, AIPAC and its servants on Capitol
Hill pursued their endeavor in more discreetly. As an outside observer, it
is mind-boggling to observe how U.S. representatives on the Hill work
against their own government and the interest of their country.
The author shows what disastrous impact the U.S.-Israeli alliance has on the Middle Eastern region. This fateful partnership is rooted in America's domestic politics. The Gordian knot must be untied for the benefit of the American people.
At the end of the book, one gets the impression
that the "Iranian problem" is a U.S. one, or to put it differently, the
U.S. problem is the alliance with Israel and the American political
class inside the Beltway.
presents readers with a clear view,
so that they can see through the web of
lies, deceptions and false accusations,
to discover the real enemies of peace.
A timely book more than worth reading.